Then there was Sasai
The recently launched app, Sasai, by Cassava Fintech promises to be a gamechanger as a multifunctional application integrating chat and payment functionality in one app.
Sasai has a large market ready for the application considering that it is backed by Econet, a global telecommunications company and Econet has a large subscriber base in Zimbabwe.
Sasai allows users to socialize and make payments. Users can buy electricity tokens, airtime and data bundles for now.
Our worries, however, are that Econet recently failed its Kwese offering and left many customers with egg on the face all to the delight of DSTV, Kwese’s arch competitor. The recent app uptake is not encouraging in Zimbabwe though Strive Masiyiwa took to Facebook to write the following;
Personally for me, as an entrepreneur, the most satisfying part of the launch of Sasai was knowing that as Africans we have the capacity to master complex technology platforms that can launch global businesses like What’s App, Instagram, Twitter, Alipay; if we put out minds to it.
Austin Zim is right in observing that Sasai App has now been downloaded successfully and used in more than 75 countries around the world.
Yes, we still have the long journey ahead to make it a sustainable profitable business, but it should encourage every young entrepreneur out there to start believing that they can mobilize technical and leadership skills in Africa that can launch platforms that can go global.
In Sasai App, Vaya Africa, and Clean City we showed that we have mastered this digital platforms technology.
I want you to do the same and launch an explosive wave of products and services that address the needs of Africa.
BTW: We have two other platforms that are now ready. I had to make them wait to allow Sasai to be absorbed in the market. The technical and leaderships teams are polishing up!
Let’s Go Africa!
Your time is now!
Sasai is a beautiful app, a must use and currently Cassava FinTech guys are rolling out new features almost on a monthly basis. We pray that the app will be marketed massively lest it fall by the wayside like Sha.
Lastly, the Sasai logo sucks. Its not customer friendly and its unlike Econet. It features an integration of chat and payments but horribly depicted.