Category Archives: Fintech

Fintech Africa

Your immediate response to prevent banking fraud

If you are like any normal South Africa, you approach intersections labelled high crime or high smash and grab zone with an overabundance of caution and the same applies to any intersection where there are a lot of people loitering around your vehicle. The last thing you want is to become a victim of a crime of opportunity, Close […]

Fintech Startup SOL announces rebrand with exciting new virtual card offering

SOL unveils virtual card and new brand as it redefines the customer experience SOLmate, an online payment platform that offers clients a digital wallet facility, has unveiled an exciting new product offering together with an extensive rebrand and renewed corporate vision. Following a name change to SOLmate, the fintech has launched a new, innovative virtual card […]

Transforming Financial Inclusion Using Behavioural Science

From Financial Access – to Financial Health By Sakhile Mabena, CEO, OFIN, a fintech startup specialising in Behavioural Data Analytics, Financial Process Automation, Behaviour-based Financing and SME Behaviour Nudges There is currently a revolution in the space of financial inclusion, with around 70% of people worldwide now having access to financial services, up from just […]

Four steps to fixing cash flow and help SMEs survive

We are all familiar with the saying in business that “cash is king” and, if that’s the case, then cash flow is the lifeblood of any business.  For small or mid-size businesses, cash flow is a critical component of success. Profits are meaningless without it. The harsh reality is that SMEs who don’t exercise good cash flow […]

Cash is king – but digital payments are coming for the throne

Even with a high banked population and a multitude of electronic payment options available, the average South African still use cash for daily purchases and payments with an estimated 78-80% of transactions being in cash. Anton van der Merwe, the recently-appointed COO of Ukheshe Technologies, a fintech enablement partner that works with financial institutions to […]

Avoiding Instant Electronic Funds Transfer payments Risks

In 2020, e-commerce in South Africa spiked by 66%, driven by COVID-19-induced lockdowns and a drop in brick-and-mortar retail sales[i]. This increase was accompanied by an upsurge in the use of instant Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) payments. Towards the end of last year however, the SA Reserve Bank, Payment Association of South Africa (PASA), and […]

Future proofing banking through the power of data, APIs and automation

The global pandemic has ushered in a new paradigm for the Retail Banking sector, one which demands quicker transformation to a customer-centric service that is digitised, personal and convenient. A recent Financial Industries panel discussion held by Kearney, a global consultancy, shed light on how the power of data, Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and automation […]

South Africa. Banking customers are urged to remain extra vigilant during these trying times

South Africa is in the middle of one of the most tyring times in the country’s history. Unemployment was on the rise which will only worsen in the aftermath of the current situation. In addition, tensions are boiling over turning into violent acts and destruction which are currently disrupting society. This includes bank ATM’s and […]

Top 5 Reasons Why Nigerian Pioneer Bitcoin Remittances

A survey by Statista found that around 32 percent of people in Nigeria use cryptocurrencies and this is the highest proportion of a population in the world. In terms of trade volume, the country stands in 3rd position after the United States of American and Russia with a transaction value of more than 400 million […]

M-KOPA Expands to Nigeria, Appoints Babajide Duroshola as New Country General Manager

Connected Asset Financing Platform Commercially Launching After 20,000 Device Pilot 12th July 2021. Lagos, Nigeria. M-KOPA, the leading connected asset financing platform, today announces it has officially expanded to Nigeria. To lead the Nigeria team, M-KOPA has named Babajide Duroshola as the new General Manager. A part of the tech company’s broader expansion strategy, the […]

Bushra Mahdi appointed as the Brand Ambassador for Tetra Pay International in the GCC and MENA region

Bushra Mahdi is appointed as the brand ambassador for Tetra Pay International INC for the countries in the GCC and the MENA alliance of nations. Leading Instagram influencer, Bushra has over 299 thousand followers on her Instagram page making her a youth icon. She is also the founder of Red Films, owing to her passion […]

89% of GCC consumers will opt for digital banking services over visiting a physical branch post Covid-19

77% of respondents in the GCC access digital banking services at least once a week 44% are willing to switch to a different bank due to poor customer relations 31% perceive their bank’s current offering of access to online banking services as weak Consumer appetite for digital banking services continues to grow in the countries […]

Telephonic payment solution helps companies deal with Covid-19 challenges

VerPay enables verbal commerce as businesses adapt to serve their customers in contactless ways  As South Africa enters its third wave and lockdown restrictions tighten, certain businesses – such as those in hospitality – once again find themselves having to temporarily close their doors, while seeking alternative avenues to generate income, such as take-aways. “The […]

Should You Still Buy Bitcoin at $35,000?

The bitcoin market has been on a downward trend over the last month. Bitcoin has dropped almost 50% from its all-time high of 46 lakhs in three months. The drop has divided investors into two camps: those who are rushing to sell to avoid losses, and those who are holding their investment with optimism for […]

BEC Attacks: Who is legally responsible?

Business Email Compromise (BEC) and cyber attacks are on the increase worldwide. Conveyancing firms, their clients, and other organisations effecting many large non-recurring type transactions are particularly vulnerable to BEC fraud. Ryan Mer, Managing Director, eftsure Africa, a Know Your Payee™ (KYP) platform provider says gaps in organisations’ payment systems not only pose massive financial and reputational […]

Telecel Group ASIP Accelerator powered by Startupbootcamp AfriTech selects Top 10 startups for 2021 Cohort

Telecel Group Africa Startup Initiative Program (ASIP), with Africa’s top early-stage tech Accelerator, Startupbootcamp Afritech, has selected the 10 tech startups that will participate in the inaugural ASIP Accelerator. The program received a record 2229 applications and managed to narrow it down to the Top 10, with the help of investors, corporate stakeholders, and industry […]

Securing the financial institutions’ physical and digital assets with biometrics

Gone are the days when the financial institutions’ (FI) only assets considered to be the gold, cash and other valuables in its vaults. With data widely acknowledged as the new gold, ensuring that only legitimate people get access into the FI’s premises and digital databases is more important than ever By: Nicolas Garcia, VP MEA, […]

Fintech, Ofin, tackles behavioural changes needed to address financial inclusion

It is a common belief that financial access should lead to financial prosperity. According to the World Bank, financial inclusion is defined as all people and businesses having access to useful and affordable financial products and services that meet their needs. Sakhile Mabena, CEO, Ofin, a venture-backed fintech startup specialising in Behavioural Data Analytics, Financial Process […]

Venture Capital trends shaping the African investment landscape

As the second half of 2021 approaches and Covid-19 vaccinations roll out across the globe, albeit at varying rates, Ian Lessem, Managing Partner at HAVAÍC, investors in early-stage, high-growth technology businesses, considers the trends making an impact on the African Venture Capital (VC) landscape. Homegrown solutions take on the world  At HAVAÍC, our investment thesis is […]

Official launch of the second cycle of EMERGING Mediterranean – the springboard programme for emerging Mediterranean Tech For Good leaders

The call for applications is open to any startup based in Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia or Libya that has been operating for over 18 months in one of the following areas: e-health, climate, mobility, agritech, social economy and financial inclusion. As a result of the work done during the preparatory forums for the Summit of […]

South Africa’s Leading Payment Aggregator and Secure Payment Solutions Provider Expands into Africa

With the African Continental Free Trade Agreement set to generate combined consumer and business spending of $6.7 trillion by 2030[i],  the continent requires payment platforms to cater for this growth. To this end, Pay@ – a leading South African payment aggregator and provider of secure payment solutions – will be expanding into several African countries and providing […]

Mastercard partners with Billetera to offer cutting-edge digital payment solutions in Democratic Republic of Congo

Millions of unbanked and financially excluded residents in DRC to gain access to formal financial and digital services   Mastercard’s technology to enable development of diverse digital payment solutions   Partnership is aligned with DRC’s National Digital Plan (NDP)  Mastercard has partnered with Billetera – a digital payments technology company headquartered in Kenya – to provide millions […]