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Econet’s startup, Tengai returns online as Ownai

Tengai, the online classifieds platform from Econet is back online. The startup has however resurfaced with a different name, Ownai.

Tengai 2.0 on the cards as startup makes plans to re-enter the market

According to some sources from Econet, the Tengai team is working on a comeback for the hacked e-classifieds site. Efforts are being put into creating a secure platform, though the sources couldn’t specify what sort of changes would be made to make the e-commerce platform more robust.

It seems Econet lied about Tengai ownership

A shareholder contacted us and pointed out that at Econet’s recently held Annual General Meeting, the operator’s CEO, Douglas Mboweni, had expressly mentioned that Tengai is an Econet company and that the press had reported the matter incorrectly. If Tengai was being honest from the beginning, then Econet is lying about this ownership issue.

Zimbabwean hackers & Net Neutrality, cost of internet, the Astro factory and mobile money: Podcast

While Net neutrality is one burning issue discussed in this podcast, other topics touched on include the cost of internet in Zimbabwe, mobile money’s growth and how it has been reflected in the latest Central Bank Monetary Policy, and the new TV and hardware factory from local devices company, Astro.

Econet threatened by AnonymousZimbabwe, the outfit behind the hack (update)

Anonymous Zimbabwe has claimed responsibility for hacking the e-commerce website while lobbying for net neutrality. It has also threatened Tengai and the mobile operator Econet, giving both parties until the 8th of August to issue a press statement or face unspecified action.

@AnonZW outfit claiming responsibility for hack issues press release

We have been contacted by individual(s) purporting to be behind the hack. We unfortunately could not get the press release to confirm whether this is true or a simple prank from someone seeking attention.

Strive Masiyiwa backed e-commerce platform which was hacked 4 days ago is still down

Tengai, a new classifieds platform that is partly owned by Strive Masiyiwa, was hacked four days ago by net neutrality proponents. While the technical circumstances of the attack haven’t been made clear, the extended downtime isn’t what most would expect from the e-commerce platform.

Tengai, the classifieds platform linked to Econet has been hacked by Net Neutrality proponents

Tengai, the new classifieds platform that partnered with Econet Wireless to offer zero-rated access to Econet subscribers, has been hacked by Net Neutrality proponents.

Classifieds platform is down, website going through some updates

Local online classifieds platform is down. People who’ve been trying to access it have been met with a banner that says it’s being updated.

Tengai’s partnership with Econet triggers backlash

Some readers argued that Tengai, the new online classifieds startup, though registered and fully operational as an entity that is not a subsidiary of Econet Wireless Zimbabwe or the Econet Group, has ties to the mobile operator and is leaning on this association in a way that violates net neutrality. goes live, offers free signups & free browsing for Econet subscribers

Zimbabwe’s new online classifieds platform, has finally gone live. It offers the standard functionality of online classified platforms and users can post listings, for free, in any of the 12 different categories that include mobile and electronics, vehicles, property, jobs and services.

Econet powered e-commerce platform,, to launch in a few days

In a few days, mobile operator Econet Wireless is going live with the online classifieds platform We were invited to the press launch which is slated for Monday 27 July. will operate with free advertising for anything posted on the platform, along with free browsing for Econet broadband subscribers.

Econet extends investment into e-commerce with new platform,Tengai

We have received information from an inside source to confirm what has long been said to be in the cooking at Econet – a classifieds platform called The website isn’t up yet, but a look at some of the artwork related to it seems to show what we can expect from it.