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Paynow now allows you to accept more than $5,000 ZWL using EcoCash & Onemoney

When it comes to accepting local payments automatically in your app or your eCommerce store, Paynow has been the go-to for most developers for years. They were a godsend to most people given how hard it is to access the official OneMoney, Telecash and Ecocash APIs back then. Shockingly, it is still very hard to […]


Zimswitch partners with VISA to accelerate digital payments in Zimbabwe

There is just one niggle though…


“Just Swift It” campaign introduces e-commerce to Zim logistics

With online payments and e-commerce pretty much figured out thanks to various options like Paynow, Pay4App and vPayments, everyone who prefers “e-simplicity” is looking at how local merchants and service providers will make it a part of the ordinary transaction experience. In a first from local transport and logistics concerns, freight company Swift has taken a […]


Here’s why Zimbabwe is not ready for e-commerce

This weekend we (my friends and I) decided to have a little get together and watch all the airing football matches together, something that we do every other weekend. As is also always the case we found ourselves debating over every topic under the sun during the breaks but this time online shopping (specifically why […]


We’ve figured out payments, so what’s next for Zim e-commerce?

Last Saturday Paynow, a local e-payments integration service, hosted a developers’ day at the Hypercube Hub. The event was attended by several developers and designers with some of them eager to integrate Paynow with their online services. Matthew Hood, the technical lead at Paynow, was pleased with the turnout at the Developer day, largely because […]


Paynow to host developer day focused on boosting online payments in Zimbabwe

Paynow, the Zimbabwean internet payments platform developed by Webdev has decided to give local internet payments a shot in the arm by working with developers. Together with Hypercube Hub, Paynow will be hosting a developer day at the tech hub on Saturday 16 August 2014. The day long event (9 am to 5 pm) will […]


Sakunda Energy digitalises payment with Fuel Card

Most of us remember coupons fondly as the easily tradable pseudo-currency from the pre-dollarisation era. Well, local fuel distributor Sakunda Energy has taken a step into the digital age and done away with the coupons with the introduction of their Sakunda Fuel Card. The petroleum concern stopped selling coupons some time ago and has been advising […]


Three reasons why PayPal won’t work in Zimbabwe

As Zimbabweans we have been a deprived lot. If it is not one nation introducing Visas so that we can’t visit them, then it is another banning the use of our ETDs (Emergency Travel Documents) when going to visit. Our misfortunes have also been prominent online. Facebook did not allow us to advertise to followers […]


Paynow, a new Zimbabwean internet payments gateway. Simplicity at its best

If you tried to buy a ticket to the Broadband Forum event that we held last week, you probably noticed you could buy online, and that we were accepting EcoCash, ZimSwitch Vpayments and even VISA. And it worked seamlessly both for us and the people paying. We were using the new internet payments platform by Webdev called Paynow. The platform has been live for […]


Matrix Warehouse’s online store : A hit or miss?

 Zimbabwe’s e-commerce space, though not yet mature, has been growing at a slow rate. At least that’s what evidence on the ground suggests. All the necessary aspects of a stable e-commerce environment such as payment options, the wide availability of internet as well as a strong culture of consumerism are in place and we have […]


Needing internet payment systems before eCommerce is just an excuse!

A recent funding development with an eCommerce startup in Nigeria got us discussing here about the chances locally for successful eCommerce startups and the conditions conducive for this. When there’s talk about eCommerce in Zimbabwe, or at least monetising web and mobile startups, there’s always the mention that we need a online payments before any […]


Vpayments technical hassles gone but bureaucratic ones need to go as well

A few days ago I noticed vPayments finally has easy to integrate plugins for e-commerce CMS like Opencart, Magento and OScommerce and I immediately downloaded for an Opencart store I was experimenting with. This is a good development considering that less tech savvy e-commerce startups would otherwise have trouble integrating vPayments using pure code. The new […]


The year 2013: The high and low tech moments in Zimbabwe

In just a couple of hours the year ends and 2014 rolls along with its high expectations from all of us. But before that happens we thought we’d look back at the highs and lows of 2013. Those moments got us really excited and extremely happy, as well as the other extreme. First the lows, because […]


ZimSwitch: an update on the ZimSwitch Shared Services (ZSS) platform

The article below is a statement issued by ZimSwitch on the state and progress made with the ZimSwitch Shared Services payments switching platform. The statement was issued to us as part of the research that we made over the past few weeks for the article Zimbabwe: Of banks, Mobile Money and EcoCash. It has been a busy year […]


Zimbabwe: Of banks, Mobile Money and EcoCash

Many like myself are probably wondering about the future of Mobile Money in Zimbabwe. On one side we have EcoCash bullishly rolling out merchant after merchant gathering enough momentum to fully implement a system perhaps even more speedily adopted than M-Pesa of Kenya. On the other hand we have the banks under the banner of […]


EcoCash & MasterCard, not VPayments, will ignite ecommerce in Zimbabwe

Through the MasterCard Mobile Money Partnership, you will be able to use your EcoCash wallet wherever MasterCard is accepted with the option to have a prepaid MasterCard that you can also use wherever MasterCard is accepted.


Guroo is Africom’s new VoIP service. Our initial thoughts

You may have noticed Guroo over the past several days. Or Guro-o if we go by the new service’s domain name and logo. It’s a product by Africom and in case you are wondering how that’s pronounced, it’s ‘guru’ as in expert. It’s a new VoIP service the company has launched. Africa’s first, they are saying.


New Zim and US eCommerce site, KhayaShopping, launches

Without any widely adopted internet payments platform, despite the existence of Vpayments, and some EcoCash internet payment trials, eCommerce in Zimbabwe is struggling to take off. But there are startups that are moving in early regardless, positioning themselves for when the Zimbabwean will rely on the internet to shop.


Pay4App uses EcoCash for hybrid internet and mobile payment service

Remember the UZ student who developed an EcoCash internet payments proof of concept last year? Well, he’s since joined a startup that’s doing exactly that – facilitating internet payments via EcoCash.


Press Release: ZimSwitch Vpayments – eCommerce in Zimbabwe

ZimSwitch is pleased to announce that the long awaited Vpayments platform is now in a controlled live environment, following pilot approval from the RBZ for this controlled stage of the launch. Vpayments is an eCommerce Payments Gateway that enables all 19 ZimSwitch member Financial Institutions to offer their banked customers the convenience of secure Internet based payments, and their merchants the ability to sell goods and services “online”.


CABS starts accepting internet merchants as Vpayments goes live

CABS, one of the 6 local financial institutions that have been piloting the Zimswitch Vpayments online payments platform, is now rolling out the service to merchants after getting approval from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ).


Webdev prepares to launch Vpayments integrated hosted shopping cart

About 2 months ago, in line with the new strategic direction for the company, Webdev introduced a hosted cart solution. According to the founder, Garth Drummond, the company is gradually moving away from the usual website development work that has been their work for more than 10 years now into hosted web solutions and the shopping cart is the start. The development is timed along with Zimswitch’s introduction of Vpayments, an online payment solution that makes shopping carts conveniently usable to Zimbabwe’s internet population.


Vpayments may not be for everyone

When mobile payments were introduced in Zimbabwe, I thought here is the chance for me to sell my book to Zimbabweans who do not have Visa cards, MasterCards etc. I made my first call to Big Bank in November of 2011 and asked them about accepting payments via their mobile money transfer solution. I was told it was Ok.


Everything you need to know about Zimswitch’s Vpayments gateway

Zimswitch, a national switching company recently introduced an internet payment gateway service called Vpayments. Being a financial switch basically means they provider interconnection between their member banks. Zimswitch member banks account for about 95% of the 1.5 million banked population in Zimbabwe. After hyperinflation and dollarisation, many Zimbabweans moved away from the banks, but now they are moving back, with the number of banked individuals holding a bank account expected to exceed 3 million by the end of 2013.


ZimSwitch services update: Internet payments, Mobile Money, mCommerce & more

We have received a much needed update from ZimSwitch on stuff they have been working on these past several months. The last time we covered ZimSwitch in some depth is when they announced the signing on of 12 financial institutions to their ZimSwitch Shared Services (ZSS). They also announced then that the company was working […]