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Econet Pledges to Match Dollar-For-Dollar On All Contributions Made Towards Cyclone Idai Relief Fund

Econet Pledges to Match Dollar-For-Dollar On All Contributions Made Towards Cyclone Idai Relief Fund

Breaking News, News, What's Hot
Thanks Econet As always Econet is already leading the way again in raising money for Cyclone Idai relief efforts. The Mobile Network Operator is daring you to donate any amount you can and Econet will in return contribute the exact amount. That is, if 1000 people contribute $100 000, Econet will also contribute $100 000 (Click here to find out how you make your donation using EcoCash and other means). Thank you to 1027 people who have contributed RTGS$8,658.10 towards #cycloneidai. As part of our commitment, Econet will match dollar for dollar all individual contributions made towards this cause.--techzim
Netone Pledges $50K To Cyclone Idai Fund- Here’s Also How To Make Your Own Donation Using OneMoney

Netone Pledges $50K To Cyclone Idai Fund- Here’s Also How To Make Your Own Donation Using OneMoney

Breaking News, News, Telecomms
Thanks Netone Netone is another Mobile Network Operator that has decided to set up a relief fund for the Cyclone Idai disaster. Netone has led the way by pledging $50 000 for the purchase of food to provide to those areas heavily affected by the cyclone. You can make a donation to the fund using Netone’s mobile money platform, OneMoney. --techzim
Fidelity Life Launches A Health App. Here Is All There Is To Know About Afya Pap

Fidelity Life Launches A Health App. Here Is All There Is To Know About Afya Pap

Applications
Fidelity Life today launched a health app dubbed Afya PAP (definitely will need some getting used to). It is a health app that makes use of ITO devices to give more accurate readings of Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar levels. The BP part of their health monitoring solution is still in the works so for now you have to settle for the blood sugar reader. Lets get into how it works. Setting The App Up Scoot over to the Google Play Store, search for Afya Pap and download. Open the app and go through the usual. Confirm your language. (English and Swahili available. Support for more languages including Shona and Ndebele coming soon) Select country and phone number Wait for the verification code sent via SMS and hit Submit Code once the code arrives Choose your user name, birthday and ge...
Standard Bank Closing 91 Branches, The Robots Are Here To Take Our Jobs!

Standard Bank Closing 91 Branches, The Robots Are Here To Take Our Jobs!

Applications, Breaking News, FinTech, Jobs, News, Security, What's Hot
Dramatic title aside, automation has been a very touchy subject over the past few years and recent developments at Standard Bank SA won’t do anything to halt people’s animosity towards the digital transition the world is going through right now. The bank has announced that they will be closing off 91 branches and this is expected to affect 1200 jobs. Why? Well, put simply the bank has said they are revising their business model and because similar measures were taken in Zimbabwe last year (though not at a similar scale), this doesn’t come as too much of a surprise. Standard Bank had the following to say about this move: As part of the implementation of the new banking delivery model, some of the roles currently being performed in our branches will change. These changes will impact ap

ZOL Says Prices Have Not Changed, Mangudya And Mathematics Say ZOL Prices Have Increased

News, Telecomms
Today ZOL had the most interesting announcement of a price increase ever. Their announcement started thus: Dear valued ZOL customer Zol is excited to announce the increase of data to all capped packages as of 1 April 2019. This effectively decreases the price of data per GB. ZOL understands that data is crucial to you and believes that this will enable you to get the best out of your usage and gain even more value. The actual announcement of the price increase came later as a ‘by the way.’ We would also like to advise you of a price alignment which will take effect from 1 April… They go on to explain that this is not an increase in prices but just an adjustment to reflect the recently announced monetary policy which introduced the RTGS$. ZOL then explicitly sai

ZOL Connect Nominated For Best Online Media Award @ NAMAs

Social Media, Telecomms
When National Arts Council of Zimbabwe announces the nominees for the NAMA (National Arts Merit Awards) awards we rarely have tech stalwarts on that list but ZOL’s marketing crew has made sure that in 2019 they are in the running for the Best Online Media award to be handed out on the 23rd of March. Let’s talk about ZOL Connect for a second I’m not sure if you’ve heard about ZOL Connect but it’s a weekly show that ZOL hosts on their Facebook page and it’s actually quite interesting. They have discussions with guests in different fields. There were two episodes I remember vividly, the one on drones and then a separate episode on gaming. One of the earlier epsiodes of ZOL Connect also explained how throttling works. From my explanation, you would assume that th
Econet Explains What Happened to Their Network On Monday: Something Happened In Masvingo

Econet Explains What Happened to Their Network On Monday: Something Happened In Masvingo

Media, Mobile Money, News, Security
Most of the day on Monday a lot of Econet subscribers could not make calls, send SMS messages, check their balance and worse could not use the USSD platform to perform EcoCash transactions. According to the Herald, Econet issued a statement last night explaining what happened. Well unless the Herald skimmed off the actual explanation, none was given really. None that makes sense anyway. They just told us what we went through: The Herald says: In a statement released last night, the mobile giant said the fault initially resulted in call failures in the Masvingo region only, but later escalated to a nation-wide problem following an abnormal surge in traffic, which led to instability on its key network systems. Wait, what did you say exactly? There was a nation
Supa Mandiwanzira Seeks Constitutional Court Reprieve Says Robert Mugabe Approved All The Actions He’s Being Accused Of

Supa Mandiwanzira Seeks Constitutional Court Reprieve Says Robert Mugabe Approved All The Actions He’s Being Accused Of

Breaking News
Former Minister of ICT, Supa Mandiwanzira who is facing criminal abuse of office charges has decided to approach the Constitutional Court to have the case against him nullified. He is arguing that the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act under which he is being charged is not constitutional. His lawyer, Thembinkosi Magwaliba says: The section does not define what the duties of an officer are, as a result, public officers will operate in fear of transgressing that law because the decision as to what is abuse of duty, is entirely left to the police officers. Mandiwanzira couldn’t have conducted himself in a manner contrary to his duties as a public officer because the duties are not defined in the Act and this endows police officers to determine what the parameters of
ZANU-PF Summons Admins Of Its Social Media Platforms For A Disciplinary Meeting. Scary?

ZANU-PF Summons Admins Of Its Social Media Platforms For A Disciplinary Meeting. Scary?

Security
Yesterday, the ruling party Zanu-PF summoned administrators (Admins) of its social media platforms for a hearing meeting that’s scheduled for this coming Saturday. Party members are reportedly abusing their use of social media, much to the party’s annoyance. So perhaps Admins are needed so as to control the content posted by party members. The letter, dated 5 March 2019, read: Should you be scared of legislation that requires you to register as an Admin? This action taken by Zanu-PF probably sent chills down some people’s spines. They probably start to think that maybe Zanu-PF, as it is the ruling party and has a majority in the parliament, would one day come up with some weird legislation that requires social media admins to register with the governmentjust like wh
Econet Adjusts Tariffs For Roaming And International Calling To Reflect USD:RTGS Interbank Exchange Rate

Econet Adjusts Tariffs For Roaming And International Calling To Reflect USD:RTGS Interbank Exchange Rate

Telecomms
Econet has announced an adjustment on tariffs for roaming and international calling services. According to their statement, this is not a tariff change per se but rather a recognition that the official exchange rate between the money we are using here in Zimbabwe and the US dollar is no longer 1:1. International calling and roaming services have a direct foreign currency cost consequence so it’s a no brainer Econet is doing this. Their rival, Telecel had long introduced some hoops and lops for people who want to roam to jump through. Econet said effective today, what customers pays for these services will reflect the prevailing interbank currency exchange rates prevailing at that particular time. That sounds like their pricing will be dynamic and fluctuating according to the rate. F
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