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[Updated] Facebook Launches Program To Help Meet Digital Literacy Needs In Africa

A few days ago, Facebook launched “My Digital World” a programme designed to equip the youth and general public across Sub-Saharan Africa with digital skills needed to navigate the digital world. It will be offered virtually this year to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. We remain committed to equipping young people and the general public across Sub-Saharan Africa with the vital digital skills […]

Reflecting On The Launch Of UNICEF’s Internet Of Good Things

[Image Source: UNICEF ZW Twitter] Among the many challenges COVID-19 presents, is the ability to disseminate information while maintaining physical distancing. While Zimbabwe has a high mobile phone penetration of over 90 per cent, access to internet is a challenge for many due to the prohibitive cost of data. In rural Zimbabwe, according to the […]

Liquid Telecom SA CEO Resigns

Reshaad Sha has resigned from his position as CEO of Liquid Telecom South Africa, 2 years after taking the reigns. The executive is leaving the telecoms company in August to head up a new Artificial Intelligence startup BriteGaze which will launch in a few months time. Sha is reported to have successfully overseen Liquid Telecom’s […]

ZOL Announces Yet Another Price Upgrade Coming Into Effect In July

ZOL subscribers have been getting an email from their Internet Service Provider notifying them of yet another price hike for the Fibroniks and Wibroniks service. The price hike is coming into effect on the first of July; Fibroniks Those on home packages will now pay the following; Package Data Allocation Price ZW$ Fibroniks Zoom 10GB […]

Parliament Invites Public Commentary On Cyber Security & Data Protection Bill

On the 15th of May, the Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill was gazetted by government and before it is effected into law the bill should go through a phase of public consultation where ordinary Zimbabweans like you and me go through it and share comments with Parliament. This being the case the Parliament of […]

Vandalism Still A Huge Drawback For TelOne

Over the past few years, TelOne has complained at length about the vandalism that has affected their network delivery from time to time. In 2018 there were 393 such cases, which reduced to 303 cases last year. This year they’ve already been 139 incidents of vandalism and the most recent resulted in an internet blackout […]

EcoCash Launches Promotion To Promote Bank To Wallet Transactions

Most news around EcoCash has lately been about the continuous restrictions being placed on their platform by regulators. Such restrictions have implications on the platform’s utility (usefulness). It looks as if the mobile money company wants to pre-empt any possible exodus of users off the platform. We don’t think there is much risk of an […]

Download: POTRAZ Telecoms Sector Report Q1 2020 Report Out Now

POTRAZ Telecoms sector report for the first quarter of 2020 is finally out (I say finally because we’re almost halfway into the year) and here are the highlights from the report: Growth in active mobile subscriptions – the number of active mobile subscriptions which increased by 4% to reach 13,724,522 from 13,195,902 recorded in the […]

ZOL Subscribers Need To Reconfigure Their Modems During Latest Maintenance Upgrade – Here’s How

Last week, ZOL announced a 14-day network maintenance update commencing on the 3rd of June and lasting until the 17th. Some Wibroniks subscribers will have to update their routers to ensure that they continue getting optimal service after the update. Which subscribers are affected? Subscribers with the following antenna and router will be affected; GreenPacket […]

TelOne Reviews Prices For Modems, LTE SIM Cards & Other Hardware

Starting from the 1st of this month a number of Customer-Premise Equipment (CPEs) items on sale from TelOne saw an upwards price revision. Wait, “What are CPEs you ask”? It’s any terminal (and associated equipment) located at a subscriber’s premises. In this particular instance, most of them are modems and you’re better of just thinking […]

Trouble Buying Electricity Tokens? ZESA Prepaid System Down

A number of people have been running into challenges trying to buy electricity tokens this morning and last night. It seems the challenge is on ZEDTCs part as Paynow have put up a notice on their website informing customers of the challenges Increased errors from ZETDC We’re currently receiving a greater than normal number of […]

Listed Companies Urged To Hold Annual General Meetings Online By ZSE

Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) has responded to concerns of listed companies citing COVID-19 as a hindrance to hosting Annual General Meetings (AGMs) & Extraordinary General Meetings (EGMs). The stock exchange has noted the companies’ concerns but urged that they host these meetings virtually and when they can even do so physically: The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange […]

ZOL Announces Price Increase – Here’s What You’ll Pay Now (May 2020)

ZOL has announced yet another price increase which doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering just how the local currency has weakened over the last 2 weeks. The new pricing for ZOL’s packages is now structured as follows: Package Name Data $ Home Wibroniks Unlimited Unlimited $3,105 Fibroniks Zoom 10GB (Pay As You Go) […]

Uni of Stellenbosch To Launch New Remote Learning Programmes Locally

Management Training Bureau and the University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development (USB-ED) are launching a remote learning platform later this morning. Professor Amon Murwira – Minister of Higher & Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science & Technology Development- and the parties mentioned above will host a webinar to announce the launch of this platform. The Minister […]

Google Celebrates Zim Culture With Mbira Doodle

It’s a well-established fact (yes fact, not opinion) that Google Doodles are pretty cool. Today’s Doodle is extra cool with the search engine sharing a 4 part-story of the Mbira. The mbira is a Zimbabwean musical instrument consisting of a wooden board with attached staggered metal tines. The wooden soundboard (gwariva) is affixed with a […]

EcoCash Announces Promotion For Tobacco Farmers Receiving Payment On Their Platform

Following the opening of the tobacco auction floors earlier this month, EcoCash has announced a promotion for tobacco farmers accepting their mobile money service as form of payment for their crop. Farmers getting paid more than ZW$30 000 stand a chance to win 1 of 30 tobacco seed for 1ha and 1 of 30 fertilisers […]

Download: Zimbabwe’s Cyber Security And Data Protection Bill

The Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill has been on the horizon for a while now. On Friday the bill was finally gazetted by government. It will then go through debate in parliament as it journeys to become the law or until it is rejected. It is quite an important bill and we look forward […]

Speech: ICT Minister Remarks On The World Information & Society Day

Fellow Zimbabweans, Ladies and Gentlemen; Today, we celebrate the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) whose theme is “Connect 2030: ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). I salute you with a deep sense of honour and hope as this is happening at a time when the world is grappling with the COVID 19 […]

RBZ: $10 Notes Coming Into Circulation Next Week. $20 Notes To Follow

RBZ has announced when the $10 & $20 notes will be coming into circulation. $10 notes will come into on Tuesday 19 May with the $20 notes to follow soon after – RBZ says these will be available “by the first week of June”. Alongside this announcement was another – withdrawal limits have been raised […]

It’s Not Just You, NetOne & TelOne Just Went Down

Multiple users of NetOne & TelOne reported that they faced network problems around 2PM today – with both service providers leaving users in the dark. NetOne users couldn’t call or use the USSD to purchase airtime and other services. TelOne users had access to the internet disrupted briefly. The knowledge we have suggests the problems […]

Econet Group To Conduct 100 000 Coronavirus Tests

The Econet group and Cassava Smartech just announced the launch of Maisha Testing – a service that will offer Coronavirus testing to Zimbabwean citizenry. The 100 000 test kits will be offered to different sets of citizens; Citizens employed in the Econet Wireless Group, Cassava Smartech, Liquid Telecom, Mutare Bottling and Higherlife Foundation. This will […]

FBC Donates 10 000 Covid-19 Diagnostic Test Kits

FBC Holdings has demonstrated its commitment towards containing the spread of Covid-19 in Zimbabwe. The Group proudly donated 10 000 Coronavirus test kits in the interest of public health. The donation was presented to the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, His Excellency, President ED Mnangagwa and representatives from the Ministry of Health and Child […]

Zim To Participate In Afro-Caribbean eSports Invitational

Zimbabwe will take part in the Afro-Caribbean eSports Invitational taking place later this month (16 & 17 May). The invitational will have 14 of the following countries battle it out on FIFA 20 & Mortal Kombat for PS4; Nigeria; Guinea; Zimbabwe; Ghana; Cameroon; Senegal; Morocco; Jamaica; Guadeloupe; Santa Lucia; Martinique; Trinidad and Tobago; Barbados; The […]

Netflix Celebrates Africa Month With Made In Africa Collection

Netflix today announced the introduction of a Made in Africa collection – a curated list of African series, films and documentaries – to celebrate Africa Month and demonstrate Netflix’s commitment to Africa and the African creative community. The collection is available globally at (or can be found on Netflix by searching ‘Made in Africa’ or ‘Africa Month’ or […]

RBZ Freezes More EcoCash, OneMoney Agents- Strategy Still Not Working

The Herald reports that the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has closed down more (undisclosed) mobile money agent lines in a bid to arrest the deterioration in value of the Zimbabwe local currency. According to The Herald, the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the central bank says that the agent accounts were moving large values which […]

Press Release: A New Life Skills Short Course Administered Online

[Wednesday 6 May, 2020] Online education platform, AGRICOLLEGES international, has announced that it will launch a new Joys of Life Skills short course on 18 May 2020. The course is relevant to people from all walks of life and aims to help individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life, at […]

Telecel Says We’re Not Closing, In Fact We Are Opening More Shops

There’s a rumor that has been circulating based on a story run by The Herald 5 years ago. The story titled “Telecel shut down” was stumbled upon mistakenly by someone who assumed it was a recent story and begun spreading it. The story grew legs to the point where Telecel has had to issue a […]

Econet Reviews Price Of Data Bundles – Here’s What You’ll Pay Now

Econet’s pricing for smart data bouquets has been reviewed as expected and here’s what subscribers will now pay for daily bundles Price (ZW$) Data allocation (MB) $5.5 20MB $11 40MB $20 80MB $37 150MB $60 250MB $80 600MB $130 1200MB Remember the days a $1 used to get you 250MB. Well, wake up! Those days […]

African AI Platform To Host Webinar On How Machine Learning Can Be Used To Fight COVID-19

Zindi the data science platform that connects data scientists and people who need their problems solved is hosting a free webinar titled “From Models to Medical Care: in conversation with epidemiologists on the scientific frontlines.“ The webinar will see 3 epidemiologists; Prof Wim Delva, Dr Brooke Nichols and Dr Elaine Nsoesie discuss how machine learning […]

Press Release: Vaya Offers Free Delivery Of Medicines For 3 Months

VAYA Express, through VAYA Express Medical Deliveries, is now offering free delivery of medical supplies to assist Zimbabweans in need of critical medicines and drugs during the restrictions imposed due the COVID -19 pandemic and beyond.  VAYA Express Medical Deliveries is collaborating with Maisha Health fund (formerly Steward Health) to help people in need to […]