Service will allow users to buy electricity, play lotto, pay DSTV, recharge on the go, send cross-border groceries and transact in the comfort of their homes
The Sunday Express
Funerals services provider Zororo Phumulani launched South Africa’s newest mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in Johannesburg this week – offering the cheapest data and voice packages in a unique partnership that is backed by giants MTN and Cell C.
The Mbinga Network – also called Poket Mobile – made its grand entrance after weeks of trial runs in which it was already rolled out to Zororo Phumulani sales agents and policyholders – and offering a range of services on app – from groceries and airtime to airplane and bus tickets, electricity, a porting facility and service in all South African languages – and also in ChiShona and IsiNdebele.
The new app allows users to start and run their own mobile businesses, manage stock and product offerings, juggle with customers, and get more earnings with no hustle – all right from one’s smartphone.
Speaking at the launch, former Zororo Phumulani CEO Edwin Kane Anderson – the brainchild behind Mbinga Network – said the launch of the MVNO network would revolutionise data and voice services in a market that is already dominated by giants in the telecommunications sector.
“With data bundles starting from as low as R10 for 40MB per month, social media bundles of 300MB at R10, short messaging at 50c per sms and calls at 66c per minute from Mbinga to Mbinga – these are the lowest rates on the market today,” said Anderson.
Users will be able to play lotto on the network, pay DSTV, and access cross-border remittance services as soon they were registered. One did not need to lose their current line – but could simply port their current number, recharge, and enjoy a multitude of services on the Mbinga Network.
The network is serviced by a 24-hour call centre – is available throughout South Africa – and is backed by Zororo Phumulani walk-in offices throughout the provinces.
Anderson said that Mbinga Network would create thousands of jobs for field agents and would allow anyone from churches and spaza shops to individual business people to run and operate their own mobile business with mobile data and stock – and operating off one’s cellphone.
As reported in the Sunday Express last week Mbo Mahocs – who featured in a series of promotional videos this week – alongside media personality and businessman Conrad Mwanza, and former footballer Gazza Maringwa – are the brand ambassadors for Mbinga Comes To Town with Poket4Money.
Poket Mobile allows users to buy groceries from South Africa to Zimbabwe through Mupedzanhamo Online Groceries – which partnered with Gains Cash and Carry in Zimbabwe last year.
Gains boasts over 60 outlets throughout Zimbabwe – and gives users a great network in cross-border shopping, a network of product suppliers and convenience in shopping and product range.
The standard Poket Mobile user manual features easy to use instructions – from spaza shops and hair saloons to internet cafes, churches, supermarkets, small, medium and large enterprises – and most importantly individuals seeking to earn extra cash with products and services on one’s phone.
One of the key features of the Mbinga is the ability for events and organisers of gatherings to create and implement a ticketing system – which eliminates paper tickets completely – as users will now arrive at their event, scan through a QR code and redeem their entry.
Mbinga is a Zimbabwean new dictionary slang, commonly associated with late Zimbabwean socialite Genius Kadungure who was a highflier businessman – but died in a mysterious road accident last year.
But on the streets Zimbabweans have come to describe the Mbinga as a streetwise and smart businessman or businesswoman, popular with the masses on the ground and looked upon as a community leader and one who is a tycoon of the neighbourhood.
The origins of the word itself are unclear – but are typically restricted to a particular context or group of people – Mbinga yebhora, Mbinga ye ma gitare, Mbinga ye politics etc – and was chosen by the marketers of Poket4Money as resonating with the millennials Bozza come to Town – using a smart app to make online business.
With Poket Money Trader App – one is able to browse a selection of services, details of ease signing up, the range of commissions that you will get as an agent of the product, all the basics of buying and selling and also standard receiving and making payment via eft from any bank account in South Africa.
Subscribers of the Mbinga will be able to e-wallet money from one user to another and the rollout this month will feature more high-profile brand ambassadors, as well as a chance to win cash prizes and merchandise.
Speaking at the event – new Zororo Phumulani Managing Director Robertta Mutimbiri said that the company was honoured to have nurtured and allowed Poket Mobile to spread its wings within the funerals services, and the transactions app was a game-changer on the Zim-SA corridor in terms of its product offering and innovation.
“As we like saying on the streets. Zororo Phumulani yizinja ze game. We are indeed the top dogs when it comes to product innovation and Poket Mobile shows that we mean business,” she said.
Business partner Philisile Zwane said that as one of the key investors in the project – they had chosen Zororo Phumulani as strategic partners in the launch of the MVNO – and judging by the people who had come to the event alone – prospects for growing the wetwork were huge and promising.
Zimbabwe Ambassador to South Africa David Hamadziripi said that the Embassy and Government of Zimbabwe were in support of any Zimbabwean business seeking to make a difference in South Africa.
“We value the close relationship that exists between us and Zororo Phumulani. We wish you well and we will continue to support all your endeavours, ” Hamadziripi said.
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