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NetOne Board Member Accused Of Fake Doctrate

One of the remaining four NetOne board members has been accused of masquerading as a doctor, after fraudulently acquiring a doctorate from a bogus educational institution TechnoMag can reveal.

The NetOne director (name supplied) and founder of one of the most successful financial institutions in the country is said to have been a beneficiary of one Common Wealth university, which is well known for dishing out fake degrees to anyone desperate.

The London Graduate School aka Commonwealth University has been in the Zimbabwean media last year for offering many Zimbabweans an opportunity to have a fake doctorate in 2 days, leading to many publicly exposing the institution.

Amongst the top Zimbabweans who came out disapproving the lucrative blind offer were Jacob Mutisi an ICT engineer, Nigel Mugami of 263chat and yes the president of Zimbabwe’s opposition party advocate Nelson Chamisa.

Nelson Chamisa was quoted to have been asked to pay USD $3500 in exchange of the doctorate from the same institution.

The London Graduate School and Commonwealth University, operating from a London, United Kingdom, address cordially invited this writer to “participate in a life changing seminar at Dubai” at which an honorary doctorate from Commonwealth University would also be conferred.

The honorary doctorate would be conferred on the last day of a three-day “loaded value-adding workshop” at the swanky Arabian Courtyard Hotel and Spa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

“However, this did not stop Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) CEO Karikoga Kaseke from accepting the “honour”, he is now called Dr Kaseke.

Kaseke’s “achievements” were splashed in the mainstream media and congratulatory advertisements were flighted in major newspapers” qouted the standard newspaper.

The same may have happened to this NetOne director, as he proudly posts on his Linkdin account an honorary degree projected as an academic achievement.

When TechnoMag reached out to the NetOne director , he confirmed that he indeed is a recipient of the degree, but rubbished speculation that he may have paid his way up to the world of doctorates.

“Im indeed a bonified beneficiary I studied a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from the Commonwealth University, this is a qualification i indeed earned, ” responded the NetOne director.

Asked whether he has any masters or theses he had done before the doctorate, the NetOne director responded that he studied his masters in South Africa where he achieved an MBA with Natal university in the year 2000.

We have however asked the director to substantiate the claims with any proof that he indeed is a bonified and honarable doctor, a move he is yet to prove .

We will certainly come back with an update , this time with full names and details if he exonerates self from the allegations or fails to do so sufficiently.

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Open Letter To The Minister of Information and Communication Technology and Courier Services on Covid 19

The time has come for the Mobile Network Operators (MNO) and ICT professional to support what the Minister of Health and Child Care is doing. Zimbabwe and the world are grappling to contain the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) epidemic. The ICT professional and ICT companies should be leading from the the front by using Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and skills to develop systems that can enhance disease surveillance, coordinate response mechanisms, and promote public awareness that is more significant now than any other time.

This role of digital technologies is particularly crucial in Zimbabwe NOW than any other time, where we have weak health systems and high levels of illiteracy that usually slows the response to the epidemic by Zimbabweans in general.

Covid-19 is so deadly that, countries across the world have deployed the use of big data, mobile apps and other digital technologies with countries like China, Iran, Israel, Taiwan, and Italy are using geo-location technology relying on data from technology platforms and Mobile Network Operators (MNO) companies contain the spread of the Covid-19.

The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and Courier Services should be leading from the front by calling MNO, ICT companies and ICT professionals to come together and come up with ICT solutions to help track and contain the spread of Covid-19.

We do not have to recreate the wheel but just to copy and paste what countries like China, Italy and Israel have implemented. Worldwide, It is known that positioning Information and Communication technologies (ICT) has always played a crucial role during the time of crisis and disasters, just like these challenging times of Covid-19.

Government agencies, health institutions, NGO and other stakeholders on the ground require precise positions to accurately assess the situation, pinpoint the risky areas and carry out relief and rehabilitation efforts accordingly, using ICT.

In China they have an approach that has seen the country leverage its Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems and sophisticated digital surveillance infrastructure that they are now using for effective disease control.

Citizens in provinces such as wuhan that was worst hit by the coronavirus are all required to install mobile apps that track travel, medical history and effectively control access to province’s subways, malls, and other public spaces.

The Chinese government has deployed drones and robots to monitor and track the movement of its citizens in Wuhan Province. The second hardest-hit country after China is Italy were Vodafone has indicated it is, providing Italian officials with anonymised customer data to track and analyse population movements in the hard-hit Lombardy region, where people are in lockdown.

The only known African country that is conducting technology-based disease surveillance is Kenya whose role is to monitor the movement of mobile phones users who are under self-isolation, who violate the restrictions imposed on their movements.

Above that, the Kenyan government has launched a contact tracking mobile app for public transport to provide critical contact data that will help trace back the movements of confirmed or suspected cases. I am also informed that in South Africa, MNO have agreed to give the South African government location data of suspected cases to combat Covid-19.

Recently the Ugandan health authorities who have struggled to locate individuals who travelled on the same flights as persons who tested positive for the coronavirus, there is already a suggestion to use information from the Ugandan immigration department and local telecom companies to locate these individuals to contain the spread of the dreadful disease.

As the ZICT chairman and an ICT professional, I am calling the Ministry of Information Communication Technology and Courier Services to take the leading role and invite MNO and ICT professionals to led in the development of the tracking Covid-19 systems in Zimbabwe, so that it become a national initiative.

If you need me to explain or elaborate further please do not hesitate to contact me on +263772278161 or [email protected]

Regards

Engineer Jacob kudzayi Mutisi

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Zuva Launches New Website with Real Time Fuel Locators, Dealership …

Zuva Petroleum recently launched their new website to bring you convenience with a world class modern look. Coming at a time when most Zimbabweans are already wasting fuel to get fuel, this servicecomes in handy to help ZImbabweans, but there is more.

Besides the website having a site locator, fuel finder, the team at Zuva also integrated online application forms for partnerships, customer and Zuva Card portals and extensive information on the fuel giant’s products and services.

Speaking to the Zuva’s COO Mr. Zwelithini Mlotshwa on these developments, he said

“As the world continues to evolve, we have chosen to keep moving with it. Innovation lies at the heart of our business operations. We aim to conveniently serve our customers by implementing technologies that enable the ease of doing business.

We are pleased to announce the launch of our newly revamped website www.zuvapetroleum.co.zw as part of the ongoing evolution of the Zuva brand. Whether on desktop or mobile devices, the updated site will provide an elevated experience. “

The new aesthetics is totally revamped with improvements to  content, which now includes big, beautiful product and project imagery accompanied by vivid descriptions.  

There’s a whole lot of small changes and impactful advancements, all of which make the new site much better.

It was important that new and repeat visitors  get where they needed to go, find inspiration, and immediately gain a better understanding of the Zuva brand and everything that we have to offer.

After seeing the challenges that we are facing as a nation with the global COVID-19 pandemic, the website couldn’t have come at a better time. The primary objectives of our site development effort were focused on introducing new features that enable ease of doing business, aesthetics, simplifying of our content, and increasing the visibility of our offering. The website not only offers you what you need, it guides you to where you can get it in real time.” added the COO

This reduces unnecessary movement during the country’s lockdown and quarantine phase. The new design also allows for streamlined menus, clear and intuitive navigation, and a responsive layout for all platforms  that aims to create a user- centric  browsing experience for our trusted and valued customers and business partners. 

In addition to the changed design and layout of the pages, better access to Who We Are and How We Work, new functions have been implemented in this version of our website review that are guaranteed to  be valuable to all our stakeholders .

  1. Site Locator –  Do not be mistaken, this is not just another website, it’s a portal that identifies a Zuva service station closest to the customer in real-time. But more than that, it summarizes each site offering, service rating, operating hours and gives you an opportunity to interact with the Zuva brand online.
  2. Fuel Finder – We are excited about the fuel finder application. This is in line with global trends aimed at improving the situation of motorists in the country who now spend more productive hours in long fuel queues. At the touch of a button our website can now direct you to a service station with fuel , No need for chance queuing anymore .
  3. Customer and Card Portals – We have incorporated our customer and card portals to our website allowing for on the go access to our business tools. Apply online for a service station, LPG or Lubricants franchise through our application portal which enables a prospective franchisee to complete their application online, leaving meetings for the verification processes.

  “These are just some of the many innovations we have included on our website to make the lives of our customers better, for them to experience our service with ease and to infuse into their lives, energy everyday” he said.

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RioZim to embark on 214MW solar project

Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) listed mining company RioZim Limited is set to embark on a combined solar project of 214MW at its mines throughout the country.

According to a circular released by the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority, (ZERA) the company intends to construct, own, operate it’s own power plants.

Under the plan, Renco Mine in Masvingo intends to generate 39.04MW solar power, Murowa diamond mine in Zvishavane will produce 68.4MW while both Dalny and Cam& Motor mines in Kadoma will produce 54MW each.

These mines intend to use the power for their consumption while the balance of what they produce will be sold to the Zimbabwe Electricity
Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC).

The project is expected to ease demand on the national power grid whilst also reducing the company’s exposure to high electricity costs.

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RioZim to embark on 214MW solar project

Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) listed mining company RioZim Limited is set to embark on a combined solar project of 214MW at its mines throughout the country.

According to a circular released by the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority, (ZERA) the company intends to construct, own, operate it’s own power plants.

Under the plan, Renco Mine in Masvingo intends to generate 39.04MW solar power, Murowa diamond mine in Zvishavane will produce 68.4MW while both Dalny and Cam& Motor mines in Kadoma will produce 54MW each.

These mines intend to use the power for their consumption while the balance of what they produce will be sold to the Zimbabwe Electricity
Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC).

The project is expected to ease demand on the national power grid whilst also reducing the company’s exposure to high electricity costs.

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Zimbabweans To Brace Themselves For Another Tariff Hike

Telecommunication Consumers are set to brace up for another tariff hike, as the Zimbabwean telecoms sector will be reviewing both data and calling rate tariffs soon against depreciating local currency TechnoMag can report.

The already hard squeezed consumers will once again need to balance off between a loaf of bread and airtime services, as inflation pressure continues to bite, much higher against salary reviews.

The new increases, however, are still going to be below the national stipulated limits directed by the postal and regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe, Potraz

This comes in the wake of businesses trying to remain viable as the sector has remained suppressed due to operational costs.

Mobile Network Operators last received a tariff review in October 2019 when regulator, the Posts and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz), awarded a 95.39% tariff increase.

From the third quarter abridged sector report by Potraz, mobile network revenue grew by 121% to record $828,834,601 from $375,028,782 recorded in the previous quarter, however, a more than proportionate growth in operating costs grew by 202.7% to record $707,385,963 from $233,660,532;
the bulk of which being internet bandwidth costs and depreciation of the local currency.

This ofcourse will come as a blow to consumers who are struggling to cater to their basic needs as prices continue to soar. Interestingly, Potraz despite the rampant price hikes from last year (which the third quarter)the regulator recorded an increase of 2.8% in active internet subscriptions from 8,342,051 to 8,577,936 and active mobile subscriptions grew by 4% from 12.4 million to 12.9 million showing that despite the increase users still grew. However, what is worrying is that the number of growth remains significantly small an indication that the majority can not afford.

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2% transaction tax rakes in ZWL$2,7billion in 2019

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) today reported a 1396,73% growth in intermediated money transfer tax (IMTT) in 2019 to ZWL$2,7 billion compared to the same period the prior year, as the economy relies on electronic payments.

The controversial 2% tax on transactions introduced by Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube is deducted on electronic transactions and was largely seen as a means to tax the informal sector as the economy increasingly informalised. However, it also meant those in formal employment were taxed twice.


There was an 8,2% positive variance between the Ministry of Finance budgets for the revenue head against actuals largely due to inflation.
The IMTT contributed significantly to a 345,7% growth in gross revenue collection in the period under review at a total of ZWL$23,9billion. The annual revenue collection growth was however below the implied annual inflation rate which breached the 500% mark.

The authority collected net revenue of ZWL$23,19 billion against a target of ZWL$18,60 billion for the year ending 31 December 2019 (24,65% above target). In an update of operations, Zimra said transit cargo movement was expedited through increased utilization of systems for electronic sealing and clearing agents licensing, complemented by implementation of the Authorised Economic Operators (AEO) programme.


On the customs ICT system, automation work on the upgrade of the ASYCUDA system improved, and these automation efforts have helped ZIMRA in the use of data for compliance management.

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Zimbabweans To Pay Netflix Using OneMoney, Ecocash

Tech-based business, Fresh in a box says the company is working on a platform that will allow Zimbabweans to pay for services like Netflix using mobile money platforms such as OneMoney and Ecocash.

The service is expected to be ready in a couple of days.

Fresh in a box Chief Vendor Kuda Musasiwa confirmed these developments in a tweet:

Explaining more on the service Kuda said:

It’s almost p2p. We use the money people pay over seas for food delivery in Zim and use it to pay for services like Netflix overseas . Use the rtgs people pay here for stuff like Netflix to run our procument and delivery for veggie business.

Using any avaible apis and if not api avaible the “gift cards “ systems most popular services haveA lot of brilliant people struggle with paying for simple things. We have already been helping young devs with payments for stuff like digital ocean etc

This innovation will make it easier for locals to process payments for various services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, digital ocean, Deezer, Apple Music, and Showmax.

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FBC Launches Digital Third Party Insurance Service

FBC Insurance Company has launched a digital third party insurance called “Yako”.

The service allows vehicle owners to purchase a secure and affordable instant third party insurance service for vehicles using either a basic feature phone or a smartphone.

Acting Head-FBC Group Marketing Roy Nyakunuwa said the service brings convenience, accessibility and reliability to customers.

“Yako” is a brand new USSD based digital insurance on-boarding product which allows anyone to purchase Third Party Motor Insurance instantly using a mobile device,”

“As part of FBC Group’s digital transformation and innovation drive, this is a breakthrough product in our market which brings convenience, security and comfort to the motoring public, allowing them to purchase Third Party Motor Insurance instantly using the mobile wallets of all the Mobile Network Operator Channels (i.e Telecash, OneMoney and Ecocash) as well as the ZIPIT platform.”

The platform will bring less hustle to clients who do not have visit a branch to submit identity documents, s as they insure their vehicles
in the comfort of their homes or offices.

“To access the Digital Insurance service, anyone can dial *220# wherein they have an option to choose between Banking Services and Insurance Services. When signing up to register, one must select Option 2 (Insurance
Services) to access the Insurance platform. They then select the “Third Party” option and proceed with the instructions,” added Nyakunuwa.

Insurance cover is for a minimum period of 4 months or one term but can be purchased for the entire year. The vehicles that qualify for this platform are registered vehicles in Zimbabwe which are not exempt from paying third party insurance. They should have a minimum value of ZWL$ 10,000 third party liability.

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Zim e-Cabinet To Launch Next Week

The Zimbabwean government is set to launch a paperless cabinet next week when cabinet business resumes.

The initiative that was announced last year will see cabinet holding e-enabled paperless meetings as well as the introduction of the Executive Electronic Dashboard to monitor the implementation of priority Government Programmes in real-time.

Today acting President Kembo Mohadi and Vice president Constantino Chiwenga went through motions of familiarizing with processes towards a paperless Cabinet through an induction by Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda and retired Brigadier-General Asher Wekwete.

Some benefits that can be attained from e-Cabinet meetings include the reduction in meeting hours. The government can also eliminate the need to print and deliver thousands of pages of documents each week – a significant benefit for the environment and the taxpayer.