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Tech Firm Rolls Out Fuel Management System

Tech Firm Rolls Out Fuel Management System

Applications, News, Start Ups
A FUEL solutions technology company, Garage and Forecourt (Pvt) Ltd, is rolling out an ICT based fuel management system that it argues might be panacea to manual and less accurate fuel gauging and management currently dogging service stations. According to managing director Omalli Jani, the new system replaces convectional dipsticks used to measure product levels at service stations and indications are fuel attendants will be unable to falsify fuel levels in tanks. The system, Mr Jani said, has fuel attendant tagging that monitors sales done regardless of the pump used and has automatic tank gauging that monitors product level in the tank in the same fashion a fuel tank gauge works. It also gives alarm signal if the product is contaminated with water to prevent customers from using i...
Why Zimbabwe’s tech start-ups have it all to do

Why Zimbabwe’s tech start-ups have it all to do

FinTech, Start Ups
Zimbabwe tech start-ups are acutely aware of the challenging environment in which they compete and while funding remains limited, they continue to pitch for support and recognition. According to WeeTracker's African Startups & VC Ecosystems Report, African start-ups have raised US$168.6 million in the first half of 2018. "African start-ups have strong support system in the form of many tech hubs, incubators and accelerators. The West African nation of Nigeria has emerged as the top destination, standing next is Kenya. Trailing further are countries of Egypt and Africa," read an excerpt from the report. Although Zimbabwe did not feature in the top destinations for start-up funding according to Weetracker, the ecosystem has delivered on solutions that have the potential to disru...
Zim start-ups to ride on telcos’ platforms

Zim start-ups to ride on telcos’ platforms

Start Ups, Telecomms
Six tech start-ups selected to benefit from the ICT Innovation Drive funding platform launched in Zimbabwe on Wednesday will have their innovations accessible on platforms run by the country's three mobile firms. Telecel, NetOne and Econet Wireless will provide a market gateway through downloads and access for the innovations, according to the country's ICT ministry. The six innovations selected to access funding under the drive include Oyos Music, Purpose Science, Native Project, Shift Organic Technologies, Red Pen and Afrimom. "The successful innovations will sit on their platforms and be downloaded from their (telecom companies) platforms," said Zimbabwe's ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira. He also explained that the country's three main telcos will contribute about 1% of their r...
8 hot new South African fintech startups to watch

8 hot new South African fintech startups to watch

Start Ups
Rand Merchant Investment Holding (RMI), through AlphaCode, has awarded entrepreneurial packages valued at R16 million to eight of South Africa’s most promising financial services startups. The entrepreneurial packages consist of R1 million in grant funding and R1 million in support, which includes mentorship, monthly expert-led sessions, exclusive office space in Sandton, marketing, legal and other business support services as well as access to the broader RMI network. The packages are part of the AlphaCode Incubate initiative, which is done in partnership with Merrill Lynch South Africa and Royal Bafokeng Holdings. The project identifies South African financial services entrepreneurs with extraordinary ideas and businesses that could impact the financial services industry. Mor
Udemy Has A Forex Course Made For Zimbos By A Zimbo

Udemy Has A Forex Course Made For Zimbos By A Zimbo

Applications, FinTech, Start Ups
Last month we had a chance to sit and interview a forex trader and it seems a lot of people had an interest in knowing more about forex trading. Luckily there is a two-week course available on Udemy that has been made by a local fella. What will you be learning? The “Learn Forex Trading In Two Weeks” course by Happy Zhou includes lessons on: Forex trading language Analysing methods used to determine movement of prices on the forex market Learning the Metatrader 4 forex trading software Chart patterns Popular chart indicators Fibonacci indicator Supply and Demand Currency Correlations For how much? The course has a 3.5-star rating from 11 reviews but it has also been taken by over 500 students. To enrol for the course you need to part with $99.99 but right now the course is av
WhatsApp Working On A Feature That Reduces Eye Strain: Dark Mode

WhatsApp Working On A Feature That Reduces Eye Strain: Dark Mode

Applications, Social Media, Start Ups
Dark theme support seems to have become the latest trend and it’s quickly catching heat. App makers have started embracing it with open arms, including Google, and now it looks like WhatsApp may finally join in on the fun with its own dark mode. Yes, you heard that right. WhatsApp is said to be working on a dark mode for its popular messaging app. It appears like WhatsApp is finally taking cues from its parent, Facebook, which introduced a dark mode for Facebook Messenger earlier this year. There is currently no mention of how WhatsApp’s dark mode will actually look like but we are now even eager and awaiting it with bated breath. If you are curious to see how the dark theme may look like in Whatsapp, here’s a concept developed by WABetaInfo: If we are on the topic of dark themes, t
WhatsApp Business solution: Are you ready to jump on the bandwagon?

WhatsApp Business solution: Are you ready to jump on the bandwagon?

Applications, Social Media, Start Ups
According to a 2017 report by eMarketer, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are the most widely used platforms worldwide in terms of monthly active users, with WhatsApp pulling slightly ahead of Messenger. Clearly, WhatsApp’s broad consumer reach makes the platform a highly desirable one for brands to engage with consumers. Moreover, communicating with consumers on WhatsApp Business helps simplify the customer journey, making it more efficient and less of a hassle. Given its integration into the lives of consumers, numerous brands, including Etihad Airways recently decided to embark on a WhatsApp Business solution that allows passengers to communicate instantly with the airline, as part of its digital strategy. The airline joins companies such as KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Netflix i
Mark Zuckerberg Now Third Richest Person In The World

Mark Zuckerberg Now Third Richest Person In The World

Jobs, News, Social Media, Start Ups, What's Hot
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
Zimpost Now Has An Online Store And A Virtual Post Office As They Up Digital Efforts

Zimpost Now Has An Online Store And A Virtual Post Office As They Up Digital Efforts

Applications, Media, News, Start Ups, What's Hot
Zimpost has decided to dip its toes in the eCommerce market as they have launched Zimpost Mall which they hope will become an online provider of all you need as it will be filled with different goods at some point. The postal and couriers service company now has a new online platform that provides courier services and they are calling this the Virtual Post Office. This offers a number of services you would normally have to visit the post office for. Zimpost Mall The online store is quite interesting and though it is still a work in progress it seems there will be loads of stuff to get there. Right now there are only a few sections that are stocked. There is a stationery section and this contains –you guessed it- stationery, textbooks -for Primary, Second
Ecobank Invites African Fintech Startups To Apply For Their Funding Competition

Ecobank Invites African Fintech Startups To Apply For Their Funding Competition

FinTech, Mobile Money, Start Ups
Pan African bank, Ecobank has just called startups with Fintech solutions to apply for the Ecobank Fintech Challenge 2018. The competition is in its second year and last year over 850 contestants applied so competition will definitely be stiff. Ecobank Fintech Challenge gives African startups a chance to promote their fintech solutions partner or an opportunity to partner Ecobank. If given a chance to partner with Ecobank, startups can help with solutions to be implemented in one of Ecobank’s 32 markets (Zim included). The CEO of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated stated that the company is dedicated to supporting innovations in banking and finance across the internet: We, at Ecobank, believe that the current winds of change led by technology and innovation will redefine how banks
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