Telecel licence cancelled, workers in limbo

THE fate of more than 1 000 Telecel Zimbabwe employees now hangs in the balance after the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) cancelled the company’s licence.

Potraz on Wednesday cancelled the Telecel licence, giving subscribers 30 days to find alternative networks, while there has been no word on the fate of the workers.

Telecel has 60 days to appeal the revocation of its licence, and if this fails, they have to decommission their equipment within two months.

In a statement Potraz said Telecel could continue providing services for its subscribers for 30 days as it winds up operations.

“In order to facilitate the smooth switch of the Telecel Zimbabwe network as well as ensuring that disruption is minimized, POTRAZ concurrently issued a special licence to Telecel to continue providing telecommunications services for a period of 30 days,” the authority said.

“During this period, it is expected that Telecel Zimbabwe subscribers switch to alternative networks and those with credits on the Telecash Mobile money platform would make good their position.

“In terms of Section 96 of the Postal and Telecommunications Act, Telecel Zimbabwe may appeal to the Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services should they be aggrieved by the decision of the authority on this matter.”

Telecel and the government have been at loggerheads for a while, with the telecommunications company being accused of failing to meet indigenisation regulations.

The government recently cancelled an agreement with the firm, which allowed it to operate without paying $137,5 million to renew its operating licence.

The company is yet to issue a response.

More to follow…

14 Comments

  1. yaa aya maqq apa its the second after econet (although with a big difference) but it means most users are going to suffer a significant switching cost

  2. however workers are my greatest worry where to from now

  3. rega ibaye.. that shld send a clear message to all those companies balking. comply with the laws of the land or face the music. the fate of employees thats another story.

  4. ayas……they said they are going to create 2,2 million jobs and now they are closing the companies…What are the workers going to do????….Mugabe ,his wife and crew are very inconsiderate…..Apa wonzwa rimwe richiti pamberi neZANU……kusadzidza kunotadzisa vamwe vanhu kufunga mhani…nxa

    1. now this is how an uneducated person responds. everything in zimbabwe doesnt lead to politics or who one voted for first world countries are in recession and what do you make of it of third world countries that dont use their official currencies. open a book study economics you will better understand how these things work.

      handidye sadza kumba kwevanhu vamunotaura avo, but i have the power to change my own destiny. its called entrepreneurship the moment you start complaining over things you cant change thats the beginning of your downfall

    2. You can say that again.I used to respect Supa the days he used to Horst the programme TALKING BUSINESS.I wonder where that great thinking went to??Obviously eroded by Zanuphobia thinking which does not build but kill.

    3. how about #sofarsogood

      We are just a joke!

  5. So now we need 2,200,1000 more jobs. Ayas!

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  7. mazana mambombo

    Unemployment for all by the year 2020. This is a problem created by the so called “MaZimbabweans takadzidza generation” the same stupid people vanofamba magaro ari pachena vakapfeka masiripaz akasungwa newaya nechi t-shirt chisina musana ,who go on and vote Zanu all in the name yekuti hee Tsvangirayi haana kudzidza .Mugabe akakudhomai akawona how stupid and foolish you are all you need is to be told kuti uyu ndidhokota wotoputirwa pfungwa .You should have voted for Tsvangirayi ,he would have been easier to vote out if he had failed but makarara now look at you and where you are going..muchadya politics kunakidzwa nechirungu chembavha Robber muchitadza kuona kurikuenda hupenyu.Muchamuka!

    1. now this is how an uneducated person responds. everything in zimbabwe doesnt lead to politics or who one voted for first world countries are in recession and what do you make of it of third world countries that dont use their official currencies. open a book study economics you will better understand how these things work

  8. Idi amin aidid

    Things fall apart. If the situation in Zim continue like this in 15 months time Robert Mugabe’s gvt will be no more. Mark my words.

  9. ana mike munongofunga kuti munoziva stereki. yu say mabasa haana basa. personally I think yu are a fool who will allow the council to close gate raunopinda naro pamba. that is if you live in a house anyway. your kind inogara mumashacks muchifunga kuti that’s normal life.

  10. mazana mambombo

    Well Mike if you dont realise that the demise of the local industry is down to political factors then you my friend ,no not friend, but country man fit precisely into the picture i have painted above . Political leadership has a mandate to set a business friendly environment in a country that you dont know this shows how challenged you are .Zimbabwe has many entrepreneurs who have gone on to make it in other lands besides their own for the simple reason that the business environment created by the politicians is not attractive. The world economy is not in recession ,its just rejigging and investments are happening all over without Zimbabwe. China the so calledZim ally is just about to complete a multibillion power generation works along the nile for the Ethiopeans and yet you feed on MOUs.Zvenyu zvekuswero tengerwa kachasu nema scud and think kuti ndohupenyu is just sad.As descibed by Muzimbo Akakwana ,you are the kind inogara mumashck muchifunga kuti thats normal life.

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