ZESA’s ICT subsidiary Powertel Powerplus prepaid electricity recharge cards have hit the streets as they are now available at all Powertel, Getcash, and Celfet outlets in the country with the service now available on all Point Of Sale points, Mobile money platforms, mobile applications among other points.
The scratch cards which will soon be availed at every convenience point- street corners, retail outlets, shops, general dealers, kiosks, hairdressing salons are running under a powerpacked campaign dubbed ‘Magetsi kwese kwese’.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
The scratch cards which were upon launch redeemable on NetOne can now be purchased on all mobile money platforms following the completion of rounding up all the mobile network operators as vendors for the tokens.
“The entire prepaid electricity service is aggregated through Powertel working closely with the ZETDC and the appointed partners who include ZB Bank, CBZ Bank, Agri-Bank, POSB, Petrotrade, Homelink, GetCash, NetOne and most recently, 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 the new convenience of Kwese Kwese with the scratch cards.
“This will undeniably result in increased reliability, increased convenience and increased efficiency as well as improving livelihoods through additional employment creation and revenue generation,” said the company in a statement.
“The mechanics of the Powerplus prepaid electricity scratch card is as easy as 1-2-3. One simply buys their scratch card from their nearest vendor and scratches on the sealed panel to reveal the voucher number,” he said.
“You then send an SMS to ‘434’ (currently redeemable on NetOne , Telecel and Powertel’s 08611 numbers-more platforms to be availed soon) in the below format:- zetdc*vouchernumber*meternumber e.g zetdc*123456789*375900000 & send to 434,” added Mutswiri.
Mutswiri continued, “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 are encrypted and have a unique serial and batch number.”
In March 2013, the government through the Ministry of Energy and Power Development appointed Powertel to be the aggregator for the prepaid electricity topup service because of its strategic role of providing ICTs and Innovations in the ZESA Holdings Group.
Powertel Communications is quickly rising to the task of its national duty which is to ensure that there is creation of an intertwined network to ensure optimal distribution and access to electricity top-up service across the country.