Zimbabwe and regional technology news and updates

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 […]

New project aimed at supporting young Zimbabwean creatives launched

Kay Media Africa and UK-based Reprezent Radio are collaborating to deliver Scripts and Bars, a digital content creation project that brings together 100 creatives from Zimbabwe and UK to collaborate across the Music and Literature sectors. The project is supported by British Council in partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). This […]

ZINARA releases new vehicle licencing fees

The Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) today published the new vehicle licencing fees as was stated in Statutory Instrument (SI) 29 of 2022. Statutory Instrument 29 of 2022. CAP. 13:14 Vehicle Registration and licensing (Amendment) Regulations. 2022 (No. 23) It is hererby notified that the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development has in terms of […]

Local ICT firm now offering SAP software via partner-managed cloud

Tano Digital Solutions (TDS) is a South Africa and Zimbabwe-based technology company that offers a range of services and products which include business consulting, domain expertise and technology consulting. TDS has announced that it has become an SAP reseller to deliver a partner-managed cloud for SAP Business One & Business ByDesign. SAP is a German multinational […]

Aspiring & established digital marketers, check out this course

NKDigital is a Harare-based and registered company that is a representative of the Digital Marketing Institute (DMI) for Zimbabwe. Its founder and director, Nikolina Kobali is an internationally certified DMI trainer that trained over 600 business owners and Zim DMI Alumni students. NKDigital will be running the world’s most recognized Digital Marketing Diploma Program for […]

Standard Bank named Africa’s most valuable banking brand

Stanbic Bank Zimbabwe’s parent company, Standard Bank Group, has been named as the most valuable banking brand on the African continent for 2022 in Brand Finance’s annual ranking of the world’s Top 500 Banking Brands, after increasing its brand value by 26% to USD1.583 billion.  This significant increase in brand value has seen Africa’s largest […]

10% internet tax: the Techzim community has its say

This evening (14/02/2022) we held a Twitter Space to talk about the 10% Excise Duty or Tax that will be levied on internet packages and VOIP services. The news was communicated by ZOL Zimbabwe in an email to customers and we were joined by our community on Twitter to go over it and the impact […]

US$1,000 up for grabs for anyone with election process solutions

Content ZW has another event on the cards, after the content creators startup week that was held last year. This one is for anyone with solutions to improve the election process. “Do you like building solutions? Have ideas on how to share and innovate around the election processes. Are you aged between 18-35 years residing […]

Old Mutual’s Eight2Five Hub celebrates 1st Anniversary

The Eight2Five Innovation Hub, home for entrepreneurs, celebrated its first anniversary. The Eight2Five Innovation Hub powered by Old Mutual Zimbabwe focuses on creating a modern, professional, and energetic work environment to stimulate the creativity and productivity of entrepreneurial businesses and their teams. “Current times are changing very fast, demanding young people to be proactive. We […]

[Download] The Monetary Policy Statement – 7 Feb 2022

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe released the Monetary Policy Statement for the second half of 2021. The RBZ has to release such a statement every six months “outlining the monetary policy stance for the subsequent six months, the reasons for the policies and an evaluation of the previous period monetary policy measures.” You can download […]

Cassava appoints new Africa Data Centres CEO

Cassava Technologies has today announced that it has appointed Tesh Durvasula as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Africa Data Centres (ADC) effective 7 February 2022. He will be responsible for driving growth, innovation and strategy of Cassava Technologies’ data centres to meet Africa’s accelerating demand for data and digital infrastructure. “At Cassava Technologies […]

Grade 7 results are out, here’s how to access them online

The Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) Grade 7 Results are out according to a report by The Herald. ZIMSEC Board Chairperson Prof. Eddie Mwenje said that the parents and students can access the results from the portal starting today. “Heads of schools will be able to collect the results from their respective Zimsec regional offices […]

Startups! you can still apply for TechHub’s incubator & startup huddle

TechHub Harare has announced that you can still apply for its 4th Incubator Cohort which is set to start from the 14th of February to the 30th of June 2022. Startups from fintech all the way to e-commerce and agritech, energy, healthcare, e-learning and more are all encouraged to apply. You can find the application […]

Telecel isn’t feeling too good, customers say its been down for days (again)

Telecel seems to be going through yet another rough patch… The country’s smallest mobile network operator put out a statement on the 29th of January 2022 saying that it was facing network challenges. However, Telecel’s customers have reached out to us saying the network has been down for days… To all our valued customers . […]

Applications open for 2022 Presidential scholarships

The Presidential and National Scholarships Department in the Office of President and Cabinet has announced applications for scholarship opportunities to study In Turkey, India, Egypt and Spain for the 2022/23 academic year are open. The Scholarships target able but disadvantaged talented and academically gifted students mainly from rural schools in remote districts of the country’s […]

MISA writes letter to ZBC urging fair coverage during elections

The Media Institute for Southern Africa Zimbabwe (MISA) has written a letter to the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) urging the state broadcaster to provide equal coverage during the elections. MISA’s letter to the ZBC on elections reads as follows. Ms Adelaide ChikunguruThe Chief Executive OfficerZimbabwe Broadcasting CorporationHG44 HighlandsHarareZimbabwe Dear Madam, Ref: Request for implementation plan […]

ZIMRA exceeded its own expectations in Q4 2021 with a 48% uptick in collections

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) has released its Q4 2021 results and the tax authority went over and above its own projections for the period under review. ZIMRA recorded ZWL$161.08 billion in gross collections which is a 48.91% increase on its target of ZWL$108.17 billion. The net revenue collected was ZWL$157.19 billion because ZIMRA said […]

Full Text: CBZ Bank and CBZ Building Society want to be one business

In a press statement released by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ), CBZ Bank and sister company CBZ Building Society have applied to be unified as a single entity The statement on the proposed unification reads as follows: PROPOSED AMALGAMATION OF CBZ BANK LIMITED & CBZ BUILDING SOCIETY IT is hereby notified, in terms of […]

Standard Chartered is adding more ATMs for USD and ZWL$ withdrawals

Standard Chartered Bank has announced that it is increasing ATM locations that will allow for more USD and ZWL$ cash withdrawals. The bank launched one in Chinoyi a couple of weeks ago and will be rolling more out soon. Here are all the current Standard Chartered Bank ATM locations. City/Town No of ATMs Location Harare […]

You can now download Pindula’s data free news app via WhatsApp

Our friends over at Pindula have been hearing from their readers that they don’t have access to the Play Store or that downloading an app from there is difficult. The biggest reason is that many Zimbabweans are locked in WhatsApp bundles so getting any application requires a general data bundle or Wi-Fi which are both […]