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SMM to sell properties, land to clear debt

SMM to sell properties, land to clear debt

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Fallen asbestos producing giant, Shabanie Mashava Mines Holdings (SMM Holdings), plans to dispose land and properties it owns to help pay off debts and recapitalise to resume operations. The company was mothballed nearly 15 years ago and placed under the management of an administrator, choked by massive debts mainly to the government. Restarting operations has remained a dream due to slow and complicated procedures, legal and otherwise, that have had to be followed. As part of the restructuring process under the Reconstruction of State Indebted Insolvent Companies, Government became a major shareholder in the firm following a debt to equity conversion, taking control from businessman Mutumwa Mawere. The firm’s administrator, Mr Arafas Gwaradzimba of AMG Global, said as part of the co
Showmax’s 10 Most Streamed Shows Of 2019

Showmax’s 10 Most Streamed Shows Of 2019

Entertainment
2019 was a pretty eventful year for Showmax. The company made some considerable leaps in the world of streaming with one of the highlights being the trial of sports content. With 2019 having just ended Showmax released a list of the most popular shows on the streaming service internationally and in South Africa. 10 most-streamed international series on Showmax HBO’s Euphoria HBO’s Game of Thrones HBO’s Chernobyl Younger HBO’s Big Little Lies Vikings Billions The Girlfriend Experience Siren The Handmaid’s Tale 10 most-streamed South African series on Showmax Trackers Real Housewives of Johannesburg Being Bonang The River The Queen Die Spreeus Die Byl The Girl from St Agnes The Bachelor SA Boer Soek ‘n
Alphabet’s Internet Balloon Service Signs Airspace Deal With Uganda

Alphabet’s Internet Balloon Service Signs Airspace Deal With Uganda

Applications, Entertainment, Jobs, Media, Security, What's Hot
Alphabet the parent company of Google has an interesting unit called Loon. Loon has been working on providing mobile internet to remote areas for a while now – with trials in Kenya taking place earlier this year. Loon’s high-altitude solar-powered balloons might make their way to Uganda which has necessitated a key access airspace agreement which is important for the Loon project in Kenya. Ugandan overflight rights are integral to the Kenyan project because the balloons deployed in Kenya “may get above the Ugandan stratosphere as they provide service across Kenya” according to Scott Coriell Loon’s head of Global Communications. The balloons deployed from the US are designed to fly at around 20KM above sea level which should ensure there’s no interference

Buying Games Online Is Much Cheaper Than Buying Them Locally, But It’s Not That Simple

Entertainment
A few months ago, I wrote a post titled As Gaming Goes Digital, What Will Happen To Resellers At Avondale Flea Market? In that post, I mulled over what I believe to be the impending doom that belies local game sellers who sell hard copy versions of video games. One of the comments in the post read: Interesting view. But for African market i feel the discs will be here for a while. Firstly because one cannot appreciate full online gaming unless using unlimited wifi and the cost for that locally and regionally at large is still on the higher end and not accessible to plenty. Vertex This comment is particularly what I wanted to focus on in this discussion to better exemplify how much trouble the local game resellers are in and how much of better deal consumers can get by going online. When ...

17 Year Old Zimbabwean Film Maker In Jozi Film Festival Final, Vote For Her

Entertainment, Media
The Jozi Film Festival began in 2012 as a strictly for South African participation festival. The festival began accepting film entries from around the world in 2014. Unlike most other festivals and cinemas, the Jozi Film Festival is mostly focused on independent films that would otherwise not get much light of day in cinemas. This year the festival runs from the 3rd to the 6th of October. One of the films that are in the running for an award was made by a 17 year old Zimbabwean young lady, Tapiwa Gambura. Her film is called ‘Redefining the road.’ Real story told by real person Tapiwa’s film is competing for the ‘Discover Real Time’ Award. It’s for real stories told by real people. This is what Tapiwa’s 3 minute film is and I loved it. She captured the unique story of a female bus co
Telecel Apologizes For Using Local Artist’s Content Without Permission

Telecel Apologizes For Using Local Artist’s Content Without Permission

Entertainment, Media, Telecomms
For a long time copyright infringement has never been taken too seriously in our country. Maybe it’s because we have bigger fish to fry as people or whatever reason you may come up, but ultimately the people who I know don’t really care for that stuff. Unfortunately, companies are held to a different standard for some reason. Telecel learnt this the hard way after they discovered that they had used a poem by Prince Kanokanga without his permission. The telecoms company did apologize for the unauthorised use of the poem: Telecel Zimbabwe (PVT) LTD formally expresses its deepest, most sincere regret of having published this on this platform, an extract of a poem, through its agent, entitled Love Story without the authorized use of author Prince Kanokanga. On behalf,
Econet Group Takes over Iflix Africa

Econet Group Takes over Iflix Africa

Entertainment
The Malaysian-based Iflix is looking to concentrate its business operations in Asia where it has the upper hand against industry bigwig, Netflix. Interestingly, prior to the sale, Econet Group was already heavily invested in Iflix Africa. Iflix, in partnership with Econet’s Kwese pay tv service, launched its Iflix Africa operations way back in June 2017. But in February, Kwese acquired a significant stake in Iflix Africa. The deal led to a name change: Iflix Africa became Kwese Iflix. Ever since the deal in February however, Iflix has gradually limited its role in the Sub-Saharan division. Although the partnership with Kwese gave it an edge in Africa over rivals like IrokoTV and even Netflix, its uptake was quite poor. The service reportedly had significantly lower patronage compared
Fans kicked out of Kevin Hart gig after artist introduces a ‘zero tolerance’ mobile phone ban at UK gigs

Fans kicked out of Kevin Hart gig after artist introduces a ‘zero tolerance’ mobile phone ban at UK gigs

Entertainment
Fans of a US comedian have been left furious after they were kicked out of his concert for using their mobile phones. Funny man Kevin Hart has faced criticism for his decision to enforce a “zero tolerance” mobile phone policy on his tour, resulting in fans claiming they were kicked out for a little as sending a text. Paying fans at both the Manchester Arena and the O2 have revealed how they were escorted out of the concert venues for using their phones, with one woman claiming she was only sending a five word message to her mother. Whilst other artists have imposed similar bans customers, could be taken out of the phone-free zone, however Hart took a different approach hiring his own “cell phone security.” Artists such as Jack White and Chris Rock have imposed similar bans as c
New Broadcaster To Challenge Dstv and Kwese: Meet AzamTV

New Broadcaster To Challenge Dstv and Kwese: Meet AzamTV

Entertainment, Media
It seems Zimbabwe’s Pay-Tv market may be going through a revolution of sorts. Last year, Econet Media launched Kwese TV in Zimbabwe and now the Tanzanian Bakhresa Group of Companies is bringing AzamTV to our local shores. Azam: A bit of backgorund The Bakhresa Group of Companies is owned and chaired by one of the wealthiest Tanzanians: Said Salim Bakhresa. The group of companies has dabbled their trade in food products, road transport services, and media among other things. AzamTV started broadcasting in 2013 and right now they are available in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Burundi and Uganda. They offer a bouquet of over 85 channels. It seems there is a bit of everything for everyone as channels include: BBC News, Aljeezera News, Bloomberg, MTV Base, Nickelodeon, Bollywood content, A
Strive Masiyiwa Goes To Hollywood To Acquire Some Content For Kwesé TV

Strive Masiyiwa Goes To Hollywood To Acquire Some Content For Kwesé TV

Entertainment, What's Hot
Is this the part where we say watch out DStv? On a post on social media, Strive Masiyiwa (founder and Executive Chairman of Econet Global) mentioned how he was on his way to Los Angeles to sign some content deals for Kwesé TV. I’m sure by now you know what Kwesé is, I mean with all that BAZ-Kwese and now Dr Dish-Kwese drama, who wouldn’t? However, in case you for some weird reason don’t, Kwese is a brand of Econet Media Limited, the media arm of Econet and has been making waves in the media industry – whether because it’s a “Zimbabwean brainchild”; or because it’s competition to the monopoly DStv in Zimbabwe; or simply because it’s more convenient to pay for (since DStv wont accept bond notes), the bottom line is people are flocking towards it. However, despite all this, some have