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Ministry of Health information on COVID-19 vaccination in Zimbabwe

The following is a circular put out by the Ministry of Health and Child Care on COVID-19 Vaccination in Zimbabwe The Ministry of Health and Child Care provides lifesaving vaccines to children and adults through its network of health centres, in schools and in different communities. The Ministry aims to reach everyone in the country […]


HEXCO results for May 2021 exam session are out

The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education has announced that Higher Education Examinations Council (HEXCO) NC to HND results for the May 2021 Examinations Session have been released. The statement from the Ministry reads as follows: The Permanent Secretary for Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development, Professor F. Tagwira wishes to announce […]


ZERA calls for anyone involved in the electric vehicle industry to join registry

The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) released a statement calling on anyone participating in the electric vehicle market to join a registry that will allow the authority to disseminate industry information. ZERA’s statement reads as follows : PUBLIC NOTICE Provisional Registration of Electric Vehicle and Charging Station Importers, Dealers, Technicians and Charging Station Installers The […]


New Econet data, social media & SMS bundle prices -July 2021

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe yesterday announced that it was reviewing the prices of data, SMS and social media bundles. Dear Valued Customer, Please take note of the scheduled review of the Voice, Data & SMS bundles effective on Thursday 8 July 2021.https://t.co/36USZKz6MT pic.twitter.com/CKZLRThL0I — Econet Wireless (@econetzimbabwe) July 6, 2021 This price increase follows the one […]


RBZ introduces ZWL $50 note into circulation

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has announced the introduction of the ZWL $50 (fifty dollar) note into circulation. “The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (the Bank) wishes to advise the public that the ZW $50 (fifty dollar) banknote issued on 6 July 2021 through Statutory Instrument 196 of 2021 will be introduced into circulation on […]


Old Mutual’s Eight2Five Hub & British Council US$25K challenge deadline extended

Eight2Five Innovation Hub, powered by Old Mutual in partnership with British Council wishes to announce  the extension of the Value Creation Challenge application submission deadline from the initial 25th of June to the 8th of July 2021.  The Eight2Five Value Creation Challenge seeks to support businesses and start-ups that provide innovative and sustainable solutions to […]


Storytellers! there’s a Netflix sponsored Africa artists lab that you have to check out

Studio Triggerfish and Netflix have partnered up to launch a pan African Story Artists Lab. If you are unfamiliar with Triggerfish or vaguely remember the name, it’s the studio that worked with Disney to bring about the Kizazi Moto Anthology Movie that features Zimbabwe’s own Pious Nyenyewa and Tafadzwa Hove. The Story Artist Lab builds […]


TelOne is having issues with internet services

State-owned Telecommunications company TelOne this morning announced that it is facing challenges with service delivery. We are unsure if TelOne voice services have been affected but from what we have been seeing online it’s mostly complaints about TelOne’s broadband internet services. Public Notice TelOne apologises for the service disruption currently being experienced by some of […]


RTGS cutoff time revised because of new COVID-19 measures

On Tuesday President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced that the country would be moving to Level 4 lockdown measures because of the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases. In line with the new restrictions, the cutoff time for RTGS transfers has been adjusted according to a tweet by NMB Bank. To our Valued Clients, kindly be advised of […]


Ministry of Finance warns of fake US$500K entrepreneur fund

The Ministry of Finance has warned the public of a fake email that has been circulating inviting local entrepreneurs to apply for financial aid as part of a COVID -19 recovery program. The statement from the Ministry of Finance reads as follows: The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development has noted with grave concern, some […]


Businesses to close by 15:30hrs as Zim lockdown goes to level 4

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has this evening announced that the country is going back to Level 4 lockdown amid the increase in new COVID-19 cases. His address at State House is as follows: Fellow Zimbabweans, Following a recent surge in Covid-19 cases, and subsequent to the localised lockdown measures introduced in places such as Kwekwe, Karoi, […]


eSwatini govt rumoured to have shut down the internet amid protests

The people of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), have risen up in protest demanding reforms to its absolute monarchy today (Tuesday 29/06/2021). According to reports, the King (Mswati III) of the southern African Kingdom has fled to neighbouring South Africa and his government has responded to the protest by setting security forces on its people. In classic […]


Local filmmakers submissions for European Film Festival Zimbabwe 2021 are open

The European Film Festival Zimbabwe 2021 is calling on all filmmakers from across Zimbabwe and in the diaspora (Europe/Africa) for the second edition of the Bioskop Zimbabwe Short Film Competition. The competition is open to all genres of film (animation, documentary, live-action). Films will be judged based on content and creativity, as well as technical […]


EcoCash’s Zimswitch services including bank to wallet are down

EcoCash has in a statement announced that it’s Zimswitch services are down. CUSTOMER NOTICE EcoCash/Zimswitch service interruption Dear Valued Customers,Please be advised that you may experience intermittent service disruptions on EcoCash / Zimswitch transactions due to a technical challenge. Efforts are underway to restore normal service as soon as possible.All other EcoCash services remain unaffected […]


ZSS outage affecting BancABC and others

Zimbabwe Shared Services (ZSS), is one of the country’s leading financial services provider. They offer services that range from e-banking solutions to cloud services. Basically, ZSS is a company that enables banks through providing technologies to meet customer needs and demands. ZSS, has in a statement, notified customers that a number of its services are […]


FBC POS, card, USSD, internet banking and call centre are all down

FBC holdings has said in a tweet that it is facing challenges with a number of its banking platforms: Customer Notice. pic.twitter.com/lTn9t8vmGg — FBC Holdings Limited (@FBCHoldings) June 25, 2021 Dear Valued Customer We advise that you may experience intermittent service on the following digital channels due to a technical challenge 1. Card based transactions […]


Local comedian “Tha Slick Pastor” lands Netflix deal

Tha Slick Pastor who’s real name is Nigel Maritinyu has become the second Zimbabwean this month to land a deal with Netflix to feature in a movie according to a report by New Zimbabwe. The first was socialite Lorraine Guyo who announced that she will be starring in a Netflix Original Film called “The Bad […]


Deposit incentives but no protection for USD, the mess that is Zim’s monetary policy

Yesterday we reported on the lack of coverage for USD deposits by the Deposit Protection Corporation (DPC). And a lot of people weren’t too surprised that this provision was not set by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) and Ministry of Finance. While that gap exists in the banking sector, the Reserve Bank announced interest […]


Windows 11: The good, the bad and the meh…

Microsoft is launching the next generation of the Windows (11) operating system, tomorrow the 24th of June 2021. We browsed the internet to see what was being said about it and here are our thoughts. You can play or download the podcast with the link below: NB: Techzim is now zero-rated for text-based content. However, for embedded […]


ICT Minister opens Pan African Postal Union (PAPU) 2021 conference

Minister for ICT, Postal and Courier Services Dr Jenfan Muswere yesterday opened the Pan African Postal Union (PAPU) Plenipotentiary Conference which Zimbabwe is hosting at the Kingdom Hotel in Victoria Falls. Here is the Minister’s opening address: It is my singular honour and pleasure to officiate at this momentous occasion, the meeting of the 2021 […]


NetOne calls, *171# USSD, data and SMS are all down

NetOne’s USSD, Data, Calls and SMS are all down. It’s unclear as to when the issue began but we started noticing at around 14:00hrs. If you try to place a call on the response is either the call drops or you’ll get a message saying “No Network Registered”. Some people have even said that they […]


Entrepreneurs! You have to check out this social business camp

Since 2017, the Social & Inclusive Business Camp (SIBC) has supported 200 entrepreneurs with an impact in Africa as their scaled up their enterprises and the organisation has opened applications for its fifth edition. This year’s program will have a hybrid setup comprising of: 3 months of remote coaching on a dedicated online platform, alternating interactive […]


World Bank gives Africa over US$3 billion for COVID-19 vaccines

World Bank President David Malpass this week met with a delegation of the Africa Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT), led by African Union (AU) Special Envoy Strive Masiyiwa, to discuss the multibillion-dollar financing of vaccines for African countries. David Malpass later tweeted a screenshot of the meeting showing him and the bank’s top leadership, discussing […]


VP Chiwenga announces new COVID-19 measures

Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, who is also the Minister for Health this evening announced new COVID-19 measures: MEASURES TO CURB THE SURGE OF COVID-19 1. Fellow Zimbabweans, the country has done very well in terms of curbing the spread of Covid 19. In addition, our vaccination against Covid 19 is going on very well. The […]


ZIMRA: PAYE, 2% Tax & Withholding Taxes due 10 June 2021

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) has in a statement notified all that PAYE (Pay As You Earn), IMTT (2% Tax) and Withholding Taxes for May 2021 are due on the 10th of June 2021. ZIMRA’s Statement reads as follows: The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) hereby reminds all its valued clients that the following returns and […]


Steward Bank warns public of housing project fraudsters

Steward Bank has released a statement regarding scammers who are saying they are representatives of the bank in its Ruwa Fairview Housing project. The statement from Steward Bank reads as follows: Dear Valued Customers, Steward Bank has noted with concern that there are some individuals purporting to represent the Bank in the sale of Ruwa […]


Brace yourselves for load shedding says ZESA

The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) has, in a circular to customers, announced that the nation should brace itself for load shedding due to technical faults at Hwange as well as depressed supply from South Africa. ZESA’s statement on load shedding reads as follows: ZESA HOLDINGS (PVT) LTD POWER SUPPLY UPDATE – DEPRESSED POWER SUPPLY […]


ZIMRA extends grace period for the ban on second-hand cars

The Ministry of Industry and Commerce and ZIMRA have released a joint statement extending the transitional period for the importation of second-hand cars that are over 10 years old. PRESS STATEMENT BY MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE ON EXTENSION OF ADMINISTRATIVE TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENT ON MOTOR VEHICLE IMPORTATION UNDER SI 89 OF 2021 1. Following the […]


ZIMRA requirements for freshly-built & imported vehicle number plates

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) has published the requirements for the registration (and number plates) of newly built and imported vehicles. If you have recently imported a car or have bought one assembled locally, you’ll need to bring two copies of the following: ZIMRA vehicle registration/number plate requirements Customs Clearance Certificate (CCC) Form 49 payment […]


NMB Bank is having problems with POS, EcoCash & mobile banking transactions

NMB Bank has said in an announcement that it is facing challenges with transactions via mobile banking, EcoCash and Point-of-Sale (POS) platforms: The full statement from NMB Bank reads as follows: Dear Client. We advise that we are experiencing a challenge on our system that has affected service delivery on Mobile Banking, Ecocash and Point […]