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CBZ Touch and Smartcash are currently unstable

If you’ve been trying to use CBZ Touch or a Smartcash card to transact and facing challenges, it’s not you. CBZ has sent out messages informing their customers that they are aware of the problem and are working to restore normal service. The message reads: Dear Partner, CBZ Touch & Smartcash card transactions are currently […]

Gateway Stream launches a fantastic way for influencers to make money on the platform

Local super app Gateway Stream has continued its artist/creator focus model by offering influencers a way of monetising their brands by earning commissions on the platform. As I am sure you are all aware, Zimbabwe has influencers who have reached the 1 million views/followers mark and beyond. However, there is still a gap in terms […]

Cassava Technologies’ solar subsidiary to power Africa Data Centres’ SA facilities

Africa Data Centres has appointed Distributed Power Technologies (formerly Distributed Power Africa DPA) to provide renewable solar energy and storage solutions for its data centres across South Africa. The partnership will begin with the deployment of renewable energy generation facilities to meet the more than 10 MW power requirements at Africa Data Centres’ Cape Town […]

Telecel customers stand a chance of winning Mi-Fi routers, 10GB data & more in the Zvaendwa Promotion

Zimbabwe’s third-largest mobile network operator Telecel has announced a Christmas Promotion dubbed Zvaendwa. “We would like to inform you and our esteemed customers that Telecel Zimbabwe has launched a Christmas promotion dubbed Zvaendwa. This is a promotion meant to reward subscribers with Mi-fi and CPE devices plus free 10GB subscription for one month and up […]

NetOne increasing both bundle and voice tariffs again, get used to it

NetOne announced on social media that they will be hiking bundle and headline tariffs tomorrow, the 30th of November 2021. This is what happens when prices are pegged in a currency that is fast losing value. As we vent our anger, it is important to remember that NetOne is not to blame for this. Public […]

TelOne is inviting bidders for tenders stretching from engine oil to fibre cables

TelOne has announced that it is looking for suppliers for tenders stretching from engine oils all the way to fibre optic cables. The full list of tender bids on offer is as follows: TENDER NUMBER DESCRIPTION CLOSING DATE & TIME COMPETITIVE BIDDING TENDERS DOMESTIC (CBTD) 1 CBTD 115-21 For Consultancy Services For The Recruitment And […]

ZBC suffers power outage disrupting radio & television programming

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has, in a tweet, notified the nation that it has suffered a power outage at its Pockets Hill Broadcasting Centre. The Tweet from the ZBC on the power ZESA outage reads as follows: The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation would like to inform all valued stakeholders that its Pockets Hill Broadcasting Centre […]

Entrepreneurs check out this €500K Africa wide accelerator

The Africa Startup Initiative Program (ASIP) is back for its second cohort. 2021’s edition received over 2000 applications from across the continent from which only 10 made the finals. Of those 10, were two Zimbabwean startups, Dawa Health (an e-health startup) and Thumeza (logistics) who went on to receive mentorship, collaboration opportunities and funding from […]

[Download] The 2022 National Budget Speech

The Minister of Finance, Prof Mthuli Ncube, this afternoon delivered the National Budget Speech for 2022. You can download the full Budget Speech delivered by the Minister with the link below: Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD code *405# […]

CBZ Bank launches “50% of your salary” Black Friday loans

The Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe (CBZ) announced that it would be introducing Black Friday loans to its customers. There is no denying that Black Friday is one of the most anticipated time for customers as it gives them an opportunity to fulfil their shopping desires that range from home furniture to the smallest apparel that […]

ZOL internet package prices are going up in December

It was just September when ZOL announced a price adjustment for internet packages in local currency (ZWL$). That increase came after a very marginal uptick in local currency prices in July. ZOL has announced that as we enter December 2021 its customers should brace for yet another local currency price increase. “This serves to notify […]

US Embassy TechWomen 2022 applications are now open!

TechWomen empowers, connects and supports the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East by providing them the access and opportunity needed to advance their careers, pursue their dreams, and inspire women and girls in their communities. Through mentorship and exchange, TechWomen […]

Former ZOL Zim CEO takes over Liquid’s Tanzanian ISP

Liquid Intelligent Technologies, a subsidiary of Cassava Technologies, announced today the appointment of Denny Marandure to the post of Chief Executive Officer for Raha Limited, Tanzania. Liquid acquired Raha Limited in 2016 and at the time made the pan-African provider the biggest shareholder in the entity, further expanding its reach in Africa. Marandure joined Liquid […]

ZOL extends LTE service coverage to 4 new cities

ZOL has yet again added new locations to its LTE network. Our LTE service is now live in more locations near you! Explore without limits. Turn It Up with Zimbabwe’s Leading LTE service. ZOL on Twitter Our LTE service is now live in more locations near you! Explore without limits. Turn It Up with Zimbabwe’s […]

Zim Startups! CIMAS & Impact Hub have a US$1,000 Healthathon

CIMAS in collaboration with Impact Hub Harare is hosting a hackathon dubbed “CIMAS Healthathon 2021” over the course of 3 days, 1 – 3 December 2021. The hackathon seeks to foster collaboration on innovative solutions which can be employed by CIMAS to effectively deliver their services to their clients and members through the use of […]

ZIMRA is coming for businesses lying about forex earnings

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) has said that it has set a deadline for the 31st of December 2021 for all companies to voluntarily declare their forex incomings. After that date, the authority says that there will be stiff penalties for absconders. ZIMRA statement on forex declarations is as follows Falsification of Forex Declarations The […]

Govt gives RBZ money to clear Forex Auction backlog

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has, in a statement, said that the govt has provided them with funds to clear the Forex Auction backlog. CLEARANCE OF THE RING-FENCED BACKLOG OF FOREIGN EXCHANGE AUCTION ALLOTMENTS Further to previous communication that Government would be providing funds to clear the ring-fenced backlog of foreign exchange auction allotments, […]

Applications for Google’s Startups Accelerator Africa are open

Google for Startups Accelerator: Africa is a three-month accelerator program for seed to Series A technology startups across the African continent. The accelerator is designed to bring the best of Google’s programs, products, people and technology to startups that leverage machine learning and AI in their company today or plan to in the future. In […]

NMB is phasing out its old Access Debit Card at the end of the year

NMB Bank has announced that it will be phasing out its old NMB Access Debit cards at the end of the year. The switch is meant to usher in the use of Chip and Pin Cards only from 2022 onwards. Important Customer Notice: Introduction of Chip and Pin Debit Cards — NMB Bank Zim […]

Electricity supply stabilising says Ministry of Energy

Last week the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) said that there was a major technical fault at the Hwange Power Station that was set to cause load shedding nationwide. In a follow up to that announcement the Ministry of Energy has released a statement saying that Units at Hwange are coming back online and the […]

Here are the winners of MyCash’s Swipe and Win promotion

MyCash Financial Services held a Swipe and Win Promotion and on Friday 12 November 2021, the winners of the transaction based promo were announced. THE WAIT IS OVER 🚩 Today is the day for the MyCash Swipe & Win Promotion Grand Draw & we will be announcing our final 3 winners. Stay tuned for more […]

Stanbic partners with 2 Chinese firms to boost access for its import clients

Stanbic Bank Zimbabwe has announced a partnership with Industrial Commerce Bank of China (ICBC) and Chinese trade agent Zhejiang International Trading Supply Chain Co. Ltd which the bank says will open doors for Zimbabwean businesses to import quality goods from China. The Partnership which is called “Africa China Import Solution” will see Stanbic Bank provide […]

As ZB Financial Holdings celebrates 70th anniversary, learn about their history

ZB Financial Holdings is celebrating 70 years in business. That is quite the milestone, especially in Zimbabwe where we have seen a significant number of banks rise and fall. ZB has weathered hyperinflation and the other unique challenges the Zimbabwean economy has presented and stands today to tell the story. In his speech celebrating the […]

InnBucks, Simbisa officially unveil loyalty and rewards program

You will recall that we covered InnBucks about a month ago. We were excited to find out that InnBucks are essentially a new currency. Yes, really. Read more about that here. Simbisa and InnBucks have been testing the new loyalty and rewards program. Looks like it’s ready for primetime and so now they officially unveiled […]

Global Entrepreneurship Network launches Harare chapter

The Global Entrepreneurship Network today announced that it is launching a new Startup Huddle Chapter in Harare to support the growth of the local startup community while crowdsourcing advice and support for its entrepreneurs. Harare joins an international network of more than 60 Startup Huddle chapters and hosted its first event today the 11th November […]

Liquid Intelligent Technologies launches OneVoice for Cloud PBX in six African markets

Liquid Intelligent Technologies, a subsidiary of the newly announced Cassava Technologies, today launched OneVoice for Cloud PBX offering in six key African markets. This is part of the organisation’s investment as it partners with its customers in their digital transformation journeys that have accelerated due to the pandemic.  The OneVoice for Cloud PBX solution will […]

The top 12 local content creators selected at this year’s startup week

The Content Creators Network ZW (Content ZW) Startup Week is in full swing and here are the finalists: Samanthat Mutirori Nkosikhona Dibiti Mark Matambirofa Lemuel Chekai Farai Mudzingwa Denzel Sambo Benjamin Chipfurutse Munashe Chokodza Leo Munende Trevor Sagota Raymond Zarurai Richard Mugobo The chosen few went through a series of mentoring sessions and masterclasses and will […]

Meet Enspir Gaming, an ambitious local e-sports outfit

Enspir is a local e-sports team that is looking to create opportunities for young Zimbabweans in the field of professional gaming. We had the pleasure of interviewing one of Enspir’s co-founder’s Maurice Mpofu: Enspir is also hosting a FIFA 22 and Mortal Kombat tournament this weekend: You should also check out Zimbo cracks FIFA Ultimate […]

Day 1 of Zimbabwe’s first-ever drone conference

Today was Day 1 of Zimbabwe’s first-ever drone conference which was hosted by Precision Aerial, Zimbabwe Flying Labs and the Drones for Good Network. Speakers from across the African drone space were in attendance as well as government departments, officials and enthusiasts. It was a jam-packed program that featured, drone licencing, regulation in Zimbabwe as […]

Meta launches tool to help African SMEs grow their businesses on WhatsApp, Facebook & Instagram

Meta (formerly known as Facebook) has announced the launch of Facebook Business Coach, an innovative and easily-accessible way for owners of small-and-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya and other English speaking countries to learn more about how to grow their business online with Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.  The Facebook Business Coach available on WhatsApp, is […]