Techzim https://www.techzim.co.zw Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:11:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 12207343 Is The SanDisk 1TB Flash Drive A Necessary Innovation? https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/is-the-sandisk-1tb-flash-drive-a-necessary-innovation/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/is-the-sandisk-1tb-flash-drive-a-necessary-innovation/#comments Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:11:40 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1883108

Competition in tech (or anywhere really) brings about some really cool innovations. Though sometimes we just have to agree that some of these inventions or innovations aren’t really half as useful to us as we’d like them to be. Still wondering whether to say the same about massive storage flash drives or not, considering how we […]

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Voices Of Zimbabwe: First Opinion Poll Platform In The Land, Please Do Join https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/voices-of-zimbabwe-first-opinion-poll-platform-zim-join-now/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/voices-of-zimbabwe-first-opinion-poll-platform-zim-join-now/#comments Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:23:03 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1883181

You know when you follow the elections in countries like the USA (yes, we know you do) and you hear stuff like, ‘the Democrats are ahead according to polls.’ They will be referring to opinion polls taken. Opinion polls being surveys of public opinion from particular samples. Although we tend to associate polls with elections […]

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We Have Cash Shortages Because We Don’t Print The USD – Pres Mnangagwa https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/cash-shortages-dont-print-usd-pres-mnangagwa/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/cash-shortages-dont-print-usd-pres-mnangagwa/#comments Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:50:03 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1883134

President Mnangagwa is currently on a SADC tour where he is visiting heads of states and informing them of the situation in Zimbabwe. While in Angola last Friday, the president took time to meet with Zimbabweans resident there. He shared with them the situation on the ground back here in Zimbabwe. He acknowledged to them […]

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Zimbabwean eSports Start-up taking Zimbabwean Gamers to FIFA and it’s open to Everyone https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/zimbabwean-esports-start-taking-zimbabwean-gamers-fifa-open-everyone/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/zimbabwean-esports-start-taking-zimbabwean-gamers-fifa-open-everyone/#comments Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:09:44 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1883064

A bit of a while ago I once wrote about the potential I saw in gaming in Zimbabwe. In that period I bumped into someone interesting. His name is Thomas Arnold and the founder of Zimbabwe Mind Sports Union (eSports Zimbabwe) Not sure how many of you know of eSports Zimbabwe but it’s a group […]

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Golix To Be First Zim Company To Raise Money Through An ICO https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/golix-first-zimbabwean-company-raise-money-ico/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/golix-first-zimbabwean-company-raise-money-ico/#comments Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:30:58 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1883065

If you have been following bitcoin news then you have no doubt heard about Golix. When news spread that bitcoin was trading at a premium in Zimbabwe reference was made to Golix, the platform where the bitcoin trade was and is happening. Golix however is more than just a bitcoin exchange, it is a cryptocurrency […]

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Techzim Is Back Up! We Apologise For The Silence… https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/techzim-back-apologise-silence/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/techzim-back-apologise-silence/#comments Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:31:17 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882885

This morning we woke up to no Techzim! The site was down and could not be reached, not just Techzim but our other sites too like Pindula and Pindula News. The fact that all the sites were down told us immediately that this was a server issue. Our hosting service providers confirmed to us that […]

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Counting Down To Zimbabwe Hosting Data Centre Africa 2018 For The First Time https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/counting-down-to-zimbabwe-hosting-data-centre-africa-2018-for-the-first-time/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/counting-down-to-zimbabwe-hosting-data-centre-africa-2018-for-the-first-time/#comments Sun, 14 Jan 2018 12:33:14 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882774

Zimbabwe will for the first time host the Data Centre Africa Expo Conference (DCA). Data Centre Conferences occur worldwide, all in a bid to discover, discuss, learn and take advantage of opportunities that data centres present, particularly in this digital age. A data centre is a facility that centralises an organization’s IT operations and equipment, as well as […]

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RBZ Govenor Mangudya Says There Is No Liquidity Crisis, We Have Enough Money In RTGS System. Haaya… https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/rbz-govenor-mangudya-says-there-is-no-liquidity-crisis-we-have-enough-money-in-rtgs-system/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/rbz-govenor-mangudya-says-there-is-no-liquidity-crisis-we-have-enough-money-in-rtgs-system/#respond Sat, 13 Jan 2018 13:22:49 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882786

Dr John Mangudya always has a way of making me write articles even when I have planned not to. Yesterday he again declared that there is no cash crisis in Zimbabwe because there is a lot of money in the RTGS system. He is of course telling the truth and lying at the same time. Even […]

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Making International Payments in Zimbabwe Just Got Harder; Ecobank’s Visa Card Prefunding System Down. https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/making-international-payments-zimbabwe-just-got-harder-ecobanks-visa-card-prefunding-system/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/making-international-payments-zimbabwe-just-got-harder-ecobanks-visa-card-prefunding-system/#respond Sat, 13 Jan 2018 11:55:08 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882799

Since the cash crisis, particularly USD, making international payments has been one of the most difficult things to do in Zimbabwe (quite essential considering how dependent on import we are).  Only a few banks still offer the service but only on condition that you prefund the card with USD. Quite ironic considering that it is the shortage […]

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Kwese License: When We Thought It Was Over, It May Just Have Started https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/kwese-license-issue-thought-may-just-started/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/kwese-license-issue-thought-may-just-started/#respond Sat, 13 Jan 2018 09:04:43 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882806

So if you just want the current conclusion, here is it: Kwese is not currently licensed to operate in Zimbabwe. Now, let’s backtrack a bit and bring you up to that conclusion. At First Econet Media (the Kwese guys) did not have a license to broadcast in Zimbabwe and did not really apply for one. […]

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Kangai (Mandiwanzira’s Accuser) Out On Bail, Faces 20 Counts Of Criminal Abuse Of Office https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/kangai-released-on-bail-faces-20-counts-of-criminal-abuse-of-office/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/kangai-released-on-bail-faces-20-counts-of-criminal-abuse-of-office/#respond Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:02:23 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882810

Reward Kangai, the former NetOne CEO was released on $800 bail yesterday, the 11th of January. This came after he was arrested late in the day on the 10th of January for abuse of office during his tenure as boss at NetOne. Kangai was in the news after his letter to President Mnangagwa and to the Zimbabwe […]

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Does Mnangagwa Or ZANU PF Think They Can Bully Their Way Into A Better Economy? https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/mnangagwa-zanu-pf-think-can-bully-way-better-economy/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/mnangagwa-zanu-pf-think-can-bully-way-better-economy/#comments Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:23:36 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882821

Frightening or bullying people never works out well, does it? And threatening retailers will not bring in foreign currency in Zimbabwe right? President Emmerson Mnangagwa has spoken again on price hikes by retailers and producers. This time the president went on to set up a ZANU PF politburo team which will be chaired by the […]

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Experiencing Slow Speeds? It’s Not Just You, ZOL Is Aware And On It https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/zol-expect-slow-speeds/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/zol-expect-slow-speeds/#respond Fri, 12 Jan 2018 07:30:27 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882830

If you are a ZOL user and have been experiencing slower than normal internet speeds stop poking your router. It has nothing to do with the equipment in your home or office. ZOL issued a statement regarding the sub-par internet speeds: Degraded Internet Speeds Please note that we are currently experiencing degraded internet speeds on […]

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Web Development, Potential and You (Part 2): The Value Of Adopting The Bleeding Edge https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/web-development-potential-and-you-part-2-the-value-of-adopting-the-bleeding-edg-e/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/web-development-potential-and-you-part-2-the-value-of-adopting-the-bleeding-edg-e/#respond Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:19:22 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882824

This is a Guest Post and does not necessarily reflect the thoughts and opinions of Techzim. We have a strong filtering process of what makes it to our blog and are confident that you’ll enjoy the article below. While writing the previous article about going beyond the “status quo” and actually focusing on improving the quality and […]

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Microsoft Promises A Fix For Meltdown And Spectre As Intel’s Stock Price Drops. https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/microsoft-promises-fix-meltdown-spectre-intels-stock-price-drops/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/microsoft-promises-fix-meltdown-spectre-intels-stock-price-drops/#respond Thu, 11 Jan 2018 19:49:56 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882815

Microsoft has been scrambling  to issue updates which protect PCs against two CPU security flaws  Spectre and Meltdown as these affect devices manufactured in the last two decades. The Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities are said to affect a variety of CPUs, including Intel chips and ARM chip sets. We must first explain what these two are […]

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France Bans Mobile Phones At School And Why This Is A Big Deal Even For Zimbabwe https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/france-bans-mobile-phones-at-school-and-why-this-is-a-big-deal-even-for-zimbabwe/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/france-bans-mobile-phones-at-school-and-why-this-is-a-big-deal-even-for-zimbabwe/#respond Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:41:33 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882836

Initially, I mentioned the French government banning mobile phones in the country’s primary, junior and middle schools in passing. But after constant nagging and convincing of how much a big deal it is from my boss, I’ve decided to explore the topic a little further. So, according to France, students will not be allowed to use their mobile […]

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Cash Now Accounts For 2.82% Of Payments, Less Than Internet Payments At 7.24% https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/cash-now-less-than-3-percent-of-payments-internet-payments-at-7/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/cash-now-less-than-3-percent-of-payments-internet-payments-at-7/#respond Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:55:04 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882839

In the latest Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) report on National Payments Systems which covers the third quarter of 2017 it was revealed that both values and volumes of transactions processed increased. Transactions worth $26.26 billion were processed in the three months to September 2017 from 287.5 million transactions meaning the average transaction was worth […]

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Strive Masiyiwa Becomes Zimbabwe’s First Billionaire According to Forbes https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/strive-masiyiwa-billionaire/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/strive-masiyiwa-billionaire/#comments Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:07:15 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882850

Finally, a Zimbabwean makes it onto the billionaire’s list, Strive Masiyiwa. Well, frankly speaking he is not the first Zimbabwean billionaire… most of us were at some point, just not according to Forbes. Strive Masiyiwa, who is probably the most popular non politician personality in Zimbabwe has been ranked as 14th among Africa’s 23 billionaires. His success […]

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Kangai Nabbed by ZACC. The Accuser Has Been Arrested https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/kangai-nabbed-zacc-accuser-arrested/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/kangai-nabbed-zacc-accuser-arrested/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 20:38:55 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882858

The former CEO of NetOne, Reward Kangai has been arrested. Yes the man who was pointing the finger at Supa Mandiwanzira, the Minister of ICT and Cybersecurity for alleged corruption and abuse of office has himself been arrested. Kangai was fired from his job at the helm of NetOne for ignoring procurement standards. These allegations were confirmed […]

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My Experience With Data Services Out Of Harare Over The Holidays https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/my-experience-with-data-services-out-of-harare-over-the-festive-season/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/my-experience-with-data-services-out-of-harare-over-the-festive-season/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 16:49:22 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882866

Have you ever experienced something so spectacular your breath is literally taken away? However as you enjoy the marvel you kind of pause for a moment and the wonder is replaced by despair and anger. Despair and anger because in that moment you realize that you will have to go back to your ordinary and […]

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WhatsApp To Soon Let You Switch Between Voice and Video Calls https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/whatsapp-soon-let-switch-voice-video-calls/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/whatsapp-soon-let-switch-voice-video-calls/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 08:08:17 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882868

Have you ever been on a WhatsApp voice call and then wanted to show the person on the other end of the line something? The natural thing to do would be to take a picture and send it to them; but what if the ‘something’ is in motion and hence a picture won’t do justice […]

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I Refuse To Believe Zimbabwe Had A Trade Surplus Of $185m With South Africa https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/i-refuse-to-believe-zimbabwe-had-a-trade-surplus-of-185m-with-south-africa/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/i-refuse-to-believe-zimbabwe-had-a-trade-surplus-of-185m-with-south-africa/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 07:00:10 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882878

The latest reports from the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat) show that in the 11 months from January to November 2017 Zimbabwe had a trade surplus of about $185m with South Africa. This after we exported goods worth about $2.18 billion to our southern neighbours compared to imports of about $2 billion. Those are the […]

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The ‘Dokora Curriculum’ Under Review Says New Minister, What’s Your Take? https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/https-www-techzim-co-zw-2018-01-the-dokora-curriculum-under-review-says-new-minister-whats-your-take/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/https-www-techzim-co-zw-2018-01-the-dokora-curriculum-under-review-says-new-minister-whats-your-take/#respond Tue, 09 Jan 2018 15:03:50 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882884

“It’s the back to school promotion!” For a long time, my heart always sank whenever these type of adverts started. Not that I hated school to be honest, but I hated waking up early – I still do! Anyway, it’s that time of the year again when schools open. The period which stresses parents a […]

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Star FM Prefers The Old Way Of Doing Business To New Technology https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/star-fm-prefers-the-old-way-of-doing-business-to-technology/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/star-fm-prefers-the-old-way-of-doing-business-to-technology/#respond Tue, 09 Jan 2018 13:31:12 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882904

Star FM recently made a clear announcement to music artists on their Facebook page and on a flier that circulated on social media saying they do not accept nor will they play any music sent to them via email or any social media platform as they wanted the artist to physically submit their CDs to […]

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Alternative To Privatising Parastatals Like ZESA Makes More Sense In The Long Run https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/alternative-to-privatisation-makes-more-sense/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/alternative-to-privatisation-makes-more-sense/#respond Tue, 09 Jan 2018 13:23:29 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882923

Last week, Techzim ran a story discussing the government’s plan to privatise most of the state owned enterprises. In that story we talked about how privatisation has to be done right otherwise it will fail like it did in Zimbabwe in the 90s.  Parastatals are just businesses in the end, privatisation simply means moving ownership and […]

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Should Internet Service Providers (ISPs) Be Regulated? https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/should-internet-service-providers-isps-be-regulated/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/should-internet-service-providers-isps-be-regulated/#respond Tue, 09 Jan 2018 12:22:52 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882959

Currently, there are no laws that directly govern Internet Service Providers (ISP) such as ZOL, Powertel, Africom and Telco. You might have assumed that these are being regulated by the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ), but no. However, it is the Internet Access Providers (IAP) which are regulated by POTRAZ . IAPs […]

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Does Econet’s Solar Power Plant Plan Make Business Sense? https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/does-econet-power-plant-make-business-sense/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/does-econet-power-plant-make-business-sense/#respond Tue, 09 Jan 2018 10:17:45 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882964

Econet wants to construct a solar power plant at their Data Centre in Willowvale. Let’s look at the notice concerning their application for an electricity generation licence first and then look at possible reasons why they are going that route. Does it even make sense for them to do that? NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR AN […]

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Ghanaian Prof Recommends WhatsApp Be Banned During Working Hours, you agree? https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/ghanaian-prof-recommends-whatsapp-be-banned-during-working-hours-you-agree/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/ghanaian-prof-recommends-whatsapp-be-banned-during-working-hours-you-agree/#respond Mon, 08 Jan 2018 15:44:07 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1883130

Are you one of those whose new year’s resolutions are “to be more productive by cutting out on social media”? something you’ve been telling yourself you were first introduced to social media. If we were in Ghana, I would be saying no worries right now, but oh well… I’m sure we agree that the most […]

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Ghanaian Prof Recommends WhatsApp Be Banned During Working Hours, you agree?

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The First 5G Trial In Africa Hits 20Gbps, 1000x Faster Than Econet’s 4G https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/the-first-5g-trial-in-africa-hits-20gbps-1000x-faster-than-econets-4g/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/the-first-5g-trial-in-africa-hits-20gbps-1000x-faster-than-econets-4g/#respond Mon, 08 Jan 2018 14:25:06 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1883140

MTN South Africa conducted a 5G technology and applications trial at its head office in Johannesburg in partnership with Ericsson. 5G refers to fifth generation mobile networks or wireless networks.  The two companies are collaborating on the rollout of 5G technologies in South Africa. The trial, which was part of their 5G demonstration as well as […]

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Mnangagwa Warns Businesses On Continued Hiking Of Prices. Is He Justified? https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/president-mnangagwa-warns-on-continued-hiking-of-prices/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/president-mnangagwa-warns-on-continued-hiking-of-prices/#respond Mon, 08 Jan 2018 12:42:42 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1883146

President Emerson Mnangagwa recently warned industry players and outlet owners on their continued hiking of prices saying it was hindering the government’s efforts to improve the nation’s economy. While addressing delegates at the 6th annual Buy Zimbabwe awards held at Cresta Lodge in Harare recently, the president denounced the ongoing hiking of prices which he […]

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Development centred technopreneurship, the way to go? https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/development-centred-technopreneurship-the-way-to-go/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2018/01/development-centred-technopreneurship-the-way-to-go/#respond Mon, 08 Jan 2018 10:19:53 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1883154

This is a Guest Post and does not necessarily reflect the thoughts and opinions of Techzim. We have a strong filtering process of what makes it to our blog and are confident that you’ll enjoy the article below. The ‘new dispensation ‘ is upon us, and as usual Zimbabweans are caught in the loop of […]

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What The Heck Are Content Bundles For? https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/what-the-heck-are-content-bundles-for/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/what-the-heck-are-content-bundles-for/#respond Sun, 31 Dec 2017 19:21:37 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882763

You know how every time you come across Option 2 aka “Content Bundle”  whenever you’re trying to check your WhatsApp or Facebook bundle balance? On your Econet line that is… Yea that, what is that? Well, to be honest; I don’t know. I don’t know the proper use of Content bundles but what I do […]

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Charcoal Irons, Zvihuta, Other Zimbabwe Zhets And Bitcoin. The Zimbabwean Context To Bitcoin https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/charcoal-irons-and-bitcoin-the-zimbabwean-context-to-bitcoin/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/charcoal-irons-and-bitcoin-the-zimbabwean-context-to-bitcoin/#respond Sat, 30 Dec 2017 19:05:10 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882770

Sometimes I recall dates according to what zhet (hustle) was ‘the in zhet in Zimbabwe at that time.’ You remember ngoda (diamond rush), burning and the associated BACCOSSI, charcoal irons, zvihuta (quail birds), MMM..? Is bitcoin the same as these passing fads (some of them were nothing but scams really)? My answer to that is […]

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What If There Was Never Any $15 Billion To Start With? https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/what-if-there-was-never-a-15-billion-to-start-with/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/what-if-there-was-never-a-15-billion-to-start-with/#respond Sat, 30 Dec 2017 07:35:16 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882778

I almost wrote this article five weeks ago but I aborted mission. First, I asked myself what mining had to do with Techzim and then I was a bit scared to antagonise the readership here with nothing but my conjecture. Why have I written the article now? First, it’s about the macro economics not mining […]

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Teen Exposes Apple For Deliberately Slowing Down Older iPhones https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/teen-exposes-apple-for-deliberately-slowing-down-older-iphones/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/teen-exposes-apple-for-deliberately-slowing-down-older-iphones/#respond Fri, 29 Dec 2017 09:11:19 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882793

Tyler Barney, a 17 year old, has exposed Apple for deliberately slowing down older iPhones which could cost the tech-giant billions in lawsuits. Barney, who is currently a high school student in the United States has discovered reduced performance in almost every old Apple device which he said has to do with the phone’s lithium-ion […]

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Boy Severely Injured By Mobile Battery Explosion And What We Can Learn From It.. https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/boy-severly-injured-by-mobile-battery-explosion-and-what-we-can-learn-from-it/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/boy-severly-injured-by-mobile-battery-explosion-and-what-we-can-learn-from-it/#respond Thu, 28 Dec 2017 15:37:12 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882809

When we talk tech, advancement is what comes to the minds of most… which then makes it sad that the very same thing we celebrate much, is the very same thing that can cause more damage than we can ever fathom. An 11 year old from kwaZvimba is reported to have suffered serious injuries following […]

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Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) site hacked https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/zimbabwe-stock-exchange-zse-site-allegedly-hacked/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/zimbabwe-stock-exchange-zse-site-allegedly-hacked/#respond Thu, 28 Dec 2017 13:39:28 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882814

Apparently, the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) site has been hacked. We received a tip alerting us to this some minutes ago (two actually, one came as I was already writing this). Nonetheless, we’re not sure how long it’s been like that maybe because our own internal ‘Equities Analyst’ who faithfully checks on it every now […]

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Wanna Learn Photography and Video Editing on Your Phone? Register For This Citizen Journalism Workshop. https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/wanna-learn-photography-video-editing-phone-register-citizen-journalism-workshop/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/wanna-learn-photography-video-editing-phone-register-citizen-journalism-workshop/#respond Wed, 27 Dec 2017 20:00:42 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882828

I just came across a flier sent in one of the WhatsApp groups that I’m in and I found it interesting. The flier was advertising a workshop on “Mobile Reporting For Community Journalism In Zimbabwe”. I remember during the coup-not-coup, Techzim wrote on how technology particularly smartphones, the internet and social media had played a […]

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The Best Tech Of 2017 (Non Smartphone). Highlight: Kariba on Battery Power! https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/best-tech-of-2017-highlight-kariba-on-battery-power/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/best-tech-of-2017-highlight-kariba-on-battery-power/#respond Wed, 27 Dec 2017 14:14:27 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882818

It is sometimes easy to think of tech as smartphones. This is because the pocket computer has totally transformed our lives even as it continues to get better and better. In the non-smartphone tech space strides were made in 2017 and we best be excited for what it means going forward. Some of the solutions […]

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A Netflix Television Show, A Catalyst For Teenage Suicide? https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/television-show-catalyst-teenage-suicide/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/television-show-catalyst-teenage-suicide/#respond Wed, 27 Dec 2017 11:52:24 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882847

Trigger warning: this article contains language about suicide that some readers may find disturbing. A 15-year old girl died following reports that the teenager committed suicide. The father believes she did this under the influence of Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” and wants the show canceled as soon as possible. John Herndon, the father of the […]

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The Best Smartphone From 2017 https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/best-smartphone-2017/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/best-smartphone-2017/#respond Wed, 27 Dec 2017 10:00:52 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882843

While innovation as it pertains to smartphones has slowed down, 2017 has still been an interesting year for the handheld computers. In the past couple of years it has been a case of refinement rather than leaps in technology. We saw Samsung go from being the laughingstock in smartphone design to lead the pack, starting […]

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Don’t Get Your Hopes Up. New OPPO Store In Harare Has No OPPO…Yet https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/dont-get-hopes-new-oppo-store-harare-no-oppo-yet/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/dont-get-hopes-new-oppo-store-harare-no-oppo-yet/#respond Wed, 27 Dec 2017 07:59:06 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882840

If you are in Harare and you frequent the 1st street/George Silundika section of the city you might have seen a nice looking green sign with OPPO written in white. I totally beamed with excitement seeing that brand in Harare streets I mean these guys own OnePlus which in my head meant the flagship killer […]

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Someone’s Phone Won’t Be Supporting WhatsApp In A Few Days Time…Question Is Whose??? https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/someones-phone-wont-be-supporting-whatsapp-in-a-few-days-timequestion-is-whose/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/someones-phone-wont-be-supporting-whatsapp-in-a-few-days-timequestion-is-whose/#respond Tue, 26 Dec 2017 16:52:37 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882849

It’s almost the end of the year; while some celebrate, some are wishing they could slow down time just a little bit more. Yes, imagining life without WhatsApp can be motivation enough for one to want the year to last a little longer than it should. Hopefully, you’re not one of those people! In September […]

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You Want To Freelance For Steward Bank But Need To Know More? Here’s More… https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/you-want-to-know-more-about-steward-bank-freelancer-programme/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/you-want-to-know-more-about-steward-bank-freelancer-programme/#respond Sun, 24 Dec 2017 13:57:06 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882854

So the first time we wrote about collaborating with Steward Bank we described a bit about the bank. Needed to just give you a better feel of what they are about so you can better decide if that’s what you’re interested in. Last time we discussed who exactly they are looking for. Today, I will try […]

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Kwese Advances On Zimbabwe, Country To Be Second Market To Get Kwese Play https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/kwese-advances-zimbabwe-country-second-market-get-kwese-play/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/kwese-advances-zimbabwe-country-second-market-get-kwese-play/#respond Sun, 24 Dec 2017 07:54:33 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882860

Back in September Econet Media launched Kwese Play with the first market to get the product being South Africa. The service is not available in any other country to date but Kwese has decided that the next country to get it will be Zimbabwe. It would do us some good to distinguish Kwese Play from […]

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Time Bank Rises From The Dead, To Resume Operations Shortly https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/time-bank-rises-from-the-dead/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/time-bank-rises-from-the-dead/#respond Fri, 22 Dec 2017 12:30:37 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882968

If you were a bit older during the third Chimurenga period in Zimbabwe then you no doubt remember Time Bank. That bank came out guns blazing before it was shut down by the RBZ in 2004. After that what happened should probably be made into a movie. The story involves the RBZ owing Time Bank […]

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USA Tells Zimbabwe To Drop USD And Use Its Own Currency https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/usa-tells-zimbabwe-to-drop-usd-and-use-its-own-currency/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/usa-tells-zimbabwe-to-drop-usd-and-use-its-own-currency/#respond Thu, 21 Dec 2017 11:32:23 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1883070

“Zimbabwe used to be the bread basket of Africa” Boy, am I tired of that statement. I’m tired of us reminiscing on the good old days. At least now thankfully, I won’t have to continuously endure the “lest we forget” statement that always used to be thrown at us each time some kinda propaganda needed […]

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Beitbridge Delays: ZIMRA Losing Millions Because Of Bureaucracy In Procurement Procedures https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/beitbridge-delays-zimra-losing-millions-because-of-bureaucracy-in-procurement-procedures/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/beitbridge-delays-zimra-losing-millions-because-of-bureaucracy-in-procurement-procedures/#respond Thu, 21 Dec 2017 09:35:28 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882931

You might be aware that there are long queues over at the Beitbridge border post because ZIMRA’s Asycuda system is down. We wrote about how ZIMRA employees are having to manually record import and export documents which is slow as you can imagine. All borders are affected but Beitbridge being the busiest border in Southern Africa will feel […]

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Wanna make some bucks? Africom Is Looking For On Demand Broadband Installers https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/wanna-make-some-bucks-africom-is-looking-for-on-demand-broadband-installers/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/wanna-make-some-bucks-africom-is-looking-for-on-demand-broadband-installers/#respond Thu, 21 Dec 2017 07:23:52 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1883104

In case you missed it, Africom is looking for broadband installers to install broadband wireless internet in Harare, Chitungwiza, Norton and Mutare. Africom seems to be adopting the Kwese’s model of satelite tv installation. Instead of employing full time employees to install their dishes, they outsource (aka technites). Here’s the Africom ad in more detail. BROADBAND […]

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Kwese Adds New Channels, Nat Geo And FOX, Now We Are Talking https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/kwese-adds-nat-geo-and-fox-now-we-are-talking/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/kwese-adds-nat-geo-and-fox-now-we-are-talking/#respond Wed, 20 Dec 2017 17:13:32 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1883116

Kwese promised a while back that they would be adding some more channels before the end of the year. True to that promise, four new premium channels have been added today, the 20th of December. Earlier in October Kwese announced a deal with VICE Media which should see more local content come to Kwese. It […]

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DStv To No Longer Broadcast Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League… https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/dstv-to-no-longer-broadcast-zimbabwe-premier-soccer-league/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/dstv-to-no-longer-broadcast-zimbabwe-premier-soccer-league/#respond Wed, 20 Dec 2017 13:22:22 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1883168

In terms of entertainment in Zimbabwe, DStv is (or was) quite big, chiefly because we have/had very little options. ZBC tv did that to us. Not only do we have one national channel, but the national channel is terrible! Repeats, propaganda, poor quality and it goes on and on. So eventually, people had enough and […]

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Activists Pushing For ZEC To Allow The Public To Access Their Servers. Good Idea??? https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/is-it-a-good-idea-for-zec-to-give-the-public-access-its-servers/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/is-it-a-good-idea-for-zec-to-give-the-public-access-its-servers/#respond Tue, 19 Dec 2017 11:53:46 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882881

Of late, the Zimbabwe Electronic Commission (ZEC) has been under pressure from civil society organisations to give the public access to their servers. Turns out ZEC is not too keen to do that. The Herald today published a response from a ZEC representative, ZEC commissioner Dr Q Moyo which said  Zimbabwe has millions of people and if we […]

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ZIMRA’s Online System Breaks Down, Causes Long Queues At The Border https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/zimras-online-system-breaks-down-causes-long-queues-at-the-border/ https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/zimras-online-system-breaks-down-causes-long-queues-at-the-border/#respond Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:59:36 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882928

Just a few days ago, ZIMRA (Zimbabwe Revenue Authority) revealed how it had surpassed the revenue it had projected for the month of November (2017) by almost 30%. We had mixed emotions concerning this announcement. Anyway, judging from their e-service downtime this month and the report that Newsday published today, that might not be happening again… well […]

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Why The Current Primary Education Curriculum Betrays Stone Age Thinking https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/current-primary-education-curriculum-betrays-stone-age-thinking/ Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:49:16 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1883079

Dr Paul Mavima I hope you read this. The intention is not to insult but to point out an inconsistency that we need to fix early if we truly believe ourselves to be a progressive society. So much has changed in the Primary Education curriculum since my transition through that phase decades ago. The first […]

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The Processor Powering Your Phone Is Being Used In Windows Laptops Too https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/processor-powering-phone-used-windows-laptops/ Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:18:27 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1883161

We really have come a long way when it comes to computing power in smartphones. These pocket computers we carry in our pockets are more powerful than ever before. In mobile computing systems on chips (SoCs) are popular because of their low power consumption. An SoC integrates a microcontroller (or microprocessor) with peripherals like graphics […]

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa Now On Social Media. Welcome Mr President https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/president-emmerson-mnangagwa-now-social-media/ Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:37:29 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882946

Just after his inauguration I wrote a letter to the new Zimbabwean president, Emmerson D Mnangagwa. Well, I didn’t write to him him… I wrote an open letter to him and posted it here. In that letter I highlighted some issues that have to do with tech and the whole tech ecosystem in this country. […]

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Facebook in Shona and Ndebele! https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/facebook-in-shona/ Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:47:33 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882954

So here I am logging into Facebook to check if there are any updates, guess what I find…? Translate Facebook into Shona Leesa K, thanks for using Facebook. Help us launch Facebook in Shona by translating or voting on translations. Start Now Imagine my excitement! I quickly share with my workmates.And they too are excited. […]

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Afreximbank To Loan $1.5b To Zimbabwe And Provide Guarantees To Foreign Investors https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/afreximbank-loan-1-5b-provide-guarantees-foreign-investors-zimbabwe/ Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:56:29 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882898

The African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank) said they will avail a loan to the tune of $1.5 billion to Zimbabwe to assist with the economic recovery process. The president and chairman of Afreximbank Okey Oramah visited president Mnangagwa here in Harare. The bank pledged to continue to support Zimbabwe as they have even when the country was persona […]

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Will WhatsApp for Business be big in Zimbabwe? https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/will-whatsapp-for-business-be-big-in-zimbabwe/ Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:18:12 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1883136

We’ve been talking about WhatsApp for business for a while now. We were quite excited about the whole idea but now to be quite frank the hype is dying down (or rather, let me speak for myself, my hype is dying down) and the reason is probably that I don’t have access to it yet 😫 WhatsApp […]

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Big data: When we moved from being the customers into being the product. https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/big-data-when-we-moved-from-being-the-customers-to-being-the-product/ Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:04:32 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882941

During the Competition and Tariffs Commission event that happened last week, we touched a little on internet privacy, something that’s been of concern to the people who use the internet much. There’s always a different angle to it, for example I remember discussing issues around privacy versus security at the AfricaCom event. Here, we were mostly […]

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Telone Revenue Increases Despite Loss Of Subscribers https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/telone-revenue-increases-despite-loss-of-subscribers/ Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:23:21 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1883172

Telone, the sole fixed line operator in the country lost subscribers in the third quarter of 2017. Despite the drop in subscribers revenue actually increased. There were some interesting developments in voice traffic too. Let’s dig in. Subscribers Number of subscribers fell by 2.3% from second quarter to third quarter. This was after there was […]

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You Don’t Know Your Way Around Excel If You Can’t Paint With It Like This Guy https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/think-know-way-around-excel-think/ Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:10:51 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1883128

You might be familiar with Microsoft Excel, famous spreadsheet software. You no doubt have seen it used to organise data and to display various graphs from that data. Maybe you actually use it everyday as a decision making tool. One man saw us all use Excel this way and thought, what a waste of a […]

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ZSE Drops By 10% In Pres. Mnangagwa’s Second Week, Foreigners Still Net Buyers https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/zse-drops-by-10-in-pres-mnangagwas-second-week-foreigners-still-net-buyers/ Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:11:10 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882917

In the first week of President Mnangagwa’s administration the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) registered growth as the downward trend the exchange had been on reversed. Prior to the swearing in of the new president, the stock market had been in a free fall. Analysts assured us all that it was a market correction which actually […]

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Government, you need social media! https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/government-you-need-social-media/ Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:53:22 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882965

For some time now, social media has been viewed as nonsensical and somewhat perverting… and of course its biggest victim would be the millennial generation. Just a little over a week ago, Techzim wrote about how the army boss had expressed some concerns over how our Zimbabwean culture was being eroded by social media and […]

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Finally Chinamasa Speaks Truth On Causes of Cash Crisis And the Parallel Exchange Rate https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/finally-chinamasa-speaks-truth-causes-cash-crisis-parallel-exchange-rate/ Sat, 09 Dec 2017 13:30:32 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882974

One of the most epic responses to any question ever was by Patrick Chinamasa when he was asked earlier this year about the trading of the USD and other currencies on the streets. He said he did not know about any such activity because he was not there when it happened. Huh? In his recent 2018 […]

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Who exactly is Steward Bank looking for??? https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/who-exactly-is-steward-bank-looking-for/ Sat, 09 Dec 2017 11:06:01 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1883085

I’m sure by now you know that Steward Bank is looking for freelancers (teams or individuals) to collaborate with on some fintech projects. If not, well then this should help free you from that rock! Anyway, as per promise, we will be helping you understand what the collaboration is all about. We’ll take it one […]

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CABS’ POS and Mobile Banking to be unavailable due to a planned maintenance service https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/cabs-to-be-unavailable/ Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:36:20 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882902

In case you missed it: CABS will be carrying out a planned service maintenance which will disrupt some of its services. The maintenance is specifically for the bank’s Point Of Sale (POS) system and as such the POS service will be down. Also, the mobile banking and ZIPIT services will not be available during this […]

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Why A Lot of Africans Are Not On the Internet. The Answer is Not As Obvious https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/why-a-lot-of-africans-are-not-on-the-internet-the-answer-is-not-as-obvious/ Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:12:14 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1883072

One thought that was shared at AfricaCom 2017 last month that kept nagging me was that of why the internet penetration rate was still low in Africa. This is particularly of interest to me because my livelihood comes from an internet startup and I am desperate to have more people online in Zimbabwe and Africa […]

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BREAKING: Indegenisation Act Amended, Removing Requirement For Foreigners To Give Up 51% Ownership https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/government-amend-indegenisation-act-removing-51-requirement/ Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:43:10 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882863

Making the 2018 National Budget Presentation on Thursday afternoon, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa submitted a Finance Bill amending the Indigenisation and Empowerment Act. The Bill to take effect from April 2018. We have been imploring the government to amend that Indegenisation Act if we are to attract investment into Zimbabwe. The effect of requiring foreigners […]

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Avondale Police To Install CCTVs Around The Neighbourhood https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/avondale-police-install-cctvs-around-neighbourhood/ Thu, 07 Dec 2017 06:08:15 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882922

If you are a Zimbabwean motorist (well, no, just about anyone who uses the road) you’ll still be heaving a sigh of relief that the police have disappeared from the road. So menacing had they become that court cases were even in the process of being lodged against them to try and ease the rent-seeking behaviour that […]

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Internet penetration increases along with the Mobile Internet Data usage according to Potraz reports https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/internet-penetration-increases-along-with-the-mobile-internet-data-usage-according-to-potraz-report/ Thu, 07 Dec 2017 03:39:48 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1883178

The third Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) telecoms report of the year (Q3) was released yesterday. By the way, the Q3 report covers the period between 01 July 2017 and 30 September 2017.  Amidst all the statistics of interest to us, internet penetration, in this case mobile internet penetration is quite important […]

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Cash Crisis Has Econet, Netone And Telecel Swimming In (Mobile) Money https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/cash-crisis-boosts-telcos-mobile-money-revenue/ Wed, 06 Dec 2017 22:52:33 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882910

In POTRAZ’s recently released Q3 report it was revealed that mobile money is contributing more to Mobile Network Operator (MNO) revenues than ever before. This is compounded by the steady decline voice is contributing to revenues. All the three mobile operators, Econet, Telecel and Netone recorded growth in the number of active mobile money subscriptions […]

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Step Aside Bitcoin, $3m Has Been Spent On Virtual Cats (CryptoKitties) In A Week https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/step-aside-bitcoin-3m-spent-on-virtual-cats-cryptokitties-in-a-week/ Wed, 06 Dec 2017 06:45:09 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1883166

I know it’s still hard to wrap oneself’s head around Bitcoin and yet here we are talking about a new cryptocurrency. This time it’s not even a cryptocurrency per se but actually a game. What the heck is going on? We mentioned Bitcoin so that it is easier to explain what CryptoKitties are. Recap: Bitcoin […]

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3 Reasons Why You Should Collaborate With Steward Bank… https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/3-reasons-why-you-should-collaborate-with-steward-bank/ Tue, 05 Dec 2017 20:01:19 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882871

As we wrote last week, Steward Bank is looking for skilled developers in the diverse fields of software engineering to collaborate with on some Fintech project – preferably freelancers. If you’ve been considering it (or not), I’m here to help you make that decision faster 😉 So, here are 3 reasons why you should be a part of […]

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Zimbabwe Internet Outage: Here’s What Happened https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/zimbabwe-internet-outage-here-what-happened/ Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:47:00 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882935

On Tuesday 5 December 2017 Zimbabwe experienced a huge internet outage that affected most of the country. Techzim reached out to various sources in the industry to establish what really happened and have an appreciation of things. Below are the details we have so far. At around 11:44 AM, a tractor that was ploughing a field […]

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Can The Zimbabwean Economy Function Without The Internet? https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/can-zim-function-without-the-internet/ Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:58:38 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882907

We were without internet access for almost six hours today, from 11:45am to about 17:17pm. The outage was due to a core platform failure on the Liquid Telecom network which in turn affected all those riding on their network. ZOL and Econet were affected. NetOne was affected but only briefly as they seem to have switched to […]

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What I Did When The Internet Went Down In Zimbabwe https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/what-i-did-when-the-internet-went-down-in-zimbabwe/ Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:34:15 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1883155

So today, the internet went down in Zimbabwe from around 11:45 to 17:17 and this was due to a core platform failure on the Liquid Telecom network which is the backbone of internet service providers in Zimbabwe. I’ve always known that most of what I do for a living severely depends on having internet access […]

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BREAKING: It’s Not Just You. Internet Goes Down In Zimbabwe https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/breaking-not-just-internet-goes-zimbabwe/ Tue, 05 Dec 2017 11:16:58 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882891

This morning, at around 11:30 AM Liquid Telecom Zimbabwe, an Econet Wireless Zimbabwe subsidiary had a major fibre outage that affected the bulk of Zimbabwe’s internet users. As at the time of writing, Liquid, ZOL, Econet are down, while NetOne, which probably was riding on Liquid at the time of the outage was momentarily down […]

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Externalisation: How Big Companies Contributed To The Cash Crisis https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/bond-notes-blame-3b-externalised-2015-2017/ Fri, 01 Dec 2017 12:17:40 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1883112

It has been revealed that over $3 billion was externalised from Zimbabwe from 2015 to June 2017. Now if you consider that Zimbabwe’s GDP was just over $16 billion for both 2015 and 2016, a total of about $32 billion, the $3 looks significant. It’s almost 10% of the GDP in that period. Just how […]

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Cabinet announced, introducing the Ministry of ICT and Cyber Security https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/12/cabinet-announced-introducing-the-ministry-of-ict-and-cyber-security/ Fri, 01 Dec 2017 10:53:09 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882894

Just a few days back Techzim wrote about how we were anticipating for the new cabinet to be an effective one, same anticipation that the rest of Zimbabwe had to be fair. Well, the cabinet has been announced but for this particular article I will focus on just one of the ministries, the Ministry of Information […]

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TelOne Centre for Learning launches new Diplomas and courses at Graduation ceremony https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/11/telone-centre-for-learning-launches-new-diplomas-and-courses-at-graduation-ceremony/ Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:48:42 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1883059 Today at the TelOne Centre For Learning (TCFL) graduation ceremony, the Permanent Secretary for Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services, Dr. Eng. S. Kundishora officially opened and launched new diploma programs as well as new courses for the institution. The new diplomas to be offered by TCFL effective January 2018 are as follows: Diploma […]

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DStv, Kwese And StarTimes Trading Blows In The Pay-TV Space In Africa https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/11/dstv-kwese-and-startimes-trading-blows-in-the-pay-tv-space-in-africa/ Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:02:45 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882966

It hasn’t been this interesting in the pay-TV industry in a long time. Scratch that, it has never been this exciting in the pay-TV space in Africa. After years of being starved of proper choices and alternatives everything seems to be falling into place. As Zimbabweans we actually envy the Kenyans who have the other […]

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Part 5 – Making Money Online in Zimbabwe – Affiliate Marketing https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/11/part-5-making-money-online-zimbabwe-affiliate-marketing/ Thu, 30 Nov 2017 06:00:34 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882787

This is a Guest Post and does not reflect the thoughts and opinions of Techzim. We have a strong filtering process of what makes it to our blog and are confident that you’ll enjoy the article below. There are times when someone wants to make money online without owning a business. Affiliate marketing gives you […]

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How a Solidarity March lit up my interest in technology https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/11/solidarity-march-lit-interest-technology/ Wed, 29 Nov 2017 17:32:07 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882999 Handei ku March (Let’s go to the March) was the second most frequently occurring phrase in my inbox after ‘Good morning’; what a buzz it was! And yes within moments my WhatsApp had just turned into a barrage of photos, videos and status updates of the march of the year. In such a typical urban society…the 2017 […]

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US Dollars Return To Banks And ATMs… https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/11/us-dollar-return-banks-atms/ Wed, 29 Nov 2017 13:24:31 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1883090

Information that is circulating online is indicating that the US dollar has made its way back to the economy. For some who are out of the country this may seem to be silly news, but for the past few months seeing a $20 note was a rarity that could necessitate the family head to summon everyone […]

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Could It Be We Missed That Bond Notes Actually Served Their Purpose? https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/11/could-it-be-that-bond-notes-are-a-success/ Wed, 29 Nov 2017 10:07:55 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882953

Before you light your torches to burn me alive, I am well aware of the current situation as regards bond notes. Ever since their introduction at 1:1 with the USD, bond notes have been on a steady decline. Granted that decline has reversed since President Mnangagwa took office. I know that some saw the bond notes […]

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NetOne’s OneMoney goes down…. [Updated: It is back up] https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/11/netones-onemoney-goes-down/ Wed, 29 Nov 2017 08:01:05 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1883038

In case you missed it: OneMoney (previously known as OneWallet) is currently down and this is the message that has been sent out. We regret to advise that OneMoney platform is currently down and our engineers are working to resolve issue. The inconveniences caused are sincerely regretted!   OneMoney is a mobile money platform by […]

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Does A New President Equal An Improved Economy? https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/11/does-a-new-president-equal-an-improved-economy/ Wed, 29 Nov 2017 05:51:17 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882956

I’m still kinda in the celebratory mood after the firing of our Vice President, then coup-not-coup, then resignation of our dear President and finally installation of a new leader. It’s been a very interesting month and if you laid your head down to rest for a minute too long you may have missed it all. […]

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Bond Note:USD Exchange Rate Falls, ZSE Drops $6b In 8 Days As Markets Self Correct https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/11/bond-noteusd-exchange-rate-falls-zse-drops-6b-8-days-markets-self-correct/ Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:11:19 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882926

We have been religiously following the events on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange(ZSE) over the last few weeks, for good reason. The experts say the stock market reaction is one of the primary indicators which speaks to investor sentiment. We have also been keeping an eye on the black market bond note to the USD exchange rate. We […]

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Communications regulator lobbying for data to last for 3 years in South Africa https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/11/communications-regulator-lobbing-for-data-to-last-for-3-years-in-south-africa/ Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:50:07 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882949

So it seems South Africa is much more serious about their #DataMustFall campaign than I thought. Just read an article on MyBroadband on how Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is lobbing for all licensed Mobile Network Operators in SA to have data bundles which have a minimum expiry period of 3 years. 3 years! Imagine having to […]

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Army Boss On Social Media, Homosexuality And African Culture https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/11/army-boss-says-social-media-threat-identity-africans/ Tue, 28 Nov 2017 11:44:03 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882899 Speaking at the inaugural Culture Day celebrations, Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) Commander Lieutenant-General Philip Valerio Sibanda spoke on how we can preserve our culture as Zimbabweans. He also touched on the impact social media has had in Africa. At this point you’re probably thinking, Culture Day? Yes, apparently the annual Culture Week around May is […]

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Cabinet dissolved: Out with the Old, In with the New (we hope)… https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/11/cabinet-dissolved-out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new-we-hope/ Tue, 28 Nov 2017 09:01:51 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882944

I’m sure we’ve all been following the events that have been happening in Zimbabwe,how we now have a new president and all. With that, constitutionally it then means that the previous cabinet becomes nullified. The constitution states that the occupation of the presidential office by a new candidate renders all ministers’ offices vacant, meaning the […]

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Imports From South Africa Close To $2b In 10 Months, Trade Deficit Decreases Though https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/11/imports-exports-zimbabwe/ Tue, 28 Nov 2017 07:53:09 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1883016

In the 10 months, January to October 2017 Zimbabwe had a trade deficit of $1.6 billion. The imports during that time reached $4.5 billion against exports of only $2.9 billion. It sometimes feels like a catch-22 situation in Zimbabwe where imports are high because exports are low and exports are low because imports are high. […]

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NetOne is recruiting OneMoney agents, a good deal? https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/11/netone-is-recruiting-onemoney-agents-a-good-deal/ Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:02:13 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1883034

It seems NetOne is really determined to grow OneMoney this time. Maybe the ‘scolding’ from the former Minister of ICT, Hon Supa Mandiwanzira served as some good inspiration. I realised that they are putting ads in the newspaper that are calling out for people who are interested in becoming OneMoney agents. The latest POTRAZ telecom report (Q2, 2017) […]

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Bitcoin Nears $10,000 Internationally As It Approaches $18,000 In Zimbabwe https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/11/bitcoin-nears-10000-internationally-approaches-18000-zimbabwe/ Mon, 27 Nov 2017 15:14:03 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882905

Bitcoin reached new highs internationally today as it reached a high of $9732. This was after it opened at $9326.59 and that was the lowest the cryptocurrency traded for today. These values are according to Coindesk, CEX actually has the price at $9849.83. These prices are quite remarkable especially considering how some experts have been foretelling […]

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Africa Tech Summit Kigali: One of the things to look forward to in 2018 https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/11/africa-tech-summit-kigali-one-of-the-things-to-look-forward-to-in-2018/ Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:02:00 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882872

The Africa Tech Summit is a convention aimed at bringing together great companies and initiatives across the continent in a bid to connect them with international ventures, investors and entrepreneurs who are truly focused on business and investment in Africa. The Summit was officially launched in 2016 in London. However, in 2018, for the first time it will be coming […]

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Strive Masiyiwa Changes Tactics As He Seeks To List Econet Global https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/11/strive-masiyiwa-changes-tactics-seeks-list-econet-global/ Mon, 27 Nov 2017 12:54:09 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1883057

We recently learnt that Econet Global is looking to list on the London Stock Exchange with an $8 billion valuation. It comes as a bit of a surprise really, not because it doesn’t make business sense, because it does. It is surprising because of the comments Strive Masiyiwa made about listing in the past. Back in 2015 […]

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Google has been collecting location data from Android users without their consent https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/11/google-has-been-collecting-location-data-from-android-users-without-their-consent/ Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:54:21 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882982

It was quite interesting to read about how Google has admitted to having been collecting users’ location data without their consent. Android users were most affected by this. Turns outs phones and tablets running Android software gather data on people’s locations even when the user is offline or even without a SIM card. After collecting the data, it […]

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Econet Wants To List On The London Stock Exchange With An $8b Valuation https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/11/econet-wants-list-london-stock-exchange-8b-valuation/ Mon, 27 Nov 2017 09:27:21 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882980

In what is the logical next step in Econet’s fascinating journey, the company is seeking to list on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and also to seek a secondary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE.) Bloomberg reports that they obtained this information from people familiar with the matter. They say the company will seek a […]

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Govt Pays ZESA $155m, Still Owes $445m https://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/11/govt-pays-zesa-155m-still-owes-445m/ Sat, 25 Nov 2017 22:09:48 +0000 https://www.techzim.co.zw/?p=1882984

The government, through its departments and local authorities owed ZESA about $600m. Back in June the government said it would issue Treasury Bills to clear that debt. That did not come to be. The government has however been slowly paying up what it owes and the ZESA CEO revealed that of the $600m debt about $155m has […]

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