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Battle Of The ePapers – Herald VS Newsday

Traditional media houses haven’t been the quickest to embrace tech but they are doing so slowly but surely. The Herald and Newsday have had ePapers for a significant time now – The Herald’s debuted in August of 2018 and AMH launched theirs 2 months later – and discontinued only to relaunch recently. Anyway having subscribed […]

[Update] ZimLive Now Accepts Donations – Local Media Companies Continue Search For Perfect Business Model

If you’re an avid ZimLive reader you would have noticed that the online publication accepts donations by now. Similar to The Guardian which places a plea for donation at the end of each article, ZimLive is asking its readers to spare what they can to help improve the quality of content they output. Why donations? […]

Chiredzi Residents Threaten To Demonstrate Over Nurses Who Are Always On WhatsApp And Neglecting Duties

The introduction of smartphones is a revolutionary invention in mobile history, and so did the introduction of mobile applications, for instance, the mobile application WhatsApp. WhatsApp is utilized by many Zimbabweans with smartphones. Its free facility to exchange text, photos, videos, forward jokes, and other information, although good, has resulted in its excessive use such […]

NewsDay Boss, Trevor, Ncube Accusses Deputy Minister Of Information Of Burning AMH Newspapers

Well, what started out as mere complaints around price has now escalated to become something much more sinister and as always social media has played a huge part. And let’s just say things are getting heated… What’s the issue? So AMH –the company that publishes the NewsDay and other papers – increased the pricing of […]

Deputy Minister Of Information Energy Mutodi Tells AMH To Restore Normal Prices Of NewsDay & Papers From AMH

So the prices of newspapers from AMH have increased and obviously people are not too chuffed about that!! A few days ago, papers under AMH (Newsday, Zim Independent and The Standard) put out notices stating that they would be shifting prices from the 10th (today): We take pride in bringing you world-class, cutting edge content […]

Double Taxation When You Do A Bank To EcoCash Transfer, Mthuli Ncube Dodges Question

We know that men, in their nature do not like taxes especially when they don’t see their use. The 2% tax presented by Finance Minister last week has certainly increased the animosity towards taxes in Zimbabwe. Although the Minister came up with some provisions to lighten the burden whilst at the same time maximizing the tax […]

Trevor Ncube’s AMH Now Has An Online Broadcasting Licence

AMH’s subsidiary –Heart & Soul Broadcasting Services- has just joined the multitude of companies who have been getting Video on Demand (VoD) and Webcasting licences from the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ). AMH – which also happens to be the publishers of popular newspapers NewsDay, The Zimbabwe Independent, and The Standard- joins Zimpapers, AzamTV and […]

[Updated]: The Most Popular Online News Platforms In Zimbabwe (February 2018)

Following Trevor Ncube’s tweet concerning what he perceived to be the leading online news publications, we thought it best to make a more inclusive list that has more publications. The list has different statistics that paint a clear picture on the followership of the 27 sites, covering their website viewership numbers as well as their followership on popular […]

Newspapers Decided To Step Down Their Online Presence To Drive Hardcopy Sales And Curb Piracy. Bad Idea

Traditional news publishers Herald, Newsday and Daily News recently decided to stop publishing full stories on their online platforms. Maybe the publishers believe this move will prevent online publications from stealing content from their sites since the information will now only be available in their physical publication. This is also to drive sales for physical […]

News platforms dominate Zimbabwe’s list of top 10 most visited local websites

News platforms have dominated Zimbabwe’s list of top 10 most-visited local websites with Newsday taking the lead.

How your data is spent when you visit a Zimbabwean website, including Techzim!

image credit: Online ads are annoying, intrusive and a major distraction. Not only do they frustrate website visitors but are reported to take up to 40% of your data and a significant amount of battery life. 40% is a considerable amount to lose to ads, especially with the high costs of data in Zimbabwe. Your […]

SA publication The Mail and Guardian adapts to realities of new media, activates subscription for online news

South African weekly publication The Mail and Guardian (M&G) recently announced some major changes to its digital news service. Together with the launch of a redesigned website M&G has activated subscriptions for its online content.

Newsday Zimbabwe activates Facebook Instant Articles, embraces new media realities

Less than a week ago, Newsday, one of Zimbabwe’s leading daily publications started using the feature. This national daily which is owned by Alpha Media Holdings becomes the first major Zimbabwean publication to use Instant Articles ahead of its rivals like the ZSE listed Zimpapers and Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ).

Here’s how the Econet special bundles will affect the operator

The introduction of the dual account setup by Econet was a huge advantage on the part of the subscriber in terms of conserving data but it may yet turn out to be an inconvenience for Econet, VAS providers and some subscribers who are critical about their VAS services.

What’s the story with Alpha Media’s newspaper apps?

Newspaper readership is undoubtedly on the decline. Alpha Media Holdings, parent to Newsday, Southern Eye, The Standard and Zimbabwe Independent has made more significant inroads into the digital divide launching a series of applications to support their online presence.

Newspaper readership in Zimbabwe continues to decline – ZAMPS 2013

We just came from the announcement of the Zimbabwe All Media Products Survey (ZAMPS) by the Zimbabwe Advertising and Research Foundation in Harare. A key takeaway, and what us media folk focus on is the press readership. As has been the trend for a couple of years now, the readership of newspapers continues to decline. […]

AMH news websites NewsDay, Independent and Standard, hacked

Earlier today we got tipped that 3 news websites belonging to one of Zimbabwe’s largest media companies, Alpha Media Holdings, had been hacked. We verified and indeed confirmed that NewsDay, The Zimbabwe Independent, and The Standard had all been hacked by the same hackers.

#263Chat: From virtual Twitter gathering to live event

If you’re a #263chat regular you probably noticed yesterday was the first Tuesday since #263chat started that the virtual Twitter discussion was not held. The reason, according to the founder, Nigel Mugamu, is that #263chat is going live. Mugamu posted an update on his blog yesterday evening announcing the development.

Unsurprisingly, newspaper readership in Zimbabwe keeps declining

It’s not surprising really. The writing appeared on the wall years ago. And the translation handed down just as far back. While physical newspapers will not die anytime soon, the consumer of news is moving on. To the internet. Today, local daily newspapers The Herald and The Daily News published the results of the Zimbabwe […]

Herald’s sms service leaves rival’s in the dust

This last month (May) we at Techzim have been using the Herald and Sunday Mail  service known as MobileNEWS and we have not been disappointed by it. The two newspapers are the flagship titles in the Zimpapers stable. Everyday, like clock work, at 6.00am the service has delivered the papers’ headlines to our mobile phone. In […]

The Internet and the declining newspaper readership in Zimbabwe

Almost a month ago, the Zimbabwe All Media and Products Survey (Zamps) released the results of a quarterly newspaper readership survey that the organisation carries out. The results are the for the last quarter of 2011 and according to reports in the media, the survey results showed that print news readership in Zimbabwe has started to decline. While reports refer to the decline as ‘modest’, the writing on the wall is clear, news consumption as we know it has changed.

It’s Nhava all over again, only this time the name is Swav

Good news like this press release travels fast. No sooner had it been published than Zimguardian picked it up and repeated the PR. It’s said if you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it. Eventually a big local daily newspaper, the NewsDay, picked the lie and amplified it yesterday. But in these connected times we live in there’s high risk repeating a lie; someone will eventually call you out on it.

Google Zimbabwe’s 2011 top searches: ‘Facebook replaces Zimbabwe’

The most noticeable change on the top web searches when compared to last year’s top searches, is that “Zimbabwe” the most popular web search term in 2010, has been replaced by “Facebook”. Not sure if this means Zimbabweans are now more interested in logging onto Facebook than knowing about their country. One clear suggestion though to derive from this is that the web is getting more and more an everyday common man (social) tool than just the work and educational tool it was before.

NewsDay back online. Comment system replaced with Disqus

The NewsDay website, which was hacked and infected with Malware last week, is back online. The website was attacked on Sunday, 2 October and taken offline the next day. It was down the whole week and was restored on Saturday, 8 October.

After just a day, the Daily News website goes down again

The Daily News website is down. Again. Why they pulled it down is anyone’s guess right now. SW Radio Africa reported yesterday that the editor of the paper, Stanley Gama, had told them the website had been restored online yesterday after a month of downtime. The reason for the downtime given by the editor is that they are “making further developments and modernising in line with modern websites around the world”.

Alpha Media’s NewsDay website down. Malware compromise

We received a tip this morning that the NewsDay website,, may have been hacked. Web browsers currently report that malware (malicious software) has been detected on the site and that visitors are at risk of malware infection if they open the website.

NetOne secures USD 60m funding, to launch mobile broadband by year end

NewsDay, reports that state owned mobile network operator NetOne has secured US$ 60 million for mobile broadband services. According to the paper, the funds have been sourced from China Export-Import Bank, Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe (IDBZ), CBZ Bank and BancABC.

More information revealed on the Nhava Scandal

On the first day of this month, a local daily NewsDay called out Nhava Global for duping Zimbabweans into thinking they design and manufacture netbooks. We posted our thoughts on what is now officially the Nhava scandal. Today, the NewsDay published a follow-up on the article titled “Nhava Global saga rages on”.