Bird Flu At Irvine’s Chickens: Botswana Cancels Imports

Updated below with Irvine’s statement The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has reported that an outbreak of a highly pathogenic avian flu has occurred at Irvine’s commercial breeders east of the capital Harare. On a farm with eight separately managed sites that are contained, one breeding site housing 83,000 birds was affected. Over three…

UPDATED: Zimbabwe Government Inflates Mobile Data Prices

The Government of Zimbabwe, through its regulatory body the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ), has struck a blow against a mortal enemy. 2016 saw the rise of protest movements organised through social media, led by vocal Twitter and Facebook uses who were branded “social media terrorists” in the state media. After a…

OpenParly Are Doing Good Work

We received this from Tich, who is pretty chuffed with OpenParly; This is an appreciation post. I rarely send these. So, a week ago, I was following the @OpenParlyZW Twitter feed and they were sharing a few details on NRZ. I’ve been following the NRZ story with interest of late. Really trying to find out…

Get Better Customer Service on Social Media

If you are a regular twimbo (Zimbos on Twitter, fyi) you will have noticed the almost constant stream of complaints and responses aimed at a leading mobile network. Between unresponsive call centers and endless phone menus, it’s no surprise more of us are turning to social media when we need customer service. Some companies are…

ZOL Home Internet Slows To A Crawl

We got this from a frustrated Zimbabwe OnLine customer. ZOL is selling a home plus package for $59 dollars that has speeds “up to 1MB”. Thats a good deal and it was for a month. But 2 weeks ago it just started being extremely slow, I called their support team, we would go over settings…

Facebook Timeline: Make Old Posts More Private

So. Facebook finally rolled out its much-anticipated Timeline feature, which brings a snazzy new interface to your profile, not to mention the ability to see every post anyone’s ever made back to their first day on Facebook. Every. Single. One. You can get the Timeline feature right now, but Facebook gives you seven days to adjust the look of your timeline before it goes public. Chances are, you’ll want to tweak a few things before you publish it.

Disable the Annoying Facebook News Ticker

Facebook rolled out some new tweaks this week, like adding a real-time “ticker” of all your friends’ updates in the right sidebar, and making pictures bigger in the news feed, along with a few other tweaks. Some people woke up to them and promptly starting making Facebook status updates on how much they hate the…

Managing the pain of social media

I love social media, but even the biggest fans of the social web will find some sources of frustration. What is your social media pain point? I thought I’d explore some of the main ones I’ve identified and offer up some potential solutions.

Where’s the change?

I have been whining about small change in supermarkets for months now, even going so far as creating a page on Facebook about it.

A close friend who is a retailer took great offence, and claimed he did all he could to help his customers out, including spending an inordinate amount of time in the banks chasing small change.