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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!

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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
Vaya Will Soon Give Farmers The Option To Lease Out Tractors

Vaya Will Soon Give Farmers The Option To Lease Out Tractors

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You may be one of the subscribers that received a message from Vaya that read: Do you own a Tractor? Want to make money leasing out your excess capacity? Do not be left behind. Call 144 to register & be part of the agricultural revolution. Though that message is being sent from EcoFarmer, it seems the initiative is actually originating from Vaya. By the next planting season, Vaya wants to be the one providing tractors to farmers across the country. According to Cassava SmarTech CEO, Mr Eddie Chibi, the company plans to register more than 10 00 tractors from the national fleet of more than 15 000 tractors. How will this work? Vaya will actually offer a Tractor App and this is what will enable farmers to make their tractors available when they aren’t using them. Though the costs of
ZESA promises to cut the middle man

ZESA promises to cut the middle man

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According to the Herald, ZESA amended the project last year so as to exclude local players. Most of the equipment would be imported anyway which would mean local players would simply add to the cost (zino). This is after Intratrek, despite failing miserably to deliver the solar power plant, had jointly won the Gairezi bid with two other Indian firms back in 2015 when the tender was floated. According to Zesa spokesman Fullard Gwasira: The contract with the local partner was terminated last year and we are dealing with the supplier directly in line with interest of delivering a least cost project to the people of Zimbabwe. Lessons were also learnt from previous experience (on) the benefits of dealing directly with actual supplier. The project progress so far…Don’t hold your brea
Stand A Chance To Win $2 500 By Coming Up With An Insurance Innovation

Stand A Chance To Win $2 500 By Coming Up With An Insurance Innovation

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The Nicoz Diamond think tank competition was launched on Friday the 27th of July. Think tank represents a pool of ideas, thoughts etc. We got a lot more details but those mentioned in the previous article were the essentials. The competition is one to come up with innovative insurance solutions for Nicoz Diamond, a short term insurance company and the insurance industry as a whole.  Below I’ll do my best to tackle some of the questions you may have. Who can participate? Any student from any tertiary institution and also those who have recently graduated. You can also be studying any program, they just want ideas they can use. You can enter as a group or just an individual. What kind if innovations are they looking for? Anything Nicoz Diamond can use in their business to g
Mark Zuckerberg Now Third Richest Person In The World

Mark Zuckerberg Now Third Richest Person In The World

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Facebook Chief Executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has over taken Warren Buffet to become the third richest person on earth (now worth $81.6 billion) according to Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index. This also marks the first time that the top three is solely occupied by tech titans as first and second place belongs to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos ($142 billion) and former CEO of Microsoft Bill Gates ($94.2 billion). It’s been a weird year at FB… Considering the year that Facebook has had thus far, one wouldn’t expect Zuckerberg to be rising up the rich list. The Cambridge Analytica scandal managed to wipe $37 billion in share value back in March. Elevate Zimbabwe Gamer Whilst still trying to manage the blow back of Cambridge Analytica, Facebook managed to bungle up user privacy once again when
There’s A Million Dollars Up For Grabs! Entrepreneurs, Here’s How You Can Have A Piece Of The Pie

There’s A Million Dollars Up For Grabs! Entrepreneurs, Here’s How You Can Have A Piece Of The Pie

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You have probably never heard of the African Entrepreneurship Award, but soon you will know about them and what their award is about. If you are an African entrepreneur with an impactful idea (or business), here is a great opportunity to get some funding. The award is hosted by BMCE Bank of Africa. BMCE is the second largest private bank in Morocco with a staggering 690+ banks in Morocco alone whilst they have over 500 banks throughout the rest of Africa. Anyway, the goal of the Africa Entrepreneurship Award (we’ll call it AEA going forward) is to inspire Africans – both in Africa and abroad- to come up with businesses within the African continent, creating jobs that improve lives. For 2018, the AEA will be offering $1 million for these innovative entrepreneurs. There is a jury that
Kwesé Inc’s #GoGettaz Winners Announced. Two Zimbabweans Made It

Kwesé Inc’s #GoGettaz Winners Announced. Two Zimbabweans Made It

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The #GoGettaz entrepreneurship competition finals finally took place last week on Friday in Nairobi, Kenya. The competition began on the 18th of August last year (2017) and has been running since. #GoGettaz is an initiative by Strive Masiyiwa (founder and Executive Chairman of Econet Global) aired on Kwesé Inc which is an exclusive channel on Kwesé TV (Kwese is the media arm of Econet Media Limited). It is aimed at empowering entrepreneurs with not only the wits and the how-tos of entrepreneurship, but with the bucks as well. The competition was the first of its kind and had 12 winners all in all, two received the grand prize (male and female), while the other 10 received runner up prizes. Each of the two grand prize winners got a $100 000 (USD and not bond) investment, another $1
Kwesé TV Is Looking For Graduate Trainees In The Following Fields…

Kwesé TV Is Looking For Graduate Trainees In The Following Fields…

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Kwesé TV, an African entertainment company which is also a brand of Econet Media Limited (aka the media arm of Econet) is looking for graduates in the entertainment industry for an internship programme. The eligible candidates for this programme should be between the ages of 18 and 25 and should have studied in any of the following fields: digital media, graphic design, copywriter, media engineer and video production, or should be a digital guru. This is quite a fulfillment of the numerous expectations that people had when Kwesé TV was first launched in Zimbabwe. Apart from providing good and affordable entertainment, most Zimbabweans also expected (still do) Kwesé TV to have pan-African programmes. However, the biggest of all these expectations I must say was/i
You Want To Freelance For Steward Bank But Need To Know More? Here’s More…

You Want To Freelance For Steward Bank But Need To Know More? Here’s More…

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So the first time we wrote about collaborating with Steward Bank we described a bit about the bank. Needed to just give you a better feel of what they are about so you can better decide if that’s what you’re interested in. Last time we discussed who exactly they are looking for. Today, I will try to explain more what this collaboration is all about. For starters, let’s get this out of the way: Steward Bank is NOT looking for employees! What the bank is looking for are freelancers to partner or collaborate with on the multiple Fintech projects that they have in store. The idea right now is to get interested parties to sign up and create a database. It is through this database that individuals or teams with the skills suitable for a particular project will be picked out. These individ
Facebook chooses 60 finalists across the Middle East and Africa in Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge

Facebook chooses 60 finalists across the Middle East and Africa in Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge

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JOHANNESBURG - Facebook has selected 60 finalists from the hundreds of entries it received from across the Middle East and Africa for the Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge. The Bots for Messenger Challenge is a contest to recognise and reward developers who create the most innovative new bots on Messenger. Developers, in teams of up to three people, were invited to create bots in three categories: gaming and entertainment; productivity and utility; and social good. The 60 finalist teams (10 per category in Middle East/North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa) each won a Gear VR and mobile phone, one hour of Facebook mentorship, and tools and services from FbStart (https://Developers.Facebook.com/fbstart), a Facebook program designed to help early stage mobile start-ups build and grow...
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