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Full Text: Ministry for ICT e-learning strategy

E-learning’s strategy going forward from an ICT perspective.

TM Pick n Pay loses ZWL$22 million to scammers

Scam or negligence?

Govt seeking developers for biometric authentication API tender

APIs are good and all but…

VP Mohadi leaks: the tech behind call hacking, recording & voice cloning

We were curious about the tech that may have been behind now-former vice president Kembo Mohadi’s scandal and leaks

ZIMRA now sending tax clearance certificates via email

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) has announced that it has automated the process of tax clearance certificate issuance

US firm wins US$3 mil tender to deliver case management system to JSC

US-based firm Synergy International has won a US$3 million tender to deliver a case management system to the Judicial Service Commision (JSC)

[Full Text] Minister for ICT’s remarks at 4IR Summit

The following are the remarks made by Minister for ICT Postal and Courier Services Jenfan Muswere at the 4th Industrial Revolution Summit held yesterday.

ZIMRA: old tax clearance certificates now valid till the end of the month

The ZIMRA debacle rolls on as the tax regulator has said that those who couldn’t get tax clearance certificates are deemed to in the clear till 28/02/21.

ZIMRA blames tax clearance delays on application congestion

ZIMRA has said that the tax clearance certificate delays are due to the it’s systems being overwhelmed by the torrent of applications

Tollgate fees are now payable in USD

Tollgate fees are now payable in USD and local currency according Statutory Instrument 32 of of 2021

ZERA introduces e-licenses for the petroleum sector

The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) has said in a statement that players in the petroleum sector will now receive e-licenses.

Govt departments & agencies to work with only 10% staff

Information Secretary Nick Mangwana tweeted out last night that govt departments will be working with only 10% of their staff starting 21/01/21.

ZINARA is considering a switch to e-tolling

ZINARA is reportedly considering the introduction of e-tolling on Zimbabwe’s highways in order to deal with congestion and network issues.

Court sessions set to go virtual according to JSC

The Judicial Service Commission has said that court proceedings will soon be going virtual to curb the spread of COVID-19

[Full Text] Monetary Policy Committee statement on refinements to Forex Auction System

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has held deliberations on how to improve and sustain the Forex Auction.

ZRP cautions public on New Year’s Eve activities

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has released a statement on Twitter regarding any activities set for New Year’s Eve.

Online passport applications on the way, here’s what govt needs to consider before launch

Minister for Home Affairs, Kazembe Kazembe said that the govt is set to launch online passport applications. Here are some things the government might want to consider before launch.

ZIMSEC speaks out on examination paper thief.

ZIMSEC speaks out on temp worker who leaked examination.

ZIMSEC leaked O-level Maths paper: the plot thickens

An update on the ZIMSEC allegedly leaked paper and the ZIMSEC emplyee who has been charged with stealing exam papers.

Beware of investment scams operating via EcoCash

There has been a uptick in the number of investment scams that are operating via EcoCash.

[Download] 2021 National Budget Statement

Minister for Finance Mthuli Ncube has delivered the 2021 National Budget which will be running under the recently launch NDS1 recovery plan.

Harare City Council to blacklist rate defaulters

Harare City Council has said that it is considering blacklisting rate defaulters as it is owed more than ZWL$2 billion by businesses, residents & govt.

Pachikuva, an online platform pushing for govt accountability

Pachikuva is an organisation that is looking to give Zimbabweans across the country a pulpit to voice their concerns on things happening in their communities.

City Council debts to be collected through ZESA token purchases

There are reportedly plans in place to collect City Council debt through ZESA Token purchases

Applications for the Ministry of Health General Nurse Training program are now open

The Ministry of Health and Child Care has announced that online applications for the General Nurse Training Program are now open.

Poor service delivery highlighted by SIVIO Institute local governance tracker

A couple of years ago SIVIO Institute launched ZimCitizensWatch which is a tool that tracks the how well the government is doing in relation to the election promises they made. SIVIO Institute has today added to that tool with the launch of the Local Governance Tracker. The Local Governance Tracker is inline with SIVIO Institute’s […]

GlueVP launch event reveals more about the homegrown video conferencing software

Yesterday we reported on GlueVP, a platform developed by Zimbabwean Richard Chinomona. Glue VP is a homegrown video conferencing software alternative to the established brands like ZOOM. There was a launch event for the platform today that revealed more about what GlueVP has to offer and why it was chosen by the Zimbabwean government as […]

Facebook is now charging VAT to Zimbabwean advertisers

Facebook, on their Business Help Centre, announced that they will be charging Zimbabwean advertisers Value Added Tax (VAT). The tax, which is pegged locally at 14.5% will apply to businesses and individuals whose “Sold To” country is set to Zimbabwe. Facebook will be charging VAT for ads regardless of whether they are for business or […]

Akashinga: a documentary about the brave women protecting our wildlife

Wildlife conservation is something that I have heard in passing or in conversation a number of times. The idea of it is clear, but never having been in those communities where it is a reality there is, on my part, a feeling of detachment. That is until I saw a tweet on my timeline about […]

Byo Chiefs FC at it again as the club unveils WhatsApp store

Zimbabwe’s most forward-thinking football side, the undisputed Zimbabwean football Twitter kings and it wouldn’t be a stretch to say “a national treasure”, has done it again. Bulawayo City Chiefs a couple of months ago opened an online merchandise store. Well, they have made that store even more accessible by opening unveiling a WhatsApp store. Now […]