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Access Forex, the quiet but significant local remittance outfit

We have ranted and raved about BancABC’s City Hopper for some time here and you’d be forgiven for thinking that it is the only affordable domestic remittance service. However, that is not the case. There is another local player who is as competitive and the company is called Access Forex. We’ve reported on Access Forex […]


Is ZimPost focusing on the wrong eCommerce opportunity?

ZimPost is an interesting organisation. Particularly because they are in a transitional period where one revenue model (mail) is dying rapidly whilst another opportunity presents itself (eCommerce). With less and less people sending letters, ZimPost has to find a way to turn the eCommerce opportunity into revenue fast. Year Volume of letters 2017 4,889,497 2018 […]


4 Years On, What Has Become Of POTRAZ & ICT Ministry’s Community Information Centres?

[Image Source: Ministry of ICT] Back in 2016, POTRAZ started commissioning Community Information Centres (CICs). When POTRAZ & the ICT Ministry started out, 210 CICs were meant to be commissioned and these information centres were meant to serve the underserved and unserved rural communities. How would they do this? By building out centres where “people […]


The Post Office Is Dying While Everything Else Continues To Grow

Several years ago, in a humorous article, if I must say so myself, I lamented the dearth of the postman. Through no particularly profound insight on my part, I foretold the impending demise of the Post Office. When I was a toddler the cheapest and easiest way to communicate was via the Post. You walked […]


Still Skeptical About Signing Up For A Funeral Policy? Think PostLife

Still Skeptical? Back in 2014, in the rural areas where i used to stay, a funeral policy company came and urged all civil servants to take funeral policies. Everyone in that small community of rural teachers including me a millennial refused to do so because an ancient belief associates signing up for life assurance or funeral […]


Introducing Zimpost And First Mutual Life’s Newest Baby: Hello PostLife

Zimpost has partnered with First Mutual Life to bring PostLife. Know More about it here Zimpost in partnership with First Mutual Life Brings you the Post Life-Funeral Cash Plan Zimbabwe Posts – Pvt Ltd … https://t.co/tGUlMxF98P — Techzim (@Techzim) July 3, 2018 Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): […]


Zimpost Now Has An Online Store And A Virtual Post Office As They Up Digital Efforts

Zimpost has decided to dip its toes in the eCommerce market as they have launched Zimpost Mall which they hope will become an online provider of all you need as it will be filled with different goods at some point. The postal and couriers service company now has a new online platform that provides courier […]


Some eCommerce Fun, Shipping Speedtest : Gearbest vs Geekbuying

Recently I decided to personally review Geekbuying and bought the Xiaomi Mijia 4K Action Camera from off their online store. The device comes with zero accessories and that meant I had to buy things like a monopod/tripod, high speed SD card, silicon casing etc separately. A shipping speedtest idea is formed I always do my […]


Exclusive: Zimpost to launch a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO)

Zimpost, Zimbabwe’s government owned postal and courier company, will be launching a mobile virtual network soon. Techzim is reliably informed that the company is in the advanced stages of implementing the project and is awaiting only for the license from POTRAZ. If implementation and licensing goes according to plan, Zimpost will effectively become Zimbabwe’s first […]


Love is Orange this Valentine’s

We have partnered Dee-Kaw-Zee, Innovative Technologies and Zimpost to show our appreciation to the love of our life. Yes, you got it right- you, our readers are collectively the love of our life. How then do we show our love to such a diverse group of individuals? Easy- we will help you be romantic this Valentine’s. We are calling this the ‘Love is Orange Challenge.’


Latest Mukuru partnership adds 19 new cash collection points

Remittance service company Mukuru (Mukuru.com) has partnered with Zimpost in a deal that allows its customers to collect cash at any of the 19 Zimpost branches countrywide bringing much-needed convenience to the companies remittance service distribution. Currently, the participating Zimpost branches include Lupane, Bulawayo, Plumtree, Beitbridge, Tsholotsho, Hwange, Gwanda, Norton, Harare, Chegutu, Karoi, Kariba, Mutare, Chipinge, Murewa, […]


Powertel expands distribution network through tie-up with Zimpost

Powertel, the internet provider and ZESA Holdings subsidiary will now be distributing its products at selected Zimpost outlets throughout the country.


Zimpost eyes mobile money as Zipcash monthly transactions reach $4 million mark

According to Zimbango, Zimpost is anticipating turnover for the financial year to exceed $16 million powered by the growth of Zipcash. This optimism and faith in Zipcash is also being influenced by the work being carried out by the Universal Postal Union to turn the International Financial System into a mobile platform.


Telecel under the government, Propertybook, Steward Bank agents, Startup competitions – Podcast

We discuss the future of Telecel in this podcast, along with talks on a real estate listings startup called Propertybook, the Steward bank agent banking partnership with Zimpost and the startup competitions happening locally as Global Entrepreneurship Week comes to a close. One other issue touched on is the Startup Challenge and its absence from the calendar this year.


Steward Bank launches agent banking partnership with Zimpost

This becomes the latest execution of Steward Bank’s branchless growth strategy, which was was first introduced a year ago and has been used as a cost-effective way to establish a presence in residential communities and peri-urban centres. The model has since been adopted by other local banks.


Telecel sold, Zimpost mobile money, digital content theft, Xiaomi in Africa – Podcast

This episode covers the sale of Telecel to the government and NSSA’s involvement, the theft of digital content, Zimpost’s payment platform and the changing African devices market.


Steward Bank to extend its network through Zimpost post offices

Steward Bank is set to launch a services partnership with Zimpost, the entity that runs the country’s postal network. Under this arrangement, Steward Bank services will be available from post offices around the country.


Zimpost enters online payments game, offers ZESA & money transfer services

With all these solutions popping up, Zimpost, the state owned enterprise that owns and manages all local postal services didn’t want to be left behind and has now introduced its own online payments and e-money platform.


Zipcash finally opens shop in Nigeria

The latest news from Zimpost is that Zipcash, the remittance service is now in Nigeria and has been offering services from the West African country since September this year.


ZipCash moves $733,000 in one quarter

Zipcash continues to surprise showing steady growth while as expected postal and courier services are going down.


Zipcash continues to move into new markets, but how does it fare against mobile money?

Zipcash has continued to expand its presence and it is now available in new Sub Saharan markets. How does it fare against the contemporary mobile money options?


How can we help Zimbabwean e-commerce, the black sheep in our family?

How do we help e-commerce, the backbencher of the Zimbabwean tech revolution find its mojo? After all, it should have disrupted the status quo by now, considering how it solves two problems, something which represent a unique selling point.


Here’s an F for you, ZESA. Give way to private players please

The national power authority, ZESA, has failed to deliver on its mandate as the one source of power for the majority of Zimbabweans. The poor service delivery and lack of consistent supply is enough to prove that. Perhaps it is now time to consider players from the private sector and to engage them seriously.


Want the latest information on Zim telecoms? Here’s the POTRAZ Report

For close to a week now we have been mentioning the latest report to come from Zimbabwe’s communications regulator POTRAZ. Until today, we hadn’t received the official document and had been relying on detailed highlights and extracts. In articles published recently, we have run through some of the major highlights, which include the latest figures […]


Local startup Dream Big partners Zimpost network in NIDC project

Dream Big Technologies, a local startup that some of you might remember as a runner up at the ZOL Startup Challenge is not stopping at that one great startup idea. It’s already getting its hands involved in another project. This time its a countrywide initiative which involves collaboration with local post office entity Zimpost. By using the […]


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 […]


Lots of homework for new directors at NetOne, TelOne and Zimpost

A few days ago the Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services, Webster Shamu, announced the new directors for local postal agency Zimpost and the two state owned telecoms outfits Netone and TelOne. The appointments are effective from 1 August 2014. The NetOne board chairman is Mr Alex Marufu and the vice chairman is Mr […]


The death of the postman

When I was a young man in our rural home there were only two households with landline phones. These doubled as phone shops and people would queue for hours to make brief calls over poor lines that buzzed like bees due to static. If you think today’s mobile operators are ripping you off then you […]


Zimpost needs to embrace tech to stay relevant

According to News in the Herald local postal services firm, Zimpost, recorded a 15% slump in revenue for the five months to May 2014 which has been attributed to the tough economic environment. The same article carries comments from Zimpost MD, Douglas Zimbango, on how their service line has been made obsolete by technology. Unless you’ve been […]


Zipcash money transfer service expanding into West Africa

Zimpost’s money transfer services, Zipcash, which was launched in October last year, will be setting up operations in West Africa with arrangements in Nigeria being finalised. This was mentioned by Zimpost managing director Douglas Zimbango, according to an article in the Herald. This regional expansion of the postal money transfer service started off with countries […]