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Podcast: Zympay & remittances, Human IPO, P.O BOX Videos and NetOne Airtime

Here is the latest edition of the weekly Techzim Podcast. As we always do, in this episode we touch on the trending topics from the local tech scene. Under discussion was the P.O BOX Videos viral sensation and its use of social media, the departure of Steward Bank CEO, and how it has come in […]

Want to buy your ZESA prepaid electricity through EcoCash? Try

Whenever we talk about the issue of paying for your ZESA prepaid electricity everyone remembers how Econet was shut out from an integration with ZESA for mobile money payment leaving One Wallet as the only option for the many people used to mobile money transactions. Thankfully someone has worked on a solution that will give you […]

Cell C billboard protest: What’s the lesson for Zim service providers?

A South African man disgruntled by what he deemed poor service from Cell C, specifically a franchise of Cell C at Sandton City, has found a novel way to fight back-by erecting an opposing billboard. George Prokas, a Cell C customer had an overdue account dispute with the service provider which accused him of having […]

How to beat ZESA and still enjoy your DStv PVR

So a while ago I decided to invest in a DStv PVR 2P decoder as part of my mid year resolutions. I am still trying to find a reason why the Explora is worth that shocking price; the “DStv advert dude” is yet to convince me. After a lot of consideration I decided to opt for […]

ZESA increases load shedding: what arrangements should you make now?

For anyone expecting some sort of load shedding relief think again. The power challenges we are facing right now aren’t going away anytime soon (no surprise there). ZESA came out and said that the situation is unfortunately going to get worse. In an article published in yesterday’s Sunday Mail, ZESA’s spokesman Fullard Gwasira attributed this to […]

Why are there so many powercuts? ZESA explains

If you are frustrated by the 18 hour blackouts we have been living with lately you might have been pleased to note that today the country’s power regulator, ZESA Holdings issued a statement clarifying the extreme powercuts. The explanations are what most people have come to accept as the usual reasons for our power woes: […]

Techzim Podcast: Econet and ZESA, Telecel WhatsApp Bundles, Mxit and more

In this podcast we discussed the recent Facebook emotions experiment, the Mxit decline, the Telecel WhatsApp Bundles, and the exclusion of private companies retailing zesa prepaid electricity tokens, with a special focus on Econet. Buy ZESA tokens Meter number: Amount ($): WhatsApp number: EcoCash or OneMoney number: Buy Please dial our USSD code *405# on […]

Man in the mirror: What Econet can learn from being excluded by ZESA

Econet is unhappy about being excluded by ZESA from selling prepaid electricity tokens via the EcoCash mobile money platform. It doesn’t make sense to them how the government won’t let them provide convenience the market needs. The issue has come up in more than half of the conversations I’ve had with Econet executives these past 3 or so months. It’s […]

ZESA needs help

There is a joke currently doing rounds in the social media about how leaders can make their nations happy. While for most nations this is a very difficult and often complicated feat that involves well timed multi-faceted plans: for Zimbabwe it is very simple. All one needs to do, the joke goes, is to switch […]

The Netone-ZESA marriage- Pride goeth before a fall

A must-be-gleeful NetOne was granted an unexpected boost ahead of its competitors in the ZESA prepaid electricity retailing facility. They are the only MNO awarded the opportunity to sell prepaid electricity tokens. No surprises there if you have bothered to read a bit of ZIMASSET. I warn NetOne not to celebrate prematurely though. I have […]

How’s this for a relevant startup idea –

They say that some of the best ideas are found in the graveyard, buried with their originators. I have had my fair share of dances with hackathons and startup challenges, never seeming to crack the code that leads to winning, funding and eventual IPO! I have had my share of sleepless nights thinking of the […]

ZESA adds TelOne, Agribank to electricity coupon agents. Excludes Econet, Telecel

The mobile payments revolution of the past three years has brought unparalleled convenience to Zimbabwe. Just as it has in many African countries. It has meant significantly less hassle in moving money (and therefore value) between people and between people and business. Everything from paying your water bill, pay TV subscription, insurance and even school fees. ZESA, however, chooses […]

Power company, ZESA, issues notice & schedule of severe load shedding

If your June, like ours, has started with frustrating long hours of unexplained power outages every day, consider this the explanation. It won’t unfortunately provide any relief to this madness, but at least you know what’s going on and can take action. Hint – maybe relocate that startup office from the bedroom. Whatever action you take, fact is […]

World Cup: Beating ZESA’s dirty tricks

So I have already expressed my love for the Germans and how much I loathe the beautiful Samba football of the Brazilians – may they crash out in the first round. Whilst getting ready to watch the beautiful game I thought I had already covered every base and prepared for every contingency: Nice little 32″ […]

Why, really, is ZESA not selling prepaid electricity tokens on EcoCash and Telecash?

In the past couple of months, we have seen the issue of the electronic vending of ZESA prepaid electricity tokens come to what seems like a close. After issuing and withdrawing tenders to have an external company distribute (or aggregate) prepaid electricity tokens in 2012, and then again last year in September, ZESA eventually decided they’d just […]

ZESA “Juice Cards” a welcome move, but …

Frankly I can hardily remember the last thing ZESA did anything right; and I am referring to my entire lifelong memories here. Parastatals are bad in general but the state utility seems to have a propensity to always find its way to disasters even when all the others are enjoying modest success. The news that […]

Zesa “Hackers” steal US$10 million every month

From all those movies and TV shows that I watch, I have always wondered what a real world hacker looks like and inevitably, every-time I attempt the exercise an image of a soulless misanthropist with thick prescription glasses appears in my mind. They live in their parents basement or attic, wearing nothing but their underwear […]

How an App & SMS can help end ZESA load shedding

Today most of the African continent is in pitch black darkness. literally! The Zimbabwean government, like a number of other African governments, has not – for one brilliant reason or the other – invested in new electricity generation capacity. To put this into perspective, in 2014, 13 million Zimbabweans will rely on generation capacity that […]

Year end review: 2013 was a year of darkness, so will 2014.

In between the politicking of 2013 one of the sad facts that has somehow not garnered the attention it rightly deserves is the fact that Zimbabwe is facing a serious energy crisis. Aside from the fact that people and businesses have been, throughout this entire year, plunged into darkness at the most inconvenient of times, […]

ZESA Enterprises website hacked

The website belong to ZESA holding subsidiary, ZESA Enterprises, has been defaced. We’re not sure exactly when the defacement happened  but visiting the site right now shows the page below. From what we can tell the website is hosted internally within the group’s infrastructure. We also noticing, the besides, the ZESA Enterprises also has a […]

To Zim parastatals: mum is not the word.

Imagine this: You get home at around 6 pm exhausted from your day at work. Your wife is in the kitchen preparing dinner and you decide to catch on the day’s news on the television in the lounge. As soon as you sit down on the couch, the power goes out.

EcoCash integrates to DSTV for pay TV subscription via mobile money

If you thought being able to pay for your DStv at a supermarket till point was convenient (it was, we tried it), this is just going to be awesome. It’s one development we know most middle income families have been waiting for.

With ZESA so unreliable, why aren’t we keen to produce our own power

Something that has always struck me as strange is that no matter how unreliable the national power company’s supply is, there’s just not that many people that consider solar power an alternative. By the urban middle class, solar is regarded either as a rich people’s luxury, or, on the other extreme, a rural village utility.

Easi simplifies prepaid electronic vending

You’ve probably seen the Easi logo on the right in a number of retail outlets in the country. The company has entered the market to provide a South African designed solution to simplify the electronic vending of prepaid products. So far Easi has signed up all mobile network operators in Zimbabwe, internet providers like Broadacom and Africom, […]

PowerTel introduces weekly & biweekly mobile broadband packages

In what is certainly a first in the market locally, PowerTel is introducing weekly and biweekly uncapped internet packages. The move according to PowerTel marketing manager Willard Nyagwande, has been necessitated by the need to flexibly accommodate subscribers who just want to use the service product for a week or two. Such customers could for […]

How tech can help: The Zesa prepaid power billing

Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) has been phasing out the old power meters and replacing them with the Cash Power prepaid meters like the one on the right. Zesa recently had our power meter changed, and we have been using this meter for almost two months now, and the benefits are numerous such as: no […]

Electricity infrastructure & ICTs: Zesa’s 31% tariff increase

The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) has come up with what it believes is a grand plan to vanquish power cuts (also known as Load Shedding) from the great lands between the Limpopo and Zambezi river. After much thought and strategising, the engineers and boffins at the parastatal have come to the conclusion that a 31% increase of tariffs is the answer.

ZESA Effectively Using Website To Update Customers

ZESA impressed us today. The national power company is using the internet to provide customers with daily updates on important issues affecting the customers.

Visit to see what we’re talking about. The website loads fast, super fast actually. There’s lots of useful information. Some of it includes: “How to calculate your own bills” to “Taking your own meter reading” and tips on how to reduce your power usage.