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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 […]


Bulawayo based firm partners with Chinese company on facial recognition systems

In a report by The Chronicle, Bulawayo based firm Brains at Work Consulting Pvt Ltd has entered into a partnership with a Chinese company called Clou Global Technology to be the sole distributor of Clou Global’s facial recognition and temperature scan systems. Who are the players in this deal? Brains at Work Consulting They are, […]


Strict Covid-19 restrictions return

The following measures were announced by the President this evening and will take effect from tomorrow: All non-working sections of our population will be required to stay at home; except for purposes of securing food, water and health services. Where travel and social contact becomes essential and inevitable, every Zimbabwean should and must uphold the […]


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 […]


Strive Masiyiwa announces free COVID-19 testing for health care workers and low income communities

Econet founder Strive Masiyiwa yesterday announced that there will be free Covid-19 testing for healthcare professionals and low income communities. There will also be broader testing for the general public at a cost. This initiative was done through his Higher Life Foundation and Alliance Testing. “Starting today (25/06/20), any Zimbabwean who wants a Covid-19 test […]


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 […]


Covid 19 Update

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Econet Community Covid Response

Econet has given an update on donations received thus far (Day 64), they have raised ZWL $1 355 528.02 from 8225 donors. Thank you to all those who have given so generously. The fight against Covid 19 is going to be a collaborative effort, for anyone wishing to help the cause go to any of […]


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 […]


Slow Covid-19 Economic Recovery Compels African Companies To Adapt Fast To New Consumption And Trade Patterns

By Clement Chinaka, MD Old Mutual Rest of Africa In Africa, reactions to the onset of Covid 19 have been varied, from full lockdowns in most of Southern Africa, regional lockdowns in some West African countries and just social distancing and nighttime curfews in some countries. Official statistics suggest that most of Africa has managed […]


Econet Group To Conduct 100 000 Coronavirus Tests

The Econet group and Cassava Smartech just announced the launch of Maisha Testing – a service that will offer Coronavirus testing to Zimbabwean citizenry. The 100 000 test kits will be offered to different sets of citizens; Citizens employed in the Econet Wireless Group, Cassava Smartech, Liquid Telecom, Mutare Bottling and Higherlife Foundation. This will […]


Econet Introduces A Cheaper e-Learning Bundle, Schools Buy It For Students & Teachers

Econet is nobody’s friend right now after the more than tippling in the prices of some of their internet access bundles. The MNO is hoping to warm up to schools and learners across the country with a new bundle tailored for the current reality of students learning from home. Here are the bundle options: The […]


Press Release: Vaya Offers Free Delivery Of Medicines For 3 Months

VAYA Express, through VAYA Express Medical Deliveries, is now offering free delivery of medical supplies to assist Zimbabweans in need of critical medicines and drugs during the restrictions imposed due the COVID -19 pandemic and beyond.  VAYA Express Medical Deliveries is collaborating with Maisha Health fund (formerly Steward Health) to help people in need to […]


Twitter Sees Surge In Users Due To Covid-19

A lot of the huge tech companies have seen a bump in usage and consumption induced by the Novel Coronavirus and our staying at home as a result. For Twitter – the surge is usage has resulted in 32 million extra daily users compared to the start of 2019. The 166 million current daily users […]


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, […]


Slides: Digital Patterns During Zimbabwe’s Lockdown

We did an informal unscientific survey to look at how patterns have changed (if they did) during Zimbabwe’s COVID 19 necessitated lockdown. The respondents were mostly regular Techzim visitors. This obviously means the sample is not representative of the wider Zim society at all. However, this is a sample of individuals marketers call ‘early adopters’ […]


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 […]


Zim Telecoms Regulator Dismisses 5G-Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories

The Director-General of POTRAZ Dr Gift Machengete has become one of the many voices urging consumers to dismiss claims that 5G is the reason behind Coronavirus spread. Machengete’s message dismisses 5G as a conspiracy theory and warns Zimbabweans planning on vandalizing network infrastructure that they will be jailed for a minimum of ten years. The […]


[Watch] HIT Unveils Their Ventilator

When Nick Mangwana tweeted that HIT had made a ventilator and they could produce up to 40 of those on a daily basis, there was a lot of scepticism – reasonably so. HIT has now shared a video of their in-house ventilator with Engineer Edward Makute and Sister Mashoko providing a walkthrough of how the […]


Local Company Wants To Use Drones To Help Fight COVID-19 Spread

The global response to the Corona epidemic has created a demand for new and innovative ways to fight the spread of the virus. Around the world tools like drones are being used for various purposes including as loudspeakers to warn people about social distancing and to stay at home like what the police are now […]


UNESCO Says Fake News Could Be Fatal During Coronavirus Crisis

The director of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Guy Berger, has condemned the spread of misinformation relating to the novel Coronavirus. Berger explained that the misinformation regarding the disease has spread to all aspects of the disease and the impact of these falsehoods has real impact; There seems to be barely an […]


[Video] Kufema Zim Shares Early Demo Of Prototype Ventilator & Other Updates

We wrote about Kufema Zimbabwe in the early days of the lockdown. The initiative which set out with a mandate to build and distribute ventilators and “associated components” to help Zimbos during the COVID-19 crisis. The latest update on the Kufema Zim blog came on the 31st of March (Yuhp I know that’s a while […]


Jack Ma To Host Webinar With Zim Doctors To Exchange Info On Coronavirus

Jack Ma has been one of the many business people who have provided a helping hand to African countries during the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic. He’s also announced that the Alibaba Foundation will be hosting a series of virtual seminars between African and Chinese hospitals to exchange knowledge on how to tackle the virus. […]


Cassava “Launching” Maisha Medik For The 3rd Time – What’s Changed?

Maisha Medik is the application that refuses to die. The health app made it’s debut in June of 2018, as a repurposed version of the more popular ADA application. At this point in its life, Maisha was an artificial intelligence symptom checker. One of the commenters in our initial article covering Maisha Medik had this […]


Has Life Changed Due To COVID And Lockdown? Please Help Us Answer

The going theory is that the world is never going back to what it was before the COVID 19 pandemic. There are shifts happening all across the social and economic sphere. Some new patterns are being formed right now as lockdowns are effected etc. Mostly, what is happening is an acceleration of trends that were […]


Protecting Monopoly Through COVID-19: EcoCash Scraps Fees For COVID Relief Funds

EcoCash has announced that they will be removing processing fees for cash transfers designated as COVID-19 relief funds. The move seems to be a direct response to the government choosing to exclusively distribute COVID-19 relief funds through OneMoney, the mobile money platform that rivals EcoCash. EcoCash has moved to remove all processing fees for cash […]


Propping Up NetOne At All Costs, Gvt To Distribute COVID 19 Funds Exclusively Through OneMoney

A quick glance at the most recent POTRAZ telecoms sector reports makes it clear that EcoCash is still the mobile money service used by most Zimbabweans with a market share of 91.9% and 98.9% of the total value of mobile money transactions. We were pretty surprised when it was brought to our attention (on good […]


Watch Your Favourite Footballers Battle It Out In A FIFA20 Tournament To Raise US$1 Million For COVID-19

EA, the developers behind popular sports game FIFA 20 has announced they will be live streaming the Stay and Play Cup on their Twitch channel. As part of the Stay and Play Cup, EA will also donate US$1M to help support immediate and long-term relief and recovery in vulnerable communities most affected by COVID-19. What […]