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Abraham Cambridge, founder of The Sun Exchange
Powering Africa through blockchain crowdfunding

Africa is on the cusp of an energy revolution. We are seeing exceptional and pioneering solutions to how we generate, use, and pay for energy...

By Abraham Cambridge 3 days ago

Startupbootcamp Cape Town calls for applications
Startupbootcamp Cape Town calls for applications

Startupbootcamp (SBC) will be launching its new accelerator programme in Cape Town. Startups from around the world are invited to apply now...

24 Apr 2017

The Talent Boom opens a new fintech and financial services recruitment division at their SA HQ
The Talent Boom opens a new fintech and financial services recruitment division at their SA HQ

Due to heavy expansion in South Africa and globally, The Talent Boom, global creative, digital and tech headhunting firm is excited to announce the opening of a new division dedicated to servicing fintech and financial services...

Issued by The Talent Boom 19 Apr 2017

SA students compete in KPMG International Case Competition
SA students compete in KPMG International Case Competition

A team of four top students from Witwatersrand (WITS) and University of Pretoria (UP) have headed to Lisbon to compete in the annual KPMG International Case Competition (KICC)...

11 Apr 2017

The regulatory risks inherent in fintech innovation and how to manage them
The regulatory risks inherent in fintech innovation and how to manage them

Facebook's WhatsApp recent move into digital payments in India reinforces the view of many, that the biggest competition to existing legacy banks could well come from the so-called GAFA (Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple)...

Issued by CiTi 10 Apr 2017

New imperatives for leadership and innovation
New imperatives for leadership and innovation

Over the top (OTT) services such as WhatsApp have harnessed the network effect very well to drive message growth through their groups feature...

By Peter Alkema 7 Apr 2017

The future of payment authentication
The future of payment authentication

In a recent paper, delivered at the Seamless Pay Conference in Cape Town, entitled ‘The Future of Authentication', Steven Jackets, examined some of the issues...

28 Mar 2017

Source: Capitec
Capitec to acquire 40% stake in Creamfinance for €21m

Banking group Capitec has acquired a 40% interest in international online lending group Creamfinance for €21m...

27 Mar 2017

Andreas Antonopoulos
Blockchain is coming, it's just a matter of time

At this point, blockchain protagonists are not regarded as early adopters, but rather the lunatic fringe...

By Danette Breitenbach 27 Mar 2017

Andrew Torre, Visa president for sub-Saharan Africa. Source:
How Africa's mobile revolution is reaching the unbanked

The continent's mobile banking revolution is only just beginning, and although payment systems are becoming more seamless, cash is still king in Africa...

By Nicci Botha 20 Mar 2017

The race for the payments space
The race for the payments space

Long the bastion of institutionalism and trust, and therefore fairly resilient to disruption, banks are now in a war of adapt or die...

By Nicci Botha 17 Mar 2017

CiTi joins Helen Zille on mission to Singapore, Japan
CiTi joins Helen Zille on mission to Singapore, Japan

The Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) is joining Western Cape premier, Helen Zille, on a working visit to Singapore and Japan...

10 Mar 2017

The value of rewards in building consumer trust online
The value of rewards in building consumer trust online

Trust, throughout the e-commerce ecosystem, was the number one topic taking up headspace for those in the industry...

By Carlos Simões 9 Mar 2017

Source:
Thomson Reuters app simplies forex auctions

The Thomson Reuters Eikon Auctions app has been used successfully for the first time for live foreign exchange auctions in Ghana and Uganda...

6 Mar 2017

Yoco's CEO Katlego Maphai
Yoco raises funding for expansion

South African fintech startup Yoco, which allows small businesses to accept card payments, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding...

By Tom Jackson 3 Mar 2017

Peach Payments, Callpay launch EFT payment system for SA e-commerce
Peach Payments, Callpay launch EFT payment system for SA e-commerce

South African mobile payments startup Peach Payments has partnered secure payments solution Callpay to provide automated electronic fund transfers...

By Tom Jackson 1 Mar 2017

Singer Group, FOMO Travel partnership set to disrupt the travel industry
Singer Group, FOMO Travel partnership set to disrupt the travel industry

The Singer Group has partnered with fintech startup, FOMO Travel to offer customers a new way to book and pay for future travel...

28 Feb 2017

Fintech investment drops off significantly in 2016, says KPMG report
Fintech investment drops off significantly in 2016, says KPMG report

The hype around fintech seems to have levelled out with total global funding sliding by 47,2% in 2016...

27 Feb 2017

(c) amnuai butala -
How far are we from a cashless society in South Africa?

Globally, cash, as a means of transaction, has been on the decline for decades...

By Bronwyn Williams 24 Feb 2017

Value added services made easy for South African retailers
Value added services made easy for South African retailers

A Cape Town-based fintech business, Electrum, is providing retailers and banks with the technology platform that they need to connect their systems to VAS providers...

22 Feb 2017

Alibaba unit invests $200m in South Korea's Kakao Pay
Alibaba unit invests $200m in South Korea's Kakao Pay

Alibaba's payment affiliate Ant Financial will invest $200 million in a unit of South Korean messaging giant Kakao, the companies said on Tuesday...

21 Feb 2017

Roed in action.
Getting heavy-handed on fintech community disruption with Heavy Chef Tours

Heavy Chef founder and CEO Fred Roed shares why he resigned from agency WWC at the end of last year to take the Heavy Chef ‘side project' community to the doers, globally…

By Leigh Andrews 21 Feb 2017

Blockchain Africa conference secures Brazilian sponsor
Blockchain Africa conference secures Brazilian sponsor

Brazilian bitcoin miner, CoinBR has come aboard as the second premier sponsor for the Blockchain Africa conference...

20 Feb 2017

PPS Investments launches digital calculators to help investors
PPS Investments launches digital calculators to help investors

Investors face many questions when it comes to investing. To assist investors in answering theses questions instantly, PPS Investments has developed five calculators...

17 Feb 2017

Rapid growth seen in consumers using Automated Deposit Tellers
Rapid growth seen in consumers using Automated Deposit Tellers

Due the convenience of Automated Deposit Tellers, there is rapid growth in the number of consumers doing their banking outside the normal banking hours according to FNB...

16 Feb 2017

CashlessAfrica 2017 awards to honor innovation in Africa's digital financial services ecosystem
CashlessAfrica 2017 awards to honor innovation in Africa's digital financial services ecosystem

The CashlessAfrica 2017 awards honor the best across all sectors and segments covering financial technology providers, mobile network operators, financial institutions, mobile money providers...

14 Feb 2017

Antonopoulos to speak at Blockchain Africa Conference
Antonopoulos to speak at Blockchain Africa Conference

Technologist and serial entrepreneur, Andreas M Antonopoulos has been confirmed as keynote speaker at the Blockchain Africa Conference in Johannesburg from 1-3 March 2017...

7 Feb 2017

eCommerce MoneyAfrica Confex opens in Cape Town in February
eCommerce MoneyAfrica Confex opens in Cape Town in February

The third eCommerce MoneyAfrica Confex opens on 22-23 February 2017 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre...

6 Feb 2017

The future of fintech
The future of fintech

Even the most hardcore Luddite can't ignore the rate at which technology is changing South Africa's financial services industry...

By Dominique Collett 31 Jan 2017

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