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Author: Tendai Mupaso


Startupbus leaves Harare for Cape Town today

For the first time ever in Africa, the Startupbus will this morning depart Harare marking a start to 5 day business adventure for African Entrepreneurs which ends in Cape Town.  During this entrepreneurial road trip, group of 15 African Entrepreneurs and 15 from the rest of the world will be expected to develop an ideas, […]


Zimbo making waves with solar powered hearing aids

Botswana based electronic technician and social entrepreneur Tendekayi Katsiga has been quietly making waves globally with his product, Solar Ear, a solar-powered hearing aid. Tendekayi Katsiga is the founder and C.E.O of Deaftronics, a company that is manufacturing the world’s first solar-powered hearing aids. The inspired idea came in 2009 when Tendekayi Katsiga had an […]


Econet Solar to power 125,000 homes with Home Power Station (HPS) by 2014

Following up on a story we published on Econet’s Home Power Station a few days ago, we have since received additional information from their PR company that will add more perspective. Econet Solar International (ESI) announced at the AfricaCom conference that it plans to light-up at least 125,000 homes with its Home Power Stations® (HPS) […]


Computer Society of Zimbabwe Summer school opens, event Android app goes live

Computer Society of Zimbabwe’s regional summer school has just started today  in Victoria falls and the event android app is now live on Google Play. This year’s edition is running under the theme, “ICT – Creating Africa’s Quantum Leap”. CSZ has a host of local, regional and international speakers lined for the two day event […]


Astro Zimbabwe launches and unveils android device range

Bethel Communications last night unveiled itself as Astro Zimbabwe the company behind the Ibho range of Android smart phones at an event in Harare. Although the company has been active in the market for a little over a year now, this launch event was to unveil the Astro Brand and a host of mobile devices […]


With 200,000 local users, should local firms be looking to advertise on Linkedin?

Just yesterday we got a call from an associate asking how he could advertise on Linkedin. Our initial reaction was why would someone in Zimbabwe want to advertise on Linkedin when Facebook offers a wider audience. Infact, we initially we thought it was not even possible to advertise on Linkedin from Zimbabwe. Linkedin is the […]


Telecel announces 911 Road Assist VAS. What problem does it solve?

Telecel has introduced a new emergency response facility, which it has called 911 Road Assist.  Subscribers can use the facility to summon assistance in the event of a vehicle breakdown, a road accident or any other on-the-road emergency. In the event of a road emergency, subscribers to 911 Road Assist can dial *160# and the […]


Mxit 7 for feature phones release today

Mxit today announced the release of Mxit 7 for feature phones. The South African mobile social network company announced a new version of the popular mobile app with new added features and enhanced ones. Mxit 7 is a significant departure from previous versions. It offers a more engaging and faster chat experience, easier navigation and a […]


Econet introduces more free websites: our take

An ad appearing in today’s Herald has information to the effect that Econet Wireless has introduced free access to three websites as follows: www.yookos.com www.econet.co.zw www.econetwireless.com For those who don’t know, Yookos is a social network with a Christian foundation. Econet has a longstanding relationship with Yookos through Strive Dr Masiyiwa (the company’s founder and […]


Revealed: Everything you need to know about the new G-tel Explorer A717

  Last week, a day after I wrote something on another G-tel smartphone, I got my hands on the recently launched G-tel flagship smartphone, the Explorer A717. I am not particularly a fan of G-tel but this Explorer A717 may have changed my perception a bit. The device, a Samsung Galaxy S3 look-alike, is a […]


NetOne re-launches OneWallet. Will it stick this time?

NetOne re-launched a revamped OneWallet product at their Kopje Plaza offices in Harare this afternoon. The OneWallet product was previously launched in 2011 and this re-launch is in response to a re-engineered platform that has just gone live. Here’s all that you need to know about the revamped OneWallet product: The new The most touted […]


Mubatsiri Investments partners Ecofarmer and Esoko to keep farmers informed

Yesterday it emerged at the ICT in Agriculture seminar held in Harare that Mubatsiri Investments, the local licensee of the Esoko Platform, also provides content to the recently launched Ecofarmer product. The company which has been in business for 18 months provides small holder farmers with sms based market information using the two platforms – […]


GTel is getting better but not quite there yet

So just a week or two ago, in its attempt to position itself as a good quality brand G-tel put up an advert in one of our daily newspapers highlighting its comparability against leading smartphone brands – specifically Sony Xperia L and HTC Desire U. The core message behind this particular advert was GTel, despite […]


Agro tech start-up platform, RLMS, processes $3 million in transactions

Local agro start-up Remote Livestock Marketing System (RLMS), by founder Allister Banks, today announced that their platform has transacted a total $3 million at an ICT for Agriculture conference held in Harare. The company which runs an online livestock auction created 18 months announced a great deal of bottom-line success since pilot launch. In his presentation, […]


eCommerce startup, ZIMALL, forges ahead despite Challenge setback

  ZIMALL.co.zw was one of the bright ideas that came through at this year’s ZOL start-up challenge and despite not coming close to the coveted $10,000 prize money, they are forging ahead with their project which is already live here. Techzim caught up with them this week and they were quite eager to sign up […]


Motorola Solutions Africa launches TC55 smartphone, but not the kind you are thinking!

Motorola Solutions Africa this afternoon in Harare launched mobile enterprise devices tailored for high utility work environments. The devices are pretty much android powered with added MX Enterprise customisation and a tougher skin for rough work environments. The flagship device launched today is the Motorola TC55 which looks more or less like your regular Android […]