Zimbabwe and regional technology news and updates

Voter registration ends 21 March, here’s how you check that all is in order

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) started its final voter registration blitz on the 12th of March and it is set to end on the 21st. After the 21st of March, you will not be able to register. So, that gives you 6 days to do the right thing. We see a lot of complaints in […]

Liquid Home (Zol) service outage in some areas in Harare

Liquid Home users, you now know the deal. Yet another day, yet another service disruption. At this point, we can conclude that that’s what you signed up for. Liquid Home has issued the following notice: Important Notice: Internet Service Disruption Please note that we are currently experiencing a service outage which is affecting GPON customers […]

Register for the Zim Blockchain Forum, the theme is ‘fintech key in attaining Vision 2030’

There is going to be a Zimbabwe Blockchain Forum on the 25th of March 2023. The event, being hosted by the Internet Society Zimbabwe Chapter, will be under the theme, ‘Fintech key in attaining Vision 2030.’ It will be hosted at the Bronte Garden Hotel at 132 Baines Avenue, Cnr Simon Muzenda Street, Harare. ISOCZ […]

City Parking statement on parking madness, changes effective 10 March

There is a lot of information and misinformation spreading about the Harare City/ City Parking fundraising efforts. They are on a clamping spree and will punish any infraction and so drive and park like the decent human being you can be. The Press Release you may have missed Also read: With Harare City collecting US$90m […]

Are you a lady aged 15-45 and interested in cloud engineering? This boot camp is for you

Ladies, here is your chance to get in on the Cloud Engineering action. For various reasons, granted some of them are not malicious, women are underrepresented in Tech. She Code Africa is one of many organisations looking to change that. She Code Africa is a “non-profit organization focused on celebrating and empowering young Girls and […]

Attention digital and fashion designers, applications open for Design Futures Lab 2023

For the ultra-creatives out there, an opportunity has presented itself. If you happen to love both fashion and technology then Design Future Labs is the programme for you. This lab “allows for the worlds of fashion and immersive technology to merge in a radical exploration of storytelling, world-building, and reimagining futures by combining the skillsets […]

Zim Startups! Applications open for Google for Startups Black Founders Fund 2023

Image Credit: Google for Startups I’m not normally a fan of any discrimination even when it benefits historically disadvantaged groups. However, after years of talking to black startup founders in multiple African countries, I now understand why a Black Founders Fund is needed. Startup founder after startup founder will tell you that unless you have […]

These are Zesa’s new electricity charges, effective 1 March 2023

You live in a hyperinflationary economy, so you should be used to this. Electricity tariffs have gone up and this is how much it’s going to cost you to keep the lights on. Of course, we are talking about the 4 hours or so in the day that you’ll actually get the electricity. So, I […]

Econet bundle prices going up on 8 Feb, you will have to deal with it

You know the deal, you are used to it now. You should be. The annual inflation rate has been falling since September 2022 but it was still 229.8% in January. That means rising prices and airtime will not be an exception. Econet wants you to know that bundle prices will be going up tomorrow, the […]

Get all your ZIMSEC past exam papers, marking schemes, and notes on WhatsApp with Dzidzo paDen | Imfundwe’ndlini

Access to academic material is a bit tough in Zimbabwe, especially for Primary and Secondary education. There have been a wide variety of apps that are there to offer a solution however these are often reliant on the internet to be able to serve this material. And for most students data is quite the barrier […]

ZETDC is bringing a 24-hour National Contact Center

The season we are in is notorious for weather-induced power cuts either from falling trees, broken tree branches, or lightning strikes. Let’s not forget those stealing transformer oil. The volume of fault reports is pretty high and ZETDC wants to try and manage that. Starting 1 February 2023, they will be employing a 24-hour National […]

Zimsec November 2022 A Level results are out. Here is how to view them

Zimsec has announced that the advanced-level results for November 2022 candidates are out. They will be available to view from 3pm today, Friday 13 January 2023. A total of 37 518 candidates sat for the exams and the pass rate stood at 84.68%, a 3.68% increase from the previous results. Zimsec November 2022 advanced level […]

TelOne will be offering free tollgate passes as a back-to-school promotion

As a back-to-school gift for the parents, Nedbank and NMB were offering free tollgate passes at selected tollgates in the country. On top of the free passes, they were also some prizes involved that motorists won at these tollgates. For those that missed yesterday’s offers, Telone is running its own today 9 January 2023. Back […]

Dark Fiber Africa is using Zimbabwe’s major rail network to lay 2000km of fiber across the country

In 2020 Dark Fiber Africa (DFA) opened a shop in Zimbabwe after obtaining a Class B Internet Access Provider license from POTRAZ. Since then they have been laying fiber in the metropolitan areas of Harare. They recently partnered up with Bandwidth and Cloud Services Group (BCS) for a long-haul fiber backbone project. This project is […]

TelOne announces new data prices starting 1 January 2023

Nothing like a data price adjustment to start off the new year. TelOne just announced new pricing for its data packages. The new tariffs kicked off promptly on 1 January 2023. The price increase is barely noticeable though when compared to the wave of 61% increase in tariffs in the second half of 2022. Telone’s […]

EcoSure to stop providing funeral services to NSSA members

EcoSure has come out announcing that it will be ending its Umbrella funeral cover for all its NSSA members. This move will be taking effect on 31 December 2022 and any eligible claims for pensioner deaths are to be submitted within 3 months of the death. This serves to inform you that with effect from […]

WeCodeZW is offering a coding and robotics BootCamp for kids this holiday

The school holidays have arrived and usually come with less work and more play. Unless you are parents to a curious mind that so happens to like coding and robots. WeCodeZW is offering just that. A coding and robotics BootCamp which is a pretty interactive way of learning programming. You build a robot and then […]

Grade 7 results are out. Here is how to view them

Finally, the Grade 7 results are out and for this year it’s earlier than usual ever since the wake of the COVID pandemic. While the number of students that sat for the exams was higher than that of 2021, the pass rate did fall from 41.13% to 40.09%. To access the results, all you need […]

Joina City working on being Zimbabwe’s first shopping mall to open 24 hours a day

The times are pretty convenient. We have the holiday season upon us and we always have last-minute shoppers so this could be that one place where you might be able to get a last-minute Christmas gift. This is of course subject to the retailers within the mall keeping their doors open. In their Facebook post, […]

FBC, another Zim Financial services firm to branch out to Botswana

Just last week ZB Financial Holdings officially launched a reinsurance company in Botswana and now FBC has joined the party as well launching their own reinsurance company in the neighboring country. FBC Reinsurance company is the bank’s way of expanding into the region. We are proud of being recognised as an investor friendly, lucrative, safe […]

EcoCash service is down

In Zimbabwe, it’s tough to tell whether or not a service is facing an outage or it’s just another day at the office with Network challenges. However, the EcoCash service is currently facing some challenges and is giving out an error “External Application down” even when dialing *151#. EcoCash Holdings issued out a statement saying: […]

TelOne new voice and data tariffs effective 1 November 2022

Just like clockwork, what we hope is the last wave of tariff adjustments by telecom operators is upon us. TelOne has announced new prices for their voice and data services which will be in effect from 1 November 2022. Data Prices: Old vs New Also read: Brace for 61% more expensive internet. Again Liquid Home […]

Brace for 61% more expensive internet. Again

In a letter sent to Telco subscribers, a data price increase of up to 61% was approved by POTRAZ for November 2022 for all Telecommunication operators. This price increase is affecting ZW$ pricing which is not really moving with the official rate. The letter also says that these 61% increments have been in effect since […]

Zimswitch new ZIPIT limits Oct 2022

Zimswitch has announced new limits for person-to-person transactions. This limit is now ZW$150 000 per transaction up from ZW$100 000 with the monthly limit now set at ZW$600 000. These new transaction limits will be taking effect from today, 10 October 2022. Zimswitch Statement Customer NoticeZIPIT LIMIT REVIEWDear Valued Customer, Please be advised that the […]

Operating costs rising faster than revenues, voice increases lead over data & more from Potraz Q2 report

The Postal and Telecommunications regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ), recently released the sector performance report for Q2 2022. Here are the highlights from the report: • Active fixed telephone lines increased 1.5% to reach 246,722 in the second quarter of 2022, from243,123 recorded in the first quarter of 2022; the fixed tele-density increased by 0.03% to […]

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 […]