The brief thoughts we posted last week on the Nhava scandal generated a lot of interest and discussion around the originality of mobile and computer gadgets being sold in Zimbabwe.
Reading the comments today, we came across one by someone going by the name “chimwedzi”. The comment gives some insight into the people behind G-Tide Zim and generally what G-Tide Zimbabwe is. Because it’s buried in the second page of the comments on the article, we thought we’d post it here separately.
The words have been pulled as is. We just paragraphed and spaced it a little to increase readability.
G-Tide was founded by a guy called Chaibva with the assistance of a banker called Gwatidzo who is my personal friend before i left Zimbabwe beginning this year. Originally Chaibva and Gwatidzo went with the idea to Shumba who invested some substantial amount of cash but the business partners had huge differences resulting in the split/demerger of G-Tide sometime last year.
G-Mobile was born headed by Gwatidzo. I have been following these events from outside. G-Mobile from my own research is re branding to something called Swav Mobile and they will be specializing in laptops and cellphones. G-Mobile is doing well currently.
I don’t know about G-Tide. I made efforts to get hold of Chaibva and he refused to shed light sighting confidentiality before banging the phone down. Basically all these guys buy phones from China, re-brand them and sell them to the Zim masses on credit.
I really genuinely love the concept and the guys are making money. My main worry is how these guys are getting the phones get into Zimbabwe (ZIMRA) and if they have an approval to sell the products on credit from relevant authorities. I don’t seek to open a can of worms on the issues i raised but guys please be innovative. Buy the machines that manufacturer the phones then we will start talking.