Powertel Engages OK Zimbabwe In Prepaid Electricity Voucher Selling


AS part of the Magetsi Kwese Kwese/Amagetsi Yonkidawo drive, ZESA Holdings Group’s ICT unit Powertel Communications recently partnered with one of Zimbabwe’s retail giants OK Zimbabwe to roll out the Powerplus prepaid electricity vouchers

This ‘airtime-like’ method of selling prepaid electricity is found in all of OK Zimbabwe Limited’s retail outlets such as OK, Bon Marche and OK Mart that have 2 million monthly customers collectively.

By TechnoMag Reporter

“We are yet again excited to rollout the voucherless electricity airtime through retail outlets starting with OK Zimbabwe,” said Powertel Marketing Strategist Prosper Mutswiri.

Effective from Friday, the Powerplus electricity is found on till points inside the shops through a voucher till print method that is similar to buying everyday airtime.

“This method is more or less like the Powerplus prepaid electricity scratch card facility, however without having to scratch as the recharge pin is printed on a till slip at the till point. Another differentiating factor is that the Powerplus airtime voucher will allow you to recharge on any prepaid electricity meter as it is not meter specific.

Akin to the Powerplus Scratch cards that come in $5, $10, $20 and $50 denominations, Mutswiri said OK Zimbabwe’s outlets shall sell the vouchers in those denominations.

“The Powerplus Prepaid electricity till point vouchers have been unveiled in the $5, $10, $20 and $50.00 denominations.

“In a nutshell, this method of prepaid electricity topup has the whole nation covered. The beauty is that all three prepaid electricity topup methods – evending, scratch cards and the electricity voucher airtime, will work to support one another whilst also providing a definitive fall back position for the electricity end user,” he said.

He explained that the recharge pins on the scratch card and till slip are redeemable on Powertel, Netone, Telecel and Econet mobile networks.

“You will receive your SMS with the token number and topup your electricity on the stated meter. The beauty of the system is you do not require to be online to receive your recharge token. Furthermore, the system itself is very fool proof and secure as all top-up scratch cards and till point vouchers are encrypted and have a unique serial and batch number,” noted Mutswiri.

The entire prepaid electricity service is aggregated through Powertel working closely with ZETDC and the appointed partners who include ZB Bank, CBZ Bank, Agri-Bank, POSB, Petrotrade, Homelink, GetCash, NetOne and Ecocash.

The service is now available through varying platforms which includes over-the- counter (OTC), Point of Sale, ATMs, Mobile Money platforms, Mobile Applications, online platforms and now added convenience of Magetsi Kwese Kwese with the scratch cards and till point electricity airtime vouchers.

The company indicated its drive towards improving the customer experience through five key pillars- improving accessibility, ease of doing business, speed of service,  value for money offering as well as importantly through positioning of their brand and reputation. It therefore focused its efforts towards adopting various innovations to drive customer experience and convenience.


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