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Econet, Govt & UNICEF Bring COVID-19 Info Hub To SMS For Free

The Ministry of Health and Child Care has joined hands with Econet and UNICEF to deliver information related to the Novel Coronavirus at no cost using SMS. According to the Ministry of Health, the service will be available for every Econet subscriber who texts “Hi” to the number 2019 with updates on local and global […]


Mthuli Ncube & His “Sophisticated Algorithms” For Corona Relief Funds – Another Privacy Disaster Looming?

When the government announced it would be distributing $600 million in COVID-19 Relief funds to assist vulnerable families there was some relief as it seemed the government When the fund was announced it was claimed that the Ministry of Social Welfare would prepare the database for recipients who would qualify for funding but cracks started […]


Open Parly Announces Hack4Covid Virtual Hackathon; Apply Here

Open Parly ZW is joining the hundreds of organisations trying to use tech to solve the problems caused by COVID-19. The world is adapting to life during the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals, organizations and governments are innovating to make life better, easier, and safer during this unprecedented time. Hack4Covid is Open Parly’s 1st virtual hackathon, and […]


TelOne & NetOne Unveil ZW$10 Million COVID 19 Response Support Facility

TelOne and NetOne have announced that they are setting up a joint COVID 19 response support facility to the tune of ZWL$10million. The “sustainable response plan” will benefit three public hospitals namely Sally Mugabe (formerly Harare Hospital), Beatrice Infectious Diseases and Mpilo Hospitals. Specific areas being funded are both for immediate COVID 19 response needs […]


VAYA Launches Relief Support Arm Offering Logistics Support To COVID-19 Donors

VAYA has started offering relief support to organizations involved in distributing material aid to vulnerable groups and communities affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic. The global pandemic has seen governments in nearly all countries of the world, including Zimbabwe,  enforce ‘lockdowns’ intended to arrest the spread of the highly infectious disease. The lockdowns have resulted […]


This App Provides Medical Workers With Ventilator Training

Several of the world’s ventilator manufacturers have formed a Ventilator Training Alliance (VTA) and partnered with Allego to create a mobile app that frontline medical providers can use to access a centralized repository of ventilator training resources. The VTA App connects respiratory therapists, nurses and other medical professionals with ventilator training resources from alliance member […]


Zim Telecoms Regulator Dismisses 5G-Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories

The Director-General of POTRAZ Dr Gift Machengete has become one of the many voices urging consumers to dismiss claims that 5G is the reason behind Coronavirus spread. Machengete’s message dismisses 5G as a conspiracy theory and warns Zimbabweans planning on vandalizing network infrastructure that they will be jailed for a minimum of ten years. The […]


[Watch] HIT Unveils Their Ventilator

When Nick Mangwana tweeted that HIT had made a ventilator and they could produce up to 40 of those on a daily basis, there was a lot of scepticism – reasonably so. HIT has now shared a video of their in-house ventilator with Engineer Edward Makute and Sister Mashoko providing a walkthrough of how the […]


Local Company Wants To Use Drones To Help Fight COVID-19 Spread

The global response to the Corona epidemic has created a demand for new and innovative ways to fight the spread of the virus. Around the world tools like drones are being used for various purposes including as loudspeakers to warn people about social distancing and to stay at home like what the police are now […]


UNESCO Says Fake News Could Be Fatal During Coronavirus Crisis

The director of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Guy Berger, has condemned the spread of misinformation relating to the novel Coronavirus. Berger explained that the misinformation regarding the disease has spread to all aspects of the disease and the impact of these falsehoods has real impact; There seems to be barely an […]


[Video] Kufema Zim Shares Early Demo Of Prototype Ventilator & Other Updates

We wrote about Kufema Zimbabwe in the early days of the lockdown. The initiative which set out with a mandate to build and distribute ventilators and “associated components” to help Zimbos during the COVID-19 crisis. The latest update on the Kufema Zim blog came on the 31st of March (Yuhp I know that’s a while […]


Jack Ma To Host Webinar With Zim Doctors To Exchange Info On Coronavirus

Jack Ma has been one of the many business people who have provided a helping hand to African countries during the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic. He’s also announced that the Alibaba Foundation will be hosting a series of virtual seminars between African and Chinese hospitals to exchange knowledge on how to tackle the virus. […]


Cassava “Launching” Maisha Medik For The 3rd Time – What’s Changed?

Maisha Medik is the application that refuses to die. The health app made it’s debut in June of 2018, as a repurposed version of the more popular ADA application. At this point in its life, Maisha was an artificial intelligence symptom checker. One of the commenters in our initial article covering Maisha Medik had this […]


Protecting Monopoly Through COVID-19: EcoCash Scraps Fees For COVID Relief Funds

EcoCash has announced that they will be removing processing fees for cash transfers designated as COVID-19 relief funds. The move seems to be a direct response to the government choosing to exclusively distribute COVID-19 relief funds through OneMoney, the mobile money platform that rivals EcoCash. EcoCash has moved to remove all processing fees for cash […]


Propping Up NetOne At All Costs, Gvt To Distribute COVID 19 Funds Exclusively Through OneMoney

A quick glance at the most recent POTRAZ telecoms sector reports makes it clear that EcoCash is still the mobile money service used by most Zimbabweans with a market share of 91.9% and 98.9% of the total value of mobile money transactions. We were pretty surprised when it was brought to our attention (on good […]


A List Of COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories & Misinformation You Should Avoid & Never Spread

This is a list of the most popular conspiracy theories making the rounds regarding the Coronavirus. We’ve made this list and will continue to update it because people continue sharing falsehoods in relation to Coronavirus. Please share this with your loved ones and remember before sharing any theories you hear regarding the virus (and other […]


[Video] Tesla Turning Car Parts Into Ventilators

Tesla engineers have been making ventilators using car parts and here’s a video where they go through the whole process, explaining which car parts they have used and how they work; Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD code *405# […]


Masiyiwa Donates 45 Ventilator ICU Suites To Zimbabwe

Businessman Strive Masiyiwa has donated 45 Ventilator Intensive Care Unit (ICU) suites to Zimbabwe in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Masiyiwa, who has been leading a campaign to help African countries head off the potentially devastating social and economic impact of the epidemic, was writing on his popular Facebook blog where he underlined the […]


ZIMSEC Says June Exams To Go On Despite Coronavirus Fears

Primary and Secondary Education Minister Cain Mathema has said ZIMSEC will hold the June and November examinations as planned despite fears that the Coronavirus may have led to the cancellation of national exams. The minister said ZIMSEC has provided Headmasters with an electronic platform for the submission of candidate entry data along with their proof […]


[Watch] Magna Carta Using Animation As Part Of Coronavirus Awareness Campaign

African consultancy firm, Magna Carta is joining the bandwagon of organisations making efforts to combat COVID-19 and the firm has chosen to do so using animation. Magna Carta has adopted the animation in six different languages to in a bid to “educate our communities in languages they can understand”. The animation includes information around hand-washing, […]


Combating COVID-19 Conference: A Collaborative Arduino Community Initiative

Humanity is facing one of the most trying events in its history and as technologists, makers and designers we are asking ourselves how we can contribute to the efforts to help our fellow human beings and potentially save lives. After seeing the equipment shortages faced by essential workers, people in communities all around the world […]


Snapchat “Social Distancing” AR Filter Helps Users Stay Safe During Coronavirus Outbreak

Popular social media app, Snapchat has added two Social Distancing lenses in collaboration with the World Health Organisation. “My Social Distance” lense encourages users to maintain social distancing by creating an AR circle on the ground to visualize what a safe distance is between you and the next person. If there’s no one in the […]


Ministry Of Health Asks Qualified Practitioners To Offer Online Support During COVID-19 Crisis

The Ministry of Health has called on mental health practitioners willing to offer online counselling services during these challenging times to sign up and assist. Our valued Practitioners, In light of the Corona Virus-induced crisis, as mental health practitioners, you have a critical service to offer to the needy so as to enhance their mental […]


Media Institute Of Southern Africa Zim Calls For Slashing Of Mobile Data Prices During Covid-19 Crisis

Media Institute of Southern Africa Zimbabwe (MISA Zimbabwe) has called for mobile operators in the country to slash data as the country tries to prevent the spread of the Novel Coronavirus. With companies closing offices left, right and centre as the country goes into lockdown, a number have said staff will be working from home […]


Econet Opens Up Coronavirus Donations Line

We’ve covered a number of positive steps and efforts being taken by Zimbabweans and the international community to help our country prepare for COVID-19. Zim’s largest mobile network operator, Econet has opened an EcoCash line for people who want to donate to help during the crisis. To donate to this cause; Dial *151# Select Option […]


ZOL Shares Guidelines On How They’ll Be Attending To Faults During The Lockdown

With the 21-day nationwide lockdown now in full effect, ZOL has updated customers on how they’ll be addressing faults during this period. The Internet Service Provider said their staff-force will address faults as follows; For faults occurring outside a customer’s home, (“outside your premises or in the garden”) they’ll deploy staff to address the issue; […]


Masiyiwa Urges African Govts To Mobilize Their Healthcare Workers In Fight Against Coronavirus

Econet Wireless Global Chairman Strive Masiyiwa shared a Facebook post encouraging African governments to equip their healthcare workers and systems with adequate resources to fight COVID-19. In the lengthy post, the businessman also suggested that African govt’s avoid copy-pasting western methods of dealing with the pandemic due to social differences. You can read his post […]


Govt Official Says HIT Has Capacity To Make 40 Ventilators A Day

[Image Source: Nick Mangwana via Twitter] Harare Institute of Technology has made a ventilator according to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Publicity Nick Mangwana. With a number of reports painting a dire picture regarding the number of ventilators nationwide, HITs efforts are commendable and will help alleviate pressure at local health […]


Kufema Zimbabwe: Locals Group Up To Make Ventilators For COVID 19 Patients

It’s not news anymore, but COVID-19 is here and unless we take drastic measures to try prevent and contain the spread of this virus we will be in big trouble for the foreseeable future. Kufema Zimbabwe is one such initiative started by Juliet Le Breton to help alleviate COIVD-19 pressure locally. Their mandate is to […]


[Update] Here’s A List Of Efforts By Local Devs & Companies Helping Make Life Easier During The COVID-19 Outbreak

There are many efforts being made locally and globally to help people deal with the novel Coronavirus pandemic and we felt it necessary to share some of the locally available tools that could come in handy during these trying times. PS: If your company has made a tool or offers a service that might be […]