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Econet Launches Solar Powered Kiosks For Vendors

Zimbabwe’s largest mobile telecommunications company, Econet Eireless, Tuesday launched a solar-powered green kiosk that will provide a clean and safe working environment for vendors in towns and rural areas.

Econet chief executive Douglas Mboweni told guests at the launch of the kiosks that his company is concerned about vendors’ illegal, insecure and unsafe working conditions and hopes that this initiative will transform their operations.

Mboweni said apart from selling airtime, cellphones and other gadgets such as solar lanterns, the kiosks will also offer free cellphone charging facilities.

He said 100 units have already been rolled out in Harare and expects more than 5,000 to be distributed country-wide by the end of next year.

Mboweni urged local authorities to assist in providing sites for the kiosks as well as licensing the vendors expected to use the units.

Harare mayor Muchadei Masunda, who was the guest of honour, commended Econet Wireless Zimbabwe for partnering the Harare City Council in trying to restore the capital to its sunshine status.

Jesca Kokerai, one of the beneficiaries, said her sales have gone up sharply since she started operating the kiosk in February this year.