Ndolwane Community Reaps Solar Project Benefits

THE Ndolwane community, deep in rural Bulilima District in Matabeleland South, about 92 km out of Plumtree Town, has started reaping the benefits of a 100 kilowatt (KW) solar power project recently rolled out by Econet’s Ugesi Energy.

Ugesi Energy has connected power to Ndolwane Primary School, about 10 shops at the business centre and Ndolwane Rural Health Centre including a handful of farmers involved in poultry projects, which the company is jointly funding with Turning Matabeleland Green (TMG). Ugesi Energy has already partnered with TMG and trained at least 50 communal farmers in Ndolwane on commercial production under the initiative being spearheaded by Hamara Group.


Rural vision for Africa, Ndolwane Zimbabwe

Although the beneficiaries of the solar power project in Ndolwane are currently enjoying free electricity, plans are underway to install smart meters with the configuration for purposes of billing expected to be completed this week.

The training covered aspects such as linkages between small-scale farmers and corporate partners, harnessing support to farmers, provision of good quality inputs, technical support, training and accessing markets.

Vaya Africa Launches Electric Vehicle

Nissan Leaf EVs and developed its own solar powered charging stations

Vaya Africa, a ride-hail mobility venture founded by Zimbabwean mogul Strive Masiyiwa, has launched an electric taxi service and charging network in Zimbabwe with plans to expand across the continent. The South Africa headquartered company has acquired a fleet of Nissan Leaf EVs and developed its own solar powered charging stations.

Vaya Africa, a Mauritius-registered Transportation as a Service (TaaS) company, has launched an electric vehicle service in Zimbabwe as part of the company’s rollout strategy across Africa.

Vaya Africa Launches Electric Vehicle, Targets African Market
Mrs Dorothy Zimuto, the CEO of Vaya Mobility

Vaya Africa has launched an electric vehicle service in Zimbabwe as part of the company’s roll-out strategy across Africa. “We are excited to launch the ‘VAYA Electric’ vehicle today  (yesterday) as we start our journey of deploying innovative ways of harnessing clean, renewable energy to provide safe and convenient transportation services to the public on the African continent,” said Mrs Dorothy Zimuto, the CEO of Vaya Mobility in Harare yesterday.

She said VAYA Africa plans to roll out the VAYA Electric vehicle in West and East Africa soon, saying the vehicles would include a range of multi-purpose cars. “Our e-vehicle fleet will include passenger vehicles, motorbikes, vans, buses and dump trucks, all utilising our VAYA hail riding platform. We believe this dovetails well with our vision of driving inclusive technology growth across Africa,” Mrs Zimuto said.

The VAYA Electric will be part of the VAYA Premium service, a passenger service available on the VAYA Africa application that offers a wide variety of VAYA services — including logistics services.


Ugesi Solar is a part of the Econet Group, whose focus is to transform rural communities through solar.

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