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The dominos are falling fast; NMBConnect is now zero-rated

The zero-rate rate revolution has really picked up the pace over the last couple of weeks. We saw BancABC, Steward Bank and FBC announce that their banking platforms are now data-free. And now NMB Bank has followed suit with the announcement that the NMBConnect platform is now zero-rated. “We believe access to data or airtime […]


Vandals cause TelOne internet outage in Harare’s CBD

State-owned telecommunications company TelOne announced in an SMS to clients that vandals have caused an outage of telephone/voice communications and internet services in Harare’s CBD: TelOne apologises for the disruption of our voice and internet service in Harare CBD due to network vandalism. We are working to restore service. TelOne Vandalism has been a perennial […]


Local startup becomes Zim’s first to be selected for World Economic Forum’s Tech Pioneers Cohort

A local startup called FlexFinTx has been selected by the World Economic Forum to join its Technology Pioneers Cohort 2021. This marks yet another first for Zimbabwe because as far as we can tell FlexFinTx has carved a new path. What is FlexFinTx? The best way to describe FlexFinTx is to look at the problem […]


FBC becomes the 7th entry in the banking zero-rate revolution

FBC Holdings Zimbabwe has become the latest entry into the zero-rate revolution. The group’s customers will no longer need to have data to access the following FBC Bank/Holdings platforms: Mobile Moola FBC Internet Banking OBDX Zipit Smart/ Mobile Moola Merchant FBC Health Mastercard Prepaid Card app FBC yakO!Agent Portal (Insurance) and the customer yakO! app […]


Econet subsidiary DPA partners with Huawei on battery technology

Distributed Power Africa (DPA) has partnered up with Huawei Technologies to deliver the latter’s Smart Energy Fusion solution to be used in hybrid solar solutions for the African market. The partnership will increase and enhance DPA’s product offering by providing improved storage and the company hopes this will increase the uptake of their reliable commercial […]


ZESA tariffs are expected to keep going up

It looks like the 30% increase to everyone electricity bill is but one of more we will see this year. According to Minister for Energy Zhemu Soda ZESA tariffs are going to keep going up. “In order for us to achieve what we are envisioning, that is to provide adequate power and sustainable electricity, there […]


Zim has ZWL$9.8 billion budget surplus? In this COVID hit economy?!

Earlier this week, Minister for Finance Mthuli Ncube said that Zimbabwe had a budget surplus of ZWL$9.8 billion in Q1 of 2021. A budget surplus is essentially the government making more money from income like taxes and the likes than it is spending. Now there are many ways to interpret this especially with COVID-19 being […]


Minister loses US$44 000 to a sim card hijack

Deputy Minister for Sport Tinoda Machakaire, reportedly lost just under US$44 000 or R600 000 to hackers who hijacked his sim card. It’s things like this that remind me just how much power a tiny piece of plastic and metal has. Sim cards have gone from just being a communications gateway to now having access […]


Does Huawei’s Harmony OS stand a chance against iOS & Android?

Huawei’s Harmony OS has been in the works for some time. Murmurs of the iOS and Android competitor date back to the mid-2010s and its imminent arrival will be a welcome addition to the smartphone and appliance market. However with Huawei’s app gallery light on apps and it being outside the well known Android and […]


Steward Bank zero-rates its Square app & online banking platform

And then there were six… Steward Bank Zimbabwe has joined Nedbank, Stanbic Bank, First Capital, CBZ and BancABC in the zero-rate revolution. Steward Bank customers can now access the online platform and the Square mobile app even if they don’t have data. The caveat to all of this is one that I am sure that […]


The company POTRAZ got for call monitoring; here are similar deals it made in the past

Earlier this year the government ordered the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (POTRAZ) to install a call monitoring system or Telecommunications Traffic Monitoring System (TTMS). The pretext or reason for this move was revenue assurance to keep mobile network operators (MNOs) honest. Now, as far as we know there is no reason for this because […]


Smart KaMbudzi phones can now make WhatsApp voice calls

If you are not from Zimbabwe then the title might be a little confusing. What we term here as a KaMbudzi are those very simple phones that allow you to make calls, SMSes and other basic functions. The smart version of the KaMbudzi are feature phones that can onboard apps like WhatsApp, YouTube, Facebook and […]


Global Farmers Connect, one of the fastest-growing agri-tech startups in Africa

Market access has long since been a problem for farmers in Zimbabwe. Particularly if you want to join in on the export scene, unless you have a prior arrangement with a customer or have connections then it is going to difficult. However, there is a startup called Global Farmers Connect that is looking to change […]


No data, no problem because BancABC has zero-rated its app

BancABC has become the latest entry into the zero-rate revolution. The bank announced this morning that as long as you have an Econet line you won’t need data to access its A360 mobile app. Access our #A360MobileApp 📲 at zero cost! 🥳 If you have an @econetzimbabwe line, you no longer need mobile data to […]


WebForum, Zim’s newest online tech support community site

Having a website these days is an “out of the box” requirement for most businesses. If you don’t have an online presence you are putting your business at a massive disadvantage, because a good number of people want an online touchpoint so they can get a remote view of your products and/or services. However, and […]


ZIMRA names fraudster extorting money while posing as an official

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) has warned the public of a fraudster who is extorting money from people while purporting to be a ZIMRA official. ZIMRA’s statement reads as follows: PUBLIC NOTICE: FRAUDUSTER POSING AS A ZIMRA OFFICIAL ON THE LOOSE The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) wishes to advise its valued clients, members of staff […]


EcoCash warns customers of account hijacks (again)

EcoCash has released a statement warning customers to be vigilant especially where it concerns account hijacks or takeovers: Public Notice Warning: Guard Against Fraud EcoCash is aware of reports of fraud, where unsuspecting EcoCash customers have lost money to criminals using false identities after they harvest customers’ mobile phone numbers from social media platforms such […]


RBZ orders banks to surrender excess cash with immediate effect

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has ordered all banks to surrender their excess cash or liquidity. For this, the banks will get Non-negotiable Certificates of Deposit (CDs) yielding no interest with effect from the 4th of June 2021. Players in the financial sector have sounded the alarm after the central bank directed banks to […]


City of Harare’s hilarious and clueless Twitter storm

The City of Harare earlier this week went on a bit of a rant on Twitter where it issued a number of orders like dog licences, civilians not being allowed to control traffic at intersections with dead signal lights and many more. We couldn’t resist adding our own commentary on it after seeing some of […]


Nigeria suspends Twitter indefinitely after President Buhari’s account was frozen

Nigeria’s government is suspending Twitter indefinitely after the social media giant removed one of President Buhari’s tweets and limited his account’s functionality. A statement by Nigeria’s Information Minister, Lai Mohammed said that Twitter was undermining Nigeria, however, any example to prove that was not offered. The tweet that set this all off was sent out […]


One week of SI 127: experts & armchair economists were right

This time last week we got the news that the government had issued Statutory Instrument 127 of 2021. In SI 127 are a raft of new measures that govern the rules of forex in the country not only for those participating in RBZ’s Forex Auction but for the nation at large. And as I am […]


Zim Flying Labs is bringing drones into the classroom to enhance STEM education

Zim Flying Labs is a name that will be familiar to Techzim regulars. The organisation came to Zimbabwe through a franchise of sorts held by Precision Aerial, a drone and robotics startup that is headed by Tawanda Chihambakwe who is a licenced drone pilot, instructor and the best selling co-author of Drone Pilot 1 and […]


Extending 10-year-old car imports after “the ban” is all about the money

So… yesterday the Ministry of Commerce and the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) released a joint statement that extended the grace period for the ban on imports of second-hand cars that are 10 years or older till June 30th 2021. Now, this isn’t too surprising because the reasons for the ban didn’t make a lick of […]


Econet launches ZWL$4K MiFi KaMbudzi which comes with 6GB of free data

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has announced the launch of a MiFi KaMbudzi feature phone which will come with 6GB of free data and costs ZWL$4,877.00 Introducing the new 4G MiFi KaMbudzi, with Hotspot connecting up to 4 devices, WhatsApp & Facebook. Visit your nearest Econet Shop to buy & get 6GB FREE Data.#OneFightAgainstCorona pic.twitter.com/VI5szx89ZW — Econet […]


Two Zimbabweans feature on Forbes’ 30 under 30 for 2021

Forbes Africa released its list for its 30 under 30. This is the seventh running of the list and it is there to recognise entrepreneurs, athletes, artists and influential people on the continent. And as you may have already guessed this year’s listing was heavily influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic and how it disrupted a […]


Liquid’s fibre network hits 100 000 Kms, more than twice around the earth

Liquid Intelligent Technologies today held a press event where, on top of reaffirming the companies new image, it announced that its fibre network now spanned 100 000 Kms. This is massive for a company that has been in operation for just under a couple of decades. To put that number into perspective that’s more than […]


Africa’s newest consumer electronics expo is just around the corner

One of Kenya’s fastest-growing consumer electronics platforms Gadgets Africa has partnered up with East Africa’s media powerhouse, Nation Media Group, to launch the Vifaa Tech festival which is akin to the international consumer electronics expo CES or like the perennial AfricaCom. “Consumer technology and electronics brands are celebrated, criticised, and appreciated in the US, SE […]


Zim Multichoice Talent Factory graduate now has a film on Showmax

A couple of months ago Multichoice announced that its Talent Factory (MTF) Class of 2020 was finally going to graduate after the pandemic slowed down proceedings. The MTF Class of 2020 had 60 graduates and among them were two Zimbabweans, Nelson Madzima and Nkosilesisa Ncube. In what is a fantastic turn of events one of […]


Top 10 Zim YouTube channels: earnings, views & subscribers

YouTube has been a revelation for the liberalisation of content creation the world over. In Zimbabwe, it took power out of the hands of the monopoly that is the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) and handed it down to anyone who has a camera and data. So I thought it would be interesting to look at […]


Fully charge a phone in 8 mins? Xiaomi says hold my beer

Xiaomi showed off its new 200W HyperCharge, which can fully charge a 4000mAH battery in 8 minutes. Charge up to 100% in just 8 minutes using wired charging and 15 minutes wirelessly! #XiaomiHyperCharge Too good to be true? Check out the timer yourself! #InnovationForEveryone pic.twitter.com/muBTPkRchl — Xiaomi (@Xiaomi) May 31, 2021 The phone used in […]