Zimbabwe and regional technology news and updates

This site allows African content creators to share and monetize their creative work

African creatives have long complained about being unable to monetize their creations/content. This is a struggle that artists generally have but because Africa is mostly made up of developing economies that struggle is amplified. This is where Iluna Afriq comes into the equation. Iluna Afriq is a storytelling platform where storytellers publish tales from their […]

WhatsApp disappearing messages feature closer to launch

We first wrote about WhatsApp’s self-destructing messages back in October last year. The feature cycle for WhatsApp is already painfully slow and I’m sure working from home only compounded that. Anyway, the destructing messages are closer to launching. The feature is available in WhatsApp’s latest beta but hasn’t been enabled yet, meaning users can’t use […]

TelOne users complain about poor internet quality – What’s going on?

Over the last few days, a number of people I know who use TelOne have been complaining regarding the extremely poor internet speeds. A cursory search of “TelOne” on Twitter will actually show you that a number of users are actually going through this. What’s the problem? So from the searches and talking to TelOne […]

PropertyPro expands to more African territories including Zimbabwe

PropertyPro is a Nigerian-founded startup that offers a property portal with the aim to meet the needs of people searching for real-estate services/products. The company recently announced that they are expanding to begin operations in Kenya and Zimbabwe. Now given that PropertyPro is no small entity – with over 600 000 property listings in Nigeria […]

Rocket League goes free-to-play – See why the game was played by 75 million people

This has been a crazy week for PC gamers. From Football Manager 2020 and Watch Dogs 2 being offered for free on the Epic Games Store. Now another big game is going free to play on the Epic Games Store – Rocket League. Earlier this year it was revealed that Rocket League’s player base had […]

Watch Dogs 2 free to download on Epic Games – Hurry promotion ends tomorrow!

So I recently wrote an article about Football Manager 2020 being available for free to PC gamers on Epic Games Store. What I missed when I wrote that was the fact that alongside Football Manager was another big game being given away by Epic Games. WATCH DOGS 2. In terms of what you can expect […]

ZSE launches Direct trading platform with goal to get more ordinary people investing

A fortnight ago we took an exclusive look at Zimbabwe Stock Exchange’s Direct trading platform. The platform that allows ordinary folks like you and me to buy shares from our laptop and smartphone has finally been launched. The problem At the launch event, ZSE noted that the creation of the platform was prompted by a […]

Beware of scammers posing as NetOne agents on WhatsApp

A few weeks we wrote about NetOne suspending customers who were believed to be using hacks to access mobile data at no cost. Some subscribers were using DroidVPN to create VPNs that allowed them to browse for free. NetOne figured this out and started banning subscribers with usage patterns that were being flagged as suspicious. […]

Africa eSports Championships looking for Zim based intern – Here’s how to apply

We recently reported that Africa eSports Championships (AEC) is back for another year and the Zimbabwean team is looking for an intern who will join them between September and December. Africa eSports Championship is a collaborative a platform for Esports entities in African to engage its young dynamic demographic for the greater good of Africa. […]

OneMoney added 337 000 subscribers in Q2 whilst other mobile money services struggled – What gives?

POTRAZ Q2 2020 report is out and whilst the mobile money industry generally took a big hit, NetOne seemed to do exceedingly well in the same period. EcoCash (the industry leader) and Telecash lost 7.6% and 34% of their subscribers respectively. In the same climate, one would assume that OneMoney would also be struggling but […]

Zimswitch shares list of shops where civil servants and pensioners can use their NOSTRO cards

Earlier this year the government promised to give Civil Servants a US$75 pay raise. Whilst the civil servants got a raise it required them to open up NOSTRO accounts and get FCA cards they would transact with (i.e not exactly US$ now)… The government has promised that pensioners will also be getting FCA cards in […]

C-Trade now offers option to invest in Unit Trusts

[Image source: C-Trade] C-Trade has introduced Unit Trusts as a means for investors to diversify risk and access capital in the medium/long term. Let’s talk Unit trusts… Unit trusts are in essence mutual funds – a financial vehicle made up of a pool of money collected from many investors in the form of stocks, bonds […]

(Updated) Africa eSports Championship back for another year

Africa eSports Championship (AEC) has announced that its 2nd edition will be going underway soon. Africa eSports Championship has presence in over 30 countries and is inviting gamers on the continent for the championship starting in September until the end of the year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be held online which […]

Ugandan govt wants YouTubers & bloggers to pay to share their content online

Uganda is one of the few countries where the government is making it extremely hard for its citizens to make use of the internet. Back in 2018, the Ugandan government introduced a social media tax. Everyone but them thought it was a bad idea but they still did it. Shortly after it was reported that […]

Local WhatsApp chatbot Hotbox reaches 100k users

In June we wrote about Hotbox – a locally built chatbot that was looking to fill the gap left by Duta – and fast forward to September, that chatbot has now been used by over 100 000 users. Hotbox allows anyone users to access news, educational, sports, entertainment, music and eCommerce services via WhatsApp. We […]

EcoCash urges subscribers with multiple accounts to move funds by 25 September

Earlier this month, EcoCash announced that the deadline for moving funds for multiple account holders to one account was going to be 6 September. It seems a significant number of people missed the initial deadline and so they’ve extended it to the 25th. EcoCash users with multiple accounts will have to move them to a […]

Dandemutande also has vehicle tracking service – How is it different from TelOne’s Teltrack?

Last week, TelOne launched their vehicle tracking service Teltrack and following the launch event Dandemutande reps reached out to us and informed us that they had a similar product on the market. In fact, Dandemutande’s Fleet Management System (FMS) has been on the market since last year and they are currently offering the service to […]

Football Manager 2020 (the best football game) free to download until 24 September

Football and video game fans will probably know a thing or two about Football Manager. I’ll go on a limb and say it is the best football game – yes, better than FIFA and PES, by a country mile too! Thankfully, Football Manager was recently announced to be coming to the Epic Games store and […]

FBC launches WhatsApp banking chatbot

FBC Bank has announced the launch of Noku, “a smart Digital Assistant” (i.e a chatbot) assisting clients with banking and insurance services on Whatsapp at any time of the day. Noku also allows anyone to open an FBC Instant Account or Mobile Moola wallet on WhatsApp without visiting a physical branch. Existing FBC account-holders who […]

Chicken Hut’s new digital menu looks to kill 3 birds with one stone

COVID-19 has presented many pitfalls for businesses and chief among those affected are restaurants and fast food businesses. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that despite all these stumbling blocks Chicken Hut is seeing opportunity in this new reality. Speaking to Chad Chawanda- Chicken Hut’s executive chairman- he explained how they are actually piggybacking on […]

Netflix to bringing mobile-only packages to SA – Here’s why that’s a big deal

Netflix recently announced some BIG news! They are bringing their mobile only plans to Africa – South Africa to be exact. The two new plans are most probably meant to acquire new subscribers for the video streaming service. The cheapest Netflix plan (Netflix Mobile) will now cost R39 per month. This is less than the […]

Sasai announces Talent Show as Cassava continues aggressive user acquisition efforts

Late last week, Cassava Smartech circulated a press release announcing that they were hosting a African and Talented competition and they had over US$15 000 in cash prizes that were going to be won. Beyond doing an article outlining that this is what’s happening, I was more fascinated by the why? Why is Cassava doing […]

Local internet usage boomed in Q2 but so did the gap between the haves and have-nots

POTRAZ has released a press release in anticipation of the Q2 Postal and Telecommunications report which we expect to be out before the end of this week. The press release is interesting enough and contains a number of key statistics from the telecoms industry. Two of the following stats caught my eye; i) The total […]

Liquid Telecom’s recent appointment reaffirms their strategic shift to become services company

Liquid Telecom is shifting its strategy – that much is clear. Their interim CEO Craig van Rooyen put it plainly last month; We have to do things a lot differently, and move away from our reliance on the telco business (which is heavy on infrastructure spending)… Through cloud and software-defined services and systems, you can […]

Facebook partners with the NBS Zim to increase blood donations in the country

Facebook in partnership with the National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ) have announced a new feature to encourage people to donate blood. Starting today, Zimbabweans who are between 18-65 years old, will have the option to sign up as blood donors on Facebook, be notified when blood donor centres near them have an urgent need for […]

You can now play & upload podcasts on Sasai

A month ago, we wrote about Sasai Content Platform – Sasai’s attempt at becoming the hub for African content creators. Part of their big plan involved podcasting and the podcasts section which wasn’t available at the time is now live. I don’t remember seeing an announcement regarding this issue so maybe the feature isn’t being […]

Contitouch – A local ISP banking on their unshared internet service to win over Zim’s business community

For many Zimbabwean organisations, getting a reliable ISP is actually a battle. From prohibitive pricing to unreliable uptimes there are many uphill battles to overcome when it comes to selecting an internet service provider. Many have suggested that the solution to this is more competition and ContiTouch is one of the competitors to the established […]

President ED – State had to act against EcoCash because $8.4 billion was circulating outside the banking system

President Mnangagwa recently addressed a ZANU-PF Committee in Gweru and in that address he spoke on the long-running feud between EcoCash and the state. The President had some interesting things to say about the mobile money operator which has been accused by the financial regulator and state officials of being behind runaway inflation. We realised […]

[Update] ZSEs alternative to C-Trade close to launch: First look at ZSE Direct

Back in May, we exclusively reported that the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) was working towards introducing a platform where investors can buy and sell shares. ZSE is calling the service ZSE Direct and the website is now up! As indicated when we spoke to ZSE officials back in May, the design is indeed friendlier to […]

Dandemutande offering eLearning software for schools and universities

By now, we all know that COVID-19 adversely affected learning at all levels of education. Locally, children have been unable to physically attend school for over half a year now and a number of schools have resorted to eLearning. Dandemutande saw the need for a learning platform and built the Learning Management System they are […]