Zimbabwe and regional technology news and updates

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 […]

Startups with climate adaptation solutions, check out this accelerator

Village Capital, under the Adaptation SME Accelerator Project (ASAP), an initiative supported by the Lightsmith Group, in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank, the Global Environment Facility, and Conservation International, is looking to accelerate 16 SMEs and startups in Africa and Asia that are scaling market-based and contextualized solutions to critical climate adaptation and resilience challenges. […]

Internet penetration, active mobile subscriptions & more from the POTRAZ Q3 2021 Report

The Postal and Telecommunications regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ), today released the sector performance report for Q3 2021. Here are the highlights from the report: Active fixed telephone lines declined by 0.4% to reach 244,316 in the third quarter of 2021 from 245,322 recorded in the second quarter of 2021; the fixed tele-density declined by […]

Giving Econet & others tax breaks is one way mobile data quality can improve

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) recently released its sector performance report for Q3 2021 and yet again data is king in the country with usage continuing on the up because of the pandemic. However in saying that, the quality of data has been iffy for a very long time because there […]

Spiderman No Way Home Review: Not as good as the hype suggests

Yesterday we went to watch the new Marvel blockbuster Spiderman No way Home and judging by the ticket queues, this is a movie that many wanted to watch. The film isn’t bad, far from it. It is a fun ride with plenty of surprises. However, there are some problems with the movie that are hard […]

Second-hand cars: ridiculous prices, preserving value, govt negligence & more

Buying a second-hand car in Zimbabwe is a game of Russian roulette because good looking cars are sometimes on their last legs and the bad ones… well… We took a dive into the second-hand car market on Facebook, car sales and imports, and the different buying habits of the various tax brackets. Additionally, we looked […]

Entrepreneurs! Applications for the Africa Blockchain Incubation Program are open!

The Africa Blockchain Incubation Program is focused on grooming African Blockchain StartUps, to spark creativity and ideas implementation around Distributed Ledger Technologies, insufficiently present in the Local Innovation and Entrepreneurship Landscape of Egypt and Zimbabwe. Qualified candidates will be nurtured through a structured 4-Month course of Workshops, Training, Development, Mentor Sessions and Community Events, through […]

Full Text: TelOne Chairman’s remarks at 7th TelOne Learning Centre Graduation

State-owned telecommunication company TelOne today held a graduation ceremony for students who were at the company’s Learning Centre. The event was attended by government officials including the Minister for ICTs, representatives from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), The Director-General of the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) and many others. […]

ZESA brings back 3 units at Kariba, power output up by 345MW for the festive season

The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Company (ZESA) has announced that it has brought three units at the Kariba Power Station that were offline back into service. The units were down because of maintenance that was being undertaken on the dam wall. ZESA also says that this measure was to ease load shedding during the festive period. […]

Cassava announces joint venture with UK cyber security firm to expand security operations & Microsoft cloud security expertise in Africa

ITC Secure (ITC), a leading advisory-led cyber security services company and a Microsoft Gold cyber security partner, and Cassava Technologies have announced today that they have entered into a Joint Venture (JV) to build and launch an extensive portfolio of cyber security services, powered by Microsoft Azure cloud technologies in Africa. “Digital transformation in Africa […]

Cassava Technologies signs deal with Japanese firm to further Africa Data Centres

Cassava Technologies has today announced that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Mitsui & Co., Ltd (Mitsui), one of Japan’s largest global conglomerates. Cassava Technologies and Mitsui share the common vision of facilitating digital transformation across Africa. The partnership will bring together the technology, expertise and networks of both organizations to […]

Check out Afrotopia, a Harare-based co-working space for creatives

Enthuse Afrika is a collective of digital communications collective that has a slew of services from video production all the way to web designing. The group comprises young writers, journalists, videographers and content creators who use the internet to tell stories about African experiences, brands and people through publications, digital skills training, consultancy and collaborations. […]

Car review: the all-electric BYD T3, a minivan that packs a punch

Electric Vehicle Centre Africa (EVCA) is a local company that deals in electric cars and solar systems. The company recently invited us out to test drive the BYD T3, an all-electric powered mini-van. BYD T3 features Power 100KW Torque 180Nm Range 300Km 0-100 13s Top Speed 100km/h (capped for the demo unit) AC Charge Time […]

EcoCash services have been up and down all morning

Zimbabwe’s largest mobile money operator EcoCash has been experiencing some difficulties with its services this morning. From what we have seen on social media, EcoCash customers have been facing difficulties with getting into the *151# USSD, making payments and other transactions. Good morning @Tafidhos. We sincerely regret the unpleasant experience. Please note our EcoCash services […]

Meta’s (Facebook) 2021 investments and activities in Africa

Meta (previously known as Facebook) has released its ‘2021 Africa Year in Review’, an infographic capturing some of the company’s significant investments and initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa this yea, focused on driving innovation, connecting communities, helping businesses to grow and supporting the tech and creator ecosystem. The infographic highlights key Meta successes and milestones across […]

This startup opened Virtual Reality arcades in Zimbabwe

Funsense is a local startup that specialises in virtual reality experiences. The company has two branches, one in Harare (Shop 47 4th Floor Equity House), and in Bulawayo (Haddon & Sly 2nd Floor, Cnr Fife Street & 8th Ave) where it takes anyone through a number of Virtual Reality experiences from first-person shooting games to […]

Monetary Policy Committee: Last forex auction of the year on 14/12/2021

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s (RBZ) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) convened last Friday to deliberate on the state of economic policy. Below is the statement on the findings of the RBZ’s Monetary Policy Committee. PRESS STATEMENT RESOLUTIONS OF THE MONETARY POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 3 DECEMBER 2021 The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the […]

Econet introduces US$1 for 15 voice mins, 150 MB data & 15 SMSes bundle promotion

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, the country’s largest mobile network operator, has introduced a new US$1 “Dhola Chete Super bundle” promotion that the mobile network operator says will offer more convenience and greater airtime purchase options for its customers. The company said the promotion, which coincides with the start of the festive season, will help its customers […]

Bundle price hikes are MNO’s “Christmas box”, as Econet announces tariff review

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has followed NetOne in a data bundle price hike that will affect its customers starting from December 8th 2021. Dear Customers, Please note, we will review our Voice, Data & SMS bundle prices effective, Wednesday 8 December 2021. Visit for more information. — Econet Wireless (@econetzimbabwe) December 6, 2021 PUBLIC […]

Two Zimbos selected for Meta’s (Facebook) #Changemakers campaign

Meta (formerly Facebook) is excited to announce the launch of its first #Changemakers campaign – a collection of short films, aimed at illustrating the innovative spirit of six inspirational #Changemakers from Zimbabwe and across Southern Africa. The featured #Changemakers have launched new businesses online and re-engineered their initiatives to empower communities during the ongoing health […]

CBZ Touch and Smartcash are currently unstable

If you’ve been trying to use CBZ Touch or a Smartcash card to transact and facing challenges, it’s not you. CBZ has sent out messages informing their customers that they are aware of the problem and are working to restore normal service. The message reads: Dear Partner, CBZ Touch & Smartcash card transactions are currently […]

Gateway Stream launches a fantastic way for influencers to make money on the platform

Local super app Gateway Stream has continued its artist/creator focus model by offering influencers a way of monetising their brands by earning commissions on the platform. As I am sure you are all aware, Zimbabwe has influencers who have reached the 1 million views/followers mark and beyond. However, there is still a gap in terms […]

Cassava Technologies’ solar subsidiary to power Africa Data Centres’ SA facilities

Africa Data Centres has appointed Distributed Power Technologies (formerly Distributed Power Africa DPA) to provide renewable solar energy and storage solutions for its data centres across South Africa. The partnership will begin with the deployment of renewable energy generation facilities to meet the more than 10 MW power requirements at Africa Data Centres’ Cape Town […]

Telecel customers stand a chance of winning Mi-Fi routers, 10GB data & more in the Zvaendwa Promotion

Zimbabwe’s third-largest mobile network operator Telecel has announced a Christmas Promotion dubbed Zvaendwa. “We would like to inform you and our esteemed customers that Telecel Zimbabwe has launched a Christmas promotion dubbed Zvaendwa. This is a promotion meant to reward subscribers with Mi-fi and CPE devices plus free 10GB subscription for one month and up […]

NetOne increasing both bundle and voice tariffs again, get used to it

NetOne announced on social media that they will be hiking bundle and headline tariffs tomorrow, the 30th of November 2021. This is what happens when prices are pegged in a currency that is fast losing value. As we vent our anger, it is important to remember that NetOne is not to blame for this. Public […]

TelOne is inviting bidders for tenders stretching from engine oil to fibre cables

TelOne has announced that it is looking for suppliers for tenders stretching from engine oils all the way to fibre optic cables. The full list of tender bids on offer is as follows: TENDER NUMBER DESCRIPTION CLOSING DATE & TIME COMPETITIVE BIDDING TENDERS DOMESTIC (CBTD) 1 CBTD 115-21 For Consultancy Services For The Recruitment And […]

ZBC suffers power outage disrupting radio & television programming

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has, in a tweet, notified the nation that it has suffered a power outage at its Pockets Hill Broadcasting Centre. The Tweet from the ZBC on the power ZESA outage reads as follows: The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation would like to inform all valued stakeholders that its Pockets Hill Broadcasting Centre […]

Entrepreneurs check out this €500K Africa wide accelerator

The Africa Startup Initiative Program (ASIP) is back for its second cohort. 2021’s edition received over 2000 applications from across the continent from which only 10 made the finals. Of those 10, were two Zimbabwean startups, Dawa Health (an e-health startup) and Thumeza (logistics) who went on to receive mentorship, collaboration opportunities and funding from […]

[Download] The 2022 National Budget Speech

The Minister of Finance, Prof Mthuli Ncube, this afternoon delivered the National Budget Speech for 2022. You can download the full Budget Speech delivered by the Minister with the link below: Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD code *405# […]