This is a Guest Post and does not necessarily reflect the thoughts and opinions of Techzim. We have a strong filtering process of what makes it to our blog and are confident that you’ll enjoy the article below. The text below is the body of a letter that was written by ZICT Chairman, Jacob Kudzayi Mutisi and sent to the Speaker of Parliament, the Clerk of Parliament and the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on ICT. The letter also went to the Office of the President and Cabinet and the AG’s office. From the computer on your desks, the cars that we drive, and the phones that we carry, the planes we fly, the banks that hold your money, the hospitals that keep us alive and the very infrastructure that makes our Zimbabwe cities run. The basis of our modern lives should be the reaso
Last week, it came to the public’s attention that the former NetOne CEO, Reward Kangai had reported the Minister of ICT and Cyber Security to ZACC (Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission) accusing him of abuse of office and corruption. The allegations stated that the minister, Supa Mandiwanzira had engaged a South African firm for consultational services for $4 million without going to tender as is standard procedure. However, according to the investigations by ZACC, the allegations are false. In a statement by Goodwin Nguni reported by the Standard, the commissioner in charge of investigations said: We received a complaint by one Reward Kangai against minister Mandiwanzira, but we also simultaneously received a report from NetOne against the same Kangai. We investigated the $4
Econet wireless’s Muzinda Hub has signed an all Africa exclusive agreement with Treehouse, the number one global online training platform for coding. Treehouse offers a variety of programming languages and is also a Google certified training partner for Android app development. The partnership will see Muzinda Hub set training targets of 200 thousand developers a year as it expands beyond Zimbabwe to the rest of Africa through a purely online and device agnostic model. Muzinda Hub has been very sucessful with its Zimbabwean operation showing a 75% completion rate from students on its programs. Of the 1,500 graduates to date, 70% of the developers have been placed in freelancing opportunities where they are earning an average of US$500 per month. According to Tendai Mashingaidze, the CEO
This is a Guest Post and does not reflect the thoughts and opinions of Techzim. We have a strong filtering process of what makes it to our blog and are confident that you’ll enjoy the article below. When processes are done online; time is saved, queues reduced, distance barriers and human elements like corruption eradicated. The internet is ubiquitous and an ideal technological platform to make life easier for all of us. This also applies when you want to start your own business. A lot of effort has been made by stakeholders to improve the ease of doing business in Zimbabwe through online operational-centric reforms. The question is how far have these changes yielded tangible results for the end users? According to the World Bank Doing Business Report our current r
We have been religiously following the events on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange(ZSE) over the last few weeks, for good reason. The experts say the stock market reaction is one of the primary indicators which speaks to investor sentiment. We have also been keeping an eye on the black market bond note to the USD exchange rate. We were interested to see what effect the events that unfolded in this country over the last few weeks would have on the markets. What was it like before the transition? ZSE The ZSE was on a bull run, fancy speak for on the rise. Investors saw themselves with limited options to preserve the value of their monies. They flocked to the ZSE and this led to increase upon increase of stock prices. It was a simple case of demand driving prices up.
The Africa Tech Summit is a convention aimed at bringing together great companies and initiatives across the continent in a bid to connect them with international ventures, investors and entrepreneurs who are truly focused on business and investment in Africa. The Summit was officially launched in 2016 in London. However, in 2018, for the first time it will be coming to Africa, in Rwanda, Kigali to be precise. The event is occurring on the 14th to the 15th of February 2018 (that gives one time to prepare right?) and below are the first 25 (out of a possible 50+) speakers that have been announced so far: advertisement 1. Kojo Boakye Africa Public Policy Manager Facebook 2. Kamal Bhattacharya Chief Innovation Officer Safaricom 3. Wambui Kinya CSO Andela
The presentation on the topic “Utilising Ever-changing IT Developments in Real Estate/Estate Agency Practice” by Minister Supa Mandiwanzira read by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of ICT, Postal and Courier Services, Dr Eng S M Kundishora at the Real Estate Institute of Zimbabwe(REIZ) Winter School in July inspired a discussion which led to the realisation that Information and Communication Technology (ICTs) is becoming integral to all aspects of real estate in Zimbabwe and the world over. The sector, which is grappling with a number of challenges which include liquidity/currency crisis, confidence crisis, shrinking business activity, escalating project costs, lack of factual and comparative data, increased competition, poor access to information and use of outdated ways of anal
Convergence Partners has recently acquired a significant minority stake in ESET Southern Africa, a local distributor and brand operator for leading global internet and endpoint security software vendor ESET. Convergence Partners has recently acquired a significant minority stake in ESET Southern Africa, a local distributor and brand operator for leading global internet and endpoint security software vendor ESET. “In the emerging native cloud environment, coupled with edge computing, data is becoming more vulnerable and we have witnessed increased vulnerability of public and private data repositories to cyber threats and attacks. Cyber security solutions like that offered by ESET are a critical line of defense. We are excited to partner with ESET on this journey,” said Andile Ngcaba,
To reach our potential as a Continent we need unprecedented innovation and investment; core to which is the ICT sector and access to affordable, reliable broadband services. The developmental and economic benefits of internet access to economies and especially developing economies is well documented. Undoubtedly, internet access is a critical catalyst to bridging the gap on some of the social needs of the Continent be it in banking, education, government services, entertainment, health etc. To reach our potential as a Continent we need unprecedented innovation and investment; core to which is the ICT sector and access to affordable, reliable broadband services. The developmental and economic benefits of internet access to economies and especially developing economies is well documented. U...
ZIMBABWEAN businesses are facing multiple cyber-attacks due to cash crisis and heightened use of digital and mobile banking platforms, Allianz Cyber Insurance expert, Nobuhle Nkosi, has said. Presenting at the Insurance Institute of Zimbabwe annual conference in Victoria Falls last week, Nkosi said the October 2017 real time analysis of cyber threats indicated that businesses in the country were open to over 10 different types of infections — a testimony of monumental cyber risk. “With the cash crisis that Zimbabwe is grappling with, there has been a heightened use of digital and mobile banking platforms. This increasing interconnectivity of everyday devices and growing reliance on technology and real-time data at consumer and business levels is convenient but also increases risks fo