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Remittances to Zimbabwe decline by 15% to $387.9 million as use of informal channels increase

Zimbabwe recorded $387.9 million in diaspora inflows during the first 6 months of 2016, representing a 15% decline in remittances from the $457.8 million registered in the first half of 2015.

Growing remittances emerge as Zimbabwe’s FDI alternative – total $830 million in 1st half of 2016, expected to reach $1,5 billion by year end

With dwindling foreign direct investment (FDI inflows fell by 23% between 2014 and 2015 from US$545 million to US$421 million), remittances are now the second largest form of capital inflows for Zimbabwe behind exports, emerging as Zimbabwe’s leading FDI alternative.

Mama Money becomes latest remittance service to tap into mobile effectiveness with Telecash partnership

This means recipients in Zimbabwe have the option to get their remittances sent straight to their Telecash mobile money wallet, something that widens Mama Money’s payout network which has already gained a national presence through a strategic relationship with CABS and its Textacash service.

Hello Paisa has just made it free to send money from South Africa to Zimbabwe

Hello Paisa, the remittance service that caters for South Africa to Zimbabwe remittances has launched a three-month promotion offering a free transfer of money.

Telecash-Mukuru remittance facility tweaked, subscribers to receive money instantly

Unfortunately, the Telecash-Mukuru facility hadn’t been providing instant transfer of funds. Recipients had to wait for hours before the money reflected in their wallets. Now, Telecash and Mukuru have improved the system and once the money is sent it will be recieved instantly by the holder of the Telecash wallet.

A new startup, Bitmari, is launching a Bitcoin money remittance service

We’ve seen some advocacy for Bitcoin locally as well, and now some people are starting to integrate Bitcoin with other common financial services. Take Bitmari for example. This is a new Bitcoin-based money remittance service for the Zimbabwe market.

New Mukuru-Mkesh partnership enables South Africa to Mozambique remittances

Through a partnership with Mkesh, the mobile money service owned by Mozambican mobile operator Mcel, Mukuru users in South Africa can now send money straight into a Mkesh wallet.

EcoCash gets nod to remit money from South Africa

After more than eighteen months, Econet has finally secured the go-ahead from the South African authorities to start an EcoCash Diaspora remittances service from South Africa to Zimbabwe

Mukuru takes on SA to Botswana remittances, will need mobile phone advantage

Moving money between any two countries is pricey business. The commissions for such services have always been steep, which explains why everyone from traditional banks to remittances services and lately, mobile networks are all out to get a slice of that cake. For most Zimbabweans, a familiar service provider in this space is Mukuru. The South […]

A new remittance channel emerges as MasterCard partners with Steward Bank

News coming out of Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress is that MasterCard, the global payments solutions provider has announced a partnership with Steward Bank, a local financial institution. This facility has been enabled through HomeSend, an international money transfer unit that has been carrying out the same services in other markets around the world […]

WorldRemit raises $100 million for global expansion, eyes mobile money as a key

It’s been a little less than a month since WorldRemit announced its partnership with the MTN Global Group. Now, the money remittances and transfer service has just announced that it has raised $100 million in a Series B funding round. Lats year the company raised $40 million from Accel Partners, a Silicon Valley Venture Capital […]

Selling ZESA prepaid from the UK: How Zympay is disrupting money remittances

Just yesterday we were tallking about, the online workaround for buying ZESA prepaid electricity that lets you use your EcoCash and Telecash mobile wallets as well as options like VISA and Zimswitch. It turns out that there’s another solution similar to this called ZymPay. Unlike, Zympay is targeted at the diaspora, where Zimbabweans who […]

EcoCash, Western Union consummate remittances relationship

Earlier today we attended the official launch of a partnership between EcoCash Diaspora and Western Union. The service which was already reflective on the EcoCash menu yesterday, had been on the cards for months now. Western Union is the latest remittances firm to partner with EcoCash after a similar arrangement was penned with WorldRemit earlier […]

“Sending” Money to South Africa

A lot has changed since the crisis of 2008. Things are better now. I should know since back then I spend most of my time rationing my food supplies and waiting in line for everything from salt,bread, call slots and web pages to load. Most of my time is spend at the gym now trying […]