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Plans being made to phase out scratch cards

The government has started a strategy to gradually phase out the use of airtime scratch cards in collaboration with the Global System for Mobile Association of Zambia.

This is being done, according to FELIX Mutati, Minister of Technology and Science, in an effort to assist the government’s plan for digital transformation and to advance a clean, green economy.

Mr. Mutati stated during a press conference in Lusaka that the phase-out of the scratch cards should be finished by June of the following year.

He claimed that doing this will increase tax revenue collection and help to prevent fraud and difficulties for customers.

According to BART HOKFER, chair of the Global System for Mobile Communication Association of Zambia, the project will make it easier for customers to load airtime because they won’t have to call as many numbers.

He mentioned that more than 60% of people in the nation load airtime electronically.


The project will lessen the nation’s carbon impact, according to COLLINS CHOMBA, acting director general of the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA).

Since then, Mr. CHOMBA has pleaded with mobile network carriers to increase the awareness of education they provide to all individuals nationwide.

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