Zimbabwe and regional technology news and updates

Zim Startups! Check out TechHub Harare’s 4th Cohort & startup huddle

TechHub Harare has said that local startups who want to apply for the 4th Cohort can still do so. The incubation period runs 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 […]

Strive Masiyiwa appointed to Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation board

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has appointed a board of trustees, with Strive Masiyiwa, Baroness Nemat (Minouche) Shafik, Thomas J. Tierney, and Gates Foundation CEO Mark Suzman joining co-chairs Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates as members. The board members will work alongside Gates and French Gates, bringing independent and diverse perspectives to help […]

Zim e-health startups! Check out this Africa-wide accelerator

The African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), has announced that applications are open for the AUDA-NEPAD Home Grown Solutions (HGS) Accelerator for e-health or health-focused startups. The accelerator programme focusing on growth and mature stage African healthcare companies, conceptualized in response to […]

Zimbos! Here’s your chance to give Wikipedia that local flavour

On the 2nd and 3rd February 2022, the AfroCuration event in Zimbabwe, in partnership with the National Gallery of Zimbabwe will bring together young participants from colleges and universities in Zimbabwe to train them on how to tell their stories through Wikipedia. The event will be both virtual and physical with influential speakers in the […]

BancABC is going to be down for an entire weekend

BancABC announced on Twitter that it is going to be doing some work on its system from the 4th to the 6th of February 2022. The outage is going to see all banking services down during the duration of the maintenance exercise. IMPORTANT NOTICE: SCHEDULED SYSTEM MAINTENANCE To our Valued Customers, Kindly note that we […]

Applications open for Open Parly’s US$1,000 Murewa Hackathon

Magamba Network (Open Parly ZW) is looking for young people, community activists, citizen journalists and developers to promote progressive new civic tech within Zimbabwe’s civic space through finding offline solutions to provide access to information to rural communities using innovative tools for the Rural Kiosk. The Civic Hackathon is a day-long event that brings together […]

Aspiring Filmmakers! Apply for Netflix’s US$1 mil scholarship

Netflix, the world’s biggest streaming service, has pledged US$1 million to film and television students in Sub Saharan Africa. The endowment is being done through Netflix’s Creative Equity Scholarship Fund which was launched last year. “Netflix is excited by the potential of the next generation of storytellers and we’re committed to investing in the future […]

Entrepreneurs! Applications for ZimTrade Eagle’s Nest are open!!!

ZimTrade has announced that applications for the 2022 Edition of The Eagle’s Nest Youth Export Incubator are now open. The initiative is there to help young export traders by providing them with a platform to pitch their ideas, mentorship as well as operational support. Stand a chance to WIN a ZimTrade Export Development Package that […]

Zim startups! Apply to pitch your ideas at Africa Tech Summit 2022!!

Africa Tech Summit has opened applications to the 2022 edition of Pitch Live at the fourth Africa Startup Summit. Ten start-ups will be selected to present their company’s solution and overall ask on stage to an audience of 500 + leaders in the African tech ecosystem that include investors, corporates, accelerators, and media. The Africa Startup Summit is part of […]

Denmark via Mazowe built Wa-Faya’s app; Zim developers anything is possible

Takudzwa Shamhu is a local developer who works for Pleo, a Danish fintech firm that creates solutions to manage business expenses. We recently had a chat with him about his very interesting journey from working at Telco after graduating from Chinhoyi University to ending up in Europe. Oh… and how he built Wa-Faya’s app in […]

Sun Exchange’s US$1.4 mil crowdfunded solar project in Marondera goes live!

Sun Exchange, the global solar leasing platform that enables anyone, anywhere to own and earn income from solar assets in emerging markets, today announced the 510 kWp + 1MWh solar-plus-storage installation to power Zimbabwean agriculture leader, Nhimbe Fresh, has started generating electricity. Sun Exchange previously completed the crowdsale for the project, with approximately $1.4 million […]

ZIMRA’s portal is “undergoing maintenance”, the yearly tradition continues

No prizes for predicting this one because much like every year in recent memory the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) has announced that its online portal will be undergoing maintenance. This comes as the usual rush to acquire Tax Clearance certificates (ITF263) peaks as businesses seek to get it out of the way and stay on […]

Zim entrepreneurs! Check out this US$125K impact accelerator

The Norrsken Impact Accelerator seeks to bring together a global collection of entrepreneurs and investors in Stockholm Sweden, The initiative was founded by founders from more than 50 unicorns (valued at over a billion) which includes companies like Klarna (Swedish Fintech), Mojang (Swedish Video Game Developer), Soundcloud, Kry (Swedish digital health startup), Good American, Meltwater, […]

Upgrade your ZOL email today or your mailbox will be disabled

ZOL announced that it is completing the process of upgrading its email service and has advised customers who haven’t met the new requirements to do so today (17/01/2022) as it is the final day. Failure to do so will result in email services being disabled. ZOL statement reads as follows: Important Notice Update: Email […]

Zim inventor develops TV that doesn’t need a power cable, Is that even possible?

Zimbabwean inventor Maxwell Chikumbutso has reportedly created a radio-frequency powered television. This means that there is no power cable and the TV is powered purely by radio waves similar to WiFi and Bluetooth. “With an RF-powered generator embedded on a TV set, it is now possible for many people to enjoy watching TV whilst they […]

UN approves Zimbabwe’s US$45 mil renewable energy programme

The United Nations (UN) SDG-Fund has approved Zimbabwe’s US$45 Million programme on catalysing investments in Renewable Energy (RE) for the acceleration of the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the country. The UN SDG-Fund is contributing US$10 Million to the programme whilst the Government of Zimbabwe through the Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe […]

RBZ is coming after businesses involved in currency manipulation

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has in a tweet announced that it would start taking action against entities that are breaching the Bank Use Promotion Act and those that are involved in currency manipulation. This follows the Financial Intelligence Unit’s (FIU) investigations of entities that are allegedly committing these offences. The statement by the […]

4th edition of Africa Tech Summit to take place live in Nairobi

The African tech ecosystem will finally have the opportunity to connect again in person at the fourth edition of the Africa Tech Summit taking place in Nairobi, Kenya on February 23-24, 2022. The leading African tech event will once again provide unrivalled insights, networking, and business opportunities across three Summits and brings together tech leaders […]

Dr Mangudya graded by the Central Banker Report Cards

Update: The previous title of this article was “Dr Mangudya ranked worst Reserve Bank Governor” this was incorrect. The Reserve Bank Governor got a C-“ Global Finance has been publishing the Central Banker Report Cards since 1994. As you many have already guessed this is a school style mark for the world’s central bank governors […]

Content creators! Apply for Comexposed & British Council’s Scripts and Bars project

Comexposed supported by Kay Media Africa, British Council and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation invites digital content creators and storytellers (writers, animators, illustrators, videographers, music producers, app and web developers) to apply to participate in an exciting project called Scripts and Bars, a Music and Literature Digital Content Creation Project. The first phase […]

Zim Startups! Check out this US$5K Africa wide entrepreneurship programme

The Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP) has announced that applications for the eighth edition of the programme are now open. The program which is run by the Tony Elumelu Foundation will see selected startups receive a twelve-week intensive remote training programme with a plethora of mentors from across the world. Those who make it will […]

ZESA resumes rehabilitation work at Kariba Power Station

The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) has, in a statement, said that it has resumed work at the Kariba South Hydro Power Station after suspending work to reduce load shedding over the festive season. ZESA statement reads as follows: RESUMPTION OF KARIBA SOUTH HYDROPOWER STATION DAM WALL REHABILITATION WORKS ZESA Holdings would like to advise […]

Soccer bundle, an affordable way to consume soccer news and results on the internet

Soccer 24, Zimbabwe’s largest dedicated football/soccer publication has introduced an affordable way for fans to access information about the game they love so much. Currently, the Soccer Bundle is available for Econet subscribers only. Subscribers who buy this bundle get access to the website which is a data free version of Soccer 24. How […]

2022 ZIMRA PAYE USD and ZWL$ Tax Tables

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) has released the 2022 Pay as You Earn (PAYE) tax tables for those who are earning in USD and in local currency. Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) PAYE 2022 RTGS (ZWL$) PAYE 2022 Zimbabwe’s Pay As You Earn (PAYE) Tax Tables explained DAILY TABLE Rates from – to 821.92 multiply by […]

If your car hasn’t fully cleared customs, ZIMRA is giving you till 31/01/22

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) has, in a circular, announced that it is giving members of the public who have cars that haven’t properly cleared customs till the end of the month to do so. ZIMRA’s statement on car customs clearance reads as follows: Following the encouraging and positive responses to Public Notice No. 105 […]

RBZ blocked funds as of 31st December 2020

Act No.7 of 2021 Finance Act revealed the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s (RBZ) blocked funds balance sheet as of 31 December 2020 and private sector as of 25 September 2021. “Blocked funds” refers to money generated in a country by a foreign entity or project but can’t be paid pack immediately because of capital flow […]

2022 income tax brackets, presumptive tax and other adjustments

Act No.7 of 2021, Finance Act has revealed what the income tax structure in Zimbabwe will look like in 2022 “The Schedule (“Credits and Rates of Income Tax”) to Chapter I of the Finance Act [Chapter 23:04] is amended— (a) with effect from the year of assessment beginning on the 1st January, 2022, in Part […]

2021 the year of Statutory Instruments, smartphone tax, USD discounts & ZSE trading

As 2021 draws to a close we talked about the craziest things that happened over the year, like SI 127, SI 89, the US$50 smartphone tax, data prices and more. You can listen to or download the podcast with the link below. Alternatively, you get a copy by sending the message “podcast” to 0717 684 […]

What’s going on at Telecel? Customers say voice & data services have been down for days

Zimbabwe’s smallest mobile network operator (MNO) Telecel has been on the fritz over the last few days. Telecel customers have been reporting that voice and data services have been on and off or down completely, and some have been unable to reach the company’s customer services lines. Yesterday Telecel released a message to its customers […]

ZESA’s token purchase platform is going to be down tomorrow till the new year

The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) has, in a press release, said that prepaid token purchases are going to be down from the 31st of December 2021 to January 1st 2022. ZESA’s statement reads as follows: NOTICE ON UNAVAILABILITY OF THE PREPAID ELECTRICITY VENDING SYSTEM DUE TO SCHEDULED ANNUAL MAINTENANCE ZESA Holdings would like to […]