As times are changing, it’s always good to see people who choose to move with them, especially if it’s people whose choices directly affect you. Some time back, we wrote on how important it was for the government to be on (or at least follow) social media, and they (well, some) took heed of it. And of course we’d love to say the President read that article and decided “yea, why not?” but well… Nevertheless, we’re writing about it again to commend that action; not only to commend the fact that Mr President now has both a Facebook and a verified Twitter account (more of now has some functional accounts since it seems his Twitter account was more of a revived account than a new one, joined in 2011) but the fact those accounts aren’t somewhat ghost accounts. Remember, it’
Real estate agents are complaining that the three-tier pricing system in Zimbabwe is affecting the property market as it results in properties being valued at low prices. This means that real estate agents now generate low income. The three-tier pricing system is whereby one is charged different prices for the same commodity, all based on the method of payment being used. In this case it’s the USD, bond note, EcoCash or swipe. The payment methods will differ, based on the percentage premium attached to each. Now this three-tier system has hit the real estate agents offices and is costing them significantly. Ever since the three-tier system organically developed, properties have become expensive as prices of properties are increasing by the day. Residential s
Zimbabwe will for the first time host the Data Centre Africa Expo Conference (DCA). Data Centre Conferences occur worldwide, all in a bid to discover, discuss, learn and take advantage of opportunities that data centres present, particularly in this digital age. A data centre is a facility that centralises an organization’s IT operations and equipment, as well as where it stores, manages, and disseminates its data. I’m sure you remember how TelOne launched an open to the public data centre early last year, in March (probably the reason why it is now relevant for us to host such an event). For us (Techzim) this was (is) a big deal because currently, most IT companies etc. have to host their data in international servers due to the lack of such open-to-the-public facilities locally.
(CNN Money) -- The Ford Ranger is back. Ford eliminated the Ranger compact truck from its U.S. lineup in 2011 because, it said, customers weren't interested enough in small trucks to sustain the business. Since then, Toyota has done fine with its smaller Tacoma truck. General Motors had a major hit when it brought back the Chevrolet Colorado mid-sized truck in 2015. Meanwhile, Ford continued selling a pickup called the Ranger in markets outside the United States, where it's been a success. "It's second in the world in terms of market share" among mid-sized trucks, said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford's head of product development. "And that's before we introduce it in the biggest truck market in the world, which is the US." A revised version of that truck, the one sold overseas, is now ...
Are you one of those whose new year’s resolutions are “to be more productive by cutting out on social media”? something you’ve been telling yourself you were first introduced to social media. If we were in Ghana, I would be saying no worries right now, but oh well… I’m sure we agree that the most addictive of the social media networks is WhatsApp… or maybe Twitter (once you get the hang of it)… or Facebook if you’re old fashioned like that (no pun intended whatsoever). I just came across an article on how a Ghanaian professor (Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast) recommended that the government bans WhatsApp during working hours and I thought it would make an interesting light discussion. In as much as the Professor’s suggestion sounds absurd, let’s face it, some
Mobile network operator Econet Wireless has applied to the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) to construct its own photovoltaic (solar) power plant. Zera is inviting those interested in making any presentations on the aplication to do so within 14-days. NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR AN ELECTRICITY GENERATION LICENCE • Econet Wireless (Private) Limited Electricity Act (Chapter 13:19) of 2002 Notice is hereby given that the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) has received an application from Econet Wireless (Private) limited to construct, own, operate and maintain the proposed 0.45 MW rooftop solar photovoltaic power plant at 8 Earl Road, Willowvale, Harare. The purpose of the generation facilities is for own consumption. The project will also entail connection of the pro
Parliament will not jump into a decision to move a motion seeking to cancel the $202 million Gwanda solar tender awarded to Intratrek Zimbabwe and its partner, CHiNT Electric, but will gather evidence and make recommendations to the minister responsible. Speaker of Parliament Advocate Jacob Mudenda said in an interview yesterday that it was not the procedure of Parliament to make abrupt decisions to cancel public tenders over suspected irregularities without empirical evidence, which informs the recommendation it makes to the responsible minister. Advocate Mudenda’s comments come following alleged reports made by Norton legislator Temba Mliswa who reportedly suggested on social media for Parliament to move a motion to cancel the Gwanda solar tender won by the local company and its Ch
A LOCAL company, Global DNA Zimbabwe has introduced free Deoxyribonucleic (DNA) testing to under-privileged members of the society as a way of ensuring more people have access the service. DNA testing in Zimbabwe is expensive with the cheapest being offered at the National University of Science and Technology clinic in Bulawayo for $100. Most private health centres charge from $300, an amount most people can not easily afford. Global DNA Zimbabwe principal consultant Mr Tinashe Mugabe said his company which opened a branch in Bulawayo early this year, was offering the free service upon vetting if the people seeking the services are poor. The normal charge at the institution is $350. "Our services should be available for everybody with and without money. We also believe the underpr...
Apple CEO Tim Cook will now fly on private aircraft even for personal travel for "security and safety reasons", a regulatory filing with the SEC reveals. Separately, his received a massive increase in his annual bonus, thanks to earnings rebound for the company. According to a new shareholder proxy statement from Apple, the board of directors has approved that Cook must fly on private aircraft whenever he travels, be it for business or personal purpose. "This policy was implemented in 2017 in the interests of security and efficiency based on our global profile and the highly visible nature of Cook's role as CEO," Apple said in the shareholder proxy statement filed late on Wednesday. "Any time Cook uses an Apple private jet for personal travel, the costs are considered extra compensat...
NEW YORK: Apple announced that it would buy leading song recognition app Shazam in a fresh bid to secure an edge in the intensifying battle of streaming services. Apple, whose streaming service has rapidly grown but has only half the paid subscribers of Spotify said that Shazam has consistently been one of the most popular items in its App Store. The two companies did not disclose financial terms. However, the technology news sites Recode and TechCrunch, quoting unnamed sources, both put the deal at around $400 million. The market signalled its approval, with Apple share prices jumping 2.0 percent, well outpacing the 0.2 percent rise on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. “Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for music discovery and delivering great music e