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Podcast: TelOne Broadband, biNu, Telecel subscribers, MoJo & Hellomukoma

We are back again with the latest Techzim podcast covering all the stories that were topical in the past week. Issues discussed in this podcast include the turnaround that TelOne is experiencing thanks to a focus on internet services, the continued dip in subscribers that Telecel has experienced for the three straight quarters, biNu’s return as a […]

Podcast: POTRAZ tariff reduction, Buddie Bundles of Joy and startup business ethics

We are glad to have made it into the new year and just two days into 2015 a lot has already started happening on the tech scene. Here’s the first weekly podcast for 2015 and in this episode we talk about the recent MNO tariff reductions effected by POTRAZ, the Buddie Bundles of Joy that […]

Special Edition Techzim Podcast: 2014 in review plus our festive season giveaway!

This is a special edition of the Techzim Podcast that marks the end of the year 2014. In this episode we review the successes and failures in tech and what stood out for us locally and internationally in the world of technology. Topics discussed include broadband advances for the year liker the rollout of fibre, gadgets […]

Podcast: Zimpapers goes digital, Ecolife and Zvirikuflaya with FlyAfrica

Here’s our latest edition of the Techzim Podcast. In this episode we discussed the return of Ecolife and whether or not it is going to move the market. We also looked at Zimpapers’ aggressive move into paid for online publishing and their new sports news platform as well as the FlyAfrica Zvirikuflaya media campaign on social media. Are […]

Techzim Podcast: Our perspective of Africacom 2014

This is special edition of the podcast where we got feedback from Limbikani Makani who had the opportunity to attend the recently ended Africacom 2014. Limbikani shared his perspectives on the different tech entities that were present at the huge regional tech conference including the opportunities for networking and building relationships for anyone in the […]

Techzim Podcast: POTRAZ Stats, Opera Mini bundles and African e-commerce

In this episode of the Techzim Podcast we discussed the latest stats from POTRAZ on internet penetration, the Opera Mini Bundles from Econet Wireless and what they really mean for the average subscriber, as well as the African e-commerce deals of the week involving Kalahari and Takealot’s merger and the $40 million raised by Konga. […]

Techzim Podcast: Powertel & Africom’s new packages, Econet’s $1 promo and Telecare

Here’ s this week’s edition of the Techzim Podcast. In this episode we touched on Powertel’s internet bundles, Africom’s $5 a week offering, Econet’s $1 a day promotion live test and Telecel’s Telecare insurance that was launched together with an Android app for telecash. If you are a Powertel subscriber how much of a disruption […]

Techzim Podcast: NetOne’s datacasting licence, Nettcash, Ezzytickets and Econet

In this podcast we spoke about NetOne’s application for a datacasting licence, Nettcash’s brand ambassador strategy, online ticketing platform Ezzytickets and Econet’s NFC card. What are your thoughts on the topics discussed here? Please share in the comments box below. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash or […]

Special Edition Podcast: The ZOL Startup Challenge Harare meetup

In this podcast we discussed the ZOL Startup Challenge meetup that was held on the 21st August 2014. We shared details about the turnout, experiences and general atmosphere of the event. We talked about the upcoming meetup set for Bulawayo. We also discussed how the startup challenge has impacted the tech ecosystem in Zimbabwe. Quick […]

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 […]

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 […]

Special Edition podcast: Find out about Tech Lair and their monthly meetups

A little over two months ago we wrote about Tech Lair, a Ted Talk like initiative were local tech guys and people from other fields converge monthly to discuss everything tech in Zimbabwe. The initiative founded and currently funded by IDPR Extreme has kicked off quite well and they will be hosting their third meetup […]

Latest Techzim Podcast: Telecel Go, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Muzinda Umuzi Hub

Welcome again to the latest Techzim Podcast. In this edition, the discussions were engaging as usual and to cap it all, we had a special guest, Tawanda Kembo, Muzinda-Umuzi’s Technical Director. We discussed the recently launched Telecel Go brand and reduced tariffs, our unboxing of the Samsung Galaxy S5, Heartbleed and Facebooks move to punish […]

Latest Techzim podcast: EcoCashLoans, airtime vending machine, mobile OS stats

Thanks for joining us for the latest Techzim podcast. In this edition, we zeroed in on the top stories that made it to We discussed the EcoCashLoans, the marvelous locally developed airtime vending machine, the mobiles OS stats, and the most visited local websites via Opera Mini. The viral Happy Harare video is also […]

Latest Techzim Podcast: EcoCash app, eTech Africa Expo, Astro and Techwomen

Here is the latest Techzim podcast. Considering we had gone more that a week without getting in the “studio”, expect some jam packed discussion in this episode. We discussed the recently held eTech Africa Expo, the Econet official Android app, NetOne’s Mahala Weekends, Telecel’s got to Brazil & Econet’s promo for contract customers. We also discussed […]

Techzim Podcast: Talking about getting social #GetSocial

So we thought we’d do a podcast specially focused on the #GetSocial event. In this Techzim Podcast we provide more information, answer some questions about what to expect there, the content, the amazing line up of speakers, the powerful networking to expect! If you haven’t bought your ticket already, early bird is ending today, so […]

Latest Podcast: Econet Zero, Startup investment, DStv stuff & eTech Africa

Here’s our latest podcast. As usual, very exciting for us to do, and we hope it also makes pleasurable listening for you. In this episode we discuss the amazing service that is Econet Zero; we touch on early stage startup investment in Zimbabwe and what the problems could be (possible solutions as well); we also discuss […]

Techzim Podcast: thoughts on Dennis Magaya, Bitcoin’s future and the #MWC14

The story on Dennis Magaya’s dismissal from Powertel was a contentious issue on and also dominated the discussions in this podcast. We also discussed the auto registrations to EcoCash, the RBZ’s directive to mobile money operators, the demise of MtGox and the Samsung Galaxy S5. William Chui also shares is experiences at the Mobile […]

Techzim Podcast: Telecash, EcoCash war, Parcelgogo, Tech hubs and other stuff

Here’s the latest Techzim podcast. In the episode we discussed the ongoing war between Telecel and Econet Wireless for mobile money agents – the underhanded stuff operators would (or would not) do to protect an investment – the newly formed association of mobile money agents, the tech hubs and a bit about Flappy Bird (yes, we […]

Latest techzim podcast: EcoSchool, Muzinda hackathon, Paper, Microsoft 4Afrika

Here’s our latest Techzim podcast episode! Guest on the show was Tinashe Nyaruwanga, blogger, social media & eCommerce enthusiast, Clinton Mutambo, our events coordinator here and the founder of, myself, and William Chui hosting. We chatted about Econet Services’s latest initiative, EcoSchool, Facebook’s new Paper app, the Muzinda Health apps Hackathon, and, briefly, Microsoft’s […]

Techzim Podcast: Telecash Launch and the EcoCash Droid app

So, we usually have discussions here at the office about new tech products, startups, the players and everything in between! And sometimes, aside from our weekly podcast, we’re eager to share it with you and we honestly wish we could have more people over here at techzim so we discuss as an even bigger group… […]

Latest Techzim Podcast: WhatsApp, OK tech store and FB algo change (promo)

Here’s our latest podcast – recorded this week! In there we share our thoughts on the new OK tech store, Facebook’s change to the feed algorithm and what this means for page managers, WhatsApp’s declaration that they will not do ad & game gimmicks that their competition employ, Astro’s new Square-like payments dongle and app and […]

Techzim Podcast: the 2013 tech annual roundup

So we hosted our final podcast this year – a roundup of the 2013 tech year as relevant to Zimbabwe but we also touched a coupe of international headlines that in there. Expect to listen on the developments locally in terms of broadband (lower prices and more speed, fibre etc…), the increased usage of social […]

Techzim Weekly Podcast: Econet bulk SMS blocking, Karbonn review, Mandela

In this episode of the Techzim Podcast, we had a guest, Tinashe Nyaruwanga, who is a digital media enthusiast whose social media articles we’ve featured here before. The other regulars on the show were techzim writer, Tendai Mupaso, William Chui (founder of SocialMe who played host), and myself. So this week we discussed the Econet […]

Techzim Weekly Podcast: Robotics tournament, EcoLife, e-FML, Karbonn

This is our second weekly podcast and as the first, we hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we do hosting the show. Here’s the list of issues covered: The Schools Robotics tournament that was held in Harare last week The new e-FML mobile based insurance service EcoLife and why people are still […]

Introducing the Techzim weekly podcast!

Those of you that know how Techzim started will tell you it started as an email list of friends in tech. We would mail each other back and forth, discuss for days about local tech, startups, about internet deals, devices, tech personalities… the Facebooks too! So anyway, those became the blog. But here’s the thing: […]