TechnoMag saw an eventful year of 2016 marred with spills, filled with the highs and lows of technology in ZImbabwe.
From the e-MAP system by Government, as well as the major stride of engaging highly subscribed mobile money platforms such as Ecocash and Telecash for the sale of ZESA Prepaid electricity tokens things were talk of the town.
By Kudakwashe Pembere and Marvelous Chibagidi
Below is a snapshot of the Good, the Bad, the Ugly and Sad of 2016.
The year 2016 was filled with many good developments that strived to bring convenience to Zimbabweans. The year brought along with it many goodies from start and some are still coming in till we shut down the year.
First up was the inclusion of Ecocash and Telecash to sell Zesa prepaid electricity tokens. With Ecocash being by far the largest and most subscribed mobile money platform tailed by Telecash this deal brought so much more than just convenience as Zimbabweans could buy electricity any time, anywhere just by using the phone.
ZOL showed that its the gift that keeps on giving as it honoured its loyal customers by awarding them with a vehicle and all expenses paid holiday trips to Victoria Falls and Zanzibar respectively.
Thats not all, ZOL further put a smile on the faces of most people who mill at ZOLspots by giving them UNLIMITED Wifi internet access from December 15, 2016 to January 15 2017.
Steward Bank also held its Simudza Stand grand draw early this year which saw lucky winners cry with tears of joy walking away with prizes ranging from a residential stand, home solar stations, and a Chevrolet Bakkie vehicle.
NetOne also unveiled some of the hottest products on the market such as One Fusion which is a combo of voice, SMS, Data and Social Media Bundles. The company last week also launched an SMS Promotion as well as sponsoring the National men soccer team to the tune of $250 000
One of the unforeseen marriage, similar to the Shakespearean Capulets and Montagues was that of Telecel Zimbabwe and Econet Wireless Zimbabwe. Both companies forged a partnership for a worthy cause of gathering resources to send the National Senior Women soccer team, The Mighty Warriors to Yaounde, Rwanda for the AFCWON 2016.
This year was a year for Zim Start-Ups who showed that they are that they are indeed go-getters. Road Rules founder and CEO Tawanda Chikosi clinched a historic deal with the Traffic Safety Council of ZImbabwe where he gets authentic Hghway Code content from the authority while he promotes the Highway Code via the Road Rules App. Further, the airtime vending machine developer George Chingore flew the nation’s flag high by collecting the ITU 2016 accolade for excelling in providing and promoting innovative solutions with social impact.
At TechnoMag we had something to celebrate for as we successfully hosted our very own inaugural Young Achievers Technology Awards which recognises the efforts and contributions of the youthful technocrats in ZImbabwe. At least 18 startups and reputable companies scooped prizes at the YATA 2015. We also collaborated with the Government to conduct the 2016 [email protected] program which promotes technology innovations in ZImbabwe’s tertiary institutions.
Well first and foremost, it was quite unfortunate to witness the rollout of the much dreaded bond notes by the Reserve Bank Of Zimbabwe. Inasmuch as Bond notes came in to alleviate the cash crunch in ZImbabwe, it seems they are failing to live its purpose as many still sleep at banks waiting to just get the pseudo-currency. The influx of bond notes also came with it high transaction charges especially on the POS and ATM. The high charges forced the apex bank to review them. Not only is the situation bad its saddening as well.
While in this spirit of festivities, let us take time to remember the ingenious Computer Science lecturer at the Harare Institute of Technology Mr Nicholas Karekwaivenane who died recently. The wizkid is believed to have succumbed to haemophilia,a condition which derails proper blood clotting when bleeding.May His Soul Rest in Peace