Re-Skill Or Get Retrenched: The Demands Of A Digital World

The announcement by Standard Chartered Bank last week that it will close at least seven of its branches across Zimbabwe could be viewed as a sad development in light of country efforts to create employment. The bank said the move to retrench is due to the emergence of digital banking solutions like mobile banking and Internet banking which are countering the need to continue keeping traditional human resources workforce. This raises fundamental questions on the place of technology in the modern day operations of companies and factories. It can be…

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Innovate or die, expert tells companies

COMPANIES in Zimbabwe need to embrace innovation and technology lest they were condemned to death, National University of Science and Technology director of the Technopark, Eli Mtetwa, has said. BY MTHANDAZO NYONI The government, non-governmental organisations and civil society need to harness the power of multimedia techniques to reach a wider audience Speaking during the Alpha Media Holdings Conversations in Bulawayo on Friday, Mtetwa said there was need for companies and universities to collaborate. AMH are the publishers of NewsDay, The Zimbabwe Independent, The Standard and Southern Eye. “Our companies…

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BMW recalls 12,000 diesel cars over emissions

GERMAN high-end carmaker BMW on Friday recalled thousands of diesel cars for a software update, after reports it had admitted to authorities they released more harmful emissions on the road than in the lab. BMW “noticed during internal testing that correctly programmed software was wrongly used in a few models that were not compatible,” the group said in a statement. The Munich-based company “immediately informed the relevant authorities… (and) therefore plans to recall 11,700 vehicles worldwide,” it added. “Niche motor variants of an already discontinued generation of the 5-series and…

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Snapchat petition attracts one million signatures

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By Zoe Kleinman One million people have signed a petition calling on Snapchat to roll back its latest redesign. The changes were intended to separate interactions with friends from branded content – including that of celebrities and influencers. Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel wrote in a blog post that he believed blurring the two had contributed to the rise of fake news. However, thousands of Snapchat users say that the new layout is hard to use. Nic Rumsey, who set up the petition, wrote that some are using Virtual Private Network (VPN) apps –…

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How to get unblocked from all your WhatsApp ‘enemies’

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Some of us may have experienced this once or twice before, that awkward moment when you get blocked on WhatsApp. For those of us who have and still are victim of this, there is good news. There is a way that you can get unblocked on WhatsApp. Here’s how: In order to unblock yourself on WhatsApp from an Android device, there are a few steps that have to be followed. It involves deleting your WhatsApp account and uninstalling the app. Then, reinstalling the app from Play Store and setting up…

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POTRAZ opens up

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The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has made an undertaking to uphold the principles of transparency and responsiveness by keeping its doors open to the media on any issue related to the authority’s mandate. The regulatory authority opened up before journalists on its scope of operations and current trends in the information communication sector during a media dialogue held in Kadoma. POTRAZ Director General, Dr Gift Machengete emphasised the critical role both the media and the regulatory authority have to play in protecting consumers of information communication…

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How to ‘unsend’ an accidental WhatsApp message

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Have you ever accidentally sent a voice note to the wrong person, or sent a personal message to a group chat when it was actually meant for a loved one? In November 2017 WhatsApp revealed a much-demanded feature – a function that basically allows users to ‘unsend’ their messages. With more than 1 billion users worldwide WhatsApp needs to at all times be at the forefront of any new tech developments. And since Facebook bought the app for a hefty R256 billion, that hasn’t been a problem. The “Delete for…

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YouTube singer Chrissy Chambers wins revenge porn case

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A US YouTube personality has been awarded damages from a British ex-boyfriend who posted videos of them having sex onto the internet. Chrissy Chambers became a leading “revenge porn” campaigner after she was alerted to the clips. Chrissy Chambers, seen on the left, makes YouTube music and comedy videos with her fiancee Bria Kam The High Court in London heard that the accused – who cannot be named for legal reasons – had accepted liability for his unlawful activity. He also agreed to pay an undisclosed sum as well as to cover…

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25% charge on mobile money: Retailers call on Govt to protect consumers

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By Prince Sunduzani The Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers (CZR) has urged the Government to rein in mobile money companies to protect consumers as their merchants are charging up to 25 percent premium on mobile transactions. Denford Mutashu CZR president Mr Denford Mutashu said the malpractice needs to be curbed as it is defrauding consumers and affecting their confidence in the use of plastic money.“The charging of 25 percent premium by various merchants is criminal and should be abolished immediately as consumers have suffered. “The CZR feels Government must direct mobile…

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CEO of NetOne Reward Kangai has been arrested

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The former CEO of NetOne, Reward Kangai has been arrested. Yes the man who was pointing the finger at Supa Mandiwanzira, the Minister of ICT and Cybersecurity for alleged corruption and abuse of office has himself been arrested. Kangai was fired from his job at the helm of NetOne for ignoring procurement standards. These allegations were confirmed by a Pricewaterhouse Coopers audit. From soon after his exit from NetOne Kangai went on a campaign to ‘expose’ his former boss Supa and some of the team that he left at NetOne…

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