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Econet Wireless Zimbabwe to open shop in SA

Econet Wireless is preparing to open a shop in Johannesburg to serve Zimbabwean clients in South Africa.

Reports this week indicated that Econet would open a shop in Hillbrow, an inner-city suburb of Johannesburg. The aim, said the company, is to serve the up to two million Zimbabweans living in SA.

Last year, Econet Wireless also linked with its South African counterpart, MVNO Econet Wireless South Africa, to offer a ‘Call Home’ service with discounted rates on calls from South Africa to Zimbabwe. Econet noted that: “When Econet Wireless launched its MVNO in South Africa, it targeted specifically the needs of Zimbabwean and other African immigrants. Many Zimbabweans took its SIM cards out of national pride.”

It added that it had been systematically developing products for Zimbabweans living in SA, including an insurance product called “CarryMeHome” which covers the cost of repatriation to Zimbabwe in case of death in South Africa, and was developing a South African version of EcoCash so that its customers could send money home, quickly, cheaply and safely.

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