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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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Masiyiwa On How Econet Took Market From NetOne & Telecel: I Read

Here’s a block quote from Strive Masiyiwa: As an Entrepreneur, the most profitable thing I do is READING! Just think about it:All the most profitable things I have ever done began with something I READ!!! Let me give you an example:When the Cell phone industry was just starting, there was no such thing as Pre-Paid: […]


Strive Masiyiwa Echoes Minister Chasi’s Approach To Electric Vehicles

[Image Source: Nissan] Minister of Energy Fortune Chasi has -for a while now- said Zimbabwe has to see where Electric Vehicles fit in Zimbabwe’s transportation sector. The Minister went a step further and announced that incentives to make purchase and use of EV’s more attractive in Zimbabwe were coming soon. Like Honourable Chasi, Strive Masiyiwa […]


Strive Masiyiwa’s Comments On EcoCash Agents Selling Cash Are Hypocritical

By Francis Chiwunda So Strive Masiyiwa recently responded to the raging debate on EcoCash agents charging premiums when people cash out of their mobile wallets. I don’t agree with his reaction to this issue and here are my thoughts: A friend said this and I sort of agree with him, This is how monopolies fall; […]


Econet Partners American Startup For AI And ML Solutions

The Econet Global Group has announced from Accra Ghana their partnership with American startup, Atlas AI. The announcement was made by Econet’s Founder and Executive Chairman, Strive Masiyiwa on the sidelines of the Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF). It is not very clear what the two partners will really embark on or how their partnership […]


I’m Not The Big Man At Econet – Strive Masiyiwa

I once wrote an article titled ‘Yes we love Strive Masiyiwa but he is not untouchable.’ Some liked the article but many accused me of ‘hating Strive Masiyiwa.’ The reaction of the latter proved the point of the article. In that article I suggested that most probably Masiyiwa himself agreed with me. It’s good to […]


Sasai Downloaded In 75 Countries – Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa recently took to his Facebook to comment on the progress made by Sasai thus far and he shared some interesting information about the recently-launched social payments application. His Facebook post read; Personally for me, as an entrepreneur, the most satisfying part of the launch of Sasai was knowing that as Africans we have […]


Strive Masiyiwa: Muzinda Hub Former Students Have Earned $120 Million Since 2014

Last month, Muzinda Hub launched a digital skills training centre across the border in Botswana and took applications from those willing to join their five-month coding program. Strive Masiyiwa took to his Facebook to share some of the decisions that have influenced this initiative – also touching on the fibre optic training program that will […]


Strive Masiyiwa’s Dismissive Language On The Impact Of AI Is Reckless

I must first point out that I don’t think Strive Masiyiwa literally meant that the issue of AI changing the jobs market significantly is nonsense. However, he wrote it that way, most probably in an attempt to make his language colourful. That is the point though: a person in as influential a position as he […]