Earlier this month, we shared a bit of information about an e-commerce platform called tengai.co.zw which we had identified as an Econet project. Econet seemed to be keeping everything under wraps at the time.
Now the mobile operator is going live with the platform. We were invited to the press launch for tengai.co.zw (it hasn’t been activated yet) which is slated for Monday 27 July. tengai.co.zw will operate as a classifieds platform, with free advertising for anything posted on the platform, along with free browsing for Econet broadband subscribers.
For Tengai, the team to beat in the Zimbabwean online classifieds space will be Webdev’s classifieds.co.zw which has managed to establish itself as the default local online classifieds platform with the greatest visibility.
The invitation also gave a both more information about Tengai.
Yes, the platform does have Econet’s involvement stamped on it, and the operator is hosting the launch, but it’s actually a partnership between Econet and Tengai. Econet has called it
an exciting new e-commerce partnership between tengai.co.zw and Econet Wireless.
Beyond that, we can’t really tell who is behind the Tengai team and finer details like how this arrangement was brokered. We’ll just have to wait for more information on the 27th of July.