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Full Text: How I first met Sir Richard Branson – by Strive Masiyiwa

On the eve of Sir Richard Branson flight to space aboard a Virgin Galactic spacecraft at the weekend, Strive Masiyiwa recounts how he first met Sir Richard and gives a glowing tribute to the mentor, the philanthropist and the legendary entrepreneur that he is Masiyiwa writes: “I was still living in South Africa, nearly 20 […]


World Bank gives Africa over US$3 billion for COVID-19 vaccines

World Bank President David Malpass this week met with a delegation of the Africa Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT), led by African Union (AU) Special Envoy Strive Masiyiwa, to discuss the multibillion-dollar financing of vaccines for African countries. David Malpass later tweeted a screenshot of the meeting showing him and the bank’s top leadership, discussing […]


Liquid Telecom completes East to West Africa fibre link

Adding on to it’s 70 000kms of fibre across the continent.


Thoughts on Strive Masiyiwa’s new Netflix gig

Strive Masiyiwa has been appointed to the board of directors at Netflix and this move could be what the streaming service needs to crack the African market.


Strive Masiyiwa appointed to Netflix board of directors

Netflix has added Strive Masiyiwa to its board of directors after the departure of Susan Rice who is joining the Biden Administration.


Masiyiwa makes Bloomberg’s top 50 prominent figures list

Founder of Econet, Mr Strive Masiyiwa, has made it onto The Bloomberg 50 prominent figures that have made a global impact in 2020. Bloomberg’s annual top 50 list recognises individuals doing notable things within their respective fields.


Strive Masiyiwa accused of stealing the idea for Sasai’s Health Status Report

Strive Masiyiwa and Cassava have been accused of stealing the idea for what is now Sasai’s Health Status Report from David Rice co-founder of PocketPatientMD.


Liquid Telecom’s ADC to build one of the largest data centres on the continent in Nigeria

[Image Source: Africa Data Centres] Strive Masiyiwa recently announced that Africa Data Centres is working on building the largest data centre on the continent outside of South Africa. The data centre will be located in Lagos, Nigeria on a 5-acre piece of land. If you’re like me and you generally have no idea what 5-acres […]


Strive Masiyiwa announces imminent launch of Sasai Pay & Content Platform

Strive Masiyiwa took to his Facebook to announce that Sasai is launching a payment service in a week’s time. In his FB post, he talked about Sasai Pay in the context of consumers buying audio/video/music content online to solve the problems of piracy. In a post published yesterday, Econet Global’s Chairman announced that the platform […]


Malawi President holds talks with Masiyiwa over provision of cheap internet

Malawi’s new President Lazarus Chakwera recently confirmed that he held talks with Zimbabwean billionaire Strive Masiyiwa regarding how the Malawian populace can get access to cheap internet. I engaged Strive Masiyiwa of Econet Global about my resolve to see Malawi connected to the network of fiber technology by which other African countries are interconnected via […]


Sasai rolling out new “Moments” feature

Sasai’s latest update brings with it a new feature dubbed “Moments”. Moments has it’s own tab within the application and the best way I can describe it is as a social hub where users can upload posts, pictures, videos and audio notes. In the press material shared with us by Cassava representatives, the vision within […]


Would investing 10% of what Masiyiwa put in Kwese TV into the local film industry have been a better investment?

Recently, we published an article detailing how Strive Masiyiwa might end up selling as much as 34% of his stake in Liquid Telecom to pay off Econet Media debts valued at just under US$400 million. At this point it’s clear that Kwese was a COSTLY failure and with the benefit of hindsight it’s easy to […]


Masiyiwa to sell 30% of his shares in Liquid Telecom to pay off Kwese debts

Strive Masiyiwa is reportedly having trouble selling off 20-34% of his stake in Liquid Telecom because of the Coronavirus pandemic. The stake he is looking to sell is valued at around US$600 million. Part of the proceeds from the sale of shares will be used to pay Kwese TV’s US$375 million administration bill. Masiyiwa was […]


With a national switch on the way, EcoCash needs to focus on innovation now more than ever

A few days ago, my colleague Tinashe wrote an article about EcoCash and the Econet group’s need to innovate build compelling products. Today the RBZ announced that ZimSwitch is going to assume the role of the national switch and EcoCash will be required to be interoperable with this switch. Given all this, I thought it […]


Strive Masiyiwa announces free COVID-19 testing for health care workers and low income communities

Econet founder Strive Masiyiwa yesterday announced that there will be free Covid-19 testing for healthcare professionals and low income communities. There will also be broader testing for the general public at a cost. This initiative was done through his Higher Life Foundation and Alliance Testing. “Starting today (25/06/20), any Zimbabwean who wants a Covid-19 test […]


Press Release: Masiyiwa ventilators now in country, ready for distribution

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) ventilator suites that were donated by businessman and Econet founder Strive Masiyiwa are now in the country ready to be deployed.  Through his Higher Life Foundation Zimbabwe, working with some donor partners, Mr Masiyiwa acquired 45 ventilators suites to be distributed to Zimbabwe’s public hospitals. The ventilator suites were manufactured […]


[Update] Vaya Builds Medical Supplies Platform For AU Countries

On Thursday, President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa launched the African Medical Supplies (AMS) platform. AMS is an online platform enabling the procurement, coordination and distribution of COVID-19 medical supplies for all AU member states. The development of this pool procurement platform was necessitated by exponential growth in COVID-19 cases and deaths on the continent, […]


Masiyiwa’s Re-Imagine Rural Initiative Completes 100KW Solar Project

Strive Masiyiwa’s Reimagine Rural Initiative has been pretty active over the last few years. The mandate of the initiative is to promote entrepreneurs with solutions to improve rural Africa. The US$100m fund was set up last February. Most recently, Reimagine Rural managed to build a 100KW solar plant which will support 70 businesses in Ndolwane. […]


Sasai Working On COVID-19 Testing App Says Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa shares many updates on his businesses and interests on Facebook. One such recent post revealed that Sasai is working on a COVID-19 testing application that will be released sometime this week. Masiyiwa was speaking about COVID-19 testing and the different types of Covid-19 tests (PCR and RDT tests) when he also mentioned the […]


Ramaphosa Appoints Masiyiwa To Lead Initiative To Secure Coronavirus Protective Equipment

SA President and chairman of the AU, Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed one of Zimbabwe’s most famous business leaders – Strive Masiyiwa to head a private-sector led effort to improve supply personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 crisis. President Ramaphosa informed the meeting that he had appointed Zimbabwean businessman Strive Masiyiwa to coordinate a private sector-led […]


Strive Masiyiwa Gets More Interaction Than Zuckerberg & Bill Gates On Facebook

Recently published data from analytics company Crowd Tangle shows just how popular Econet Wireless Global CEO Strive Masiyiwa is compared to other business leaders on Facebook No other business leader gets as many interactions Because Mr Masiyiwa is constantly posting and interacting with his followers on the social media platform he ranks first for interactions […]


Press Release: Masiyiwa Pleads With Global Funders To Support Zimbabwe & Sudan

Businessman Strive Masiyiwa has appealed to the World Bank, the IMF and other multilateral institutions for humanitarian support for Zimbabwe and Sudan in the wake of the economic devastation brought about by the COVID-19 Coronavirus epidemic.   Said Masiyiwa in his appeal:   As many of you on this platform know, I have been at the forefront, […]


Masiyiwa Donates 45 Ventilator ICU Suites To Zimbabwe

Businessman Strive Masiyiwa has donated 45 Ventilator Intensive Care Unit (ICU) suites to Zimbabwe in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Masiyiwa, who has been leading a campaign to help African countries head off the potentially devastating social and economic impact of the epidemic, was writing on his popular Facebook blog where he underlined the […]


Masiyiwa Urges African Govts To Mobilize Their Healthcare Workers In Fight Against Coronavirus

Econet Wireless Global Chairman Strive Masiyiwa shared a Facebook post encouraging African governments to equip their healthcare workers and systems with adequate resources to fight COVID-19. In the lengthy post, the businessman also suggested that African govt’s avoid copy-pasting western methods of dealing with the pandemic due to social differences. You can read his post […]


Strive Gives Update On Liquid Telecom South Sudan Roll Out

Last July, Liquid Telecom announced that they would be rolling out South Sudan’s first fibre network. Strive Masiyiwa took to his Facebook to give an update announcing that the South Sudan fibre link started working yesterday morning. Liquid began service to Juba South Sudan this morning at 8am! South Sudan was one of only two […]


No Point In Criticising People Who Help During Crisis – Masiyiwa Reflects On Corona Virus

Strive Masiyiwa the CEO of Econet Global has shared some opinions regarding the Corona Virus which has become a global epidemic (it qualifies as an epidemic right?) and in the process has drawn parallels between Chinese companies and some of the local companies he is associated with. “Businesses should intervene during the time of crisis” […]


Strive Masiyiwa’s Foundation Announces $100 Million Scholarship Fund For Doctors

The Higherlife Foundation (HLF) has announced that it will be launching a new training fellowship for Junior and Senior Doctors employed at public healthcare institutions in Zimbabwe. Supporting students is nothing new for the foundation and the press release sent out by HLF notes that in the 23 years the foundation has existed it has […]


Watch: Masiyiwa & Melinda Gates Speak At Pathways for Prosperity Commission Report Launch

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