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ZESA 12-hour load shedding timetable

Below is the timetable for the 12-hour load shedding that ZESA is undertaking due to reduced output at both the Kariba and Hwange Power Stations. Harare load shedding time table DAY MORNING PEAK EVENING PEAK MONDAY First areas to be affected H2, H4, H5, H6, H7, H8, H10, H14 H15, H16, H18, H21, H23, H24, […]


Brace yourselves for 12-hour load shedding

The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has announced that we should expect 12-hour load shedding due to diminished output at Hwange and Kariba power stations. The statement from the ZETDC reads as follows: The ZETDC (Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company) is experiencing a power shortfall due to generation constraints at Hwange Power […]


[Download] SI 229 of 2021 Freedom of Information regulations

The Government has published Statutory Instrument (SI) 229 of 2021 that outlines the disclosure of information by public entities. These new regulations are in terms of section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act [Chapter10:33]. You can download SI 229 of 2021 with the link below: Cover image credit: Campaign for Freedom of Information UK […]


All Zim banks daily debit card swipe limits

Following FBC Bank‘s announcement that it has increased its daily swipe transaction limits. We thought it would be prudent to look up all the other banks and see how their limits stack up against one another. Here are the figures we got from the respective banks’ customer services representatives. Bank Individual Daily Swipe Limit (ZWL$) […]


It’s probably expensive because it’s actually good value

Sometimes the price of a product, service or experience is high because it’s taken a lot of time to develop and perfect. This, of course, doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few crafty flea market vendors out there who’ll rip you off. It’s a mess but we tried to make sense of it through our […]


POTRAZ is celebrating its 20th birthday with two hackathons

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, POTRAZ is running two Hackathon Challenges in September and October 2021. The two events, which will be conducted virtually in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, will be held under the theme “#POTRAZ@20Challenge”.  The first Hackathon will focus on a COVID-19 sub-theme whilst the second one will focus on agriculture. #TowardsADigitalEconomyInACovid-19Zim […]


Full Text: Victoria Falls Stock Exchange signs deal with Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange

The Victoria Falls Stock Exchange (VFEX), a subsidiary of the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange (DGCX), the region’s leading derivatives exchange — to strengthen bilateral cooperation as well as exchange knowledge wound commodities trading. As part of the agreement, the DGCX will […]


Businesses can stay open till 7 pm as COVID lockdown now at Level 2

President Emmerson Mnangagwa today announced that the current COVID-19 Level four lockdown has been downgraded to Level Two. The curfew hours have been shortened to between 10 PM and 5.30 AM. Businesses are now allowed to operate from 8 AM up to 7 PM while restaurants and bars within hotels and lodges will operate between […]


New NetOne data bundle prices – September 2021

The country’s second-largest mobile network operator (MNO) NetOne has today (6 September 2021) increase the prices of data bundles. This shift follows up the data price increase NetOne announced in March this year and comes after Econet and Telecel’s increases a couple of months back. Here are the NetOne data bundle prices as of 6 […]


Econet employees get access to Ericsson’s online learning platform

Econet Wireless and Ericsson have signed this strategic partnership that benefits the Econet team in Zimbabwe, supporting them to achieve their competence development goals by attending digital courses anytime and anywhere.


WhatsApp is being restricted in Zambia amid elections

According to NetBlocks, multiple internet providers in Zambia have been throttling WhatsApp today as the country heads to the polls for the presidential and parliamentary elections. ⚠️ Confirmed: WhatsApp messaging app restricted in #Zambia on election day; real-time network data show loss of service on multiple internet providers as polls get under way, corroborating widespread […]


President Mnangagwa extends COVID lockdown by another fortnight

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has extended the COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown by another two weeks. He cited that although infections have decreased over the last two weeks the number of deaths remains high. President Mnangagwa also said the following: “Several countries globally and regionally are beginning to experience the fourth wave. Quite worrisome to us are […]


*405# now offers Nyaradzo Life and Funeral packages

You can now top up your Nyaradzo Life and Funeral Plans on Techzim Market and USSD *405#. All you need to do is click the link here and: Enter your Nyaradzo policy number The amount of months you want to pay for and your EcoCash number then click ‘Pay’. Check your EcoCash phone to confirm […]


Gadgets & devices we have bought thus far in 2021

This is a little belated because we are well past the halfway point of the year but the Technikari crew (Edwin, Rufaro and Valentine) went over their device and gadget acquisitions for 2021 thus far. You will also get a preview of the devices that Edwin will be reviewing soon and what he has made […]


ZESA: Fault at Hwange Power Station to cause load shedding

The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) has put out a notice to the nation concerning a fault at the Hwange Power Plant that will limit power supply (thus resulting in load shedding). ZESA’s statement on the Hwange fault reads as follows: POWER SUPPLY UPDATE ZESA Holdings would like to advise its valued customers countrywide that […]


Zim startups! German Business Angels are looking to invest €10K

Deutsch Connect in partnership with German Business Angels Group has announced that they are looking for early-stage startups in Southern Africa. If you are unfamiliar with Deutsch Connect, it is a startup and business hub that was founded by Zimbabwean Kumbirai Chipadza. It offers a number of services including business-to-business matchmaking, startup investor pairings and […]


Cassava Smartech releases Q1 2021 trading update

Cassava Smartech Zimbabwe, which will soon be known as EcoCash Holdings Zimbabwe Limited, has released a trading update for Q1 2021 ending 31st of May 2021. The update also gives further details on when the company will release its Financial Results for the year ending 28th February 2021. The statement from Cassava reads as follows: […]


Cassava Smartech to become EcoCash Holdings Ltd to avoid confusion

Cassava Smartech Zimbabwe is getting a facelift, in an announcement to stakeholders the company notified all concerned parties that they are going to be shifting to the name EcoCash Holdings Zimbabwe Limited to avoid confusion. Cassava’s Statement on the name change reads as follows: Members are advised that the Company’s controlling shareholder, Econet Global Limited, […]


Buy NetOne bundles with your EcoCash wallet via *405#

On top of buying airtime, ZESA tokens, TelOne packages, Telecel, Econet and NetOne airtime via *405#, you can now purchase NetOne data bundles via your EcoCash wallet. All you need to do is to: Dail *405# Choose a language Pick option 3 “NetOne, TelOne and Econet Bundles” Select the carrier (In this case, NetOne) Choose […]


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, […]