Zimbabwe and regional technology news and updates

They are 3D-printing cakes now, edible and everything. They can do chicken too

Image credit: Jonathan Blutinger / Columbia Engineering Just when you think you have seen it all, you see something like this. They are printing cakes now. Do those words mean what they traditionally meant? – you are forced to wonder. But yes, they are 3D-printing cakes that apparently taste pretty sweet. Researchers at Columbia University […]

City Parking statement on parking madness, changes effective 10 March

There is a lot of information and misinformation spreading about the Harare City/ City Parking fundraising efforts. They are on a clamping spree and will punish any infraction and so drive and park like the decent human being you can be. The Press Release you may have missed Also read: With Harare City collecting US$90m […]

With Harare City collecting ‘US$90m in 2 weeks’ from a clamping spree, avoid becoming a victim

You may have seen the video by now. You know the one where City Parking officials (or hired workers in City Council work suits) get into a fight with people on the streets of Harare. It is a warzone on the streets and like the Shona say, ‘hazvipere mushe’ (It won’t end well). Harare City […]

All about the Robotics Challenge that Zim won in Switzerland and the youngsters that brought it home

You may have heard the news, Zimbabwe won a gold medal at a global robotics competition. You love to hear it. Here is all you need to know about the winning entry and the competition as a whole. The Challenge FIRST Global is a non-profit that was established to promote science and technology and innovation. […]

TV makes some dream in black and white while Tetris players dream of falling blocks

I remember back in high school when someone snuck one of those ‘Brick Game’ handheld game console into our dorms. Man, did that thing get some usage. We played Tetris like our lives depended on it. While we enjoyed ourselves, this Tetris-fest came with a price- the dreams. We played Tetris on a Brick Game […]

Online forex traders, there’s a new broker with Zim-specific solutions in the market now

I’ve always been fascinated by the forex trade world. The foreign exchange market is the largest financial market in the world, by a huge margin. Where stocks traded per day reach around $200 billion globally, on the forex market over $5 trillion is traded. No wonder the Zim government is failing to rid our streets […]

Congratulations TSITSI BATIYA you are our Grand Prize Winner!

The Techzim Market Promotion has come to an end and we would like to congratulate Tsitsi Batiya who has won our grand prize of two nights for two at Pamuzinda Safari Lodge Thank you to everyone who participated in the points promotion, who knows next time it could be you. Remember You can buy NetOne […]

Dutch city to dismantle bridge so Jeff Bezos’ mega yacht can pass

The City of Rotterdam has agreed to temporarily dismantle part of its Koningshaven Bridge so that Jeff Bezos’ 127 metre-long Y721 mega yacht can pass the waterway according to a report by The Washington Post. The yacht which is valued at an estimated US$500 million is being built by Dutch Company, Oceano in a city nearby […]

Full Text: How I first met Sir Richard Branson – by Strive Masiyiwa

On the eve of Sir Richard Branson flight to space aboard a Virgin Galactic spacecraft at the weekend, Strive Masiyiwa recounts how he first met Sir Richard and gives a glowing tribute to the mentor, the philanthropist and the legendary entrepreneur that he is Masiyiwa writes: “I was still living in South Africa, nearly 20 […]

Calling all web developers, we’re hiring!

As Techzim, we’re part of a bigger family that includes Pindula and Soccer24. At Pindula and Soccer24, we publish simple trustworthy summaries of latest Zimbabwe general and soccer news. We’re looking to build more tech to enable us to grow the businesses further and we’re excited for you to join us. So what’s the job […]

UFO spotted in Chipinge, alien overlords or something else?

A traveller from the great beyond.

Watch the first video from NASA’s Perseverance rover

NASA’s has release the first video from its Perseverance Rover

Love code? Techzim is hiring developers

2020 was quite an eventful year for Techzim as it was for the world at large. For 2021 we have a lot more ambitions that we’d like to achieve and we’d love it if you’d join our technology team. So what’s the job description? Well, we have a number of projects that cover web and […]

5 Freelance Work-From-Home challenges I didn’t anticipate (and how you can prepare for them)

By Tapiwanashe Manhombo When I was about 17 and still battling high school traumas, I often visualised what kind of workplace I’d love to end up in. The thought of working in a traditional office with that one window facing the parking lot made me physically shudder. Also, formal clothing stifled my laid back confidence, […]

Why you should consider starting your own podcast & what you’ll need to get the ball rolling

Podcasts are among my favourite forms of entertainment. They often fill in the gaps when I am doing something like cleaning, on a drive to someplace or just kicking back and listening to a good interview or story. One of my favourites is Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast. It’s endlessly funny and is sometimes filled […]

PropertyPro expands to more African territories including Zimbabwe

PropertyPro is a Nigerian-founded startup that offers a property portal with the aim to meet the needs of people searching for real-estate services/products. The company recently announced that they are expanding to begin operations in Kenya and Zimbabwe. Now given that PropertyPro is no small entity – with over 600 000 property listings in Nigeria […]

RBZ & ZRP step in to stop the spread of Pyramid and Ponzi schemes

It seems as though the authorities have now taken aim at the number of Pyramid and Ponzi schemes in Zimbabwe. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) and the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) are now rooting out these operations. We have reported on these organisations before and how they have spread in these very difficult times. […]

Three 4th industrial revolution policy considerations for Africa

There is little doubt that there is now a mass understanding, or at the very least, mass awareness, of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Paradoxically, that is thanks to the global Covid-19 pandemic. However, there are some serious 4IR policy considerations that do not seem to be getting the right levels of attention and focus […]

Nyaradzo Group launches self-service portal

Following the introduction of their chatbot, Sahwi and the ever-increasing need to have information readily available, Nyaradzo Group has now launched their self-service portal. This self-service platform is available to their clients via their website. The idea is to give their clients autonomy in their interaction with the business as well as to make information […]

Case Study: Zimbabwe, you don’t have to be a dev to make money online

Software and Web developers may rule the roost when it comes to online freelancing but that isn’t the only kind of work one can do online. There are a number of opportunities out there. It could be passion or a talent that hasn’t yet been realised, fully explored or it could purely be out of […]

[Update] RBZ website down for over a week now – It’s back up!

The website of Zimbabwe’s central bank is currently down and anyone looking to access it currently can’t. According to IsItDownRightNow – a set which highlights whether a website is accessible- the RBZ website has been down for “more than a week” now. The only reason given on that site is that the site’s server isn’t […]

Beware of the get-rich-quick schemes making the rounds

A couple of weeks ago we published an article that outlined the identifying features of pyramid and ponzi schemes. Their spread has unfortunately continued and it is very concerning. Many of you may have seen a number of get-rich-quick schemes being forwarded on WhatsApp or being advertised on social media. Some of them are even […]

2020 Mid-Term Budget Review: Ministry of Finance allocating ZW$341m to e-Government program

Ah eGovernment… The conversation around eGovernance and making it easier for citizens to access government services is one that has been ongoing since 2015! In the current budget review unveiled today, eGovernance is again part of the budget and this time government is allocating ZW$341.7 million to eGovernance. In the budget review, the goals of […]

The allure of easy money, what seems too good to be true, usually is

Zimbabwe is not a stranger to crisis. We have moved from one economic crisis to another over the last couple of decades. This has, on one hand, made Zimbabweans very adaptive and innovative. On the other hand the dire situation has made people look for alternatives that assure them an easy win. We have seen […]

GeneInsure automated vehicle licencing machine now at toll-gate along Harare – Bindura highway

GeneInsure and Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) have introduced an automated licensing machine (ALM) at the Eskbank Tollgate (Harare – Bindura Highway). “The machine is a one-stop shop as motorists can buy both their insurance, vehicle licensing discs and radio licences at one spot. The machine works 24/7 and is strategically located at places such […]

Access Forex, a home-grown, fast and secure way to send money home

With the present situation in Zimbabwe, it is important that Zimbabweans home or abroad have more options to send and receive money. Well, Access Forex is a new player is giving you a new alternative. They are a Zimbabwean owned money transfer agent. Access Forex allows Zimbabweans abroad to send money to their family and […]

Two weeks and five people – Zim government’s abysmal eGovernance

Getting a passport, national identity card or registering a company in Zimbabwe – is the stuff of nightmares for anyone. Longs queues, underpaid civil servants who clearly have no desire to serve you, and the confusion of the entire process will test the most patient of us. The current process of registering a company in […]

Pictures: Blood, Techzim, COVID 19, you

So, heads up! This is not a tech or business article. This is Techzim sharing its experiences with this valuable community. We hope you all can contribute in some way to meeting the need for blood if not by donating, then perhaps by making this a conversation in all places you have conversation. Alex, a […]

Stop amending Zimbabwe’s Constitution – online petition gathers steam

A concerned Zimbabwean citizen has launched an online petition asking or demanding that the country’s parliament stops amending the constitution as they seem bent on doing. The goal for the petition which is on is 2,500 signatures. At the time of writing it is already at almost 2,000 signatures. Why not just get it […]

Press Release: Masiyiwa ventilators now in country, ready for distribution

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) ventilator suites that were donated by businessman and Econet founder Strive Masiyiwa are now in the country ready to be deployed.  Through his Higher Life Foundation Zimbabwe, working with some donor partners, Mr Masiyiwa acquired 45 ventilators suites to be distributed to Zimbabwe’s public hospitals. The ventilator suites were manufactured […]