Zimbabwe and regional technology news and updates

Free 10GB data per month for South Africans and 10% price increases for Zimbabweans

Sometimes you marvel at just how differently politicians and govt officials from different countries think. I feel like the South Africans are just mocking/exposing us right now. In the same week where we saw an excise tax of 10% lead to more expensive fixed internet in Zimbabwe, we hear that South Africans will be getting […]

eSwatini govt rumoured to have shut down the internet amid protests

The people of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), have risen up in protest demanding reforms to its absolute monarchy today (Tuesday 29/06/2021). According to reports, the King (Mswati III) of the southern African Kingdom has fled to neighbouring South Africa and his government has responded to the protest by setting security forces on its people. In classic […]

Google shares 5 ways you can spot fake news

stay above the noise…

Uganda govt shuts down social media (letter)

The Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) has ordered the shut down of all social media operations in the country.

SA Cybercrime Bill in conflict with Whatsapp Privacy Policy.

A look at the new South African cyber crime bill aimed criminalizing revenge porn and cybercrimes associated with Whatsapp.

Tanzania’s govt restricts internet and social media as the country headed to the polls

The Tanzanian govt has reportedly restricted internet access in the run-up to the country’s general elections being held today (28/10/20). Efforts to suppress internet and social media access surfaced yesterday on Twitter. In a report from Quartz Africa, the most widely available and used platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are either blocked or […]

MTN Group appoints Zimbabwean Ralph Mupita as CEO

MTN Group, Africa’s largest telecommunications company, has appointed Zimbabwean born Ralph Mupita as their new Chief Executive Officer. Ralph Mupita who previously held the position of Chief Financial Officer will ascend to the CEO post on the 1st of September 2020.  “After a rigorous and extensive search process, we are pleased to have appointed someone […]

Telekom Networks Malawi partners with KaiOS to introduce an affordable 4G phone

Affordable internet capable devices are always something worth celebrating, even if they aren’t happening in our backyard. This week Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) partnered with KaiOS Technologies to introduce an affordable 4G capable phone. Last month we reported on the Smart Kambudzi, Econet’s 3G phone which was also in partnership with KaiOS. Capabilities of the […]

Kenya’s Safaricom partners with Google to launch an affordable 4G smartphone

Safaricom has launched an affordable 4G enabled smartphone in partnership with Google. The device is called the Neon Ray Pro and retails for KES5 000.00 (around US$46.43). But with this program dubbed “Lipa Mdogo Mdogo” individuals will deposit KES1 000.00 (around US$9.29) and then pay KES 20.00 per day (US$0.19) to make up the balance. […]

IBM appoints first female African region head

IBM named Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh as the new regional head for North East and West Africa. She becomes the first woman and African to be appointed in this position by IBM. Before this she served as Chief of Staff to the senior vice president of IBM in New York. Kyerematen-Jimoh first joined IBM in 2011 as […]

MultiChoice Group joins the United Nations’ Pause campaign to fight COVID-19 misinformation

Multichoice Group has joined the United Nations’ Pause campaign against misinformation concerning COVID-19. Pause aims to stem the flow of misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic. The campaign asks people to pause and take care to assess the information they have about the disease before they share. “We are in a moment of global reckoning as […]

Amazon To Add 3 000 New Jobs in South Africa.

In a report by Business Insider, Amazon has announced that it is hiring 3 000 customer service and technical support personnel in South Africa. “We are thrilled with the talent in South Africa, and we are excited to add 3,000 skilled jobs this year in customer service, and to help keep people working during this […]