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The Podcast is a chance for all of us to share things that we find, interesting, noteworthy, controversial or all of the above. It's relaxed and informal and is a platform for us to share our ideas and opinions. Like all good conversations the more opinions the better. You can join in the conversation whether it's on the comments section or on social media using the hashtag #tisuvanhuvacho.
 
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Episode Notes On this episode of Technikari, I was joined by one of the best sportscasting duos out there, Barry Manandi and Mike Madoda. I am sure all of you have heard their voices over the radio or seen them on TV and I had the pleasure of picking their brains about what football was as a young fan before the advent of social media. It was a dif…
 
Episode Notes Who doesn't want to get a little something back from Liquid Home, Utande, TelOne et al if there is a service outage? Well, the UK seems to have a solution that compensates customers in the event of an outage. https://www.ofcom.org.uk/phones-telecoms-and-internet/advice-for-consumers/costs-and-billing/automatic-compensation-need-know T…
 
Episode Notes Zimbabweans are being forced to pay bribes at borders because no one told them to activate their COVID-19 Vaccination Cards. According to a report by NewsDay Zimbabweans are having to pay bribes in order to cross the border. "At the land borders, Zimbabweans travelling to South Africa are reportedly paying bribes of up to R100 after t…
 
Episode Notes I was joined by Sherman Baloyi who is the Creative Director at OnaDsgn, a local brand strategy firm to go over why international companies spend thousands to even millions of dollars on their brand/branding or unique identity. The conversation covers how logos have become more than just "we do this" to an embodiment of the greater ide…
 
Episode Notes On this episode of Technikari, I was joined by Privilege Nyauta, the founder and CEO of a local web hosting service called PnrHost which has a subsidiary called Resellme, a platform that allows anyone to sell domains and web hosting to businesses and individuals. The latter is the more interesting product, in my opinion, because it fi…
 
Episode Notes Takudzwa Nhongo in 2017, went about trying to find the problem with education in Zimbabwe. In the year prior the ZIMSEC pass rate was 29.96%. To find out what was going wrong, Takudzwa applied to write 18 subjects for his O-Levels and came out of that with 16 A's and 2 B's. This was quite a remarkable feat and to achieve it he develop…
 
Episode Notes On this episode of Technikari, we were joined by Dream VC cofounder Mark Kleyner. We talked about venture capital, angel investing and all things funding. Mark and Dream VC are not your typical VC outfit. Unlike those you know, their focus is on Africa, just like Transsion. Mark shares his view on the good, the bad and the ugly of the…
 
Episode Notes On this episode, I was joined by Peter Kaunda the Patron of the Arts at Artillery Gallery in Harare. He shared his experiences in the art scene in Zimbabwe on the business side, the art subscription services Artillery recently launched as well as the struggles of authentication, verification and insurance of art in Zimbabwe. You can v…
 
Episode Notes On this episode of Technikari, we were joined by @Magamba TV co-founder Comrade Fatso to talk about the Private Voluntary Organization (PVO) Bill that seeks to regulate Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Zimbabwe. Magamba has been one of the few content companies that have come to strongly oppose the PVO bill and for good reason…
 
Episode Notes Last week NetOne announced a price adjustment for its OneFi packages that would have seen 80GB going for ZWL$99,000 which was US$800 at the auction rate. After a day-long public outcry, the state-owned mobile network operator saw the light and reduced the prices to a more realistic range. It was one of the rare instances where social …
 
Episode Notes Brand identity/branding has long since been a cornerstone of any company or collective. If your potential customer can't distinguish you from a competitor or make you out at all, then sustainability is going to be difficult. This not only speaks to your logo or commercials but also of your internal branding as well as your products an…
 
Episode Notes This evening (14/02/2022) we held a Twitter Space to talk about the 10% Excise Duty or Tax that will be levied on internet packages and VOIP services. The news was communicated by ZOL Zimbabwe in an email to customers and we were joined by our community on Twitter to go over it. Find out more at http://www.techzim.co.zw…
 
Episode Notes Takudzwa Shamhu is a local developer who works for Pleo, a Danish fintech firm that creates solutions to manage business expenses. We recently had a chat with him about his very interesting journey from working at Telco after graduating to ending up in Europe. Oh... and how he built Wa-Faya's app in just six months. He shared also sha…
 
Episode Notes Zimbabwean inventor Maxwell Chikumbutso has reportedly created a radio-frequency powered television. This means that there is no power cable and the TV is powered purely by radio waves similar to WiFi and Bluetooth.> Maxwell Chikumbutso via The Herald> "With an RF-powered generator embedded on a TV set, it is now possible for many peo…
 
Episode Notes I was joined Uk-based comedian Mukudzei "King" Kandoro Majoni to talk about his recently concluded stand up tour the Prodigal Son. We also talked about, the rigours of life in Zimbabwe, how his diaspora experience is going, stealing twenty-five dollars that were meant for school fees and more. Intro Track: BensoundThe site is Bensound…
 
Episode Notes As 2021 draws to a close we talked about the craziest things that happened over the year, like SI 127, SI 89, the US$50 smartphone tax, data prices and more. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
 
Episode Notes The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) recently released its sector performance report for Q3 2021 and yet again data is king in the country with usage continuing on the up because of the pandemic. However in saying that, the quality of data has been iffy for a very long time because there are more…
 
Episode Notes Yesterday we went to watch the new Marvel blockbuster Spiderman No way Home and judging by the ticket queues, this is a movie that many wanted to watch. The film isn't bad, far from it. It is a fun ride with plenty of surprises. However, there are some problems with the movie that are hard to overlook for some Spiderman fans... This p…
 
Episode Notes Buying a second-hand car in Zimbabwe is a game of Russian roulette because good looking cars are sometimes on their last legs and the bad ones... well... We took a dive into the second-hand car market on Facebook, car sales and imports, and the different buying habits of the various tax brackets. Additionally, we looked at preserving …
 
Episode Notes Today I had the pleasure of having a conversation with Michael Sibanda or I am sure most of you would know him by his TikTok handle @PabloZW1. He is one of the funniest guys online and it's no surprise that he has garnered 23.5K followers on TikTok since his first post in August. Check out his social media with handles below:TikTok: @…
 
Episode Notes The e-passport rollout is so confusing. When should we start applying for them? What about those who got regular passports recently? Why should we have to pay at CBZ and then at the Passport office? Is this another one of those things that is only being done because we are getting into election season? If the government was struggling…
 
Episode Notes Owning a car in Zim is a bit of an extreme sport. There are no easy breaks because importing one can be a nightmare and getting one locally comes at a ridiculous premium. After getting your car you'll have to contend with the cost of that first service. This can be a pleasurable experience if the previous owner met all the service int…
 
Episode Notes Early last week we reviewed a US-based local startup called Imets. The company moved into the diaspora grocery remittance space and is akin to Instacart which basically means that you can shop through the isles of OK Zimbabwe, Spar and other local stores, in the diaspora, for your loved ones back home. Or if you are local looking to s…
 
Episode Notes Remittances or money transfers are big business these days, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. There were projections in early 2020 that forecasted a dip in remittances but the opposite was the case as saw last year Zimbabweans in the diaspora sent back US$1 billion which was a record sum. 2021 looks to be picking up where 2020 …
 
Episode Notes We held a Twitter Space breaking down a study that was done by The Zimbabwe Blockchain Technology Think Tank called "Towards Virtual Asset Regulation and Adoption of Blockchain Technology in Zimbabwe's Context". The think tank itself comprised of Hon Advocate Fortune Chasi, MP Dr Solomon Guramatunhu, MBChB, Opththamology Dr Immaculate…
 
Episode Notes Shelter or accommodation is one of those things that bring about anxiety. This could be in an existing property or if you are looking at moving to a new one. We have spoken at length about the local financial system, highlighting the quirks and deficiencies that are presently plaguing Zimbabweans. However, it's often easy to forget th…
 
Episode Notes Earlier this year Shumba Money, a local remittance or money transfer startup, announced that it would be slashing fees for transactions to Zimbabwe. This wasn't something out of the ordinary because we had seen something similar from Senditoo last year. However, Shumba Money is a relatively young player in the game and we were curious…
 
Episode Notes Gwinyai Nyatsoka is a Zimbabwean developer who made it big on Udemy a few years back. When he shared his earnings, the total came to around US$20K, since that time he has become the Chief Technical Officer at Cobbles, a US-based software development firm. I recently had a conversation with Gwinyai Nyastoka about his work even before h…
 
Episode Notes Wadiwa Wepamoyo Season 2 dropped today on Gateway Streams, the same platform that Jah Prayzah dropped his album exclusively a little while ago. And it looks like the problems that plagued the latter's rollout affected Wadiwa Wepamoyo but with the added dimension of video. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.…
 
Episode Notes Yesterday, Zimbabwe's Drone expert Tawanda Chihambakwe pitched his ideas to ZESA and a delegation from Rwanda Energy. After the presentation, I had an opportunity to talk to Tawanda about the plans that he had going forward like manufacturing drones locally.We also talked about the problems that local startups have had in navigating Z…
 
Episode Notes Today I was joined by Simon Nyamuda, Managing Director of Compulink Systems. His, is an interesting journey of taking the reigns of a business at the tender age of 22 and leading the company forward. His remarkable work has not gone unnoticed as he was named IODz Young Director of the Year for 2019 and Outstanding Entrepreneurial Sale…
 
Episode Notes Last week we reported on EduXpert, a local e-learning startup that offers lessons for pre-primary all the way to trade schools and tertiary education. The platform does this by offering anyone with the skills and qualifications an avenue to monetise their knowledge and experience. On the students' side of things, they get to pick and …
 
Episode Notes Sometimes the price of a product, service or experience is high because it's taken a lot of time to develop and perfect. This, of course, doesn't mean that there aren't a few crafty flea market vendors out there who'll rip you off. It's a mess but we tried to make sense of it through our experiences. This podcast is powered by Pinecas…
 
Episode Notes This is a little belated because we are well past the halfway point of the year but the Technikari crew (Edwin, Rufaro and Valentine) went over their device and gadget acquisitions for 2021 thus far. You will also get a preview of the devices that Edwin will be reviewing soon and what he has made of them in the early phases of testing…
 
Episode Notes Chad Chawanda is a Zimbabwean entrepreneur who has a vested interest in a number of fields. He started out his business journey as a dropout, went into a panel beating business and then quickly pivoted to sales (local and regional) and digital marketing. Chad has a number of companies he is affiliated with namely ADvocado a digital ma…
 
Episode Notes Christopher Tsamba is a local animator who, through his company Mbasta Animation, got an animated show on ZBC TV. I recently had the pleasure of talking to him about the struggles of trying to make it as a content creator in Zimbabwe. As well as how he got his show on ZBC. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.…
 
Episode Notes I was joined yet again by Economist and former member of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe's Monetary Policy Committee Eddie Cross to talk about financing a nation, tax collection and administration as well as electronic transactions This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
 
Episode Notes In 2012 and at the very young age of 14, Maud Chifamba became the youngest ever University of Zimbabwe student and tertiary education student in Southern Africa. I recently got the opportunity to have a chat with her to talk about her journey and experiences. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.…
 
Episode Notes Last week we reported on a docuseries that would delve into the journey of Africa's first Karate World Champion Shihan Samson Muripo. The production was done by a local content platform called Yakontent with the backing of First Mutual Holdings Limited. To get more about the production I spoke to Tafadzwa Munyaradzi from Yakontent, Fa…
 
Episode Notes Part two of our discussion on the benefits of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology is a more focused one. In this episode, we look at the use cases for the blockchain and cryptos that go beyond financial services. And I was joined yet again by Financial Services Lawyer and Blockchain Technology Analyst, Prosper Mwedzi. This podc…
 
Episode Notes Thumeza, is a local startup that offers financing to small scale logistics operators. It was recently named as one of the 10 finalists for the Telecel Group under its Africa Startup Initiative Program (ASIP) and Startupbootcamp Afritech US$750K accelerator along with another Zimbabwean startup called Dawa Health.I got the opportunity …
 
Episode Notes Today I was joined by the former member of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe's Monetary Policy Committee, Eddie Cross. We explored the recently launched ZWL $50 note, the contrast in policy and environment from Rhodesia to present-day Zimbabwe. The forex auction system and if it has been a success, his current capacity in financial policym…
 
Episode Notes Who remembers the days when you had to use a pen or pencil to rewind a cassette tape? They seem like a lifetime ago, and for good reason. The production and distribution of music in Zimbabwe (and the world over) has been liberalized to the point that anyone with a laptop can be a producer and artists. The shift has also seen the downf…
 
Episode Notes Bitcoin and altcoin price fluctuation is a complex topic to get to the bottom of. There are a number of factors that influence their price. Some factors are apparent while others are in the realm of speculation. To shed light on what causes the dips and peaks in the price of Bitcoin we were joined by Financial Services Lawyer Prosper …
 
Episode Notes If you own a second-hand car imported from Japan (ex-Jap) then you know that you can't access certain radio frequencies in Zimbabwe. At best you can get two maybe three (depending on where you are) because the FM frequency in Japan is between 76 - 95 MHz. This led us down a rabbit hole of what decisions like the adoption of vehicles a…
 
Episode Notes Late last week the Telecel Group and Startupbootcamp Afritech announced the finalists for its Africa wide accelerator. Among the chosen few is a Zimbabwean startup called Dawa Health, which offers antenatal care to expecting parents.Their field of interest is especially important because pregnancy-related deaths are caused by insuffic…
 
Episode Notes The Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) has reemerged from its long slumber. The last time ZUPCO had a presence anywhere near to what it has today was back in the late 90s early 2000s. And even though it is still working at a fraction of its capacity, the company still moves tens of thousands of people a day.Its slow rise has al…
 
Episode Notes Yesterday we reported on the lack of coverage for USD deposits by the Deposit Protection Corporation _(DPC)_. And a lot of people weren't too surprised that this provision was not set by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) and Ministry of Finance.While this gap exists in the banking sector, the Reserve Bank announced interest rates for…
 
Episode Notes Microsoft is launching the next generation of Windows (11) operating system, tomorrow the 24th of June 2021. We browsed the internet to see what was being said about it and here are our thoughts... This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
 
Episode Notes If you've watched The Boys (which is another show on Amazon Prime Video) then you are familiar with Homelander and what he is all about. And in the network's newest superhero show Invincible, a common theme has emerged. Amazon doesn't want us to trust a Superman-like figure or as a Reddit post I saw when the show came out said, Jeff B…
 
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