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Biometric Registration To Be Introduced To Get Rid Of Ghost Workers, Says The President

Zimbabwe will now have to bank on biometric technology to manage the rising wage bill and get rid of ghost workers. I mean the government might finally do away with the ghost workers that has haunted it for years, with the wage bill becoming unsustainable leading the Treasury to struggle to pay the ‘real’ civil […]


Zim Now Ranks 2nd For Using Unlicensed Software: Why Are We Still Using So Much Unlicensed Software?

Zimbabwe remains one of the topmost havens of software piracy in the world, thanks to our country’s lax enforcement of trademark and copyright law in this area. According to the most recent survey by the Business Software Alliance, 89% of all software installed on computers in Zimbabwe is pirated. This puts us slightly behind Libya, […]


Policy And Regulation Are Among Biggest Contributors To Zim’s Crazy Internet Costs

That we have expensive internet does not come as a surprise. What may come as a surprise is just how bloody expensive that internet is when compared to other countries. This always leads one to wonder why the internet is expensive this side anyway… The Alliance For Affordable Internet (A4AI) made the Affordability Drivers Index […]


Can You Receive Money Into A Zimbabwean PayPal Account?

Every now and again, we receive a question from readers asking us if they can receive money in the Zimbabwean PayPal accounts. The answer right now (October 2018) is that you cannot. PayPal hasn’t yet opened this functionality for their Zimbabwean subscribers. How to Check? In case you’re reading this article sometime well after October […]


How To Use Vaya Lift, Econet’s Own ‘Uber Like’ Ride Hailing Service

Vaya Lift, courtesy of Cassava Smartech (also courtesy of Econet the parent company of these two), is the newest kid on the block as far as ride-sharing services apps are concerned, in Zimbabwe. A numerous number of ride-hailing services startups have popped up in Zimbabwe in recent years, with startups like Hwindi Taxi, G-Taxi etc […]


New Social Media Groups Popping Up Giving Zimbabweans Updates About Fuel Stations With Fuel

Necessity is the mother of invention, we all know that. If you don’t subscribe you need not look beyond Zimbabwe. Right now, Zimbabwe is being hit by virtually every problem that you can think of associated with economic problems. One such is fuel shortages. In response to the fuel shortages some innovative or rather ‘social […]


Poor Innovation By Zim Startups Forces POTRAZ To Do Workshops: Is It The Startups’ Fault?

Startups are kind of synonymous with innovation, aren’t they? It’s supposed to be the big companies, enterprises that can’t figure out innovation. Aren’t startups just “naturally” great at coming up with solutions? According to POTRAZ, Zimbabwean startups are telling a different story, they are simply not innovative. And that lack of innovativeness is making it hard […]


Fadzayi Mahere Sues Fellow Lawyer For $1 Million Over Tweets

If you are a Twimbo (Zimbabweans on Twitter) or Facebook person you may have come across the name, Fadzayi Mahere, in the months leading up to the elections. She is one of the few politicians who efficiently used social media to put across her political message despite her losing out on her contested constituency. Well, […]


Here Is What Was Discussed At The Zimbabwe Internet Governance Forum (ZIGF) 2018

The Zimbabwe Internet Governance Forum (ZIGF) kicked off yesterday, with Deputy Minister Hon. J Muswere opening the forum. The Forum, under the theme of a “The Internet We Want”, discussed proposed regulatory frameworks, global trends, potential risks, and good and bad practices which have been adopted or are under discussion in Zimbabwe. ZIGF can also […]


Chief Justice Says It Makes Sense For Magistrates To Be Given Laptops And Have WiFi

The first court case to be publicized in Zimbabwe got us acquainted with peculiar words and terminology that are used in the legal world. But for a lawyer or a judge to know these unusual words, they have to be well-read and good at researching. The legal world is not one that is well known […]


Permanent Secretaries Urge Government Officials To Stop Using Gmail Or Yahoo For Official Business

While emails might have fallen out of favor as the primary tool for everyday social interaction, it remains the most popular platform by far for formal communication. Yesterday, Permanent Secretaries took time to advise government officials not to use email services like Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail etc. for official work. Usually, when this topic is raised […]


Minister Of ICT Urges Mobile Network Operators To Increase Free WiFi Zones

Newly appointed ICT and Cyber Security Minister, Kazembe Kazembe is setting his sights on seeing urban areas well-mapped out with free Wi-Fi zones. With many Zimbabweans owning gadgets, constant connectivity is fast becoming a necessity. Minister Kazembe Kazembe seem to understand this no wonder he is urging Mobile Network Operators (MNO) to increase free Wi-Fi […]


Zimbabwe Now Has The Second Most Expensive Mobile Data In Africa: $25 For 1GB

When benchmarked against other countries, monthly mobile data costs in Zimbabwe remain one of the most expensive in Africa. Ecobank’s report found that Zimbabwe ranks number 2 across 47 African countries, in a study that examined the average monthly cost of one gigabyte of data. The monthly average cost of mobile data in Zimbabwe is […]


In Zimbabwe More Men Are Shopping Online But Women Are More Open To The Idea

A group of workmates was having an intriguing conversation about e-commerce and shopping habits, and I couldn’t help but share my thoughts with them. I interrupted their conversation and uttered something along the lines of “women are more open to shopping online than men.” Where’s the primary evidence? This was not a matter of fact […]


Kwese Introduces An Enticing Promotion To Celebrate Its 1 Year Of Existence In Zimbabwe

Last year around this time, Kwese graced the satellite and broadcasting network scene challenging DSTv. I must say it wasn’t an easy road for Kwese to enter into Zimbabwe. At that time it was ironic that it was being impeded to start broadcasting in Zimbabwe, the home of Strive Masiyiwa, yet in other African countries […]


Banks Performed Way Better Than Expected In The First 6 Months Of This Year: Here Is Each Bank’s Profit

Most banks registered profits during the first 6 months of 2018. Better yet, many witnessed percentage growth in their profit in the first 6 months to 2018 as compared to the first 6 months of 2017. Although bankers have complained about an adverse economic environment, their financial statements show that they have managed to shrug the ‘negative […]


Your Company Is Lost If It Doesn’t Have A Chief Technology Officer As A Board Member In Zimbabwe: Here Is Why

Today’s global economy is powered by technology, from insurance, banking, marketing, news, education, health, communication in Zimbabwe it is hard to imagine a modern business that does not rely on technology to serve its customers, transact with partners, and enable employees to work effectively and efficiently. Technology is the prime tool for growing any business […]


There Is A Possibility That The Presidential Election Court Case May Be Broadcasted, Says MDC Alliance’s Secretary General

MDC Alliance’s Secretary General, Douglas Mwonzora has said that there is a possibility of livestreaming the Presidential Elections courtcase. In a ‘Tweet’, Mr Mwonzora said; If it comes to pass, this will mark the first time that a court case is livestreamed in Zimbabwe. Many urban Zimbabweans are starting to use social media platforms to […]


NMB Bank Encourages SMEs To Make Use Of Its Advisory Services For Their Growth And Development

NMB Bank is calling for Small-to-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to utilize advisory services offered through its dedicated branch, NMB SME Banking Unit. Mr. Erasmus Bhunu, NMB SME Banking Unit head said his bank will support the development of SME’s by discussing with its SMEs clients about their needs (both financial and non financial) and in turn advising […]


How Much Does It Cost You To Rent A POS Device For An Event From A Bank?

The ongoing cash crisis in Zimbabwe is being tamed by the use of plastic money (debit and credit cards) (through POS devices) and mobile money. The problem is that not everyone has the capacity to accept plastic money for the simple reasons that POS devices are expensive and there is are too many requirements (for […]


Google “For Jobs” Now Available In Zimbabwe; A More Convenient Way To Look For Jobs?

We are usually excited when new features are made available to Zimbabwean. However, we are more excited when we stumble on these features by ourselves without a tip. Anyway, today was one such day where we stumble upon a new shiny thing and that thing happened to be Google’s streamlined Job search feature. Earlier this […]


Here Is What Zimbabwe’s New President, ED Mnangagwa Wants To Do For The ICT Sector

Zimbabwe now has a new president, President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa. The honor comes with the task of delivering the promises he made in his party’s manifesto. He made many promises across different areas but as techies, we are more interested in the promises he made for the Information Communications (ICT) Sector. Here are the promises; Promise#1-Liberalizing the […]


State Media “Biased” and “Partisan” During Election Period, Says European Union Observers and African Union Observers

We have written about the critical role media plays in influencing opinion in elections. Now one of the most important observers of the ongoing elections, European Union Election Observer Mission (EUEOM) has cited the failure by state media to provide equal treatment to all political parties. EUROM said; Based on EU EOM monitoring, the state […]


Follow The 2018 Elections With Our Selection Of 12 Twitter Accounts For The Latest News

We have selected the top 12 Twitter accounts for following the latest Zimbabwe election news and, so you can keep up with all the surprises and polling throughout the campaign as they happen. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of the biggest or best-known accounts. But these are the Twitter accounts that we judge […]


Social Media Considered The Most Reliable And Honest Source Of Information On Political Issues In Zimbabwe: Citizens Voice Index Report

Trust is considered an important factor that influences people’s relationship with news. As social platforms such as Facebook or Twitter become major channels for news, many Zimbabweans are trusting these social media platforms more than other channels like newspapers, radios or television. This is according to a recently conducted survey by Magamba Network and Orange […]


ZEC Reminds People Where They Are Registered To Vote (Polling Station) Via Bulk SMSs

Don’t freak out, I know talking about ‘bulk SMSs’ has been associated with a controversy that happened some weeks ago. But today it’s a different story. Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is utilizing its vast repository of phone numbers to send bulk SMSs reminding people about where they are registered to vote on the upcoming general elections. […]


President Launches C-Trade: Zimbabwe’s First Online Platform To Trade Shares Listed On Zimbabwe Stock Exchange

So, this is it, Zimbabweans can now trade shares listed on Zimbabwe Stock Exchange online. This is being made possible by C-trade, which is a platform that enables the buying and selling of shares online on a computer or mobile device. The launch was graced by President Mnangagwa who said; The establishment of a well-coordinated […]


Zimbabwe Ranks 125 Out of 200 Countries In Broadband Speeds, Slips Down By 16 Places

The average broadband speed around the world has increased from 7Mbps to just over 9Mbps over the past year, according to research by Measurement Lab, which says the data has been collected from 168 million speed tests in 200 countries for a period of one year ending May 19, 2018. Published by Cable, the data reveals that Singapore […]


President Opens Empowerment Bank, Zimbabwe’s First ‘Youth-Focused’ Bank

Zimbabwe’s first youth-centric bank, called Empowerment Bank (EB) has just been launched today by President Emmerson Mnangagwa. The bank, which is a microbank, in essence, has “been formed with the purpose of providing social and financial solutions to the financially excluded population with a greater focus on the youth”. EB was launched under the auspices […]


Instagram Silently Launches ‘Instagram Lite’ For Countries With Poor Connectivity And Phones With Low Memory

With Instagram’s skyrocketing popularity in the western world, the company is now looking to court new users in developing countries. And to do so, it’s following Facebook’s lead and has now quietly launched ‘Instagram Lite’ app for Android. Instagram hasn’t officially announced the Lite app for Android but its now available on Google Play Store. […]