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[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 […]

[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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The 1st Online Seedstars Summit Pitch Competition Gathers 5 000+ Participants – You Can Rewatch It Too

Seedstars, the Swiss-based private group with a mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets, gathered 5,419 participants to its first Online Summit on April 3rd, 2020. The company decided to digitally redesign its Global Summit, to ensure the safety of its partners and community in the scope of the exceptional COVID-19 crisis. In 2020, […]

8 South Africans Have Been Arrested For Spreading Fake News

South Africa’s Police Commissioner Bheki Cele informed citizens of the country that 8 people had been arrested for disseminating misinformation regarding the Novel Coronavirus. The most popular of these arrests is a 55-year-old Western Cape resident who was arrested for posting a video urging South Africans to resist testing as the testing kits being used […]

A List Of COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories & Misinformation You Should Avoid & Never Spread

This is a list of the most popular conspiracy theories making the rounds regarding the Coronavirus. We’ve made this list and will continue to update it because people continue sharing falsehoods in relation to Coronavirus. Please share this with your loved ones and remember before sharing any theories you hear regarding the virus (and other […]

[Video] Tesla Turning Car Parts Into Ventilators

Tesla engineers have been making ventilators using car parts and here’s a video where they go through the whole process, explaining which car parts they have used and how they work; Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD code *405# […]

ZOL Shares Guidelines On How They’ll Be Attending To Faults During The Lockdown

With the 21-day nationwide lockdown now in full effect, ZOL has updated customers on how they’ll be addressing faults during this period. The Internet Service Provider said their staff-force will address faults as follows; For faults occurring outside a customer’s home, (“outside your premises or in the garden”) they’ll deploy staff to address the issue; […]

President ED Declares 21 Day Lockdown From Monday 30 March

President Mnangagwa has declared that from Monday 30 March, the country will go into total lockdown for the next 21 days. Some of the measures announced as part of the declaration are as follows; Army to be deployed to enforce lockdown. All movements of people is prohibited with the exception of Ministers, Heads of Ministries […]

African Academics Launch Initiative To Collate COVID-19 Data Across Africa

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Africa was reported in Egypt on 14 February. The patient was a Chinese national who had recently arrived in Cairo. As of 27 March, more than 2,400 cases have been reported across Africa. South Africa, Egypt and Algeria have the highest number of cases – 927, 495, and […]

EcoSure To Help Capacitate Doctors & Nurses Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

As Zimbabwe – along with the rest of the world – battles the COVID-19 Corona virus global pandemic, EcoSure has announced plans to immediately support the country’s national health delivery system by equipping frontline medical staff with protective personal equipment (PPE), providing them with life and health insurance and offering them safe transport to and […]

Registrations For COVID-19 Global Hackathon Now Open

The COVID-19 Global Hackathon is an opportunity for developers to build software solutions that drive social impact, with the aim of tackling some of the challenges related to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Innovators around the world are being invited to #BuildforCOVID19 using technologies of your choice across a range of suggested themes and challenge […]

Portion Of ZIMRA Staff Ordered To Work From Home

ZIMRA has become the latest of many local companies taking restrictive measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The tax collection authority has put into effect the following measures; All ZIMRA stations and offices maintaining critical skeleton staff; Staff have been provided with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and sanitizers; Staff have received awareness […]

ZSE Announces Measures To Prevent Coronavirus Spread

A number of local companies have taken steps to ensure the novel Coronavirus’ spread is minimized. ZOL, Telecel and Econet all announced they would either be working fewer hours or closing down shops – as part of prevention measures. Zimbabwe Stock Exchange has done the same and announced the following measures to curb the spread […]

ZOL Closes All Stores To Curb Coronavirus Spread

ZOL has emailed customers informing them that they will be closing their stores to prevent Coronavirus spread. The email to customers read; Dear Valued Customer, The whole world is facing an unprecedented crisis with the coronavirus (COVID19) affecting individuals, families, businesses and nations. ZOL Zimbabwe is committed to playing its part in the prevention of […]

Ministry Of Health, WHO & UNICEF Launch Coronavirus WhatsApp Bot

The Ministry of Health and Child Care has made a WhatsApp bot which members of the public can contact to get information about the novel coronavirus. Text Hi to the WhatsApp number +263 71 473 4593 Ministry of Health The bot made in collaboration with UNICEF and WHO contains info about the virus, symptoms of […]

What Impact Has Coronavirus Had On Local Tech Companies & Startups?

Corona Correction… An intriguing term that has been used by some financial analysts to denote how the pandemic has “corrected” and continues to “correct” market valuations for business all over the world. After reading a number of these theories, I was left wondering what kind of impact has the virus dealt to local startups and […]

Cambridge June 2020 Exams Cancelled Due To Coronavirus

Cambridge released a statement announcing that they will no longer be conducting international exams in May and June because of the Coronavirus. Following the UK Government’s cancellation of GCSE & A’Level examinations due to the virus, there were still questions regarding whether or not Cambridge would proceed with their international examinations. Given how COVID-19 has […]

Econet Closes Joina City Shop After Staffer Comes Into Contact With Coronavirus Victim

Econet is closing its Joina City Shop in Harare’s CBD “with immediate effect” after one of its staff members came into contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 Coronavirus. We have, with immediate effect, closed our Joina City Shop in Harare in the interests of public health and safety. One of our staff […]

UNICEF’s Internet of Good Things Adds Coronavirus Awareness Content

UNICEF recently shared a set of free, mobile-ready web-based resources and applications that allows communities to access educational and lifesaving information. The COVID-19 pandemic brings lots of challenges to the social sector especially dissemination of life saving information due to restrictions in movements, requirements to isolate, etc. Technology offers an opportunity for us to change […]

African Telecommunications Union Calls For Action By Telecoms Regulators & Operators To Combat Coronavirus

The African Telecommunications Union (ATU), a specialised agency of the African Union in the field of telecommunications, has put together a set of guidelines to assist in combating the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, that every Member State should consider. Africa has so far recorded relatively few coronavirus cases compared to the rest of the world. […]

Global Smartphone Shipments Fall 38 %YoY in February 2020

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments tumbled 38% year-on-year in the month of February 2020. It was the biggest fall ever in the history of the worldwide smartphone market. In February 2019, 99.2 million smartphones had been sold and a year later that number has dropped to 61.8 million units. The […]

Jack Ma & Alibaba Foundations Donate COVID-19 Medical Equipment To AU Member States

Africa’s response to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak received a boost today as the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and the Government of Ethiopia received a consignment of medical equipment from the Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations. The shipment included over 1.5 million laboratory diagnostic test kits and over 100 tons […]

Econet Dismisses False Claims That They’ve Declared A National Shutdown

Recently, there was a voice note circulating on social media and WhatsApp and the person behind it claimed to be an Econet employee who had been informed that at some point this week the telecoms company will close down its shops. An Econet spokesperson refuted the message and said their shops will remain operational as […]

YouTube & Other Streaming Services Reduce Picture Quality To Avoid Overloading The Internet

COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus) has hit the globe pretty hard and because a significant portion of the global population is now working from home or has stopped working entirely, the strain that has been put on the internet is pretty significant. The European Union recently asked video streaming platforms to dial down on video quality in […]

Kenya Mobile Money Service Provider Removes Transaction Fees In Response To Corona

Kenya’s Central Bank has instructed mobile money service providers to remove charges to incentivise greater use of mobile money instead of cash as one of the measures to curb the spread of Covid-19. Transactions under 1000Ksh (US$10) will be free for the next 90 days; SMEs will have their daily M-PESA transaction limits increased from […]

Techzim WhatsApp Bot Providing Zimbabwe Relevant Info On Coronavirus

In addition to airtime and rates, the Techzim bot will now also provide information on the Coronavirus. By simply sending the word Corona to the TZ bot (+263717684274) on WhatsApp you’ll get access to the following information: What Coronavirus is (send keyword what) ; symptoms for Coronavirus (send keyword symptom) ; how to protect yourself […]

Israel Will Track Phones Of Suspected Coronavirus Patients

The Israeli government announced that it will give its security agency permission to track people who have contacted or are suspected of having contacted the Coronavirus. The data which is normally used for gathering intell for counter-terrorism efforts was deliberated for hours by Israel PM Benjamin Netanyau and his cabinet. Authorities will have access to […]