Commuters’ swipe & amp; travel service starts in kombis

BULAWAYO residents will soon swipe for their commuter omnibus fares as transport associations are finalising a deal with a local bank — Steward Bank — that will see the financial institution providing tailor-made point of sale machines ideal for small transactions. Officials said a meeting is pencilled in for tomorrow that will see the parties involved thrashing out modalities and the new development could be in place by end of this week. So far, transport associations that are part of the deal are the Bulawayo United Public Transporters’ Association (Bupta)…

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Telecoms trio win big at Zimpapers awards


Liquid Telecoms, NetOne and ZOL were the biggest winners at the inaugural Zimpapers’ Telecoms Awards that were held on Tuesday night. NetOne was voted the overall best mobile network operator while ZOL was the overall best internet service provider and Liquid Telecoms obtained overall best internet access provider. NetOne also bagged the most innovative mobile network, most reliable network operator mobile network service, and outstanding marketing campaign awards while ZOL received the most innovative ISP, customer service excellence internet service provider and most reliable internet service provider awards. Other winners…

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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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Comply or we use force: Mandiwanzira

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GOVERNMENT is “encouraging” mobile phone operators to ensure that their digital financial services are interoperable by April 2018, failure of which they would be compelled to comply. The country’s three mobile phone operators — NetOne, Telecel and Econet — have mobile money transfer services but subscribers cannot send or receive money from across the networks. Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security Minister Supa Mandiwanzira told The Herald Business yesterday that there is no reason for mobile phone firms not to link their digital financial services. Minister Mandiwanzira said the mobile…

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Econet to leave Zimbabwe?

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Economic think tank, Business Monitor International (BMI), has not ruled out that Econet Wireless Zimbabwe might decide to exit the market, especially as recent decisions by the regulator impact its profitability, BusinessDaily reported. The think tank also believes that there is a strong possibility that a new international player could enter the Zimbabwean market through the acquisition of Telecel. In its report dated 26 January 2018, BMI said the regulator’s involvement in the mobile market has caused private operator Econet to express complaints over favouritism towards government-backed operators. “Coupled with…

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