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New Zesa tariffs with effect 26 Sept 2022. 45% hike!

Zesa has updated its tariffs for September 2022 taking effect on the 26th of the same month. The tariffs include the 6% REA levy. It looks like the tariffs are up by 45% across the board so expect an equally hefty increase to your electricity bill. You can click here to buy your tokens or […]


HIT to host Technovation Expo later this month, complete with hackathons and symposia

The Harare Institute of Technology (HIT) will be hosting the Technovation Expo 2022 starting from 26 September to 01 October at the HIT Campus. The theme is: Creating Synergies with Industry Through Innovation, Technology and Research. Dates and activities: 26 Sep – Public Lecture 27 Sep – Hackathon 27-28 Sep – Research Symposia with Exhibitions […]


NetOne’s OneFusion bundles are unavailable

It seems as if NetOne is facing some challenges with its bundle system. Subscribers to the MNO have been making reports that they are failing to make any OneFusion bundle purchases. When attempting to buy a Onefusion bundle it is giving out an error saying: “One Fusion bundles are currently unavailable” NetOne has not put […]


Zimswitch raises Zipit limits

At this point, it’s now old news that our economy and the currency are not doing so well and a clear sign of that is basic goods and services cost more than the amount of money you are allowed to extract from your bank account. Zimswitch has announced new Zipit limits for person-to-person payments. Single […]


The 2nd edition of the drone conference in Zimbabwe is upon us

Last year, Zimbabwe had its first Drone and UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) conference where local and international experts met to discuss the latest trends in drone technology & innovation. The event was a success and so we get to do it all again. The 2nd edition of the Zimbabwe International Drone Conference is scheduled for […]


Videos & messages of gold coins in circulation are FAKE says RBZ

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) took to Twitter this morning to dismiss videos and messages circulating on social media saying that gold coins are available and are in circulation. Videos and messages circulating on social media purporting or giving out that gold coins are available for sale and that some people already have them […]


Is your startup promoting sustainability? Check out Impact Hub Harare’s Green Economy Startup Project

Are you an entrepreneur working within the green economy? Are you promoting responsible consumption and production? Are you contributing to the fight against climate change? If you answered ‘Yes’, apply to join Impact Hub Harare’s Green Economy Startup Project, supported by Enrich in Africa and funded by the European Union. They are looking for entrepreneurs who […]


Zim fintech startups! Check out this global challenge

Inclusive Fintech 50 (IF50) is a global innovation competition that aims to identify and elevate cutting-edge emerging inclusive fintech startups that have the potential to drive financial inclusion. IF50 uncovers high-potential fintech enterprises addressing limitations in financial services delivery for unserved or underserved customers. Over the last three competitions, IF50 has attracted over 1,000 eligible […]


Kaspersky finds cybersecurity backdoor targetting African govts & NGOs

Kaspersky experts have brought to light a poorly detected SessionManager backdoor that was set up as a malicious module within the Internet Information Services (IIS), a popular web server edited by Microsoft. Once propagated, SessionManager enables a wide range of malicious activities, starting from collecting emails to complete control over the victim’s infrastructure. First leveraged […]


Agriculture entrepreneurs! There is US$45,000 up for grabs

Pitch AgriHack is a digital agriculture competition focused on accelerating entrepreneurial growth and job creation in the agriculture sector by leveraging advanced technologies and youth participation in Africa’s food security agenda. This eighth edition of Pitch AgriHack invites African businesses to pitch their approach to driving technological innovation in the agriculture sector. Generation Africa, a […]


RBZ gold coin: Who can get one, can it buy anything & everything else you need to know

The Zimbabwean Gold Coin has arrived, and the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has released the specifications as well as the powers that the new financial tool has. The statement from the RBZ reads as follows: INTRODUCTION OF GOLD COINS Pursuant to the resolution of the Monetary Policy Committee of 24 June 2022 to introduce […]


Zim Health startups! Check out this Gates Foundation-backed US$50K accelerator

Southbridge A&I, Salient Advisory and SCIDaR have partnered to launch a program called i3 (Investing in Innovation) that is seeking to help 30 African health startups with up to US$50K in funding. The initiative, according to a report by Disrupt Africa, is bankrolled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and any startup from the […]


NetOne customers, there’s a big system upgrade happening tonight

State-owned mobile network operator NetOne, has announced that it will be carrying out a major system upgrade that will hamper regular services tonight. The statement from NetOne about the system upgrade reads as follows: Major System Upgrade Dear Valued Customer, NetOne wishes to advise that there will be a major system upgrade from 23:00hrs, 30 […]


3 Zim startups to pitch at Africa Blockchain Incubation demo day, you can watch live

The Africa Blockchain Institute prides itself for championing initiatives that drive digital transformation in Africa through blockchain technology. They have an Incubation program where they groom startups from across the continent to leverage blockchain technology to deliver unique use cases. It was just in December 2021 that we wrote about them opening up applications for […]


You can now receive PayPal transfers directly into an EcoCash USD wallet

EcoCash has announced that it has partnered with PayPal for users in Zimbabwe to receive international remittances through its existing partnership with global cross-border remittance giant Thunes. “Leveraging our Hub partnership with Thunes, we are excited to add Xoom, a PayPal money transfer service, to our growing number of remittance partners to Zimbabwe,” . EcoCash […]


ZIPIT monthly limits increased to $400,000

The fight to stop forex dealers from wrecking the economy continues. The Zimbabwean govt is not ready to let you transact to your heart’s delight. There have to be limits on the amounts you can send to other individuals, we can’t have you use the system to purchase forex on the black market, can we? […]


Run with Bitcoin: Crypto evangelist stops by Zim on “40 countries in 400 days” world tour

Paco De La India is a Bitcoin enthusiast who has been travelling across the world with his Bitcoin wallet and spreading the gospel of the alternative currency on his Run with Bitcoin initiative. He recently stopped by Zimbabwe on a two-city tour which started in Bulawayo. “I have been traveling around the world over the […]


Econet data outage caused by core network “incident”. MNO says service is back up

This afternoon (towards the early evening), social media and WhatsApp were awash with reports of an Econet data outage. Customers were reporting that mobile internet services went dark for most of the late afternoon, while others were saying service was intermittent. We reached out to Econet when we reported the mobile data outage and they […]


What’s going on with Econet’s mobile internet services

We have been seeing reports that Econet mobile internet services went completely off sometime this afternoon. It’s unclear at the moment if this is a nationwide blackout because there are some people who responded to our call on Twitter saying that Econet mobile data was working on their end. Whatsapp groups are also alight with […]


Game Changers Zim announces finalists for its US$1.5 mil challenge

A couple of months were reported on a program called Game Changers that was looking for 30 local entrepreneurs to give a share of US$1.5 million as well as mentorship, and a full-stack business support system. Well, the finalists have been announced and they come from all 10 provinces in Zimbabwe. Game Changers Harare Finalists […]


Wondering what an Angel Investor is? Tech Hub Harare has you covered

The team over at Tech Hub Harare has announced that it will be hosting a webinar that will be attended by the Angel Investors Network of Zimbabwe this Wednesday starting at 18:00hrs. Speakers for the Tech Hub Harare Webinar include: Bekithemba Nkomo – the Managing Director for Lloyd Corporate Capital which recently announced that its […]


Zim Startups! Check out this European Union Africa-wide accelerator

The SBC Virtual Acceleration powered by EiA (Enrich in Africa) encourages and eases the mobility of entrepreneurs from African or European countries to Europe through various modules. The program promotes skills development, skills transfer as well as the internationalization of innovative solutions! The aim of the call for application is to select 10 startups in […]


Computer Society of Zimbabwe is hosting a cyber security, digital forensics & robotic automation winter school

The Computer Society of Zimbabwe (CSZ) is hosting a Winter School programme running under the theme “Navigating the Digital Securely”, from the 29th of June to 2 July 2022 at Holiday Inn, Bulawayo. The CSZ Bulawayo Chapter Chair, Percy Sibanda, who is the convenor, said that the event is a capacity-building programme on Cyber Security, […]


The Impact Hub Coding for Kids Bootcamp is back!

Impact Hub’s Coding for Kids Bootcamp has returned and is looking to give primary and high school students exposure to what can be possible through technology. This is the fourth year that the program is running and Impact Hub wants to help shape the perception of the youth through the lens of the ever-changing digital […]


Zimbabwean wants to take 1 mil traders online and raise US$5 billion, hmmm

E-Commerce company Appletree Digital Commerce, today unveiled the Taking One Million African Traders Online Movement (TOMATO)– its solution to the lack of opportunities for the youth across Africa. “We came across some alarming statistics which inspired us to think differently about how we could provide practical solutions to help young Africans to realise their entrepreneurial […]


AfricaCom 2022: the biggest Africa-focused tech conference is back!

The world’s largest Africa-focused technology and telecommunications event turns 25 this year and is set to return to Cape Town, South Africa in November after a 2-year digital hiatus. Africa Tech Festival, home of AfricaCom, will welcome exhibitors, delegates, and policymakers from all over the world from 7 – 11 November 2022, to continue shaping […]


Here’s your citizen’s guide to the Cyber Security & Data Protection Act

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe has today unveiled a guide to the Cyber Security and Data Protection Act. This outline is there so that ordinary Zimbabweans will be able to understand what the new act entails. This Guide intends to assist ordinary citizens, data protection advocates, human rights advocates, media organisations and […]


Zim Startups! PC hardware firm NVIDIA wants to give you access to its tech!

NVIDIA Inception is a free program designed to help your startup evolve faster through access to cutting-edge technology and NVIDIA experts, connections with venture capitalists, and co-marketing support to heighten your company’s visibility. Through NVIDIA Inception, your startup has access to unparalleled support, ranging from training through NVIDIA’s Deep Learning Institute, to unlimited access to […]


Africa Data Centres is building a new 20MW facility in Cape Town

Africa Data Centres, part of the Cassava Technologies Group, has announced that it is building a second data centre in Cape Town, South Africa. The new 20MW facility will cover 15,000 square meters in eight data halls and is situated on the northern periphery of Cape Town’s city centre. According to Tesh Durvasula, Chief Executive […]


Liquid Home customer support will be understaffed tomorrow

Liquid Home has, in an SMS, notified customers that they will be operating with fewer customer support staff over tomorrow. The message from Liquid Home reads as follows: Dear CustomerOn 16/6/22 our Contact Centre will operate with skeletal staff & resume normal operations on 17/6/22. For self-help visit: https://bit.ly/3zs8F6z Liquid Home vis SMS This message […]