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WARNING: Don’t buy airtime through EcoCash on weekends

For some time now, I have been using my EcoCash wallet to buy airtime.Though I don’t get a discount for doing this (they give dealers and wholesalers between 8-10%, surely this can be extended to us, they have no printing costs of a physical recharge card or other costs that are associated with buying airtime) […]


How to send money to Zimbabwe

So in sending money to the UK, one of the questions that people asked me was how do I send money to Zimbabwe. Why send money to Zimbabwe? I know, weird question. But there are people out there that still ask. Well, for those of you that still have relatives and friends that are still […]


How to send money to UK

There are instances when you are either travelling or have a friend or relative in the diaspora and need to send money to them. Yes, the flow of funds is not just one way, but undoubtedly more funds come into Zimbabwe than go out (I’m not referring to payments for goods here, but rather peer […]


How to access the internet through Facebook

Some time back I posted an article about my getting banned from WhatsApp and contributing to the ban was my wanting to share with followers my top 20 SECRETS that mobile networks don’t want you to know. I’ve been asked a lot about those secrets, some of them are no longer relevant, but definitely one of the things […]


Dear Borrowdale Brooke SPAR…now that you’ve closed…

It was with great sadness that we read of Borrowdale Brooke SPAR shutting down. Many of us were shocked and wondered what exactly went wrong, and if things were bad for you what more for the average Joe like us? We’re not too sure what caused you to close, at least it’s nothing like the […]


Telecel offers 35 mins (on net) for $1

Disclosure: The writer consults for Telecel Zimbabwe and the views expressed here are solely his and not of any company or of TechZim’s. In a bulk SMS sent out to its subscribers this evening, Telecel has brought back the on-net packages, that they took away when they launched their Telecel Go package in April this year. For just $1 […]


EXCLUSIVE – How to use MasterCard with Telecash

For those of you who are avid online buyers, here’s a hack that will allow you to use your MasterCard with Telecash. This solution has been available ever since Telecash launched in Zimbabwe and has been possible because of their “interoperability”. Enjoy!!! (You can thank me later) What you will need to use MasterCard with Telecash A […]


Now you can buy laptops from BeForward

If you’ve bought a car from BeForward before (not too sure how many HAVEN’T) but you’ll be pleased to know the largest car dealer selling cars to Africa is now selling laptops. Yes, you know them for being one of the largest (if not the largest) online used car sales websites, sending hundreds of thousands of […]


7 items you DON’T want to miss in this week’s Sunday Mail

It’s not very often that I buy the newspaper. More so on a Sunday. I mean I can get all the news I want online. WhatsApp and Facebook bundles allow me to consume all I can for less than $3 per month. Why would I still need to get my hands on news that was […]


Shop in SA whilst you’re in Zim: Enter Zimbo Shopper

For a country with an almost US$4 Billion deficit (basically we import a whole lot more than we export) chances are higher that we are buying imported goods when we go to Avondale and/or Sam Levy’s Flea markets.Often times these goods are brought in from China, Tanzania or South Africa. The traders that import goods […]


MTN launches Visa card, Zimbos to send money home cheaply

Exciting news out of South Africa advise that MTN SA have launched a Visa card for their Mobile Money uses, following in suite of mobile payments pioneer M-PESA who did something similar way back in 2011! Orange also has a similar service. MTN has brought convenience to its users allowing them to make purchases at Visa […]


How I got my number banned from WhatsApp

Yes, I once got my WhatsApp number banned. Right here in Zimbabwe! When watching Fear Factor, 1000 ways to die or some other dare-devil movie, usually they state clearly: “don’t try this at home”. Somehow I didn’t take that to heed and went for a whole 6 months without being able to communicate with the […]


The Mobile Application for ALL your network USSD codes

If you’re anything like us here at the office, we have a hard time trying to remember what code it is to top up airtime on each network, send a ‘call me back’, activate missed call alert, buy Facebook and/or WhatsApp bundles, etc. The mobile networks don’t make it any easier as on a weekly […]


10 services you can now enjoy in Zimbabwe thanks to PayPal

But there may be some of you who are wondering what all the excitement is about. Why is everyone (well at least those online) excited about being able to PAY other people and NOT SELL their goods and service?


How’s this for a relevant startup idea – IsThereZESA.com

They say that some of the best ideas are found in the graveyard, buried with their originators. I have had my fair share of dances with hackathons and startup challenges, never seeming to crack the code that leads to winning, funding and eventual IPO! I have had my share of sleepless nights thinking of the […]


Three reasons why PayPal won’t work in Zimbabwe

As Zimbabweans we have been a deprived lot. If it is not one nation introducing Visas so that we can’t visit them, then it is another banning the use of our ETDs (Emergency Travel Documents) when going to visit. Our misfortunes have also been prominent online. Facebook did not allow us to advertise to followers […]


8 common mistakes brands are making when they trying to #GetSocial

You visit the dentist as your teeth are aching and the unbearable nights have even caused even the cockroaches to relocate. That said, you lie on the deep reclining chair and await relief. In steps the dentist and after a barrage of questions he then moves to his desk and pulls out a soldering iron, […]


9 sure fire ways to kick start your brand to #GetSocial

Yes, it finally has been preached enough and you are part of the converted. Social media is a necessity if you are serious about getting your brand recognised at a marginally lower cost than traditional media. The powers that be have given you the nod and now it is left for you to get things […]


10 reasons why your brand should #GetSocial

With the access to the internet ever increasing in Zimbabwe, the possibilities of where you are going to find users at the end of the day are somewhat limited at the moment to the big three: Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter. There are essentially social networks that have sprouted due to the ever increasing need for […]