Tag Archives: Zimbabwe

Dealing with the ever present power cuts in Zimbabwe

October 3rd, 2013

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They say there are two things that are certain in life: Death and Taxes. I think I must add, “there are two things that are certain in Zimbabwe power cuts and dry taps.” It has happened so often most people have simply stopped being surprised about it. It does not seem to matter who you [...]

Zimbabwean satellite station, 1st TV, shuts down just two months after launch

September 26th, 2013

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Remember 1st TV? Come on, you should. It’s that “Zimbabwe’s first free independent TV station” that launched just weeks before the elections. Ok, wrong event to associate them with. You probably remember them for springing up to the opportunity of South Africans pulling their SABC channels from our FTA decoders. 1st TV came quickly, literally appearing from [...]

Econet announces EcoFarmer, insurance for smallholder farmers

September 26th, 2013

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Yesterday, we exclusively reported that Econet was working to launch a new insurance service for smallholder farmers called EcoFarmer. Econet just issued a press statement announcing the product. Our report yesterday covers most of what the product is but here’s the new information from the statement: Econet is implementing this in partnership with Seed Co, [...]

Telecel Zimbabwe extends the Mega Bonus Reloaded cheap calls promo

September 25th, 2013

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To refer to the calls as ‘cheap’ is of course in the context of a Zimbabwe that ranks close to the top on the list of crazy high mobile tariffs in Africa. But yes, the Telecel promo that changed the tariffs game in the local telecoms industry, leading to an ugly chain of competitive – or anti-competitive [...]

Call for dedicated Policy on ICT in Education for Zimbabwe

September 25th, 2013

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The release of ‘O’ Level results from last year examinations was met with an unprecedented outcry across the nation. Now that the dust has settled and emotions have calmed down, and a new government is in place, it is time to take a sober look at this vital aspect of the nation’s future. Instead of [...]

Open letter to the Minister(s) of ZBC

September 23rd, 2013

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First let me apologize for not knowing to whom to address the letter to. Slow as I am, I am still trying to understand the different ministries. Should I have addressed it to the Minister of Information; Sports (I watch a lot of sports)

Econet Zimbabwe banks on EcoCash mobile money to create shareholder value

September 19th, 2013

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At the company’s AGM recently Econet Wireless Zimbabwe explained to shareholders that the group is looking to services such as the mobile money service, EcoCash, for continued profitability and new value for shareholders. According to a report by local financial analysis email service, Financial Express, Econet Wireless Group Chief Operations Officer Tracy Mpofu said at [...]

Startup launches Zimbabwe’s first online local domain registration service

September 13th, 2013

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The difficult process of registering local domains in Zimbabwe is something we have written about extensively here on Techzim. It’s something we feel passionate about for the simple reason that allowing people to easily register local domains easily means more people can try more stuff online easily. Imagine therefore our delight finding out a team [...]

ZimSwitch: an update on the ZimSwitch Shared Services (ZSS) platform

September 11th, 2013

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The article below is a statement issued by ZimSwitch on the state and progress made with the ZimSwitch Shared Services payments switching platform. The statement was issued to us as part of the research that we made over the past few weeks for the article Zimbabwe: Of banks, Mobile Money and EcoCash. It has been a busy year [...]

Zimbabwe: Of banks, Mobile Money and EcoCash

September 10th, 2013

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Many like myself are probably wondering about the future of Mobile Money in Zimbabwe. On one side we have EcoCash bullishly rolling out merchant after merchant gathering enough momentum to fully implement a system perhaps even more speedily adopted than M-Pesa of Kenya. On the other hand we have the banks under the banner of [...]

One agent’s experience choosing between EcoCash and Textacash

September 9th, 2013

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If you have worked or stayed in the Avondale area in Harare, you probably know of a popular food place at the flea market where lots of people religiously enjoy their lunch everyday. I visited the place with a friend today and we were quite intrigued to find they are now accepting Textacash mobile payments.

Hypercube to launch tech hub in Harare

September 5th, 2013

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Yesterday, we received received a press release from Taps Murove, the Operations Manager of a new tech hub set to launch in Harare called, according to the release, Hypercube Technology Trust. Here’s the full release: The launch of Hypercube in November will mark it as the first technology hub in Zimbabwe. In recent years, technology hubs [...]