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Vaya tried to make me pay for a ride I never took

Strange things happen on these apps…


Technikari with Norman Moyo, CEO of Distributed Power Africa (DPA)

Technikari Distributed Power Africa (DPA) special episode with, Norman Moyo the company’s Chief Executive Officer


Cassava subsidiaries Maisha & Vaya join forces to deliver medication

Cassava Smartech’s Vaya and Maisha Health have joined forces to deliver medication.


Vaya partners with SA company to deliver groceries from across the border

Cassava Smartech’s Vaya has partnered with South African eCommerce retailer Thumela eKhaya. The partnership will allow Zimbos to order groceries and have them delivered back home using Vaya. The goods on offer will not only be from South Africa but will also include some of the Cutting out the middleman For a long time Zimbabweans […]


Vaya Announces Addition Of Electric Cars To Ride-Hailing Fleet, Again…

Back in November, Vaya announced the launch of their electric car ride-hailing network with their first fleet of electric Nissan EVs. At the time the company shared that their target was to have 100 vehicles on the road at some point. It seems more of those electric-vehicles have finally arrived, with Vaya press material announcing […]


Press Release: Vaya Offers Free Delivery Of Medicines For 3 Months

VAYA Express, through VAYA Express Medical Deliveries, is now offering free delivery of medical supplies to assist Zimbabweans in need of critical medicines and drugs during the restrictions imposed due the COVID -19 pandemic and beyond.  VAYA Express Medical Deliveries is collaborating with Maisha Health fund (formerly Steward Health) to help people in need to […]


Vaya Declared An Essential Service During Lockdown

It’s been a week since the beginning of a national lockdown declared by President Emmerson Mnangagwa. H e declared the lockdown for a duration of 21 days and this can be revised. Under the lockdown, people are mandated to stay home except when going to procure food and other supplies as well as accessing medical […]


Vaya Tracking System Let Us Down – Murder Victim’s Family

The son of Claudius Nyanga, a Vaya Taxi driver who was recently murdered in Avonlea, has come out and said they felt let down by Econet’s tracking systems which were not working when they were looking for his father. I’m really hurt nemafiro ababa [by the way father died], ndiri kubatikana ne Econet. We paid […]


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” […]


Higherlife Foundation Extends Free Vaya Transport To Doctors And Nurses

Higherlife Foundation has extended by an additional six months the free transport programme for nurses and doctors employed at public healthcare institutions in Zimbabwe. The extended offer comes a day after the Foundation extended an offer to pay doctors in the public healthcare sector through a special medical fellowship established by Higherlife late last year, […]


Vaya Launches Air Charter Service

Cassava On Demand has launched VAYA Air Charter, a service that will allow businesses and tourists to hire private planes to any destination. The service will be the first of its kind in Zimbabwe (according to Cassava) and will see VAYA take to the skies. It comes a week after VAYA unveiled two new services […]


The Electric Cars That Were Promised By Vaya Are Here Now

[Image Source: Vaya Africa] A few months ago, Econet Global CEO Strive Masiyiwa announced that Vaya would start using Electric Vehicles (EVs) and it seems those electric vehicles are finally here. Vaya tweeted out an announcement earlier yesterday: We are excited to introduce #VAYA E-Vehicles as part of our agenda for the adoption of #ecofriendly […]


Econet Ready To Launch Electric Cars In Zimbabwe

Electric Car news for 2 days in a row! Blame it on the almost non-existent fuel supply and stratospheric fuel prices that’s cultivating the idea of alternatives to these scarce byproducts of liquid gold. The Econet group is seeing this gap and because they have several relevant subsidiaries in the areas of interest they have […]


Free Vaya For Healthcare Workers As Vaya Launches Carpool & Shuttle Services

As exclusively reported a few months back, Vaya has finally launched their Carpool and Shuttle services and they will be testing out the service by giving free rides for all workers at registered hospitals and clinics for 30 days. Carpool (which seems to be labelled Vaya Club on their website) will allow three people to […]


Toda Driver Says We Have A Thousand Drivers In Harare & More Around The Country

If you read the Herald then you’ve probably noticed Toda advertising their ride-hailing app. The ad campaign has been ongoing since last year so the startup caught our interest as most startups don’t have the funds to sustain a newspaper campaign for that long. We got in touch with Toda to understand more regarding their […]


If You Use Vaya To Collect Trash, Econet Is Promising $2

Econet subscribers have been receiving the following message regarding Clean City this morning: Get $2 FREE airtime when you request your FREE Clean City trash collection using the Vaya App!! Limited time only!! Econet message Clean City allows you to hail trash collectors the same way you would book a taxi ride on the Vaya […]


Uber Has Been Losing Tons Of Money, Here’s Why Vaya & Hwindi Might Not Suffer The Same Fate

If you’ve followed the story of Uber since its launch back in 2011, you’ll know that over the years the company has lost a significant amount of money. In fact in its most recent quarter, Uber lost slightly above a $1 billion dollars. That’s a bucketload of money to be losing close to a decade […]


Vaya Working On USD Payment Option

If you update your Vaya Africa application to the latest version available in the Google Play Store, you might have stumbled upon the USD payment option which is now part of the application. At the time of writing this option is giving customers the same prices for RTGS$ and USD but this might change once […]


7 Months In, Vaya Has Over 10 000 Drivers

Vaya seems to be the most popular ride-hailing app if registration of drivers is anything to go by, In 7 months the ride-hailing application has managed to see over 10 000 partner applications. That’s a significant number and Cassava Smartech CEO expressed his joy at the progress they’ve made thus far: Following our commercial launch […]


Vaya Working On Kombi-Hailing And Ride-Sharing Services

It’s clear that Vaya has set its sight on making themselves one of the biggest players in transportation. From starting at simply merely offering ride-hailing services through their Vaya Lift application, there’s been a lot of expansion. Since then, they’ve tried their hand on delivery, on-demand ambulances, tractors, and waste disposal trucks. Recently, Strive Masiyiwa […]


Strive Masiyiwa: Vaya To Use Electric Vehicle’s To Ease Fuel Pressures

Strive Masiyiwa made a huge announcement on his Facebook page, last week. Vaya will begin using electric vehicles in the near future to ease the fuel problem. The Econet Global leader dropped hints about the service in the comments section of a Facebook post announcing Vaya’s plan to provide waste management companies with logistics: “If […]


Strive Masiyiwa: Vaya Now Has Over 20 000 Registered Vehicles

Back in October Cassava Smartech launched their ride-hailing application Vaya. Over the past seven months, they have managed to register 20 000 cars since the launch. The details were revealed by Strive Masiyiwa in a Facebook post a few hours ago. The CEO of Econet Global believes that if Cassava had acquired the cars themselves […]


Vaya To Start Handling Waste Disposal: Are They Spreading Themselves Too Thin?

If I were to ask you what Vaya’s core business is what would be the answer. Is it ride-hailing? Or maybe the ambulance service Vaya launched a few months ago. Wait, what about the tractors?? Oh and the express delivery service. That’s already a lengthy list but now prepare to add waste disposal to Vaya’s […]


Vaya To Increase Its Services

Vaya seems to still have more tricks up its sleeves to revolutionise Zimbabwe’s transport industry. Just this week, it launched it’s Vaya Shuttle at the ZITF to offer visitors free shuttle services for the whole week. Vaya Shuttle comes on top of other services like Vaya Carpool, Vaya Hopper, and Vaya Ambulance etc. As if […]


Cyclone Idai: Vaya Tractors And Trucks Clearing Roads And Distributing Food In Chaimanimani

Everyone who has been to Chimanimani and Chipinge in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai is describing how dire and heart wrenching the situation is. A lot of help is still needed and will be needed for quite some time. Let’s not move on along with the news cycle, let’s keep the momentum and resources flowing. […]


Apple’s Most Recent Event Shows The Tech Giant Has Some Similarities To Econet

How many times have you heard the phrase, “The world is a global village.” Probably a lot. When Marshall McLuhan, who Google search credits as the originator of that saying, uttered those words he was describing how the world has been shrunk by modern advances in communication tools. This simple and overly used phrase – […]


Hwindi Now Offering Referral Benefits Like Vaya

It’s been an interesting couple of months in the local ride-hailing space with Hwindi and Vaya being the two most competitive services on that front. For a considerable time, one of the advantages that Vaya offered was the ability to get free rides when someone signed up on the app using your referral link. Hwindi […]


Hwindi Lowers Prices For Their Ride-Hailing App

[Image Source: Hwindi Twitter] In this economic climate whenever you hear of a price-drop you can’t help but feel the urge to spread the news and fortunately for me, I work in media. Hwindi has announced that following the Monetary Policy Statement a few weeks ago they will be reducing their pricing by a significant […]


Vaya Will Soon Give Farmers The Option To Lease Out Tractors

You may be one of the subscribers that received a message from Vaya that read: Do you own a Tractor? Want to make money leasing out your excess capacity? Do not be left behind. Call 144 to register & be part of the agricultural revolution. Though that message is being sent from EcoFarmer, it seems […]


Vaya’s Million Dollar Promotion Could Land You A Car

A few days ago Vaya announced a new promotion; the Vaya & Win Million Dollar Promotion. Competitors entering this competition could win one of two Renault Kwids, phones and cash prizes, power banks and Kwese Play set-top boxes. Entering the competition Though Vaya hasn’t posted a blog post or anything with the T&Cs for this […]