Tag: Coronavirus


HP CEO says remote work will allow companies to hire more internationally

The future of work has been a huge talking point for the whole world this year. The Coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we work DRASTICALLY. The value of an office has been questioned more than ever and recently the CEO of HP also commented on the issue touching on two important aspects regarding how […]


OneMoney added 337 000 subscribers in Q2 whilst other mobile money services struggled – What gives?

POTRAZ Q2 2020 report is out and whilst the mobile money industry generally took a big hit, NetOne seemed to do exceedingly well in the same period. EcoCash (the industry leader) and Telecash lost 7.6% and 34% of their subscribers respectively. In the same climate, one would assume that OneMoney would also be struggling but […]


ZOL closes Harare shopafter staff members test positive for COVID-19

ZOL has announced that it will be indefinitely closing down branches in Harare after staffers tested positive for COVID-19. The internet service provider explained the situation via their Twitter account. Read the statement below: We regret to announce that some of our staff members tested positive to COVID-19 and are now quarantined. Strict measures around […]


Econet to shut down all shops from tomorrow because some employees tested positive for COVID-19

Econet Wireless released the following statement: NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS Dear Valued Customer, We regret to announce that some of our staff members tested positive to COVID-19 and are now quarantined. Strict measures around contact-tracing and testing have been taken on these cases as guided by the Ministry of Health and Child Care.There has been a […]


ZIMSTAT have shut down their offices after employees tested positive for COVID-19

The Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT) has closed down operations after employees tested positive for the Coronavirus. This shut down means that their scheduled training programs which were to be held this week (20th to the 25th of July) have been called off. On the 18th of July ZIMSTAT ordered its staff not to come […]


Coronavirus & the missed ICT opportunity

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has seen the introduction of restrictions in movement, gatherings, introduction of quarantines and closures of educational establishments among other measures implemented to contain the virus in Zimbabwe. This crisis has brought to the fore the importance of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in businesses, healthcare, education and public services. Due to […]


Sasai says the medical info you share on Health Status Report is safe

Last week, we wrote an article on the launch of Sasai’s Health Status Report. Health Status Report (SHSR) will enable users to record their COVID-19 status and then share the results with other people and organisations if they wish. Sasai also made a point to note that the platform is built on the back of […]


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 […]


Reflecting On The Launch Of UNICEF’s Internet Of Good Things

[Image Source: UNICEF ZW Twitter] Among the many challenges COVID-19 presents, is the ability to disseminate information while maintaining physical distancing. While Zimbabwe has a high mobile phone penetration of over 90 per cent, access to internet is a challenge for many due to the prohibitive cost of data. In rural Zimbabwe, according to the […]


Zimsec June Provisional Exam Dates Released. November Registration Extended

Last night the Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (Zimsec) released the provisional dates for June examinations and extended have the registration period for November examinations. The dates they set on their press release are as follows: ” Ordinary Level – Tuesday 30 June to Monday 20 July 2020 Advanced level – Tuesday 30 June to Thursday […]


Rwanda Deploys Robotic Health Workers To Minimise Coronavirus Risk

Health workers have been exposed to the highest risk during COVID-19 since their work makes it pretty hard to observe social distancing and they directly interface with those who have the virus on a daily basis. Rwandan medical workers at a COVID-19 treatment facility in the East African country have deployed robots made by a […]


Covid-19 Forces Parliament to Go Virtual: The Pros and Cons

The Coronavirus has forced Parliament to embrace virtual sittings. This is a good development, but not without its challenges


ZOL Shops To Reopen In Near Future

ZOL subscribers have been receiving a message from their Internet Service Provider (ISP) informing them that ZOL shops will be reopening next month. Dear Customer. Our shops remain closed until 31/05/20. Shops in Bulawayo,Harare and Victoria Falls will open on 01/06/20. The Contact Centre remains available. ZOL message to subscribers Following relaxation if COVID-19 restrictions […]


This Local COVID-19 Resource Library Houses Research Efforts, APIs & More Coronavirus Related Tools

Zim COVID-19 Resource Library is a pretty nifty tool developed by Njabulo Sandawana and Rumbidzai Makanga. The library is housing locally relevant Coronavirus information relating to COVID-19 response. Looking for articles and research in relation to the disease but relevant to the local context? There’s a section for that. Looking for a list of educational […]


Harare Man Facing Upto 1 Year Imprisonment For Sharing Someone’s COVID-19 Status On WhatsApp

Disclosing someone’s health condition without their consent has always been a crime but it’s one of those things that isn’t taken too seriously in our country. Jimmy Mhlanga who allegedly disclosed the COVID-19 status of someone via WhatsApp might have to learn his lesson the hard way. In addition to sharing the person’s COVID-19 status […]


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 […]


Scammers Are Selling Coronavirus “Cures” On The Dark Web

Atlas VPN recently published a report on how Coronavirus cures have started popping up on the dark web. The dark web is a section of the internet that is not indexed by search engines and requires special browsers to access. This makes it easy for people offering illegal services e.g Coronavirus, kidnappings and all kinds […]


Clean City Offering COVID-19 “Decontamination Service” At The Click Of A Button – Here’s Why That’s A Hard Sell

Clean City a subsidiary of Cassava Fintech recently started offering disinfectant services for homes and businesses. Some Econet subscribers have been receiving the following message from Clean City announcing the service: Contact 0772222541 to request for decontamination services against COVID-19 for your home and office space. Make your health your priority. Stay Safe. Clean City […]


Ramaphosa Appoints Masiyiwa To Lead Initiative To Secure Coronavirus Protective Equipment

SA President and chairman of the AU, Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed one of Zimbabwe’s most famous business leaders – Strive Masiyiwa to head a private-sector led effort to improve supply personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 crisis. President Ramaphosa informed the meeting that he had appointed Zimbabwean businessman Strive Masiyiwa to coordinate a private sector-led […]


African AI Platform To Host Webinar On How Machine Learning Can Be Used To Fight COVID-19

Zindi the data science platform that connects data scientists and people who need their problems solved is hosting a free webinar titled “From Models to Medical Care: in conversation with epidemiologists on the scientific frontlines.“ The webinar will see 3 epidemiologists; Prof Wim Delva, Dr Brooke Nichols and Dr Elaine Nsoesie discuss how machine learning […]


COVID-19: Business Disruptor Or Change Agent?

As South Africa enters another week of the national lockdown the world and business as we know it, is changing dramatically. One certain thing, however, is that we have entered unchartered waters and only innovative and adaptable businesses will survive. Reality is that Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) are the ones at the highest […]


Facebook Expands Coronavirus Info Center To More Countries In Africa Including Zim

Facebook is expanding its Coronavirus Information Center to 24 more countries in Africa -including Zimbabwe- as part of its ongoing commitment to empowering people around the world with timely and accurate news from trusted health authorities. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Center is featured at the top of News Feed and provides a central place for people to keep informed about the […]


Econet, Govt & UNICEF Bring COVID-19 Info Hub To SMS For Free

The Ministry of Health and Child Care has joined hands with Econet and UNICEF to deliver information related to the Novel Coronavirus at no cost using SMS. According to the Ministry of Health, the service will be available for every Econet subscriber who texts “Hi” to the number 2019 with updates on local and global […]


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, […]


YouTube Bans Coronavirus Videos That Contradict WHO Advice

YouTube has announced that it will remove any content they deem as “medically unsubstantiated”, following misinformation regarding the novel Coronavirus. So people saying, ‘Take vitamin C, take turmeric, we’ll cure you,’ those are the examples of things that would be a violation of our policy. Anything that would go against World Health Organisation recommendations would […]


Apple & Google’s Contact Tracing Software Will Be Ready In A Few Days

A fortnight ago, Apple and Google announced that they were working on software that would help with contact tracing for Coronavirus; In this spirit of collaboration, Google and Apple are announcing a joint effort to enable the use of Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the virus, with user […]


[Update] Zoom Meetings Gains 100M New Users In 3 Weeks

Zoom’s rise to fame doesn’t seem to be on the wane – even with security concerns plaguing the video conferencing software. In March, Zoom reported their user base had grown from 10 million to 200 million between December and February. That exponential growth hasn’t stopped and in 3 weeks, Zoom has added 100M users and […]


TelOne & NetOne Unveil ZW$10 Million COVID 19 Response Support Facility

TelOne and NetOne have announced that they are setting up a joint COVID 19 response support facility to the tune of ZWL$10million. The “sustainable response plan” will benefit three public hospitals namely Sally Mugabe (formerly Harare Hospital), Beatrice Infectious Diseases and Mpilo Hospitals. Specific areas being funded are both for immediate COVID 19 response needs […]


VAYA Launches Relief Support Arm Offering Logistics Support To COVID-19 Donors

VAYA has started offering relief support to organizations involved in distributing material aid to vulnerable groups and communities affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic. The global pandemic has seen governments in nearly all countries of the world, including Zimbabwe,  enforce ‘lockdowns’ intended to arrest the spread of the highly infectious disease. The lockdowns have resulted […]


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 […]