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Following the unbundling of Econet into two separate entities (Econet Wireless Zimbabwe and Cassava Smartech Zimbabwe Limited), there has been misapprehension amongst most analysts that Econet Wireless Zimbabwe might have lost its lustre. This could have been triggered by the fact that the cash-generating mobile money business (Ecocash) is now housed in Cassava Smartech Zimbabwe …

In a conversation about immigration sometime back in 2018, President Donald Trump sparked “world-wide rage” when he referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and an assortment of African nations as “shithole countries” during a closed-door meeting with congressional leaders. Trump also reportedly complained that Nigerian immigrants would never “go back to their huts” and that Haitians …

Recent research from the World Bank estimates that approximately 40-60 million people will be pushed into extreme poverty (number people living on less than USD1.90 a day) in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This would be the first increase in world poverty in 22 years. While Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has been hit …

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused destabilisation and a lot of panic around the globe. More recently, there has been claims from some researchers that smokers are much less likely to suffer severely from Covid-19, suggesting that nicotine may be a potential preventive agent against the infection. However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently issued a …

Measures to combat the spread of Covid-19 have had far-reaching consequences, particularly in developing countries such as Zimbabwe. Social distancing has meant that most households and individuals are economically inactive and cannot generate any income. While an estimated 88.7% of working-age people in Zimbabwe are economically active, the vast majority earn a living in the …

One of the main concerns surrounding the outbreak of the Coronavirus has been low productivity as output in different sectors of the economy drops. This does not only apply to factories but also includes primary activities such as farming. Piggy expects rapid population growth and increased economic prosperity to create substantial demand for food in …

Disruption has proved to be an inescapable challenge for many businesses and industries across the world. The sad thing is that most companies have resorted to operating in survival-mode instead of actively shaping their future. In fact, playing it safe amid disruption could prove to be very risky. According to an analysis of 10,000 companies …

Piggy has been consistent in his commentaries that the stock market in Zimbabwe has been looking cheap for some time. However, it is worth noting that there has been a significant change in economic fundamentals, particularly on the currency-front. For example, the official exchange rate has moved from 1:1 against the USD to I:25. This …

The covid-19 pandemic is having a significant impact around the world. From the USA, UK, Italy, France to South Africa, governments have instituted total lockdowns and are curbing commercial activities as a means of saving lives. Major CBDs have turned into ghost towns as there is little activity happening. Policemen and soldiers in face masks …

Anyone who has studied Physics would tell you that, “God does not roll a dice on Earth but instead governs it with the Laws of Physics”. He has put in place structures, principles and rules for things to work on Earth. By doing that, it means that he is not playing “trial and error” or …

Pablo’z Club & VIP Lounge is the place where the “big spenders in Zimbabwe meet”. It is one of Harare’s upmarket nightclubs located at Sam Levy Village in the elite surburb of Borrowdale. The most fascinating thing though are the luxurious vehicles that one finds in the parking lot, especially on Friday nights. Aston Martin, …

Some tech report publications have stated that a number of executives in the technology space are now referring Facebook as “Big Tobacco”. The social-networking company, which runs Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger has been caught up in a series of controversies around privacy issues and data breach. Critics have also claimed that Facebook is addictive, …