Zimbabwe and regional technology news and updates

Local remittance service Tumai has a 5% extra airtime, ZESA and data promotion

The remittance game, be it for money, goods and or services has blossomed over the pandemic era even when early projections forecasted a decline because of restricted incomes for the African diaspora. Locally we have been inundated with new services coming to the fore and older ones offering discounts and transaction free periods to entice […]

Google appoints Zimbabwean as Senior Vice President

Google has appointed James Manyika as the company’s first Senior Vice President of Technology and Society. Manyika will report directly to Alphabet’s (Google’s parent company) CEO Sundar Pichai and will be working on the impact of technology on society and the environment. “I’m thrilled that James Manyika will be joining Google’s leadership team. He’s spent […]

Deadline for 2021 Return For Tax On Employment Income is 30/01/2022

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) has in a statement notified the public that the deadline for 2021 Return For Tax On Employment Income (ITF16) is on the 30th of January 2022. The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) hereby reminds all taxpayers who are employers toextract from their payrolls, prepare and submit ITF 16 return (Return for […]

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 […]

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 […]

OK Zimbabwe & NSSA are offering Pensioners a 10% discount

Discounts have been a little obsession of mine over the last few weeks, mostly for USD purchases. Shops like TM Pick N Pay and TV Sales are trying to entice their customers to make purchases in hard currency in order to recoup the elusive USD. However this time there is a discount of a completely […]

Discounts for USD: a game of haves vs have nots

Discounts for USD purchases is a “hidden” business practice in Zimbabwe. Late last year we reported on TM Pick n Pay’s 50% discount for groceries bought with US$ and it looks like they aren’t the only ones doing this. We were out on the town this week and popped into TV Sales and we noticed […]

Zimbabwe’s Pay As You Earn (PAYE) Tax Tables explained

Pay As You Earn (PAYE) is a system that is used to calculate how much from your gross earnings your employer is going to deduct to pay the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) Income Tax on your behalf. The Income Tax Act [Chapter 23:06] specifies which parts of your salary as an employee are subject to […]

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 […]

Check out ZIMRA’s $180,000 a year tax credit for employing under 30s

The Youth Employment Tax Incentive can be found in section Section 13A of the Finance Act (Chapter 23:04) and rewards taxpayers who employ youths (below 30 years) in their companies. So before we go any further, a tax credit is basically a deduction on the amount you will pay in taxes if you meet the […]

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 […]

5 New Year’s resolutions for the Zim govt

It’s the first Monday of 2022 and we saw quite a bit from the government and its agencies in 2021. I am sure we can all recall SI 127 of 2021 that was the latest attempt at price control even though most Zimbabwean businesses don’t have access to the Forex Auction. SI 89 banned the […]

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 […]

Econet, NetOne, Telecel operating costs growing faster than revenues

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) released the sector performance report for the third quarter of 2021. One of the areas of concern is that of money, money, money. Mobile operator revenues up In the 3 months from July through September, the combined revenue for the three mobile operators grew by 15.8%. […]

FINSEC launches a private funding platform for businesses of any size

The Financial Securities Exchange Limited (FINSEC) has launched a private funding marketplace called FINSEC Private Markets. The platform comes in the wake of FINSEC’s other funding offering called the Growth Enterprise Market (GEM) Portal which was introduced back in 2020. The GEM portal was designed to help small to medium enterprises find financial backing as […]

Local hosting service partners with SME Association of Zimbabwe’s business directory

Pnrhost is a local web hosting service that was founded in 2015 and set out to help businesses and improve their online presence. The company offers Web, email hosting, website development, domain registration and SSL Certificates. Pnrhost has announced that it has partnered with the Small and Medium Enterprise Association of Zimbabwe (SMEAZ) to offer […]

Cassava Technologies is rumoured to be in merger talks with a US firm

Econet Group is rumoured to be in merger talks with a US-based FinTech Acquisition Corp V for its technology division Cassava. According to a report by Bloomberg, the deal would seek to value Cassava Technologies at around US$4 Billion or more. Fintech Acquisition Corp V is a blank check company formed for the purpose of effecting a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Zim founded car maker is making the shift to electric vehicles in 2022

Mureza Auto, a South African-based Zimbabwean-founded car maker has announced that it will be making the plunge to electric vehicles starting from 2022. We are happy to announce our plans to go full electric in 2022. This will start with our T1 (T-One) Concept which will ride on the AEV01 modular platform developed in partnership […]

Getting a sub-par experience on Econet? They are not to blame, mostly

Back in September I wrote about the terrible experience I had on Econet and NetOne’s networks in Kadoma. I worried about smaller towns being left behind but in the comments section of the article, even Hararians made it clear they were facing similar problems. We were not crazy, Econet admits we have been getting sub-par […]

Econet: profits up 5259% as data traffic up 56%, voice up 29% in stellar half year ending Aug 2021

Econet Wireless released their financial results for the six months ended 31 August 2021. It appears the biggest mobile network operator in the country is doing quite well. Revenues are up, leading to profits, as last year’s losses are put firmly in the rear view mirror.  Revenues up 95% to ZWL$29.6 billion As lockdowns were […]

Access Forex launches remittance USSD for Zimbos in SA amid lockdown fears

Local remittance service, Access Forex has announced that it has launched a USSD for Zimbabweans living in South Africa to be able to send money over the Christmas period. The move was motivated by the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus Pandemic which many fear could see the return of harsher lockdown measures. “Using *134*3042#, it is […]

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 […]

Former ZOL Zim CEO takes over Liquid’s Tanzanian ISP

Liquid Intelligent Technologies, a subsidiary of Cassava Technologies, announced today the appointment of Denny Marandure to the post of Chief Executive Officer for Raha Limited, Tanzania. Liquid acquired Raha Limited in 2016 and at the time made the pan-African provider the biggest shareholder in the entity, further expanding its reach in Africa. Marandure joined Liquid […]