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UN General Assembly To Honour 7 Women Digital Entrepreneurs From Developing Countries

Geneva, 20 September 2019 – Five successful women entrepreneurs who have broken new digital ground and created wealth and employment in various developing countries will be unveiled on the margins of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York next week. They will join world leaders as they review the progress made in […]

[Survey]: Impact Of Social Media On The Customer Trust And Intention To Purchase Using E-businesses

Theo Magaya is a student working on his dissertation MSc Strategic Marketing at the University of Bradford and his research is focusing on The impact of social media on the customer trust and intention to purchase using e-businesses in the Zimbabwean context. The aim of the research is to explore the impact that social media has towards customer […]

Now You Can Shop On Ownai And Get Your Deliveries With Vaya Express

Cassava SmarTech is not relenting in its effort to take lion’s share of all emergent business models like e-commerce, ride-hailing etc. In its quest for domination, it is leveraging on partnerships and collaborations between some of its companies. The latest collaboration is not only between 2 of its subsidiaries but 3 (ownai, EcoCash, and VayaExpress). […]

Get The Xiaomi Bluetooth Earphones For $11.99 From Cafago And Other Deals

So remember the I7S earbuds from Cafago we featured last week? Well now you can get them for a jaw dropping $11.99 instead of the previously mentioned $19. That is quite some love from Cafago. To get this price you need to: visit the Cafago website here, add the earphones to cart, go to checkout, […]

It Seems OK Are Looking To Get Into eCommerce ; Is An Online Store On The Way?

We stumbled upon an interesting ad that has led us to believe popular retail chain OK ZImbabwe could be planning to launch an E-commerce platform. What ad is this? They listed an ad looking for a Digital Media and E-Commerce marketing Officer. To us, looking for an E-commerce marketing officer only makes sense if you’re […]

More men than women shop online in Zimbabwe – Lessons from #BroadbandEconomy Conference

The Broadband Economy Conference was held on 20 July 2017 at Sango Conference Centre, Cresta Lodge, Harare. Business leaders from different industries were in one room discussing how we can start leveraging the Internet for business growth. The 4th panel of leaders to speak were discussing E-commerce in Zimbabwe and here are some of the […]

Advertise your goods and services for free on Tradezone classifieds

As internet penetration increases in Africa, it only makes sense for startups to start implementing business models that leverage on the internet. That, coupled with the cash crisis (which has undeniably catalysed the acceptance of electronic and plastic money), has led to a rise of e-commerce in Zimbabwe. We, so far, have featured a number […]

Local e-commerce startup, 10ngah, fails customers

We’ve written about the e-commerce site 10ngah a few times here on Techzim as one of the examples of local e-commerce startups. This means when people search for their name online, they see the articles we wrote about them when they launched, and they trust that they buy from them. Over the past couple of months […]

OyOs online music store – new kid on the block…

I remember the days when urban grooves took Zimbabwe by storm. I mean songs like Kurwizi, Ndichamuudza chete, Zvachose, Suzanna, Zverudo, Ruva rangu, I could literally go on and on because this is the type of music that really spoke to your soul. Whether you were in love or not, it somehow enabled you to […]

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning – Why should you care?

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning. In the tech space, these terms have been used a lot and sometimes interchangeably without understanding what they mean. So what is all the fuss about? Before we get to why you should care, let us first clear up the confusion of what each is all about and […]

Introducing Deals Friday

Fridays were not meant to be ordinary yet here on Techzim they have been almost just that. Not anymore. Starting this Friday, we now feature a unique deal every Friday. How does that work? We will feature one gadget (well does not need to be a gadget every time). We will look around for as […]

South Africa’s Naspers sells an internet company for US $3.2 Billion

South African owned but globally operated internet and entertainment group Naspers has announced that it has sold one of its internet companies Allegro, for US$3.253bn. Though initially intimated earlier in the year that either Alibaba or Ebay would buy, Allegro was sold to a consortium of private equity firms that includes Cinven, Permira and Mid Europa. If you don’t know […]

10 things you didn’t know you could use bitcoin for in Zimbabwe

One thing that makes bitcoin so hot is that it allows us to make transactions and move money in ways that were not possible before bitcoin was invented.  We’ve compiled a list of 10 areas where bitcoin shines: #1: Online payments With banks continuing to restrict the use of debit cards online, it continues to […]

Econet head of e-commerce quits. Here’s the group’s CEO of e-commerce

Remember Econet Wireless’s Head of e-commerce, James Gibson? We wrote about his arrival at Econet last year. Coming from a Rocket Internet e-commerce startup, he appeared to have been recruited to lead Econet’s e-commerce efforts in the region starting with Zimbabwe’s Tengai. We have received information from sources telling us that even though his Linkedin says he’s still at Econet, Gibson  […]

Mobile operators given 6 months to phase out airtime recharge cards

The government has given mobile operators six months to phase out airtime recharge cards as a response to the challenge of litter created by airtime top-up option.

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.

Black Friday, a weak rand and getting your hands on that cheap iPhone

If you have a reasonable amount fo money, the energy for some online bargain hunting and can pull off a bit of coordination with the odd friend or family member crossing the Beitbridge border post this festive season, you can take advantage of some of the Black Friday deals.

Econet’s classifieds website Ownai going down and up as operator advertises zero rating

Ownai, the econet classifieds website, which launched yesterday, has been up and down this afternoon. Attempting to visit the website right now produces the error in the picture above. The message on shows that the database of the content management system they are using, Osclass, is unavailable. It’s not clear yet what has caused the outage but it could be […]

Mxit’s demise, Zimpapers going digital, Tengai/Ownai, ShonaNdebele Tutor: Podcast

Mxit, the most successful African social media platform so far (in terms of user uptake at least) closed its operations a week ago. in this podcast we discuss some of the challenges that it met and what could have been a contribution to its demise. We also discuss the Zimpapers results and their reflection on […]

Econet says Ownai wasn’t hacked, site is undergoing prelaunch tests

According to Econet, the Ownai site is still undergoing some necessary tests around security and stability and the inference that had been made that it was hacked wasn’t necessarily factual.

As Ecobank taps into Zimbabwean e-banking it’s leaving out 2 major blocks

Is the latest drive for e-banking from Ecobank adequate for a 2015 Zimbabwe which is a proudly informal economy? It would seem that the glaring omission from Ecobank’s strategy is an aggressive adoption of indigenous retail banking alternatives.

As Parliament tables e-Transactions Bill, here’s how it will benefit Zimbabweans

One of the proposed legislative bills, for the Parliament of Zimbabwe will be the Electronic Transaction and Electronic Commerce Bill, commonly referred to as the e-Transactions Bill. It is set to outline the regulatory parameters for electronic transactions and electronic commerce.

Tengai 2.0 on the cards as startup makes plans to re-enter the market

According to some sources from Econet, the Tengai team is working on a comeback for the hacked e-classifieds site. Efforts are being put into creating a secure platform, though the sources couldn’t specify what sort of changes would be made to make the e-commerce platform more robust.

Lessons for African operators as Safaricom opens M-PESA API to developers

Recently, there was a lot of excitement stirred up when Safaricom, Kenya’s largest mobile operator, released the Application Program Interface (API) for its mobile money service M-PESA to local and international developers. This is a step forward for Kenyan mobile commerce and e-services, but also shines light on the importance of startup and developer engagement.

E-commerce needs a payment API

Lately, there has been a lot of noise over how classified sites could lead to a boom in e-commerce,yet online peer-to-peer marketplaces (classifieds) do not quite qualify as electronic commerce. The payment method is agreed upon between buyer and seller, and might as well be good old fashioned cash: the ‘place of commerce’ for those […]

Strive Masiyiwa backed e-commerce platform which was hacked 4 days ago is still down

Tengai, a new classifieds platform that is partly owned by Strive Masiyiwa, was hacked four days ago by net neutrality proponents. While the technical circumstances of the attack haven’t been made clear, the extended downtime isn’t what most would expect from the e-commerce platform.

Econet extends investment into e-commerce with new platform,Tengai

We have received information from an inside source to confirm what has long been said to be in the cooking at Econet – a classifieds platform called The website isn’t up yet, but a look at some of the artwork related to it seems to show what we can expect from it.

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.

Local startup Africabookings secures $25,000 in funding, eyes 19 new countries

A Zimbabwean based tourism startup, Africabookings, recently secured $25,000 in seed funding from a US based incubator. Africabookings is set to use the funds for its expansion into 19 Sub-Saharan African countries. This is the latest investment in African e-tourism startups.

$20 for a Blackberry Curve: Harare’s thriving market for street devices

The streets of Harare have turned into virtual malls with an assortment of devices that include gadgets. Even phones and tablets now have a place there, with smartphones going for as little as $20