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Zimbabwe and regional technology news and updates


Latest Techzim Podcast: uMAX, Hand2hand transfer, Apple’s iPhone6

In this edition of the podcast we discussed uMAX’s “Owl hours” free internet between 10PM and 6AM as well as Hand2hand transfer, a Zimbabwean registered forex company that enables anyone anywhere in the world to transfer money to an EcoCash Wallet and local bank accounts through its website. We also briefly touched on Apple’s 2014 […]


Interview with saisai: Zim’s DEMO Africa 2014 representatives

  In July this year we announced that a Bulawayo based startup, saisai Wireless, had been selected to be one of 40 African startup teams pitching at this year’s DEMO Africa tech talent showcase. saisai Wireless is working on the provision of free public WiFi access by utilising idle bandwidth from WiFi routers and hotspots […]


Check out the 2014 ZOL Startup Challenge video

The ZOL Startup Challenge 2014 is getting more interesting by the week. Proceedings kicked off with a meetup held in Harare a fortnight ago. Last week, the ZOL Startup Challenge was in Bulawayo for the first time with a tech-entrepreneurship training session and a meetup to introduce the Bulawayo Tech Community to the new extended […]


Podcast: Jive Zimbabwe, telecash,TelOne Ts &Cs & Twitter Analytics

Here’s this week’s edition of the podcast. We discussed the new online music platform, Jive Zimbabwe and its impact on the fight against piracy. We also touched on Telecel’s new arrangement with Mukuru.com for remittances from South Africa to telecash wallets, the new Twitter Analytics feature and TelOne’s disclaimer on ADSL speeds. Please feel free […]


Here’s our latest video: AfrAsia CellCard, EcoCash & WorldRemit, Ice Bucket Challenge

In this podcast we discussed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and the twist Zimbabweans have made to promote HIV-testing. We also touched on the termination of the Kingdom Cell Card. We briefly discussed the upcoming ZOL Startup Challenge meet set for Bulawayo and the burgeoning tech ecosystem there. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge […]


Latest Techzim Podcast: Ice Bucket Challenge, Kingdom CellCard, ZOL Startup Challenge

In this podcast we discussed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and the twist Zimbabweans have made to promote HIV-testing. We also touched on the termination of the Kingdom Cell Card. We briefly discussed the up coming ZOL Startup Challenge meet set for Bulawayo and the burgeoning tech ecosystem there. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime […]


Special Edition Podcast: The ZOL Startup Challenge Harare meetup

In this podcast we discussed the ZOL Startup Challenge meetup that was held on the 21st August 2014. We shared details about the turnout, experiences and general atmosphere of the event. We talked about the upcoming meetup set for Bulawayo. We also discussed how the startup challenge has impacted the tech ecosystem in Zimbabwe. Quick […]


Livestream for the ZOL Startup Challenge Harare Meet Up

Its finally here! The ZOL Startup Challenge Harare Meetup is set to start any moment now and seats have started to fill up. For those of us who couldn’t make it but are keen on checking out what’s going at the event tonight we have set up a livestream link. You can check it out […]


Latest Techzim Podcast: The ZOL Startup Challenge meet-up, WhatsApp Plus and Zim e-commerce

In this edition of the Techzim podcast we discussed the 2014 ZOL Startup Challenge meet-up scheduled for the 21st of August. We also dug into WhatsApp Plus discussing whether it is worth all the fuss. Also discussed was how WhatsApp is being used to distribute movie trailers plus a discussion of e-commerce in Zimbabwe. Please feel […]


Latest Techzim Podcast: Takunda Chingonzo’s & Obama, Xiaomi devices, Paynow

Thanks for joining us for the latest Techzim podcast. In this podcast we discussed Takunda Chingonzo’s interview with President Barack Obama. The rise of Xiaomi devices in China and the Paynow developer day. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD […]


Podcast: EcoCash Debit Card, BeForward laptops and “free Twitter”

In this is latest edition of the Techzim podcast we discuss the issues surrounding Econet and ZIMRA as well as the one month free Twitter promo from Econet. We also look at EcoCash’s MasterCard Debit Card, the $1 levy for street and airtime vendors being mulled by government, Facebook on USSD as well as BeForward selling […]


Nafuna TV to set up animation campus

Local animator Nqobizitha “Enqore” Mlilo of the Nafuna TV fame says he wants to set up an animation academy to expand the impact of the craft in Zimbabwe, build an appreciation of it’s potency as a medium and create an full fledged industry churning out high quality productions. Anyone with an understanding of animation will […]


Weekly Podcast : TelOne price reductions, TeleCash Gold Card, a look at 3 Startups

In this podcast we discuss Emergency 24/7 App, TV YANGU and Zimbo Shopper; three startups that are making headway in the Zimbabwean and African market. We also look at the recent ADSL price reductions and data cap adjustments from TelOne and the new TeleCash Gold Card. Other topics are the “loading” of WhatsApp on your […]


Podcast: Interview with Webdev on its internet payments platform, Paynow

A couple of days ago, we interviewed Webdev’s Sales and Operations director, Vusi Ndebele, and technical lead, Mathew Hood on the launch of the company’s new internet payment gateway, Paynow. We discussed how the idea came about, what Paynow can do, e-commerce, where Paynow stands in relation to its competition, both locally and the PayPals […]


Techzim Podcast: Econet and ZESA, Telecel WhatsApp Bundles, Mxit and more

In this podcast we discussed the recent Facebook emotions experiment, the Mxit decline, the Telecel WhatsApp Bundles, and the exclusion of private companies retailing zesa prepaid electricity tokens, with a special focus on Econet. Buy ZESA tokens Meter number: Amount ($): WhatsApp number: EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD code *405# on […]


Latest Techzim Podcast: ZESA loadshedding,

In this episode of the Techzim Podcast that recorded earlier this week we discussed In the power load-shedding by ZESA and how it affects startups, the new EcoCash Diaspora product they have partner WorldRemit to deliver, Mobile Money APIs, electronic payments in general, Paynow and finally the DSTV world cup blockage. Enjoy and lets discuss in the […]


The DNA of Hubs Part 4 – Ski Hub Bulawayo

Martin Ndlovu, founder of Ski Hub presenting at the Startup Weekend Zimbabwe As we conclude our series on the DNA of hubs we are focusing on Bulawayo’s Ski Hub, established and centred in the city’s local tech institution National University of Science and Technology (NUST). As the only hub outside Harare Ski Hub has managed to […]


Latest Techzim Podcast: Start-up Weekend, Astro Virtual 2, Zim’s Top 11 Start-ups

Welcome once again to this week’s edition of the Techzim Podcast, in this edition we had Soul Kabweza, Nigel Gambanga & Tendai Mupaso. We discussed the following issues: Start-up Weekend Astro Virtual 2 the new flagship phone  Zim’s top 11 Start-ups WhatsApp making up for 23% of data used. We are looking forward to hear […]


Special Edition podcast: Find out about Tech Lair and their monthly meetups

A little over two months ago we wrote about Tech Lair, a Ted Talk like initiative were local tech guys and people from other fields converge monthly to discuss everything tech in Zimbabwe. The initiative founded and currently funded by IDPR Extreme has kicked off quite well and they will be hosting their third meetup […]


Latest Techzim podcast: Econet results, smartphone penetration, iROKO TV

Here is our latest Techzim Podcast were we discussed the Econet Financial results, Steward Bank losses, iRoko TV, Rocket Internet and many more. We really got into a heated debated on the 10% smartphone penetration figures released by Econet. We generally agreed that the 10% figure is flawed but it still begged the question, what […]


Latest Techzim podcast: Steward Bank, WhatsApp, Nokia-Microsoft Deal & more

Thanks again for joining us for this Techzim podcast. This time around we engaged in lengthy conversations on the alleged retrenchments at Steward Bank, WhatsApp reaching half a billion users and the Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia. We also discussed George Chingore’s story on patenting the Protronics airtime vending machine and a host of other tech […]


Latest Techzim Podcast: Telecel Go, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Muzinda Umuzi Hub

Welcome again to the latest Techzim Podcast. In this edition, the discussions were engaging as usual and to cap it all, we had a special guest, Tawanda Kembo, Muzinda-Umuzi’s Technical Director. We discussed the recently launched Telecel Go brand and reduced tariffs, our unboxing of the Samsung Galaxy S5, Heartbleed and Facebooks move to punish […]


Latest Techzim podcast: EcoCashLoans, airtime vending machine, mobile OS stats

Thanks for joining us for the latest Techzim podcast. In this edition, we zeroed in on the top stories that made it to Techzim.co.zw. We discussed the EcoCashLoans, the marvelous locally developed airtime vending machine, the mobiles OS stats, and the most visited local websites via Opera Mini. The viral Happy Harare video is also […]


Latest Techzim Podcast: #GetSocial 2014 panel discussion (44.48 mins)

As you all know #GetSocial 2014 came & now has passed. The region’s top digital marketing brains gathered at The Meikles Hotel to unpack the mystery that is social media. This latest Techzim podcast will give you a access to some conversations that took place at #GetSocial 2014. In this podcast, Benjamin Juru from Econet, […]


Latest Techzim Podcast: EcoCash app, eTech Africa Expo, Astro and Techwomen

Here is the latest Techzim podcast. Considering we had gone more that a week without getting in the “studio”, expect some jam packed discussion in this episode. We discussed the recently held eTech Africa Expo, the Econet official Android app, NetOne’s Mahala Weekends, Telecel’s got to Brazil & Econet’s promo for contract customers. We also discussed […]


Techzim Podcast: Talking about getting social #GetSocial

So we thought we’d do a podcast specially focused on the #GetSocial event. In this Techzim Podcast we provide more information, answer some questions about what to expect there, the content, the amazing line up of speakers, the powerful networking to expect! If you haven’t bought your ticket already, early bird is ending today, so […]


Latest Podcast: Econet Zero, Startup investment, DStv stuff & eTech Africa

Here’s our latest podcast. As usual, very exciting for us to do, and we hope it also makes pleasurable listening for you. In this episode we discuss the amazing service that is Econet Zero; we touch on early stage startup investment in Zimbabwe and what the problems could be (possible solutions as well); we also discuss […]


Techzim Podcast: thoughts on Dennis Magaya, Bitcoin’s future and the #MWC14

The story on Dennis Magaya’s dismissal from Powertel was a contentious issue on Techzim.co.zw and also dominated the discussions in this podcast. We also discussed the auto registrations to EcoCash, the RBZ’s directive to mobile money operators, the demise of MtGox and the Samsung Galaxy S5. William Chui also shares is experiences at the Mobile […]


Special edition Techzim podcast: Mobile World Congress 2014 updates

This is a special Techzim podcast covering the Mobile World Congress taking place in Barcelona Spain. Techzim writer Tendai Mupaso made a Skype call to William Chui who is currently in Barcelona Spain attending the Congress and they spoke indepth about what’s taking place at the congress. Key areas covered in this Techzim podcast are […]


Latest Techzim Podcast: Whatsapp bundles, Telecash-EcoCash reader comments, Bitcoin

We had another interesting podcast were we discussed the recently introduced Whatsapp bundle from Econet, Baba Jukwa’s announcement to shut down his page and we had the opportunity to explorer what our reader had to say about the Telecash-EcoCash “war for agents”. We would really appreciate your feedback and general comments on the podcast and […]