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Zimexapp Is The Newest Pretender To Throne

There have been many classifieds websites that have tried to come and steal Classifieds’ thunder but none of these have made a big impact. The classifieds website that has come closest to is Ownai but I was pretty confident that even they have not surpassed Classifieds. Once I checked on Similar Web my assumptions […]

“Local” Facebook Group Harare Bidding Wars, gains popularity as a leading online auction site for secondhand stuff

That’s what Harare Bidding Wars, a Facebook Group targeted at people in the capital city is doing, albeit with a different approach. It works as an online auctioning platform for people who want to get rid of unwanted “preloved” stuff.

Zimbabwe’s largest classifieds platform introduces shopping cart, shows focus on online shopping

Zimbabwe’s largest classifieds platform has introduced a shopping cart as it increases its focus on online shopping.

News platforms dominate Zimbabwe’s list of top 10 most visited local websites

News platforms have dominated Zimbabwe’s list of top 10 most-visited local websites with Newsday taking the lead.

Handymen a Zimbabwean tradesmen app enters beta phase, prepares for launch

Through the app the ordinary user can identify a tradesman who can handle a particular task while it also provides tradesmen who sign up for it a tool for locating work.

Zimbabweans embrace Facebook Groups as classifieds platforms

More than 5 years and a standalone mobile application later, Groups are now registering 1 billion users a month and have been tapped as tools for political discussion, organisational efficiency and massive user feedback on brands, products and even insight on competing services.

Classifieds CEO: Ownai zero-rating could present a challenge, but we’re in a good position to combat it

Some aspects of their offering which leverage their incumbency as Zim’s largest MNO could present a challenge for us. However, additional experience, technology and marketing from OAM put us in a good position to combat that.

Ownai, Econet’s startup offically launched with an objective to “help small businesses”

Econet is looking past all of that, though. According to Douglas Mboweni, Econet’s CEO, the telecoms operator wants its customers who are running small businesses to see the operator as a partner that will help them make money. Tools like Ownai are supposed to enable this by offering free marketing of goods to Econet’s broadband customers.

Tengai’s partnership with Econet triggers backlash

Some readers argued that Tengai, the new online classifieds startup, though registered and fully operational as an entity that is not a subsidiary of Econet Wireless Zimbabwe or the Econet Group, has ties to the mobile operator and is leaning on this association in a way that violates net neutrality. goes live, offers free signups & free browsing for Econet subscribers

Zimbabwe’s new online classifieds platform, has finally gone live. It offers the standard functionality of online classified platforms and users can post listings, for free, in any of the 12 different categories that include mobile and electronics, vehicles, property, jobs and services.

Econet powered e-commerce platform,, to launch in a few days

In a few days, mobile operator Econet Wireless is going live with the online classifieds platform We were invited to the press launch which is slated for Monday 27 July. will operate with free advertising for anything posted on the platform, along with free browsing for Econet broadband subscribers.

Another Zimbabwean platform, Save Mari, enters the online classifieds market

There is a new e-commerce player in town; Save Mari. It is an online platform were Zimbabweans can market and advertise goods. This is another attempt at penetrating the online classifieds market. While this is admirable, Save Mari has things that it needs to figure out before it makes an impression in this field.

Another MTN venture in Zimbabwe as Carmudi heads this way

Rocket Internet is in the neighbourhood again. This time the small business incubator/”clone factory”/startup collective has plans to introduce the local market to its car classifieds service Carmudi. It’s been a year since we mentioned Carmudi here. the last time it was when Rocket internet was rolling it out in Ghana, having established a presence […]

Running a successful online business in Zim: How did do it?

Recently Zimpapers took a huge step into online business with  a news hub that represents all their print editions as well as as a new site targeted at sports news. Part of this new effort also includes a new online classifieds site,, which essentially extends their print classifieds section to a digital platform. There’s a […]

Zimpapers embraces digital with new online platforms

Today the country’s largest news and print media house, Zimpapers, launched an online media platform for all its titles. Under the name Zimpapers News Hub, it offers access to complete copies of the Zimpapers publications and it will be available for a $10 monthly subscription. Accompanying the news hub was the launch of an online sports […]

Paynow to host developer day focused on boosting online payments in Zimbabwe

Paynow, the Zimbabwean internet payments platform developed by Webdev has decided to give local internet payments a shot in the arm by working with developers. Together with Hypercube Hub, Paynow will be hosting a developer day at the tech hub on Saturday 16 August 2014. The day long event (9 am to 5 pm) will […]

Dipleague founder finally speaks out about impostor “leagues”

A while ago we published an article on how local mailing classifieds list Dipleague was being imitated by other “Dipleagues.” These other versions, available on different platforms though mostly social media, have similar names while offering the same service as the first Dipleague. After a lot of varied opinions on the subject were raised in the […]

Rocket Internet enters Zimbabwe with real estate website Lamudi

Famous company builder, Rocket Internet, has found its way into the Zimbabwean web space with the introduction of a local real estate listing website This is essentially a Zimbabwean setup for the Lamudi real estate service which is already offered in more than 20 emerging market countries. Rocket Internet as you may already know is backed now by the giant […]

The despairing state of ecommerce in Zimbabwe

I have been following with much enthusiasm articles and debates generated thereof on the Techzim blog as it pertains to Internet usage in Zimbabwe. Not only being passionate about it, but also having done some considerable project work and brainstorming on this subject even in the early days of the Internet in Zimbabwe as far […]

Of installing open source software and starting an internet business

Classifieds (and business directories), like Social Networking, are a favourite with local tech startups. Very much so you’d think with all this work addressing the classifieds problem, it’d be solved by now. That an ordinary person would be able to easily post an ad to platform with any device they have and within minutes be getting calls, and hopefully by the end of the day have a couple of serious leads. You know, the way it works when you throw a classified ad in the paper.