Author Michael Gwarisa

CHILDLINE, a non profit making child rights  organisation will on Friday host its first Child Helpline commemorations in the ancient city of Masvingo. The event will be celebrated under the theme, “Using Technology for Children and young people’s well-being, All day everyday.” Speaking to journalists at their offices in Harare, Childline Finance Manager, Clemence Wega said the main objectives of the  commemorations is to raise awareness on the existence of the national Child Helpline in Zimbabwe and the upliftment of children’s rights. Child helplines have been set to provide a reporting platform for children in various countries around the world.…

Now that WhatsApp founder Jan Koum has left Facebook, it’s likely that the service will use more ads, according to Barclays analysts. “We’ve been told by many of our checks over the last few years that ‘once Jan leaves, that’s when the ads show up,'” Barclays analysts said in a note on Tuesday. SOURCE: CNBC WhatsApp was bought by Facebook for $19 billion in 2014, making it Facebook’s largest acquisition. According to Barclays, there has been tension between the two teams about how to monetize the messaging app. Analysts predict that Koum’s departure means that Facebook may take this opportunity…

NetOne’s Group Head Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Dr Eldrette Shereni will be among the speakers at the annual international Women Economic Forum (WEF) 2018 conference that will run from April 26th to  May 1, 2018 in New Delhi under the theme“The Economics of Goodness: Empowering Potential, Engineering Change.” The event gives women from all over the world the opportunity to network, share ideas and form long lasting relationships that will help in creating a better world for all, beyond boundaries, borders and bias. Dr Shereni will speak on several sessions including a plenary session on the topic of ‘The Economics…

The country’s trade data for the last month of last year and January this year is yet to be made available, as the systems crash faced by Zimra affected the timeous capturing of source merchandise data, the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) has said. On 22 March, Zimstat released February 2018 trade data but did not provide data for the months of December 2017 and January 2018.  SOURCE: FINANCIAL EXPRESS “Figures for December 2017 and January 2018 are not available. The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority which is the source of merchandise data did not provide the source data for December 2017”, said…

A Midlands State University (MSU) incubation hub to act as a platform where midlands citizens will explore and develop technology rand business elated ideas, is set to be commissioned next month. Speaking to TechnoMag on the side-lines of the Liquid Telecom-Microsoft Azure Conference,  MSU Incubation Hub Director, Dr Patience Siwadi said  all was set for the commissioning of the hub with President Emmerson Mnangagwa expected to officiate the ceremony which will be held at the MSU Graduate School in Gweru. By Michael Gwarisa “The government mandated six Universities to set up incubation hubs. MSU hub is the only hybrid hub…

Jacobs Engineering Group (NYSE: JEC) has secured a contract to provide architectural and engineering consulting services to U.S. Africa Command in support of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Europe District infrastructure projects across Africa, ExecutiveBiz reported Wednesday. The company said Tuesday it will aid in the development, design, assessment and monitoring of projects in areas such as water resource management, transportation, energy and industrial facilities, with the contract’s first task order focused on a power distribution system in Ghana. About Executive Mosaic: Founded in 2002, Executive Mosaic is a leadership organization and media company. Executive Mosaic offers highly coveted executive events,…

THE Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has partner, Microsoft Corporation in a digital drive that is set to turnaround the education sector in line with global trends and the demands of the new curriculum. Speaking at a training workshop of senior managers for managers in the ministry of education by the American software giant, Education minister Professor Paul Mavima said the gesture by Microsoft was a step in the right direction for the education sector. “Information technology remains a global enabler to socio-economic transformation, hence the need for the country to roll out massive ICT programmes starting with basic…

Financial tech startup SoLo Funds, a mobile peer-to-peer lending exchange, has raised $1.2 million in venture capital to help solve emergency cash needs with low-dollar-amount loans that reduce the need for payday loans. Seventy-eight percent of Americans live paycheck to paycheck and 47 percent couldn’t come up with $400 of emergency cash without borrowing from someone or selling something, according to the SoLo website. That’s the problem SoLo is trying to solve, while removing payday and title loans from the equation. The socially driven marketplace connects borrowers and lenders to exchange low-value funds. We understand how difficult it is to get…

ZIMBABWE Power Company (ZPC) managing director, Noah Gwariro says commissioning of Unit 7 at Kariba power station has pushed power output by 11.12 percent in the month of January 2018. In a company update, Gwariro said Kariba South extension registered the greatest success and this has led to the power company surpassing its power generation target “The most visible success was registered at the Kariba South Extension Project whose Unit 7 achieved 150MW in December last year, and was declared commercially viable on the 15th of January 2018.” Kariba South expansion was completed with budget and time at a cost…

POSB posted an $11.36 million profit over the period ending December 2017, up from $9.68 million in 2016 at the back of introducing new products and massive digitisation of its business model. The bank successfully introduced Zimswitch acquiring services to customers which resulted in widening of the Bank’s income streams while enhancing service delivery and competitiveness. Presenting financial results for the period under review, POSB board chair Matilda Dzumbunu said the banks positive performance was largely attributed to the introduction of new products and delivery channels as well as full utilisation of existing products. “The bank recorded a profit of…

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