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Without proper local payments API, Zim’s eCommerce & Fintech companies resort to workarounds

If you are South African or in South Africa and want to buy something from a local eCommerce shop such as Takealot you have so many payment options when it comes to checking out. Besides the standard Visa/MasterCard options there is: The option to pay locally using Visa/MasterCard. By locally I mean the transaction is […]

EcoCash online payments system experiencing technical challenges

EcoCash online payments were down for about an hour early this morning. And then the system went down again.

GSMA report highlights API economy growth – 40 APIs created weekly, opportunities emerge for MNOs & startups

These MNOs opened up specific APIs between 2015 and 2016 as a way of encouraging startup participation in providing solutions for subscribers while offering them expanded service bouquets that included solutions that were also accessible to mobile phones without internet access.

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.

Want to buy your ZESA prepaid electricity through EcoCash? Try

Whenever we talk about the issue of paying for your ZESA prepaid electricity everyone remembers how Econet was shut out from an integration with ZESA for mobile money payment leaving One Wallet as the only option for the many people used to mobile money transactions. Thankfully someone has worked on a solution that will give you […]

Here’s why Zimbabwe is not ready for e-commerce

This weekend we (my friends and I) decided to have a little get together and watch all the airing football matches together, something that we do every other weekend. As is also always the case we found ourselves debating over every topic under the sun during the breaks but this time online shopping (specifically why […]

Developer creates EcoCash app for earlier Android versions

A couple of months ago Econet Wireless launched an Android app for their EcoCash mobile money service. This release came in the heels of another local developer’s attempts at solving the tedious USSD based process that characterises the service. Sadly this solo effort was blocked before Econet introduced its own version of the application. Another […]

Of the EcoCash Android App and the elusive API

I am excited and disappointed at the news that EcoCash has finally released the EcoCash app. Excited because it was long overdue and this could be the much developer touted API. Much to my disappointed is the calibre of application they chose to release. The application is a simple UI onto which you capture all […]

The EcoCash Internet payments gateway. Here’s what they are working on

A little over 6 months ago, we wrote that Econet was working on an EcoCash internet payments gateway. The API, were had been told then, was supposed to have been made available to developers in July last year, but that release had been pushed forward indefinitely due to something we don’t know. Maybe a change […]