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Hwindi app expanding to offer more than just ride-hailing

Hwindi which was popularly known as one of the 2 ride-hailing service providers alongside Vaya is expanding to offer a lot more to their users. Before the most recent update, Hwindi was offering users the ability to (i) order a taxi online and (ii) deliver parcels using Hwindi’s driver network. Building on this Hwindi will […]

Check Out Hwindi’s US Dollar Fare Estimates

Hwindi recently introduced a new pricing structure where customers/riders are quoted in USD but can settle the payment using Zim Dollar. In light of this, Hwindi has released a chart that shows you fare estimates of the popular routes customers use. Here’s the chart: Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime […]

Hwindi Starts Quoting Prices In US Dollars But You Can Still Pay In Zim Dollars

Hwindi has just introduced a pricing structure. From now on, the ride-hailing start-up quotes it’s prices in USD but the rides will be payable in Zim Dollars. To introduce the the pricing structure, Hwindi took advantage of a provision in the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act that allows businesses to quote prices […]

Uber Has Been Losing Tons Of Money, Here’s Why Vaya & Hwindi Might Not Suffer The Same Fate

If you’ve followed the story of Uber since its launch back in 2011, you’ll know that over the years the company has lost a significant amount of money. In fact in its most recent quarter, Uber lost slightly above a $1 billion dollars. That’s a bucketload of money to be losing close to a decade […]

Hwindi Now Offering Referral Benefits Like Vaya

It’s been an interesting couple of months in the local ride-hailing space with Hwindi and Vaya being the two most competitive services on that front. For a considerable time, one of the advantages that Vaya offered was the ability to get free rides when someone signed up on the app using your referral link. Hwindi […]

Hwindi Lowers Prices For Their Ride-Hailing App

[Image Source: Hwindi Twitter] In this economic climate whenever you hear of a price-drop you can’t help but feel the urge to spread the news and fortunately for me, I work in media. Hwindi has announced that following the Monetary Policy Statement a few weeks ago they will be reducing their pricing by a significant […]

How To Access Hwindi’s Designated Driver Service In The Hwindi App

So Hwindi has announced that they are launching a new chauffeur-like service. Designated Driver as they have coined it allows user to order a driver to take them to/from a destination and it sounds like a pretty great way to avoid drunk driving or make a stylish appearance with your own ‘driver’. The driver will […]

Hwindi Introduces New Designated Driver Service

It has been a relatively quiet year for Hwindi thus far but that’s not to say the heads behind the service haven’t been working on some exciting new services. They’ve now come up with a Designated Driver service which will allow you to hail a driver to take you to or from a destination. The […]

Toda Rider Joins Hwindi & Vaya In The Ride Hailing Space

We thought 2018 was the year of ride-hailing services but it seems that trend is not dead yet as we have another new player in that space. Toda Rider is another offering that started marketing their services late last year. Initially, we couldn’t access the website but once we did and then subsequently downloaded the […]

Hwindi, Vaya & G-Taxi Lead Ride Hailing Apps In Increasing Prices In Response To Fuel Crisis

A few days ago the President addressed the nation and in his address, he made the dreaded announcement that fuel would be going up by almost triple the price. Announcements such as these tend to have domino effects with prices of goods skyrocketing shortly after. The President said they had engaged businesses to make sure […]

Vaya Launching In Gweru Later This Week

Harare and Bulawayo are usually the places where most things in tech happen. Or at least that’s what most of us have been socialised to think. Well the duopoly of these two major cities getting all the good stuff seems to be coming to a close, as Cassava SmartTech is launching their Vaya ride-hailing service […]

Vaya Lift No Longer The Cheapest Ride Hailing Service

Last night Cassava SmartTech shifted the pricing structure for their Vaya Lift application. When they came on to the scene many of us were pleasantly surprised by the fact that they were the most affordable option in the market. It’s not usually the case that Econet’s products are known for being cheaper than the competition. […]

Don’t Keep Vaya Drivers Waiting Once They’ve Arrived Or Else You’ll Pay For It

Earlier this morning I ordered a Vaya on my way to the launch of Ecosure’s Enda Education Cover and on my way there I had a quite informative chat with the driver who had come to rescue me from the jaws of combi’s and town traffic. Time is money The most insightful tip he gave […]

ZimTaxi Is Yet Another Startup Taking On The Ride-Hailing And Delivery Challenge

Over the past year, we’ve been seeing ride-hailing apps get launched left, right and centre. We’ve seen Vaya, Emergency Taxi, ImotaCars and SmartGo all came into this field. We have another entrant coming in as well, in the form of ZimTaxi and we took a quick look at their application to see what’s on offer. […]

Meet Fresh In A Box, A Start-up That’s Winning The Hearts Of Many With Its Home Delivery Of Vegetables

When I start to talk about home delivery, immediately, pizza or fast food rings a bell. But a certain start-up is delivering (home delivery) a different type of food, with fewer calories too, to homes. Fresh in a box is a new start-up that has lately excited the hearts of many with its home delivery […]

My First Vaya Ride Was Awesome But Then It Got Weird

If you have been one of those people waiting to try Econet’s ride sharing Vaya App for some reason you should go ahead and try it because the service actually works and the first ride is indeed free. Last week I took my first ride and for the most part the service worked as expected. […]

Was Vaya Africa Really Stolen From Hwindi By Econet?

So there has been a narrative that comes up time and time again; Econet is a brutal company and they steal ideas from budding entrepreneurs and startups! Cumii (an Econet subsidiary) recently launched their Vaya Africa ride-hailing app and Hwindi has surfaced kinda suggesting that they were copied. So what’s the issue here? A bit […]

Rwandan cab hailing app launches Zimbabwean version, 263 Taxi – is it a transport solution or an angle for investment?

One such Uber-inspired taxi service, Rwanda’s 250 Taxis which was launched in early 2016 recently announced its entry into the Zimbabwean market with the launch of cab hailing service called 263 Taxi.