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Dumisani Ndlela is a Zimbabwean journalist specialising in business and financial reporting, with experience reporting on commodities, stock and financial markets, advertising, marketing and the media. He has previously reported from a number of regional countries as well as from the UK and Germany on commodities and regional integration. He can be contacted on .
Zim: Potraz orders penalties against non-compliant subscribers

Zimbabwe's telecommunications regulator has ordered mobile phone network operators to penalise subscribers who have not yet complied with a directive to register their personal details ahead of a 28 February 2011 deadline.

By Dumisani Ndlela 31 Jan 2011 09:42

Media group in advertising awards partnership

Zimbabwe's growing media group Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) has joined hands with Meet the Challenge Conference to create a new advertising awards brand, AMH Ngoma Awards, an announcement from the organisers said.

By Dumisani Ndlela 28 Jan 2011 10:27

Zim: Potraz targets rural areas for telecom services

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) has begun a process to roll out telecommunication services to rural areas through the Universal Service Fund (USF), which has been idle for years.

By Dumisani Ndlela 27 Jan 2011 13:49

Research Bureau International wins Zim media survey tender

Research Bureau International has won the tender to conduct the All Media and Products Survey (ZAMPS) over a two-year period from 2011 to 2012 after a unanimous decision by the Zimbabwe Advertising Research Foundation (ZARF) board on Monday, 17 January 2011.

By Dumisani Ndlela 21 Jan 2011 11:50

Zim government blocks Pick n Pay's Zimbabwe acquisition

The Zimbabwe government has blocked the purchase of a 24% stake in TM Supermarkets by South Africa's retail group Pick n Pay due to an indigenisation law requiring foreign and white-owned firms to relinquish control to black Zimbabweans.

By Dumisani Ndlela 20 Jan 2011 11:52

Umuntu to launch 19 internet portals in Africa

Former Naspers digital media executive Johan Nel says his group Umuntu Media is to launch 19 internet portals across Africa between 2011 and 2012, with the Zambian portal having gone live on 1 January.

By Dumisani Ndlela 14 Jan 2011 07:43

Webcasters, diffusion service providers caught in BAZ loop

The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) has urged diffusion and webcasting service providers to register their operations this year, saying it had the backing of the law to demand fees and licence their operations.

By Dumisani Ndlela 12 Jan 2011 09:27

Ad expert pledges to transform Zimbabwe's advertising

Advertising and design practitioner Jarrod Pretorius has established an advertising agency with great promise to transform advertising in Zimbabwe which he said had "become lazy and obvious".

By Dumisani Ndlela 6 Jan 2011 09:59

NetOne threatens to name and shame customers

NetOne Cellular, the country's smallest cellular network operator by subscribers, has threatened to name and shame its post-paid customers with outstanding bills as it battles to free itself from a financial quagmire.

By Dumisani Ndlela 21 Dec 2010 10:15

Massmart sells Zim stores to OK Zimbabwe

South Africa's Massmart, a sitting duck for a US$2 billion takeover bid by US retailer Wal-Mart Store Inc., has sold its Zimbabwe unit to retail group, OK Zimbabwe. The deal ends months of speculation over Massmart's planned disposal of Makro Zimbabwe and the identity of the buyer.

By Dumisani Ndlela 10 Dec 2010 11:22

Zim: Advertising industry players say the worst is over

Newspaper executives have not yet seen the excitement that characterised yesteryear festive season bumper editions in which publications overflowed with advertisements, but their advertising industry counterparts agree that the market has turned the corner.

By Dumisani Ndlela 8 Dec 2010 07:37

Econet eclipses Coca-Cola to clinch Zimbabwe Superbrand

Telecommunications group Econet Wireless Zimbabwe eclipsed the Coca-Cola brand to clinch the Superbrand award at a ceremony held Thursday, 2 December 2010. Coca-Cola trailed to second position, with the Spar retail franchise coming third.

By Dumisani Ndlela 6 Dec 2010 11:27

Zim: Michael Hogg buys CM&A Ogilvy

Zimbabwean marketing guru Michael Hogg, who sold his advertising agency in 2005, has staged a phenomenal come back after a surprise acquisition of CM&A Ogilvy from Barker McCormac Ogilvy & Mather. Bizcommunity has learnt that the transaction was completed last week and Hogg had already assumed the position of CEO and was re-organising CM&A.

By Dumisani Ndlela 3 Dec 2010 11:13

Meikles to rebrand TM Supermarkets into Pick n Pay

Zimbabwe's Meikles group has agreed to allow Pick n Pay to rebrand TM Supermarkets after a deal in which the South African retailer will shore up its shareholding in the supermarket chain to 49%.

By Dumisani Ndlela 2 Dec 2010 11:28

Zim: Women's rights activists condemn HIV/AIDS campaign

The Population Services International (PSI) Zimbabwe is to withdraw all advertisements discouraging promiscuous behaviour by men after women's rights activists condemned it as sexist. The PSI, which has been at the forefront of campaigns against the spread of HIV/AIDS for over a decade in Zimbabwe, said it would completely pull out its billboards on the campaign by the end of November.

By Dumisani Ndlela 29 Nov 2010 10:42

Zim telecoms regulator to control high internet costs

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) is pushing for drastic cuts in internet tariffs, which critics have said are "the most expensive in the world".

By Dumisani Ndlela 26 Nov 2010 06:44

Zimbabwe fixed-line operator probed

Zimbabwe's Competition and Tariff Commission (CTC) says it has opened investigations into alleged abuse of monopoly by the state-owned fixed-line telephone service operator, TelOne. In a public notice, CTC said it would embark on the investigation in terms of the Competitions Act.

By Dumisani Ndlela 23 Nov 2010 13:15

Call for tenders for Zimbabwe media survey

The Zimbabwe Advertising Research Foundation (ZARF) is inviting bids for the Zimbabwe All Media and Products Survey (ZAMPS) over a two-year period from 2011 to 2012. The ZAMPS is a continuous survey commissioned by the Zimbabwe Advertising Research Foundation to provide information on media consumption and products.

By Dumisani Ndlela 23 Nov 2010 11:16

Zim: No bargains for Christmas shoppers

Zimbabwean retailers have begun their big push for the 13th cheque - bonus money that always comes ahead of the year-end festive season. The Christmas carols are already playing in decorated shops and complexes, and it is all looking beautiful.

By Dumisani Ndlela 19 Nov 2010 09:18

Zim: Lager volumes hit 10-year high

Lagers and sparkling beverages consumption surged during the six months to 30 September 2010, pushing total beverages volumes for the half-year period to a level not seen since 2005. Lagers volumes reached levels last seen in 1999.

By Dumisani Ndlela 15 Nov 2010 06:54

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