Zimbabwe and regional technology news and updates

As ZB Financial Holdings celebrates 70th anniversary, learn about their history

ZB Financial Holdings is celebrating 70 years in business. That is quite the milestone, especially in Zimbabwe where we have seen a significant number of banks rise and fall. ZB has weathered hyperinflation and the other unique challenges the Zimbabwean economy has presented and stands today to tell the story. In his speech celebrating the […]

ISOC Zimbabwe Calls for Inclusion of Persons with Disability in the Digital Economy

Gadgets that are made specifically for persons with disabilities are not readily available and have additional costs associated with them, hence this has made many companies and organizations just provide what other general people use.

Special guest in this week’s Eight2Five Hub StartUp and Entrepreneur Meet-Up

Old Mutual’s Eight2Five Innovation Hub will be joined this week by the Old Mutual Group CEO and Head Of Old Mutual Rest of Africa Banking Portfolio, Sam Matsekete.

Econet employees get access to Ericsson’s online learning platform

Econet Wireless and Ericsson have signed this strategic partnership that benefits the Econet team in Zimbabwe, supporting them to achieve their competence development goals by attending digital courses anytime and anywhere.

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 […]

FBC Donates 10 000 Covid-19 Diagnostic Test Kits

FBC Holdings has demonstrated its commitment towards containing the spread of Covid-19 in Zimbabwe. The Group proudly donated 10 000 Coronavirus test kits in the interest of public health. The donation was presented to the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, His Excellency, President ED Mnangagwa and representatives from the Ministry of Health and Child […]

Press Release: Masiyiwa Pleads With Global Funders To Support Zimbabwe & Sudan

Businessman Strive Masiyiwa has appealed to the World Bank, the IMF and other multilateral institutions for humanitarian support for Zimbabwe and Sudan in the wake of the economic devastation brought about by the COVID-19 Coronavirus epidemic.   Said Masiyiwa in his appeal:   As many of you on this platform know, I have been at the forefront, […]

Is Cloud Computing The Answer For Africa’s Rising Banking Costs?

More than 700 million Africans lack access to a bank or mobile money account and only 41% of Africans are financially included. This is due to the high cost of providing financial services in Africa which forces many financial services providers to remain focused on serving wealthier customers. Part of the cost problem is that financial […]

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 […]

CABS Appoints Mehluli Mpofu As New Managing Director

The Board and Management of CABS announced the appointment of Mehluli Mpofu as the Managing Director and Cecil Tanyaradzwa Ndoro as the Deputy Managing Director of CABS. Mehluli commences his service as the Managing Director on 1 April 2020. He takes over from Simon Hammond who proceeds on pre-retirement leave effective 1 April. Simon served […]

EcoSure To Help Capacitate Doctors & Nurses Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

As Zimbabwe – along with the rest of the world – battles the COVID-19 Corona virus global pandemic, EcoSure has announced plans to immediately support the country’s national health delivery system by equipping frontline medical staff with protective personal equipment (PPE), providing them with life and health insurance and offering them safe transport to and […]

Econet Closes Joina City Shop After Staffer Comes Into Contact With Coronavirus Victim

Econet is closing its Joina City Shop in Harare’s CBD “with immediate effect” after one of its staff members came into contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 Coronavirus. We have, with immediate effect, closed our Joina City Shop in Harare in the interests of public health and safety. One of our staff […]

Fintech Startups Can Now Apply For EcoBank’s Challenge

Ecobank Group the pan-African banking group, is inviting African fintech entrepreneurs to enter the 3rd edition of the Ecobank Fintech Challenge. The Fintech Challenge gives African start-ups the opportunity to promote their fintech solutions, and potentially partner with Ecobank to roll-out their solutions across Ecobank’s 33 markets in Africa as well as France. The Ecobank […]

Global IT Spending Expected To Reach $3.9 Trillion This Year

Worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.9 trillion in 2020, an increase of 3.4% from 2019, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. Global IT spending is expected to cross into $4 trillion territory next year. Although political uncertainties pushed the global economy closer to recession, it did not occur in 2019 and […]

Press Release: First Capital Bank Acquires Bank Of India (Botswana) Limited

FMBcapital Holdings Group (FMBCH), the Mauritius based holding company for First Capital Bank Zimbabwe has this week announced the successful acquisition of Bank of India (Botswana) Limited (BOIB) by First Capital Bank Botswana. The opportunity to acquire BOIB came as result of the decision by Bank of India to divest from certain markets outside of […]

UN General Assembly To Honour 7 Women Digital Entrepreneurs From Developing Countries

Geneva, 20 September 2019 – Five successful women entrepreneurs who have broken new digital ground and created wealth and employment in various developing countries will be unveiled on the margins of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York next week. They will join world leaders as they review the progress made in […]

Press Release: Last Call For AppsAfrica Awards Entries

Leading tech ventures across Africa have until Wednesday, September 11th to submit entries for the fifth annual AppsAfrica Innovation Awards. The Awards celebrate the best in mobile and tech from across Africa in Cape Town on November 11th, 2019. Entries from over 30 countries have already been submitted from start-ups and corporates across 14 categories. The […]

Press Release: How Will Innovation & Tech Challenge The Future Of Intra-African Trade ?

Douala, Cameroon – August 7th, 2019 – The African Alliance for e-Commerce (AAEC), a framework to promote national and regional single windows in compliance with recommendations of international institutions, and Cameroon’s Single Window For Foreign Trade (GUCE) have joined forces to host the 7th edition of the Single Window Conference & Exhibition (SWC). The event […]

Press Release: Industry Minister To Open 5th Customer Service Symposium

Industry and Commerce Minister Mangaliso Ndlovu will headline this year’s Zimbabwe Customer Experience and Service Delivery Symposium, which enters its fifth edition. Appropriately themed ‘Towards Vision2030: Building Customer and Citizen Centric Service Delivery’, the event is expected to bring together the public and private sectors, highlighting the significance of positive customer experiences for businesses. The […]

A New Wave of Attacks Targeting Financial Services & Online Services In Africa

During Kaspersky Lab’s annual Cyber Security Weekend that took place in Cape Town, Kaspersky Lab experts discussed the widespread growth of mobile payments across the globe and the many cyber risks that surround such technology. Especially the recent SIM swap fraud wave, which has become very common in Africa and the wider region. In South […]

No, There Was No Attempt To Hack Econet’s Systems

Social media continues to be the home fake news. Unfortunately, Econet’s name is the latest to be dragged in fake news due to a bogus article which purports that the largest Mobile Network Operator was almost hacked. The article went so far as to say that Econet had temporarily stopped its customers from purchasing Social […]

Press Release: Final Year College Female College Students Of Engineering Here’s An Opportunity

The WomEng Zimbabwe Fellowship, powered by WomEng in partnership with The Royal Academy of Engineering and the Zimbabwe Institution of Engineering is a two (2) day leadership and development workshop for female engineering students currently studying full-time in Zimbabwe. Applications are open to female engineering & built environment students in their penultimate, final year or full time postgraduate studies at […]

Press Release: Nashua Continues With Their Monthly Donation Drive, You Can Recommend A Worthy Charity

“ We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give” – Winston Churchill Corporate social responsibility at Nashua Zimbabwe begins with our concern for the welfare of our staff, however it does not end there. Providing complete automated business solutions to our clients we endeavor to provide […]

Press Release: ZimDigester, Saving Forests Through Biodigesters In Rural Zimbabwe

By Pius Sawa Two young Zimbabwean men have started a program to provide affordable cooking energy to rural households in the country, saving rural Zimbabweans from walking long distances to fetch firewood from diminishing forests. Households have to cook meals at least three times a day, but families across Zimbabwe, especially those in the rural […]

[Press Release] Telecel Donates Food and Clothing to Cyclone Idai Victims

Mobile Operator Telecel Zimbabwe has donated groceries and clothing worth over $50 000 towards Cyclone Idai relief efforts. Moved by the loss of life, injuries and damage to infrastructure caused by Cyclone Idai, Telecel has set up a merchant code 217105 on telecash where Telecel subscribers can send cash donations. All they have to do […]

Xemplar And JMP Africa Partner To Offer Car Insights And Insurance To The Zimbabwean Market

Move over Car Track and Econet Connected car, we have a new player in the game JMP Africa. Their car insights offering ( think something along the lines of Google Analytics here but for cars) allows car owners, including private and public vehicle owners, the ability to manage and track their vehicles or fleet in […]

Press Release: World Mobility Show Post Event Brief

The 2 Day show that was held in Dubai hosted some of the biggest names in Smart Mobility solutions and Transportation. 07 March 2019, Dubai: World Mobility Show concluded the first edition of its global series in Dubai. The event focused on innovative technologies and services that are changing the landscape of Smart Mobility solutions […]

CVR Tweaks System To Counter Number Plate Shortages

For the past number of months, the government has been grappling with number plate shortages. Central Vehicle Registry initially announced that they had run out of number plates back in September last year and they claimed ( lied) that this was due to logistical problems. Ever since the government switched to the new number plates sometime in […]

Press Release: Zimbabwean Company Launches An ISP In South Africa

To capitalize on today’s hastily advancing Information and Communication Technologies landscape and more meticulously align with the Company’s priorities for future development including crafting high-quality content, technological innovation and global expansion. Hansole International a division of Hansole Investments Zimbabwe today announces its expansion into South Africa. Hansole International is now an Internet Service Provider (ISP) […]

Press Release: Huawei Releases The “Simplified 5G” Deployment Strategy

Image: Peter Zhou, Chief Marketing Officer of Huawei Wireless Solution [Hong Kong, China, February 21, 2019] Huawei released the “Simplified 5G” deployment strategy at the pre-MWC 2019 briefing in London. Huawei believes that network simplification, automation, and business simplification will become the development direction of mobile networks in the future. We are in a new historical […]