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How to send money to Zimbabwe

So in sending money to the UK, one of the questions that people asked me was how do I send money to Zimbabwe. Why send money to Zimbabwe? I know, weird question. But there are people out there that still ask. Well, for those of you that still have relatives and friends that are still […]

Ezzytickets out to offer comprehensive online ticketing solution

While we debate on how e-commerce and the online payment phenomenon is now in our backyard or whether we are ready for it or not, one service that we definitely need is online ticketing. The numerous events lined up on the Zimbabwean social calendar should at least have an online payment option that reflects how we have adopted options […]

Twitter “Buy” button an affirmation of social media m-commerce?

Yesterday Twitter announced on its blog that it had started testing the use of a “Buy” button feature on tweets. The add-on allows users to initiate a purchase or buy a product or service by tapping on a button that is attached to a tweet from a service provider. The service is still being tested […]

Forget John Legend, James Blunt is coming to Harare

Almost two weeks ago the rather disappointing bit of news about the cancellation of John Legend’s Harare concert was announced by the organisers of the event. This meant getting refunds and giving up those tickets that some of people had reserved online in large numbers. Well Davies Events, the same crew behind John Legend and […]

“Just Swift It” campaign introduces e-commerce to Zim logistics

With online payments and e-commerce pretty much figured out thanks to various options like Paynow, Pay4App and vPayments, everyone who prefers “e-simplicity” is looking at how local merchants and service providers will make it a part of the ordinary transaction experience. In a first from local transport and logistics concerns, freight company Swift has taken a […]

Dear Borrowdale Brooke SPAR…now that you’ve closed…

It was with great sadness that we read of Borrowdale Brooke SPAR shutting down. Many of us were shocked and wondered what exactly went wrong, and if things were bad for you what more for the average Joe like us? We’re not too sure what caused you to close, at least it’s nothing like the […]

Jive Zimbabwe launches online music platform..Again. Will they succeed?

You may have read an article in yesterday’s Sunday Mail (and last week’s NewsDay actually) about a new online music distribution site for Zimbabwean music called Jive Zimbabwe. They are here. This is actually not the first time Jive Zimbabwe has “launched” so it should be a relaunch really. The first launch happened almost two years ago […]

ZimStocks app introduces subscriptions with latest version

An update for ZSE investment application ZimStocks has been released with a set of new features that were largely influenced by feedback from the users. More importantly the ZimStocks team has introduced a subscription model to start generating revenue through the app. Membership gives access to the app’s features like Home, Portfolio, Watchlist, Alerts, Stock Insights.This […]

Latest Techzim Podcast: The ZOL Startup Challenge meet-up, WhatsApp Plus and Zim e-commerce

In this edition of the Techzim podcast we discussed the 2014 ZOL Startup Challenge meet-up scheduled for the 21st of August. We also dug into WhatsApp Plus discussing whether it is worth all the fuss. Also discussed was how WhatsApp is being used to distribute movie trailers plus a discussion of e-commerce in Zimbabwe. Please feel […]

We’ve figured out payments, so what’s next for Zim e-commerce?

Last Saturday Paynow, a local e-payments integration service, hosted a developers’ day at the Hypercube Hub. The event was attended by several developers and designers with some of them eager to integrate Paynow with their online services. Matthew Hood, the technical lead at Paynow, was pleased with the turnout at the Developer day, largely because […]

Latest Techzim Podcast: Takunda Chingonzo’s & Obama, Xiaomi devices, Paynow

Thanks for joining us for the latest Techzim podcast. In this podcast we discussed Takunda Chingonzo’s interview with President Barack Obama. The rise of Xiaomi devices in China and the Paynow developer day. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD […]

Paynow to host developer day focused on boosting online payments in Zimbabwe

Paynow, the Zimbabwean internet payments platform developed by Webdev has decided to give local internet payments a shot in the arm by working with developers. Together with Hypercube Hub, Paynow will be hosting a developer day at the tech hub on Saturday 16 August 2014. The day long event (9 am to 5 pm) will […]

Podcast: Interview with Webdev on its internet payments platform, Paynow

A couple of days ago, we interviewed Webdev’s Sales and Operations director, Vusi Ndebele, and technical lead, Mathew Hood on the launch of the company’s new internet payment gateway, Paynow. We discussed how the idea came about, what Paynow can do, e-commerce, where Paynow stands in relation to its competition, both locally and the PayPals […]

Webdev: We built the Paynow payments platform because we needed it

It is said the best startup idea is one which solves a personal pain the founder has. Not only does this mean they are solving a real problem, but usually also means they have the determination to go through what it takes to see the difficult process through to the having a working solution. The Paynow story is no different. […]

The joys of online booking (and sold-out John Legend tickets )

Here’s something that every local music fan who isn’t living under a rock knows by now – Global superstar John Legend will be performing in Zimbabwe on the 19th of November 2014 as part of his “All of Me” Tour. If you are not acquainted with his music or simply are not a fan this […]

Latest Techzim Podcast: ZESA loadshedding,

In this episode of the Techzim Podcast that recorded earlier this week we discussed In the power load-shedding by ZESA and how it affects startups, the new EcoCash Diaspora product they have partner WorldRemit to deliver, Mobile Money APIs, electronic payments in general, Paynow and finally the DSTV world cup blockage. Enjoy and lets discuss in the […]

The official EcoCash API is live, but only for some developers

The issue of the EcoCash API has been elusive. First, it was a rumour last year. EcoCash itself denied it officially, but those inside told us the company was indeed working on something, or at least had got some people to work on something to enable merchants to process payments online. Then came what appeared to be Econet’s own […]

Paynow, a new Zimbabwean internet payments gateway. Simplicity at its best

If you tried to buy a ticket to the Broadband Forum event that we held last week, you probably noticed you could buy online, and that we were accepting EcoCash, ZimSwitch Vpayments and even VISA. And it worked seamlessly both for us and the people paying. We were using the new internet payments platform by Webdev called Paynow. The platform has been live for […]