Tag: Government of Zimbabwe

Govt departments & agencies to work with only 10% staff

Information Secretary Nick Mangwana tweeted out last night that govt departments will be working with only 10% of their staff starting 21/01/21.

Govt finally using drones to monitor border posts

Back in July, government officials announced that the Ministry of Finance had availed funds for the purchase of drones to patrol border the posts. The Ministry of Defence got ZW$100 million for the purchase of drones and the drones have finally been acquired. The drones will be patrolling the borders to help officials to clamp […]

Government bans EcoCash and other mobile money. Ok… So what are we supposed to do now?

The government last night through Information Secretary Nick Mangwana decided to suspend all forms of mobile money. Now the reasons behind that decision aside, what does it mean for all of us who rely on EcoCash or OneMoney? A lot of the people were unbanked before the advent of mobile money. Many relied on physical […]

Government Dumps Sensitive Employee Information On The Internet ZEC Style

Respect for data privacy and internet security is not well understood in Zimbabwe. The government is a major culprit in this crime of ignorance. Two years ago, the voter’s roll was accessed by some unscrupulous folks who just dumped the whole darn thing on the internet full of our names, ID numbers and residential addresses. […]

Twitter’s New Policy Aimed At Government Officials Won’t Affect Most Local Politicians

Twitter recently introduced a new policy that was believed by most to be targeting Donald Trump under the guise of changes affecting popular figures and the impact of what they tweet. The feature is meant to strike a balance when influential individuals post updates that violate Twitter’s rules. Twitter conceded the following: Serving the public […]

MnangagwaMeter Keeps Track Of All 272 Promises Made By President Mnangagwa

Who still remembers 2018? The year of mega deals. The year of “Open for business”. It seems like such a long time ago that many promises were made by our Head of State. Headlines of progress rolled in left, right and centre and if you weren’t keeping track it’s easy to forget just how many […]

Zim Government 25 Years Behind Private Sector When It Comes To Web Presence

Zimbabwe has a mobile penetration rate of 102.7 percent (according to PORTAZ January 2018) meaning over 100 percent of the Zimbabwean population has access to the internet, which is the biggest source of information. There is now a need for every sector of our government to have a web presence. The flagship ministry of our […]

Zimbabwe’s Salary Service Bureau (SSB) For Civil Servants Now Supports Ecocash Payroll

Ever since the cash crisis began Ecocash has become the de facto currency. Most sellers especially in the informal sector accept it because all you need is a phone. My local tuckshop doesn’t even have a formal biller code, you just send the money to the guy’s mobile number and he gives you the goods unlike […]

Zimbabwe Government Now Taking Social Media Seriously And Not As A Threat, Maybe It Is A New Dispensation

A few days ago Nick Mangwana who we all just knew from Twitter was appointed the new Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services. He then quickly announced that he was unblocking some people he had blocked on Twitter since he was now a public servant and he had to engage with […]

Zimbabwe Government Websites Mysteriously Disappear From The Web, Don’t Panic ZEC Is Up

Zimbabwe government websites are not accessible on the web right now. This could have been the case since yesterday afternoon. The problem seems to be the .gov.zw DNS. What’s that? The layman analogy to use is that the switchboard (DNS) to the respective extensions (government ministries websites etc) is not working. The websites themselves may […]

Mnangagwa Warns Businesses On Continued Hiking Of Prices. Is He Justified?

President Emerson Mnangagwa recently warned industry players and outlet owners on their continued hiking of prices saying it was hindering the government’s efforts to improve the nation’s economy. While addressing delegates at the 6th annual Buy Zimbabwe awards held at Cresta Lodge in Harare recently, the president denounced the ongoing hiking of prices which he […]

More ISPs increase prices in response to new Internet tax

Last week we wrote that Liquid Telecom had increased its internet prices following a new 5% tax on the internet by the government. Other providers have started to announce price increases. One of the 3 largest internet providers in the country, Dandemutande, advised its customers in a letter this week. Here: Dear Valued Customers RE: S1 SPECIAL […]

DStv is not the problem, government’s restriction of the media is

It’s high time the government wakes up and be driven by economic rather than political interests in its policies.

Zimbabwe needs its own Ministry of the Future, here’s why.

The idea behind a Ministry of the Future is, therefore, a willful attempt by any concerned government to admit it’s made for the past and accept its apparent limitations and begin disentangling itself from the oddity of a traditional government trying to find its way in a rapidly and uncompromisingly changing 21st Century.

Government involvement, challenges in business, products & services – 2015 in review

We have just shut the door on 2015, a year that was characterised by its fair share of highs and lows in the technology space. In this podcast, we discuss some of the highlights from the year, including issues like the government’s increased role in ICT, the challenges faced  by businesses last year and how […]

Telecel & NetOne will not be merged, says ICT Minister. And our thoughts

The government has no intention to merge Telecel, a mobile operator it just bought, with NetOne, which it already owns the ICT minister, Supa Mandiwanzira revealed yesterday. Here are our thoughts on why this doesn’t make business sense.

Vimpelcom officially announces takeover of Telecel by Zimbabwe government

Vimpelcom today finally announced officially the takeover of its subsidiary Telecel Zimbabwe by ZARNet the Government owned ISP, for a sum of US $40 million. The current Telecel CEO, Angeline Vere, went on to advise staff in Zimbabwe of the change in ownership, that is them now being civil servants. That the government was interested to buy Telecel Zimbabwe […]

Enough with pathetic government websites, can’t something be done already?

This is going to sound pretty obvious to a lot of people who don’t see anything positive coming from our country but Zimbabwe has a lot of pathetic government websites. Yes, that’s right, I said it. The moment you mention something remotely critical about the government some people get a bit uncomfortable. However I felt I had […]

Telecel Zimbabwe renews mobile license. The full POTRAZ statement

Earlier today we exclusively revealed the the Telecel Zimbabwe license renewal talks had been finalised. We just got the official statement from Zimbabwe’s telecoms regulatory body, POTRAZ, and it confirms this development.

Update on MICT policy consultation schedule

Last week we published the schedule for the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology’s (MICT) consultative review workshops. Unfortunately there were some errors in the original schedule we received. Some of our readers had wondered if the Ministry would conduct a consultation session in Masvingo. To our knowledge this was done on the 5th of […]