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SOUTH AFRICA

#FLS2018: Downgrade or not?
#FLS2018: Downgrade or not?

South Africa's economy is one that's vulnerable to the global economy, but it is the internal issues the country faces that will determine whether it will face a downgrade or not...

By Danette Breitenbach 15 Nov 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

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Samsung Pay is now available in South Africa

Samsung Pay is now officially available and live in South Africa...

By Andy Walker 22 Aug 2018

NORTH AMERICA

Boris Dzhingarov
Why your merchant services provider matters - and how to choose one

Any business operating a retail store or e-commerce website needs a merchant services provider. They serve as the gatekeeper between the customers' credit and your "cash register." But with so many different providers on the market, choosing the right one can be difficult...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 14 Aug 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

FNB lets South Africans pay for groceries with their watch
FNB lets South Africans pay for groceries with their watch

Fitbit Pay is now available in South Africa. The wireless payments service which works through Fitbit's range of wearable devices is now compatible with FNB and RMB VISA bank cards.

By Andy Walker 7 Aug 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

CompareGuru team return with SA price comparison startup MoneyPanda
CompareGuru team return with SA price comparison startup MoneyPanda

Ryan Marx, Jax du Plessis and Duane du Plessis know all about price comparison, having been the team behind pan-African platform CompareGuru...

By Tom Jackson 18 Jun 2018

MALTA

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Attention shoppers, isle one!
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Attention shoppers, isle one!

Where do you find Europe's most avid shoppers? Living on the island of Malta, according to findings released comparing EU28 nations...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 27 Apr 2018

AFRICA

The convergence of credit card and cash in Africa
The convergence of credit card and cash in Africa

According to a recent study conducted by Mastercard, over 50% of the South African population still transact using cash on a daily basis...

By Simeon Tassev 1 Aug 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

SA payments startup Yoco to expand across Africa
SA payments startup Yoco to expand across Africa

South African payments startup Yoco is to launch in test markets in East and West Africa by the end of next year on the back of strong growth at home...

By Tom Jackson 31 Jul 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

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

SOUTH AFRICA

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

SOUTH AFRICA

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Are consumers checking out of traditional retail?

Poor performance over the festive season suggests shoppers are spending elsewhere...

By Julia Ahlfeldt 26 Jan 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

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Pop-up and prosper

With retail space becoming ever more expensive and the viability of long-term tenancy no longer what it was, the traditional shopping environment is undergoing a huge shift as retailers look to capitalise on the growing popularity of pop-up shops...

By Morné Stoltz 12 Dec 2016

SOUTH AFRICA

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A checklist for your annual December holiday shutdown

If you're the owner or manager of a small-to-medium business outside the retail and hospitality industries, you're probably looking forward to the annual break...

By Anton van Heerden 2 Dec 2016

SOUTH AFRICA

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Finding solutions to the growing chargeback challenge

Increasing sophistication in card fraud is reason for concern. Not only for banks, but most especially for online merchants, who are at risk of losing their ability to trade should they be implicated in repeat fraud attempts and excessive customer disputes...

By Kyle Rozendo 25 Nov 2016

SOUTH AFRICA

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Mobile payment security for a globetrotting generation

Thanks to advances in technology, the travel experience - compared to only a few years ago - is faster, simpler and more convenient. We book airline tickets, hotel stays, and call an Uber quickly and easily with a simple click on websites or in apps, paying with credit or debit cards. And, once on the road, we use our mobiles to check-in, access boarding passes, and receive updates on any changes to our plans...

By Ajay Bhalla 9 Nov 2016

SOUTH AFRICA

Retailers need to accept that omni-channel buying is growing rapidly
Retailers need to accept that omni-channel buying is growing rapidly

Today's customers hop from researching products on their smartphones to viewing them in-store to ordering online without missing a beat. Technology today touches nearly every aspect of consumers' buying decisions, from researching which product to buy to paying for it...

By Victor de Kock 20 Oct 2016

SOUTH AFRICA

Weighing up online payment options
Weighing up online payment options

When it comes to setting up an e-commerce offering, payment options are often the last thing business owners consider and, unfortunately, this is where the real challenges can creep in...

By Kyle Rozendo 12 Sep 2016

SOUTH AFRICA

Mario Shiliashki
#CommerceMonth: PayU's newly appointed CEO plans to build on local opportunities

"There's a massive opportunity in front of us," says Mario Shiliashki, who recently joined Naspers-owned PayU as CEO of its EMEA business...

By Jessica Tennant 15 Apr 2016

SOUTH AFRICA

How to make rewards programmes work for you
How to make rewards programmes work for you

There's no doubt that rewards programmes can add value to your life: from a free smoothie every few weeks, to upgrading your flights to business class. But to really max out your benefits, eBucks Rewards has the following tips and tricks.

By Johan Moolman 11 Apr 2016

SOUTH AFRICA

Relevant insight helps optimise efficiency at every stage of the customer credit lifecycle
Relevant insight helps optimise efficiency at every stage of the customer credit lifecycle

Customers are the heart of any business and acquiring and retaining them forms an essential function for profitability and sustainability...

By Davina Myburgh 8 Oct 2015

SOUTH AFRICA

Stable interest rate provides affirmation for aspirant homebuyers
Stable interest rate provides affirmation for aspirant homebuyers

With rising inflation a growing concern, the decision by the Monetary Policy Committee to keep the repo rate steady was positive news, although it is likely that the increasing fuel price and proposed further hike in electricity tariffs may bring pressure to bear on the MPC's future stance...

By Dr Andrew Golding 22 May 2015

SOUTH AFRICA

From Christmas to crisis for consumers
From Christmas to crisis for consumers

President Zuma may refer to challenges but as petrol, electricity and food costs go up and wages failed to match inflation, consumers and small businesses had better go into crisis mode....

By Aki Kalliatakis 16 Mar 2015

SOUTH AFRICA

Switching on mobile wallets in South Africa retailing
Switching on mobile wallets in South Africa retailing

The biggest obstacle to making a mobile phone a wallet has always been the sheer complexity of electronic transactions. However, new technology is bringing this dream closer to reality.

By Howard Moodycliffe 3 Dec 2013

SOUTH AFRICA

No shortage of money
No shortage of money

Why is accessing finance such a challenge for most SA businesses? A recent snap survey by enterprise development specialists Fetola, showed that 93% of small businesses are uncertain about where and how to access finance.

By Anton Ressel 20 Aug 2012

SOUTH AFRICA

Craig Wilson
Banks train their guns on start-up 22seven

Financial management website 22seven has been live for just a day and already it's facing its first serious challenge.

By Craig Wilson 30 Jan 2012

SOUTH AFRICA

Issa Sikiti da Silva
'Cost-shy' Standard Bank bounces back, Africa's results sharp

The Standard Bank of South Africa (SBSA), Africa's largest bank in market capitalisation and assets, has posted headline earnings of R6.637 billion for the six-month period ended 30 June 2011, R423 million of which was generated from its Africa's operations and R125 million from Ugandan operations alone, according to the unaudited financial results released yesterday, Thursday 11 August 2011, in Johannesburg.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 12 Aug 2011

SOUTH AFRICA

Issa Sikiti da Silva
Banks, telecoms companies set clash as models are changing

In the next 24 to 36 months, the African continent could see banks clash with telecommunication companies, as the latter are looking for new horizons to expand, particularly focusing more on micro-based transactions, and as both industries are engaged in the quest to enhance their store values, Stafford Masie predicted today in Sandton, Johannesburg.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 17 Mar 2011

SOUTH AFRICA

Nedbank launches 360Life
Nedbank launches 360Life

This week marks a new era in the life insurance industry in South Africa, as Nedgroup Life, a division of Nedbank Group, begins marketing its new range of integrated products dubbed 360Life.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 4 Nov 2010

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