Digital Wallets as an Enabler for Financial Services in Africa

By Juan Seco, Chief Growth Officer and East Africa MD of Mukuru The recent GSMA 2023 State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money highlights how mobile money has become a mainstream financial tool in many African countries. Since 2022, more than 184 million people across the continent have embraced mobile money. The Sub-Saharan Africa

Pick n Pay Customers Can Now Buy Selected Products and Pay Later

Selected Pick n Pay formats are ushering in a new era of shopping convenience and affordability with the launch of PayJustNow, one of the fastest-growing Buy Now Pay Later providers in South Africa. PayJustNow empowers customers to split payments into three convenient instalments – through a completely digital application process – which is free of

Building Trust in Financial Markets: Whitepaper Explores Data-Driven Transparency and Compliance in Key Sectors – Global Voice Group

Mobile money and remittances will continue to dominate Africa’s economic development if they are supported with tools to boost data-driven transparency and compliance, according to a new whitepaper, released today, by Global Voice Group (GVG), a global provider of ICT and RegTech solutions for Governments and regulatory bodies. Data from the World Bank shows that

SA’s Payments Gold Mine: The Alchemy of Data Into Growth

The African payments industry, by furnishing diverse, robust and user-friendly platforms, is catalysing entrepreneurship and financial independence, while also enhancing income for entrepreneurs. Over the past five years, mobile payments have seen tremendous growth in South Africa. As of 2023, the South African mobile payments market is estimated to be worth $25 billion, with a

Scan to Pay Vouchers: a New Way to Reward Loyalty

With the holiday season fast approaching, many businesses are working on gift lists and incentives to thank employees and reward loyal clients. And while the reliable (if somewhat boring) box of chocolates is still appreciated by some, what better way to thank someone than to let them choose their own perfect gift? That’s just one

The New Standard of Universal Coupons – Ingenico

Legacy processes for offering, accepting, and using coupons are about to give way to a modern approach. With consumers doing more of their shopping with mobile devices, the legacy coupon standard, (AI) 8110, isn’t meeting the industry’s needs. Moreover, that standard is also increasingly vulnerable to fraud. A new universal coupon standard (A1) 8112 from

Mobicred Launches Convenient, Accessible, Mobile Credit Facility within The Shoprite Group

As of August 2023, Shoprite customers will now be able to purchase non-food items using leading digital credit provider, Mobicred. The fully digitised system will give shoppers access to credit offerings via their Money Market accounts, enabling them to pay off higher ticket items over a period of up to 12 months. Commenting on this

Paycorp Champions Financial Inclusion in South Africa with SARB Designation and Visa & MasterCard Principal Membership

Paycorp, a leading provider of payment solutions, has been licensed as a direct clearing system participant by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB). This means Paycorp can now acquire payment transactions directly into the National Payments System through BankServ Africa and internationally through its principal memberships with Visa and MasterCard. As an independent non-bank participant

Ukheshe Partners with Diamond Trust Bank to Deliver BaaS in East Africa

Banking as a Service (BaaS) and embedded finance enabler Ukheshe has partnered with Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) to provide an innovative BaaS platform in East Africa. BaaS, the provision of banking products and services through third-party distributors, is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of a whopping 25% in some markets, and

Airtel Africa and Mastercard Strengthens Partnership with Launch of New Remittance Transfer Service

Airtel Africa and Mastercard announced the launch of a new cross-border remittance service in partnership with Mastercard, which will enable Airtel subscribers across 14 African markets to send and receive money safely and securely, with speed and certainty. This innovative service will be rolled out in a phased approach to provide consumers with a seamless