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Toyota Zimbabwe was flexing the GD6 Fortuner at ZITF 2022

We couldn’t leave the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair ZITF 2022, without paying a visit to what is probably one of the most famous car brands in Zimbabwe, Toyota. The folks over at Toyota Zimbabwe brought with them three cars, the very popular Toyota Fortuner, the 1.8L Corolla Quest and finally the very interesting Corolla Cross. […]


Telco at ZITF 2022: solar equipment, internet packages & mobile computer lab

Renewable energy and internet connectivity were what defined Telco at ZITF 2022. The company, which is one of the oldest internet service providers, brought all it has to offer to this year’s edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair. The team that Telco sent to ZITF 2022 was kind enough to give us a tour […]


Zimswitch at ZITF 2022: NOSTRO EFTs, debit orders, wallet on POS & more

The National Payments Switch, Zimswitch was an exhibitor at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF 2022). It appears that their main mission for this year’s edition of the ZITF was to interface with customers (both corporate and individual) about who they actually are and what they do. For all those who might not be aware […]


Econet brings 5G to Bulawayo at ZITF2022

The country’s largest mobile network operator, Econet yesterday launched its 5G service in Bulawayo at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF2022). This was at the company’s very impressive ZITF2022 installation which dwarfed what was in the main hall, we even started chucking figures, guessing as to how much Econet paid to reserve such a large […]


Zim’s biggest streaming service is at ZITF2022

Gateway Stream, the biggest local music streaming service is at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF2022). Well, saying “music streaming service” might be a little disingenuous because they also do pay per view videos, and e-commerce which includes booking hotels, rideshare services, groceries drinks and a whole lot more. The company also does affiliate marketing […]


ISP Spotting at ZITF2022: WE FOUND ZODSAT!!!!!

For those who have been around Techzim for a while the name, ZODSAT won’t be a new one. They have been around for a while and offer VSAT services much like TelOne, Liquid Home and Utande. We got a chance to talk to the team they sent to Bulawayo about what they have been up […]


Freshly RBZ approved Access Forex gave us a tour of their ZITF2022 Booth

Earlier this week we reported on Access Forex getting Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) approval to resume domestic (city to city) remittances. During our travels at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF2022), we got a chance to talk to Shingai J. Koti, the Chief Marketing Officer at Access Forex. She was also kind enough to […]


TelOne officially opens its first Matabeleland data centre

State-owned telecommunications company TelOne, yesterday commissioned its Bulawayo data centre and customer experience hub in a move set to improve data connectivity and customer interface in the Southern region. The data centre, a first of its kind in the Matabeleland region, is part of TelOne’s product expansion drive which has seen the concern investing more […]


NetOne at ZITF2022: “driving the metaverse”, agritech, e-tolls, smart services & more

NetOne had one of the more fascinating stands at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF2022). The state-owned mobile network operator (MNO) is really pushing the metaverse angle as it is their chief motto at its stall in the main hall. NetOne’s mobile money division was not left out of things because it was paying for […]


AMTEC brought rugged trucks and tractors to ZITF2022

With almost 70 years of experience in the automotive space locally, AMTEC was definitely at the top of our list for stands we were itching to have a look at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF2022). And we weren’t disappointed, the team from AMTEC were kind enough to give us a tour of their stand […]


ZIMOCO brought its very best to ZITF2022, Merc, Haval, GWM, Jeep & more

Day 1 of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair was a little lacklustre. Most of the exhibitors were still in various stages of setting up their stalls and installations. However, by the time Day-2 rolled around things were truly up and running and in our travels, through the ZITF2022 exhibition, we were given a tour of […]


RBZ gives Access Forex the green light to resume local transfers

Local domestic and international money transfer platform Access Forex is back in the business of local remittances after a few days of suspension due to pending Exchange Control regulatory approvals. This comes after the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe gave the company the green light to resume domestic foreign currency remittance activities after processing its licensing […]


RBZ bans Simbisa’s InnBucks with immediate effect!

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has announced that it has ordered Simbisa to halt operations of its loyalty and rewards program, InnBucks with immediate effect. The RBZ’s statement on InnBucks is as follows: PRESS STATEMENT CESSATION OF INNBUCKS OPERATING AS A MONEY TRANSFER SERVICE PROVIDER The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (the Bank) advises the […]


TelOne customers, a stuck digger is the reason why you don’t have internet

State-owned telecommunications company TelOne has announced to its customers in some suburbs in Harare that if they were experiencing an internet outage it is because of a construction accident that damaged a fibre cable. TelOne’s statement on the internet outage caused by the fibre break reads as follows: TelOne sincerely apologises for service disruption in […]


Zim freelancers! You have to check out Afriblocks’ FREE Summit

Zimbabwean co-founded startup and Techstars alumni AfriBlocks is hosting its Freelancers Summit on the 6th and 7th of May 2022 to explore the future of work and freelancing on the continent. This is the second running of the Afriblocks Summit, with the first event taking place last year. With its growing tech ecosystem, Africa is […]


Cassava’s Sasai Remit partners with UK women’s org on money transfers to Zim & SA

Sasai Remit, a subsidiary of Cassava Technologies, has announced a partnership with Qoki Zindlovukazi, a United Kingdom-based women’s networking and empowerment organisation. The two say the partnership will enable both organisations to empower thousands of Zimbabweans to use a safe and secure fintech platform to seamlessly transfer funds to family and friends in South Africa […]


OK is ditching physical coupons & going digital for Grand Challenge Promotion

One of the country’s oldest promotions, the OK Grand Challenge is back and is sticking digital channels according to the launch event for the annual promotion held late last week. You can watch the launch event on YouTube with the player below or by clicking the link here The last edition of the OK Grand […]


Crypto startups, check out this US$1 million fund

Mercy Corps is launching a new Crypto for Good Fund of $1 million to test and support blockchain-based solutions for people who are currently low-income and/or unbanked. Up to 10 social enterprises will receive up to $100,000 in grant funding to test their pilot projects applying decentralized finance and blockchain technology to build financial inclusion […]


Zim entrepreneurs! There is US$50K up for grabs, do you have what it takes?

Game Changers Zimbabwe has announced a US$50,000 competition for 30 local entrepreneurs to secure funding, mentorship, investment and a full-stack business support system. The initiative is seeking to develop Zimbabwe through empowering a new generation of Zimbabwean youth entrepreneurs with equity investments, mentorship and advisory support. The goals for the program are to: Create sustainable […]


Women entrepreneurs check out this US$60K Challenge

The COVID-19 pandemic has reversed at least twenty years of progress for women and girls. The pandemic has overwhelmed health systems and supply chains across the globe and has derailed progress in sustainable development. In parallel, the pandemic has also catalyzed the acceleration of innovation, including in the booming health technology market. In this context, […]


[Update] Liquid Home (ZOL) is down

If you are a Liquid Home customer I am pretty sure you have restarted your router countless ties with no luck and even tried to check your balance thinking you are out of data. You are not alone. Liquid Home is facing network challenges that have been caused by a fiber cut on their link […]


ZIM STARTUPS! Jack Ma’s US$1.5 mil African Business Heroes is back!

The “Africa’s Business Heroes” (ABH) prize competition, one of the Jack Ma Foundation’s flagship philanthropic programs spotlighting and celebrating Africa’s entrepreneurial talent has opened applications for its fourth annual edition. Entrepreneurs from all 54 African countries, across every sector, age group, and gender are now able to submit their applications, in either French or English, […]


FINSEC to roll-out automated contract writing & derivatives trading

While browsing on Twitter, we came across a thread on the Financial Securities Exchange (Private) Limited’s (FINSEC) official account, that said it was working on automated contract writing and derivatives trading. The thread by FINSEC reads as follows: FINSEC will be introducing automated contract writing and derivatives trading, complete with direct integration of the trading, […]


Two Zim startups partner to provide Digital Identity in Healthcare for millions in Africa

Algorand powered local blockchain startup FlexID (FlexFinTx) has extended its Self Sovereign Identity platform to the healthcare industry in what the company says is a world-first real-world use case scenario in partnership with Ubuntu Clinics. The former is a Zimbabwean founded firm that is also registered in Singapore with operations in Africa and Southeast Asia […]


ZESA’s token platform is going to be down TONIGHT, buy your units early

The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) has in a statement said that its token purchase platform is going under maintenance this evening. This latest fix up follows what has almost become a tradition at the turn of the year when ZESA does some work on its token purchase platform. If you are running out of […]


Zim Startups! Check out AfricArena’s Summit Tour and Challenge

AfricArena hosted the AfricArena Media & Partnership Launch Event, which took place online on the 9th of February. At this event, it announced the official launch of its annual AfricArena tour, seeking to find and support the best startups on the continent and the launch of its new annual fundraising and Scale-up program which aims […]


BancABC is experiencing a “system challenge” with its banking platforms

BancABC has announced that it is facing some system challenges with its banking platforms. The notice posted on BancABC’s Twitter account reads as follows: IMPORTANT NOTICE: SYSTEMS CHALLENGE NOTIFICATION To our Valued Customers, Please be advised that we are experiencing intermittent service on all of our banking platforms. Efforts are underway to rectify the issue. […]


Blockchain startups! Check out this US$20K Africa-wide Bootcamp

DFS Lab and Stellar have announced that applications are open for our second Blockchain Bootcamp, designed to give early to mid-stage startups in Africa an opportunity to build on Stellar, an open-source blockchain network for financial services and products. The Bootcamp will culminate in a demo day where companies with the most promising solutions built on Stellar will be […]


Content creators! Solution Centre is running a DaVinci Resolve Video Editing Bootcamp

Solution Centre Zimbabwe is running The Beginner’s Guide to DaVinci Resolve 17, the official Blackmagic Design Training and Certification course that teaches editors, artists and students how to edit, composite, colour correct, and mix audio in DaVinci Resolve. All you need is a Mac or  Windows computer capable of running the software, the free download version […]


Zimbos put the fear of God into NetOne over the ridiculous data prices

Last week NetOne announced a price adjustment for its OneFi data packages that would have seen 80GB going for ZWL$99,000 which was US$800 at the auction rate. After a day-long public outcry, the state-owned mobile network operator saw the light and reduced the prices to a more realistic range. You can listen to or download […]