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New Media Accreditation In Six Categories.

The Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) has put in place new media accreditation categories increasing the number to six from the previous two considering concerns of the Media industry.

Over the past years press cards had become an instrument of attending events and gave birth to ghost writers and so forth.

This move is meant do away with the abuse of press cards , Journalism profession and tanishing ZMCs image.

The new categorisation will therefore deal with abuse where everyone in possession of an accreditation card would be entitled as a reporter and had access to certain events and functions.

In a letter addressed to the Zimbabwe Republic Policy ZMC said , ” in the past the commission used to issue only two types of accreditation cards that is, one for local journalists and the other for foreign journalists.’

” Taking the concerns of the industry into consideration and the rapid growth of the digital media, the Commission has decided to issue separate accreditation cards for categories of media practitioners.”

“The new six categories include Journalists working for mainstream media registered or licenced by the ZMC and the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) respectively; Foreign media personnel cleared by the Government through the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services;Online media practitioners running online news channels;Content producers who produce various media products for online distribution; Photographers; and Media practitioners in the film sector.”

However this move has been received with mixed opions and its impact towards the profession.

On a twitter post Zimbabwe Online Content Creators (ZOCC) expressed great concerns on the categorisation drawing a line between online and mainstream media which might not work in the favour of online content creators.

” we are greatly concerned about the delibarate move to separate online content creators from mainstream journalists while they also publish online we fear this maybe used to disadvantage us.”

The media industry has been on transition were quite a number of online content creators emerged giving diversified dissemination of news and information in the country.

Separating the two might create a scenario were holders of certain press categories are prioritized more than the other.

” We are in the digital era of journalism ,where one can be a photographer , content producer, print journalist and so forth most journalists have turned be versatile and adapt to the changes separating like that can bring confusion and hinderance to conduct our day to day operations,” said a certain journalist.

ZMC has however not made it clear on wether one should possess more than one press card if they fit in the different categories.

Commenting on the move Young Journalist Association (YOJA) president ,Mlondolozi Ndlovu said ,”The new accreditation method can weed our ghost writers and pseudo journalists who have been hiding behind the tag freelance journalists. “

“. With the evolving nature of journalism and the rise of fake news it is good that journalists are associated with particular newsrooms or online sites. “

He added that , however, we urge the authorities not to be harsh on content producers and online media houses because they are the new normal in the digital era.

Meanwhile accreditation is to commence on the 26th of May.

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#MondayBlues: Bail Ruling Today For NetOne Employees, Board Member.

The magistrate is set to pronounce his ruling on the bail application by 5 NetOne employees and one board member who were arrested for abuse of office.

In his statement the magistrate said the he needed time to compile the submissions before making his judgement for the three submitted records

State had opposed bail for the accused, jointly, stating that the candidates were potential flight risk and had a propensity to interfere with witness, while it stated that the accused had committed a serious crime.

State alleged that accused number two once threatened Susan Mutangadura with a text message that read:

Good evening to you and your family as you go up the NetOne ladder just remember the pain, agony stress financial instability and homelessness that you caused.

In defense the lawyers stated that none of the candidates was a flight risk since all of them had initially complied with the request to submit self to police or accompanied to the post, not considering that the boarders are already closed under the Covid lock down. The defense also argued that most of the employees were already suspended and it would not be logical to allege that they will interfere with state documents or witness, since the documents were already lodged with the police.

Defense also added that the alleged offense whether serious or not , does not take away a constitutional right for every Zimbabwean to be given bail, stating that many Zimbabweans who have committed serious crimes have many a times been granted bail.

The defense also argued and prayed that the charges be thrown away as NetOne employees are not public officers and can not be charged for contravening laws designated for public officers.

In defense the lawyers mentioned the case of Chikumba vs State of air Zimbabwe, which exonerated the accused the on the notion that Air Zimbabwe was wholly state owned but did not imply that the employees are public officers .

The prima facie of the three counts was based on the undertaking official use with out board or parent ministry approval.

The defense team presented board resolutions which empowered Mr Lazarus Muchenje to under take the stated activities as evidence to counter the allegations.

State however wanted the original documents of the resolution in their response .

The permanent secretary in the ministry of ICT Postal and Courier Services engineer Sam Kundishora witnessed on behalf of the ministry, while Susan Mutangadura was on behalf of the board .

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ICT Minister’s Remarks On The World Information And Society Day


Fellow Zimbabweans, Ladies and Gentlemen;
Today, (17 MAY 2020) we celebrate the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) whose theme is “Connect 2030: ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) . I salute you with a deep sense of honour and hope as this is happening at a time when the world is grappling with the Covid 19 pandemic.

In these trying times, many lives have been lost, businesses disrupted with all kinds of social restrictions being imposed. Ladies and Gentlemen, it would be remiss of the global community, if the role of ICTs in the ongoing fight against COVID- 19 were to go without due acknowledgement and recognition. With ICTs, we have seen business continuity in particular, for the services sector, where physical presence is not necessary such as banking and commerce and even education, which have gone online. E- Meetings, including international ones are happening online as evidenced by Heads of States who are having Virtual Summits on ICT platforms. Families and friends are able to keep in touch while maintaining the tenets of a global lockdown; responders are enabled in their indispensable, life-saving work. Thanks to ICTs!

We are vesting our confidence in the power of ICTs as part of our arsenal to win the war against the pandemic. Indeed, ICTs are the magic wand that will help nations address and contain the spread of the virus.

Our contribution to fighting the pandemic has seen us mobilising operators in the setting up of a call centre and providing a toll free number 2019 for any COVID-19 related emergencies. Furthermore, we have assigned operators with additional 3G and LTE spectrum for free, up to December 2020 to enable them to increase capacity of their data offering. This goes to show how seriously we are leveraging the use of ICTs to fight the pandemic, and we believe that in the fullness of time, we will do more.

Ladies and gentlemen, I find solace in that this year`s theme reiterates the importance of ICTs in sustaining our lives and development in general. I cherish the opportunity presented by this occasion for me to reflect on the importance of universal connectivity to broadband and the progress made thus far towards ensuring universal broadband connectivity. More importantly we need to reflect on how we have lined up our resources, in particular ICTs, in the enablement, assembly and mechanisms for the achievement of SDGs.
Accordingly, we will continue exerting our efforts towards this vision through fostering an enabling environment for the promotion of inclusive, access and the development of relevant, people-centric ICT services. Our strongest desire is to see the Zimbabwean society utilising ICTs for quality livelihoods; highly assured public safety; increased productivity in agriculture, and manufacturing; efficient delivery of government and commercial services; health and education as well as other public utilities such as transport and electricity across the country.

To this end, we have registered significant progress in terms of access to ICTs as evidenced by the extent of network population coverage, by 2G,3G and LTE networks currently standing at 93.4%, 83.9% and 35% respectively. Strides have also been made in the adoption and use of ICTs as evidenced by the growth in the penetration rates over the past decade, whereby the mobile penetration rate increased from 50.4% in 2010, to 90.6% in 2020; the internet penetration rate has also grown exponentially from just 11% in 2010 to the current internet penetration rate of 60.6%.

Additionally, we have established the Innovation Drive which is aimed at supporting young innovators in cultivating their ideas, deployment of technical solutions and equipping the youth with the necessary skills and resources that will enable them to create employment not only for themselves but for others as well. Resultantly, we successfully hosted the inaugural Hackathon In February 2020. We have also conducted extensive Consumer education and awareness programs across the country in order to sensitise users of Postal and Telecommunication services on their rights and responsibilities, as well as appreciating the challenges they face and resolving them.

Indeed, all our efforts are guided by the ITU’s vision to connect the unconnected through prioritising universal access, harmonizing efforts to connect everyone to the global digital economy and guaranteeing that connected life is harmless and reliable.

My fellow countrymen, it is against this background that I urge everyone – no matter where you are – no matter your position in life, no matter your age, gender or creed – to embrace and enjoy the tremendous benefits of ICTs. ICTs are the defining factor between enlightened progressive societies and benighted backward societies, more so as we approach the Fourth Industrial Revolution. So you are better off joining the bandwagon than being left behind!

In conclusion, Ladies and Gentlemen; I would like to encourage all stakeholders; be they Regulators, Operators, Academia, Consumers and Policy-Makers in all sectors of Government, to genuinely and extensively collaborate to foster the uptake of ICTs. This will assist us in fighting Covid-19 or any other calamity that may come after. Together we will achieve!
I leave you with the following African Proverb by Chinelo Orkparanta: “Between true friends even water drunk together is sweet” – be part of the “Connect 2030’’ conversation.

KEEP SAFE, WASH YOUR HANDS, and WEAR YOUR MASK AND STAY CONNECTED

I THANK YOU ALL.

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#MondayBlues: Telesnail Turnaround Pace at Telecel

If Telecel Zimbabwe’s progress was a technology, it certainly was 56k dial up technology, tele  dialing at snail pace to invent its new word termed by many Telesnail.

The giant of yester year and Zimbabwe’s most promising MNO has unfortunately been allowed to lay to rest, literally,  while it has aggressively fought for its  gasps of air, it seems  no one from the shareholders seem to notice or care, the auto pilot button has been hit  and the  captain jumped ship.

This is the sad state of Telecel!

And no one is taking  responsibility!

At one point in time, Telecel Zimbabwe was the fastest growing mobile network, quarter by quarter, Potraz recorded serious subscriber jump, it was the only real threat to Econet Wireless shaking up the market with  great innovation and bespoke  technology.

The red brand was sizzling hot and ready to take over the market, no one matched their creativity and product lines with robust network infrastructure.

To date they have a couple of 4g base stations in  Harare and few more in other  towns and cities. Those 3g base stattions that are still functioning, would be lucky if they are still in service as half the time they can not afford basic fuel to keep them running.

The investor has abandoned ship, expecting base station  capitalization and network remodeling to be done through sale of  airtime  juice cards.

Management under the same circumstances has been found wanting, making  it impossible to turn around the unit.

Netone has received more than  USD $600million yet Econet has invested more than a billion in the last 5years, but for Telecel a figure  shy below $50 million and one  wonders who really owns this company?

Why did the government buy an  asset they are not willing to invest in ?

What is Economic Cooperation doing to protect their own shareholding capital if at all they care about it .

If these two have surely failed to recapitalize the  vihecle what does it  take  to find a serious telecoms  investor to take over the  asset and bring  back life to the Mobile network.

The deafening  silence over Telecel Zimbabwe is a cause of  concern that actually demands the  President of the republic to intervene over and make statement or broker deals that  brings back the company to life before we lose more employment as the future has been gloomy and doomed.

But this is not a natural problem, it was man made, so it demands that its man fixed and move the  asset forward.
 

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Telecel Refutes Fake News On Closure.

Telecel Zimbabwe has said that there is a mischievous attempt by its detractors, circulating an old 2015 April article as a new information.

The article has been seen as nothing but unnecessary attention diversion by individuals in the industry, who are pulling out the old article to pose it as new to most unsuspecting users.

“There has been a recycled and fabricated article from 2015 alleging Telecel Zimbabwe is closing down. Please be informed this is false and must be treated as fake news. We are actually opening more of our shops and franchises following the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions by the authorities. We will keep focused on our customers as we push to deliver our renowned value in these trying times.

Thank you for your continued support over the years”

Telecel Zimbabwe was announced closed in 2015 by the then ICT minister Hon Supa Mandiwanzira over licence issues and failure to regularize as demanded by the indeginisation act.

The alleged closure did not however go through as the same government which threatened closure became the first bidder when Vimplecom the international owner of the stake decided to sell.

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#MondayBlues: Dark Fibre Africa Granted Licence in Zimbabwe.


Open-access fibre-connectivity provider DFA has become the
only telecommunications provider in 10 years to be granted an operating licence by the Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) TechnoMag can report.

While the company is not entirely new in Zimbabwe, they have already been making inroads in to the Zimbabwean market, and the last time we spoke about them, they had spoken about a $60 million investment in to the market


The awarding of the Internet Access Provider Class B licence follows a successful launch and proof of concept phase for DFA’s Zimbabwe operations. The licence paves the way for fully fledged operations in the country and will allow DFA to build a nationwide network for the provision of licensed telecommunications services.


DFA Group CEO, Thinus Mulder, said he was pleased at DFA Zimbabwe’s progress.

‘From the beginning we have favoured a measured approach in our expansion to nations outside of South Africa. We believe in the potential of Zimbabwe’s telecommunications industry, and therefore, we
have identified it as a good place to invest in. The awarding of the licence further builds our confidence in this particular market,” he said.


Commenting on the newly granted license, Chief Executive Officer of DFA Zimbabwe, Mr. Simon Chimutsotso, expressed excitement about the premium open-access services DFA Zimbabwe is ready to offer to the market.

“We look forward to partnering with our targeted customer base to
enhance their efficiency and competitiveness. By fulfilling their physical fibre-networkinfrastructure requirements and taking on the maintenance responsibilities, we enable them to focus on their core business of providing excellent value-added telecommunication services to their
customers.”


Chimutsotso added that DFA Zimbabwe had used the licensing period to deploy more resources towards understanding the market needs, building internal capabilities, and improving its business model to further enhance customers’ experience.

“We are ready to fulfil our promise to the ICT sector and help bring about new, innovative offerings to the market.


“We would like to thank our shareholders, POTRAZ, the Ministry of ICT, the Government of Zimbabwe, and all our key stakeholders for the unwavering support as we sought to realise our vision for Zimbabwe. It has been a long journey and we are excited on the new opportunities that lie
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About DFA
DFA is a premium-quality open-access fibre-infrastructure and connectivity provider in Southern Africa. It finances, builds, installs, manages, and maintains a world-class fibre network to transmit metro and long-haul telecommunications traffic. It started rolling out its fibre network in South
Africa in 2007, and to date it as deployed over 13,000 km of ducting infrastructure in major South African metros, secondary cities, and smaller towns. It has also recently expanded operations into Zimbabwe. The network runs with an industry-leading uptime of 99.98%.

DFA leases its secure transmission and backbone fibre infrastructure and provides associated connectivity services to telecommunications operators, Internet service providers, media conglomerates, tertiary education institutions, municipalities, government organizations, and other businesses, large and small, on equal terms.

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How To Buy Telecel, NetOne Airtime Using EcoCash

TIP: Enable Your Staff To Work From Home During Lockdown: Buy Telecel, NetOne Airtime Using EcoCash

There are some Zimbabweans who are lucky enough that their jobs can be done remotely. For such people, having a reliable internet connection is important. More important it is important to be able to buy the data.

With the lockdown, it is difficult to buy data because the vendors on the street corners are just not there anymore.

Luckly, Zimbabweans can easily buy airtime online. Here’s how:

  1. Go to https://buyairtime.co.zw
  2. Enter the number to be recharged, the Amount of Airtime and the EcoCash number that will make the payment
  3. Click on Buy
  4. The mobile phone with the EcoCash line will then immediately get a prompt to approve the payment
  5. Once approved, the phone number to be recharged will be topped up.

If one prefers to get a Tax Invoice for the purchase, there’s an option to do so.

Note: One can also buy Econet airtime.

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Makandiwa, Pastor Chris Warns Against Medical Chip To Fight Corona Virus

Two very popular African religious preachers have gone on an over drive warning Christians across the world that the so called treatment against covid_19 using micro electronic chips is nothing but a covet operation by the under world, as they seek to take over control of human beings

The two preachers have insisted that they are super powers who are now getting ready to take over human beings by inserting micro chips in their bodies, hiding behind the cure of covid_19.

Both Prophet Makandiwa and Pastor Chris have concurred that the technological chip will have so much power than just the vaccine, piggy backing on the pandemic yet they introduce their covert operation.

Makandiwa said that the enabled chip once inserted will turn humans in to IoT, ( internet Of Things) stating they have finished the project with most electronical gadgets , now they are busy installing 5G base-stations for faster speeds as they prepare to take control over human beings.

Makandiwa insisted that once these chips are inserted into humans as vaccines, they will override the only power that was given to humans, which is the “will power to choose” ,

“Humans will be told what to choose or like, man will be forced to sexually appreciate other man, the chips will even choose political leaders for humans, the human race will have ceded control”, warned Makandiwa

Pastor Chris Of love word Chirch also stated the same :

This is not the Pandemic. Question where did the other ones go? No one is asking. I have asked the question, ‘Where do viruses come from?’ They are not found in nature, it means they’re created.

I’m trying to let you know the reason you’re in your house. I call it a global seige.”

“What they don’t tell you is that your body can be connected. Did you know that once that happens you can also be controlled as your devices are controlled.

Meaning that signals can be sent to your brain, your brain can be controlled. Once that happens you are no longer yourself. The idea is controlling the new race.”

Bill Gates said: “Even though we’ll end up picking at most two of them, we’re going to fund factories for all seven just so we don’t waste time in serially saying ‘ok which vaccine works’ and then building the factory.”

On April 4, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tweeted: The Gates Foundation has supported our health needs for many years. They have offered assistance with innovative mass-based testing kits and research.”

Neither the Trevor Noah interview nor Ramaphosa’s tweet mentioned any coronavirus tests focused on Africa. However, social media took both as confirmation that Gates intended to specifically target Africa for vaccine tests.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said Africa will not be targeted as the stage for vaccine trials. Trials, instead, are being staged in participating countries from around the world.

“Africa can’t and won’t be a testing ground for any vaccine,” said WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on April 6.

Gates called for a “national tracking system similar to South Korea”, saying “in Seattle, the [University of Washington] is providing thousands of tests per day but no one is connected to a national tracking system”.

Biohackinfo, a conspiracy theory website, then reported on March 19 that “Bill Gates will use microchip implants to fight coronavirus”.

Asked about the microchip claim, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation told Reuters: “The reference to ‘digital certificates’ relates to efforts to create an open source digital platform with the goal of expanding access to safe, home-based testing.” No implants are involved.

“The quantum dot dye technology is not a microchip…”

The microchip conspiracies claim that governments will use the “quantum dot dye” technology to plant the chips.

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All Set For Astro’s Eshagi, Electronic Loans at Convenience

Astro is getting ready to introduce a very  interesting  platform called  Eshagi, a mobile app that will allow Zimbabweans to apply for  instant loans at the comfort of their homes  with instant approvals.

What is more interesting is that this app is not just targeting the traditional market  which is  civil servants  via the Salary Service Bureau (SSB) or defense  forces or  ZAPAR platform  but  goes beyond  this market as they  seek to save both those in the formal and  informal  sector to capitalize SMES and the  informal sector.

The service is   also extended to personal loans service which only needs one to input personal details for banks to do their Know Your Client verification, obviously to help them against potential fraud, before processing the application,

We are yet to fully understand which other financial institutions are they  going to be  riding on but rumors  has it that it will be mainly riding on the  CBZ  bank platform.

There are still questions on  how much they are giving  as the maximum limit for their loan service, Interst rates, issues of any collateral security for non-civil servants and how SMEs will repay if they are  not on the  SSB payment  platform.

However there is much excitement on the instant capabilities, as they launch the service over the lockdown, much relief to the locked down citizens .

However the service is highly anticipated to we officially  launched this week, with a  source close to developments  stating that its now all systems go, as they seek to financially empower  Zimbabweans at the comfort of their homes

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#MondayBlues: Two More NetOne Board Members Sacked.

Two more NetOne board members have been sacked, as the NetOne drama continues at the state owned mobile network.

Paradzai Chakona and  Dr Douglas Mamvura are reportedly sacked from the NetOne board as the internal fissures within the board continue to widen.

Sources close to the developments however stated that Douglas Mamvura is still facing the chop and not yet dismissed as he has been served with letters over failure to attend board meetings

Mamvura however disputed the matter stating that he was never invited for any NetOne board meeting since the permanent secretary of the ministry has never formally introduced him to the board since his appointment.

His matter is yet to be finally resolved.

This means NetOne now has only 3 board members, Susan Mutangadura, Winston Makamure and Ranga Mavhunga, with an additional appointment on cards of Beaulla Chirume, who ironically is the ministry of ICT director.