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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 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…
 
Episode Notes Itel has been the butt of many jokes for the longest time in Zimbabwe. Most of them have been all in good fun but others are a little malicious. It's good to remember that Transsion, the company that owns Itel, Tecno and Infinix, commands 37% of the smartphone market in Africa according to Counterpoint's research.The lion's share of t…
 
Episode Notes So earlier this week a German company called Amaetheon Agri was given a licence to grow Marijuana/Cannabis for scientific and medical use. This sparked an internal debate about the whole cannabis licence system in Zimbabwe. The fee is exclusionary by design and this is a bad thing because the govt and economy could be making a lot mor…
 
Episode Notes Earlier this week, Minister for Finance Mthuli Ncube said that Zimbabwe had a budget surplus of ZWL$9.8 billion in Q1 of 2021. A budget surplus is essentially the government making more money from income like taxes and the likes than it is spending. Now there are many ways to interpret this especially with COVID-19 being an inescapabl…
 
Episode Notes Huawei's Harmony OS has been in the works for some time. Murmurs of the iOS and Android competitor date back to the mid-2010s and its imminent arrival will be a welcome addition to the smartphone and appliance market. However with Huawei's app gallery light on apps and it being outside the well known Android and iOS duopoly does it st…
 
Episode Notes The City of Harare earlier this week went on a bit of a rant on Twitter where it issued a number of orders like dog licences, civilians not being allowed to control traffic at intersections with dead signal lights and many more. We couldn't resist adding our own commentary on it after seeing some of the replies retweets and comments l…
 
Episode Notes This time last week we got the news that the government had issued Statutory Instrument 127 of 2021. In SI 127 are a raft of new measures that govern the rules of forex in the country not only for those participating in RBZ's Forex Auction but for the nation at large. And as I am sure you are aware, there was massive backlash from all…
 
Episode Notes So... yesterday the Ministry of Commerce and the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) released a joint statement that extended the grace period for the ban on imports of second-hand cars that are 10 years or older till June 30th 2021. Now, this isn't too surprising because the reasons for the ban didn't make a lick of sense.Here's a qui…
 
Episode Notes Castlevania, a Netflix original anime series, is over after the conclusion of season 4. The show which started out as one of many in a crowd of Netflix's attempts at anime really showed how far the streaming service has come with the medium. We recently watched the series finale of Castlevania and here's what we made of this Netflix g…
 
Episode Notes Yesterday the government announced SI 127 of 2021 which put new rules and penalties of forex use. The Statutory Instrument looks like it was designed to stop businesses from pricing goods and services above the auction-rate more than anything else... The response by businesses as we saw in a tweet by journalist Hopewell Chin'ono is to…
 
Episode Notes It looks like YouTube Music is working in Zim after Google Play Music was discontinued. I say working because the streaming function is working on my device but not on Rufaro and Ed's phones. Maybe it's a slow-release because I tried it earlier this month and I got the "not available in your country" error that Rufaro and Ed are getti…
 
Episode Notes A couple of days ago, a trailer dropped for a remake of the Zimbabwean classic Neria directed by Godwin Mawuru and written by Tsitsi Dangarembga. Now, remakes and reboots are things that we are accustomed to when it comes to Hollywood but for Zimbabwean cinema which still has a lot of stories to tell we decided to have a conversation …
 
Episode Notes Jabu's Homecoming is set to be Zim's first WhatsApp exclusive drama which will use voice notes, text, pictures and videos to tell a week-long story. The series which is the work of renowned filmmaker Ben Mahaka is set to hit phones tomorrow and I was curious to know what we are in for. The production's public relations manager, Tinash…
 
Episode Notes The question might sound strange because EcoCash is pretty an institution when it comes to payments in Zimbabwe. However, when it comes to issues like the cost of transactions, OneMoney and Telecash are far more reasonable than EcoCash. Furthermore, interoperability ushering in a new age in Zimbabwe. We thought that the public would d…
 
Episode Notes Zimswitch has gained an ever more important role in the national economy over the last 11 months. It started with the company being designated as the National Switch which meant that EcoCash, which existed outside the payments establishment, was brought into the fold. The folks at Zimswitch then doubled down on that announcement with …
 
Episode Notes For every 20 or so forgettable and uninspiring shows that Netflix produces, there is always one that is really good and Shadow and Bone is one of those rare ones. The Tisu Vanhu Vacho crew had a conversation about just how good Shadow and Bone is, as well as a few things that it didn't get right. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.…
 
Episode Notes Earlier today, we found out that you can receive money via PayPal in Zim if you open a merchant wallet. Now, there has been no confirmation from PayPal that this is a thing but it's up and running so those who can make use of it probably will. In light of this we decided to go over PayPal's history in Zimbabwe, what this could mean if…
 
Episode Notes Mortal Kombat is one of those franchises that when it comes out you have to check it out. However, in the current climate, the movie doesn't exactly hit all the notes but if you are a fan of callbacks and violence you'll probably like it. The Tisu Vanhu Vacho crew sat down to pick the movie apart and point out things that the movie di…
 
Episode Notes Technology has been a "godsend" when it comes to making our lives easier and more comfortable. Over the years it has allowed us to more than we could before at an exponential rate. You can order goods and services online, complete complex tasks with a device in your pocket and much more. With all this innovation there has been one gro…
 
Episode Notes "Locally produced"is a term that has become few and far between these days. The main cause is of course the sorry state of the economy making avenues for local production of anything difficult. This is more so for locally produced content. We have seen a lot of creators take to social media like Tiktok and Instagram as well as YouTube…
 
Episode Notes On this episode of Tisu Vanhu Vacho, we are joined by Heart and Soul host and digital content creator Unique Zimuto to talk about how wild it has been on socials during the pandemic. This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
 
Episode Notes Bitcoin (BTC) is having a hell of a year in 2021, we have seen the cryptocurrency jump in value, breaking record after record (currently at 58 219.79). With this rise, there are many people who have taken to Bitcoin trading in Zimbabwe. As good as the interest in cryptos is, there are a lot of people who go into trading Bitcoin in Zim…
 
Episode Notes Yesterday we attended a roundtable organised by Facebook Southern Africa on how the social media giant is trying to make the platform safe for people in Zim. The talk revolved around Facebook's community standards, how the platform is fighting misinformation and Facebook's role in protecting the integrity of elections. What struck us …
 
Episode Notes Last week we reported on a local agritech startup called FarmHut that had received backing to the tune of US$100K from the Hult Prize Foundation. FarmHut, which is primarily an e-commerce and consultancy operation, is looking to bring the estimated 70% of people in Zimbabwe who rely on subsistence farming closer to buyers and markets.…
 
Episode Notes Bhala is an African language keyboard that is looking to give Africans a more authentic and less friction-filled typing experience. Most often African languages seem like an afterthought for the big smartphone makers and app developers. Languages like Shona, Ndebele, Xhosa and others are often there, but features like predictive text …
 
Episode Notes DeutschConnect is an intermediary of sorts that connects Sub-Saharan Startups with startups, hubs and businesses in Germany and in Europe. The company works in tandem with Afrolynk which is the largest Afrocentric startup conference in Europe to bring together African startups with potential investors and other startups to collaborate…
 
Episode Notes A couple of weeks ago we reported on an e-commerce builder called Otarkie. The platform offers anyone who wants to launch their business online the tools to do so.You can start off on a 14-day free trial and if their services are to your liking you can then shell out the US$180 a year for Otarkie. For that money you get a bespoke webs…
 
Episode Notes Professional gaming is one of those things that is still fringe in Zimbabwe, in 2021, and the digital age to boot. Some at this point might say there are bigger voids to be filled, but (true as that might be) we don't think that should be the case. A number of industries can be developed at the same time and if we have learned anythin…
 
Episode Notes Last November we reported on Sun Exchange, a South African peer-to-peer solar startup that launched its African expansion in Zimbabwe. The company allows anyone from anywhere in the world to buy solar cells in large projects it has commissioned and the upside is that you will earn money from the power generated. Nhimbe Fresh is a loca…
 
Episode Notes Utande, a subsidiary of Dandemutande recently launched an LTE service to rival Telone's Blaze and ZOL Wibroniks service. Utande LTE is launching with uncapped packages only, which puts it more in line with ZOL's Business Packages.To find out more about the service, and to ask if there were capped packages in the near future. We were j…
 
Episode Notes To say Batman vs Superman (BvS) was a divisive movie is an understatement. The movie was loved by some and critically panned by the film intelligentsia and viewers, even those who were faithful members of DC comics fandom. Like any other thing time is the judge and with Zach Snyder back at DC, well for the Snyder Cut, how did Batman v…
 
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