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Discussions about the internet opportunity in Africa, technology and business news in Zimbabwe, Africa and beyond

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Discussions about the internet opportunity in Africa, technology and business news in Zimbabwe, Africa and beyond

    ZESA's strength is TRANSMISSION infrastructure, not power generation with DPA CEO Norman Moyo

    ZESA's strength is TRANSMISSION infrastructure, not power generation with DPA CEO Norman Moyo

    Episode Notes
    On this episode of Technikari, I was joined by Norman Moyo the CEO of the Econet Group subsidiary that Strive Masiyiwa said would be bigger than Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Econet Wireless - Distributed Power Africa (DPA). We discussed the state of power generation in Africa with a particular focus on the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) and the shortfalls in power production that have been a feature of the last two decades and how that relates to Independent Power Producers (IPPs).
    We also covered:


    Why Independent Power Producers, like DPA, are only installing solar at mines and factories.
    The equity deal DPA has with France's national power company EDF.
    ZESA's strength is the transmission infrastructure it has, they should leverage that and let private players generate electricity.
    The legacy debt and other problems plaguing ZESA and its African counterparts.
    ZESA is importing expensive electricity and selling it to customers at a discount. This is unsustainable...
    The US$100 Billion for renewable energy fund that Zimbabwe and Africa are missing out on.
    Will DPA meet the ambition that Strive Masiyiwa has for it?
    Nuclear power is too far off for Africa. We have the sun, let's use it.

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    King Kandoro: Zimbabwe's economy is a Mshikashika

    King Kandoro: Zimbabwe's economy is a Mshikashika

    Episode Notes
    The recent policy measures that were put in place by the government left many scratching their heads as to what is going on in Zimbabwe. The most confusing one of them all was the banning of credit which was overturned, but not as loudly as loans were banned. To get stuck into the immediate and future effects of new policies (those that remain), we were joined on this episode of Technikari by a peerless economic mind, a man who needs no introduction, the one and only King Kandoro.

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Mike Madoda & Barry Manandi: Football before social media in Zim & the state of the PSL

    Mike Madoda & Barry Manandi: Football before social media in Zim & the state of the PSL

    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 different world back then and they shared their experiences from those days that I can only imagine were in black and white.

    "Dynamos would play Highlanders on a Sunday and if you were from our background, I come from a rural background, you would be getting the Parade Magazine that would come out a month later and you'd still be keen on the story. Even though the game was played three weeks ago it will have the pictures and the centre spread of the winning team" - Mike

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    • 52 min
    A brand is not a logo, it's a story SO TELL IT!!!

    A brand is not a logo, it's a story SO TELL IT!!!

    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 ideal or goal an organisation strives for. The easiest example that comes to mind is how cleverly the Amazon logo was designed to show that they will take anything from A to Z.

    It's subtleties like this that are sometimes lacking in Zimbabwe and Sherman gave me the lay of the land locally. On top of that, he shed light on which startups/companies have excelled at creating a distinct brand and those that have fallen short of the mark.

    TECHZIM'S MARKET APP HAS BEEN ZERO-RATED, NOW YOU DON'T NEED DATA TO BUY NETONE, TELECEL AIRTIME WITH MONEY IN YOUR ECOCASH. YOU CAN ALSO BUY NYARADZO POLICIES, TELONE PACKAGES AND MORE. CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINK TO DOWNLOAD THE APP - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.techzim.marketplace&hl=en&gl=US

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    • 1 hr 45 min
    This local entrepreneur wants you to make money selling domains & web hosting

    This local entrepreneur wants you to make money selling domains & web hosting

    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 fits with the digital migration we have seen over the last couple of pandemic hit years. Everyone wants to go online and set up a store, or a virtual presence for their business.

    According to Privilege, Resellme already has over 1000 agents who are selling domains to their clients. So to find out more about it we went over the benefits and drawbacks of the platform, how someone can get onboard as well as what lies in the future.

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    • 41 min
    16 A's at O-Level, now this young Zimbo has built an e-learning app

    16 A's at O-Level, now this young Zimbo has built an e-learning app

    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 developed study techniques/models that he has implemented in the e-learning app he co-founded called Kytte.

    • 42 min

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