When you think of Techzim, what comes to mind? Do you think we are a news publication first or a tech company first? Well, WE think, no wait we are a tech company first and we love to build things. That’s why we have built the ZESA Calculator. The calculator as you’ve probably assumed by now works out how many ZESA units you’ll get for a certain amount. How to calculate The calculator is simple to use. First users will have to indicate if they’ve bought electricity before in the month since that will make a difference in the units you get. After specifying this detail you simply enter the amount you want (either in units or in ZW$). Voila! Here’s what the calculator looks like:
The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) is assessing an application for an electricity tariff increase that was recently lodged by the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC). Speaking to The Herald on the sidelines of the commissioning ceremony of Chijawi Primary and Secondary schools’ electrification project in Hurungwe district, which was officiated by Energy and Power Development Minister Fortune Chasi, ZERA chief executive Mr Eddington Mazambani said they wanted to ensure a balance between affordability on the part of consumers and ZETDC’s viability. “Tariff increases are not granted easily, we will conduct an extensive interrogation and scrutinisation of the proposed tariffs to ensure that they are justified.” Mr Mazambani said their assess
DOMINANT mobile money service provider, EcoCash, says all of its agent and bulk payer lines have been suspended until further notice in compliance with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) directive. While the directive also affects cash-in and cash-out services, other individual mobile transactions remain permissible as usual, said EcoCash in a public notice to its customers. “Following communication from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, please be advised that with immediate effect, the following changes apply; “All agent and bulk payer lines are suspended. This, therefore, means that cash-in, cash-out services have been suspended until further notice. “However, please be advised that, all other Ecocash services continue and are operational normally,” said the company, a subsidiary
In a stunning development, the government has banned EcoCash and all mobile money services. President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has suspended all mobile money platforms with immediate effect in an effort to stop the collapse of the Zimbabwe Dollar and to limit the effect of the black market. This was announced in a press statement which was released issued by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Nick Mangwana on Friday night. iHarare is publishing the full statement in its entirety below, Government has, with immediate effect, undertaken a series of prudent and coordinated interventions to deal with malpractices, criminality and economic sabotage perpetrated by the “wolves in sheep skins am
A local consortium, Triangle Solar System (TSS), is set to build a 90MW solar plant in Chiredzi at a cost of nearly US$90 million after the project was approved by the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA). TSS, led by businessman Mr Paradzai Chakona, was granted a generation licence on May 22 this year and will invest US$88,1 million to develop and construct a 90MW solar electricity generation plant, about 12km west of Triangle. The project would probably be one of the largest single investment by a local company in the province since independence, which will create over 300 jobs, said Mr Chakona, who is also a Member of Parliament for Zaka Central constituency. Zimbabwe is currently facing a shortage of electricity due to generation shortfalls and imports a significant a...
I think it’s fair to say crowdfunding in Zimbabwe is pretty difficult if not actually dead. The first problem you encounter when trying to run a crowdfunding campaign be it for business or for donations is that most Zimbos don’t have access to the existing platforms for crowdfunding. Most don’t have foreign currency to donate to sites like Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, and GoFundMe. Those who do have foreign currency many times don’t want the hassle associated with going to the bank, prefunding a debit card and then making the donation to these sites. So why hasn’t someone solved this problem locally? Well, in 2018 Steward Bank announced Kanzatu Nzatu a crowdfunding platform but they never really marketed it or devoted that many resources towards making it a thing people u
Business Reporter Vaya Africa has launched an electric vehicle service in Zimbabwe as part of the company’s roll-out strategy across Africa. “We are excited to launch the ‘VAYA Electric’ vehicle today (yesterday) as we start our journey of deploying innovative ways of harnessing clean, renewable energy to provide safe and convenient transportation services to the public on the African continent,” said Mrs Dorothy Zimuto, the CEO of Vaya Mobility in Harare yesterday. She said VAYA Africa plans to roll out the VAYA Electric vehicle in West and East Africa soon, saying the vehicles would include a range of multi-purpose cars. “Our e-vehicle fleet will include passenger vehicles, motorbikes, vans, buses and dump trucks, all utilising our VAYA hail ridi
Nespresso is using blockchain to enable consumers to trace the origin of Zimbabwe sourced coffee back to the farm. Two years ago, Nespresso started a Reviving Origins program to restore coffee agriculture in regions affected by conflict or other changes. In the late 1980s, Zimbabwe produced 15,000 tons of coffee and by 2017, the figure was just 500 tons. The country’s main agricultural produce is tobacco. Nespresso says it had a traceability program in place since 2003, but it simply hasn’t shared it with the public yet. “We know that consumers are more and more interested to know where their coffee is coming from. Thanks to our AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program, we have had traceability back to individual farms in our value chain for over 15 years,” said Guillaume
Posted Sat 09 May 2020 by Tinashe Nyahasha (@tnyahasha) The fight between EcoCash and their regulator, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe is revealing if nothing more. Of course the current episode started with a directive from RBZ instructing EcoCash to freeze agent accounts that transact above ZW$100,000. EcoCash went to court seeking an urgent reversal, the RBZ responded and now we are here. Reading the EcoCash lines and between them The Econet group knows how to play in two arenas very well: the arena of the courtroom and the arena of public opinion. When EcoCash was served with the directive they didn’t hesitate to indite RBZ in the public opinion courtroom. They presented their issue: 11 million EcoCash mentions 11 million customers in the above notice to the public and se
MAJOR retailers throughout the country have defied a government price control directive issued last week and instead hiked the prices beyond the reach of many impoverished Zimbabweans, a snap survey by NewsDay has revealed. Vice-President Kembo Mohadi last week ordered retailers to revert to the pricing level obtaining on March 25 as part of measures to cushion consumers against the harsh economic environment. The cost of most basic goods shot through the roof end of last month after President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced the national lockdown to control the spread of the coronavirus. Ad by Valueimpression The price control measure was widely criticised by economists who warned that it would lead suppliers to starve retail outlets and supply parallel market dealers. A survey ...