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  • South African fintech in 2018 – what can we expect? [Opinion]

    Fintech continues to surprise with little to touch the rise of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in 2017.  This will continue in 2018 and I make some predictions based on what we see happening globally and what we see taking place with our members at AlphaCode, a Rand Merchant Investments club for fintech startup entrepreneurs. Bitcoin At the end of 2016 I predicted that 2017 was going to be the year that the world would embrace bitcoin. I thought it would go mainstream but I had no idea how mainstream it would become. We have seen the bitcoin price increase from $1000 at the beginning...

  • A simple step-by-step guide to finding parking with Parkfind app

    Are you curious about now Cape Town-based Street Parking Solution's (SPS) personal parking assistant Parkfind app works? Here's a quick step by step guide on how to use the app to locate and pay for parking in the Cape Town city centre. The Parkfind app allows you to find parking in real time, navigate to a parking bay using GPS. In addition, users get access to parking tariff information as well as the ability to make in-app parking payments. 1. Download the app Start by downloading the Parkfind app for free from the Apple AppStore or Google Play. 2.Sign up and enable in-app payments For Parkfind's in-app payment function to work, users...

  • How insurtech partnerships are disrupting traditional sectors for the better

    South Africa’s funeral insurance market is booming. It is the most prevalent type of insurance in the country, with the Centre for Financial Regulation and Inclusion (Cenfri) reporting that just under 90% of cover falls into this sector. In a digitally-driven world, service providers in this space no longer necessarily look the same. In fact, many traditional insurers are now looking to combine forces with technology (fintech) and insurance technology (insurtech) companies, which can often quickly draw large client numbers through innovative and nimble offerings. Research by PwC shows that nine out of 10 insurance companies fear losing business to fintech startups, but...

  • treadFEST, the ultimate milestone festival

    During the course of our life we reach many milestones, big and small, that remind us of how far we have come and the journey we have taken to get to where we are now. A milestone is a significant event or development that takes place within our lives that aids in our growth as individuals and usually carries a lot of meaning for each of us. We exert intense devotion into achieving some of life’s major milestones, whether it’s finishing with our matric, heading into our first or final year of university or starting a new job. All of these milestones...

  • treadFEST 2017 – five stages with Locnville, Sketchy Bongo, Holly Wasserfall

    treadFEST 2017 -- which takes place from 3 to 6 December in the Drakensberg -- presents five stages with a mix of music genres: Jerry and the Bandits, Holly Wasserfall, Locnville, Sketchy Bongo, Monark are just six among a host of bands and DJs in the pipeline. Jerry and the Bandits’ latest EP, Fiction in Folktale, is the result of passion, hard work, long hours, and hoarse voices. “Many people get confused by the title we have chosen but it’s not so confusing if you think about it”, says vocalist Jerry. “It basically means that we are passing our stories through to others by...

  • Want your music to be heard? Then join treadFEST’s Battle of the Bands

    treadFEST and GWP (Graeme Watkins Project) are partnering up to search for South Africa’s new musical sensation. We want to hear your music, and we want other people to hear it too. treadFEST wants to give you a place to showcase your musical talents and to help you take a step towards making your dreams of becoming a performer into a reality. All styles of music are welcome, whether you are a band or a solo act, a duo or a DJ, we want you! Do you think you have what it takes to perform on stage in front of a huge...

  • Festival goers can expect to be swept away by treadFEST surroundings

    One of treadFEST’s main features, is the area in which its set. In the heart of the Drakensberg, surrounded by mountains and trees. The moment you arrive you will be swept away by the beautiful scenery and the fresh air. The festival takes place from 3 to 6 December at the Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge, in the Drakensberg. treadFEST want you to absorb the beauty around the camp, and have specially created activities that allow you to connect with nature in the best possible way. With over 350 hectares to walk, you will fully explore the natural wonders around you. If you long for...

  • With over 350 hectares, treadFEST offers adventure and stunning views

    TreadFEST, which takes place in Drakensberg, is just a few weeks away. Set to take place from 3 to 6 December, one of the festival's main features is the area's setting. In the heart of the Drakensberg, surrounded by mountains and trees. The moment you arrive you will be swept away by the beautiful scenery and the fresh air. treadFEST want you to absorb the beauty around the camp, and have specially created activities that allow you to connect with nature in the best possible way. With over 350 hectares to walk, you will fully explore the natural wonders around you. If you long...

  • Sunrise yoga, delicious food, water activities and more at treadFEST

    treadFEST -- which takes place from 3 to 6 December 2017 in the Drakensberg -- wants you to get the most out of your trip, and has ensured that there is constantly something to do. You will never be bored while at the festival. Start your day off right with sunrise yoga. There is no better way to start of your morning, and it will leave you feeling energised for the rest of the day. treadFEST has partnered with Tranquini to create the ultimate Zen experience. Whether you’re a yoga pro or a beginner, everyone is welcome. In the evening, watch movies...

  • Sureswipe’s Move allows business owners to accept payments on the go

    Business owners that often move around to sell their goods and services have been able to increase revenue thanks to Sureswipe's Move payment solution. The solution allows one to easily receive card payments from customers regardless of where one is. Sureswipe MD Paul Kent says Move has boosted the revenue of a number of its small business clients because it allows business owners and their staff to remain mobile, agile and offer their customers personalised, face-to-face service. Move is also a great option for pop-up shops, those operating from markets and who run promotions. “We know the challenges that merchants, independent retailers and SMEs face. This is why we...

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