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  • Table Mountain restaurants now enjoy 1-second tap & go transaction speed

    South Africa’s iconic Table Mountain, which is  recognised as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature and internationally acclaimed as a top tourist experience, has a fast-moving food and beverage (F&B) environment. Approximately 1.2-million transactions per annum take place -- this is made up of card and cash payments by local and international tourists who eat and drink as part of their Table Mountain experience. Given the high volumes of visitors, the key priority for the F&B division at Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company is to ensure that payment transactions are quick and easy in order to minimize queues and...

  • The importance of a co-working space for startups, what to consider when looking for one

    Brad Neuberg is widely credited as having founded the co-working space concept as we know it when he launched the first such space in 2005 in San Francisco. Since then the co-working movement has spread around the world and is now associated with innovation and tech startups. Benefits associated with co-working spaces range from affordability, opportunities for networking and collaboration, to hip amenities and services. But, just how important is it for startups to find a good co-working space? Schuyler Vorster (pictured above), director and founder of co-working company The Inner City Ideas Cartel, believes a good co-working space is “one of very...

  • Sureswipe’s POS LITE helps Jele Bebe improve business processes

    Theamari Jonker, owner and director of Jele Bebe Teething Jewellery discusses how Sureswipe’s POS LITE helped her improve her business processes. Tell us more about Jele Bebe and its products Jele Bebe is a teething jewellery business that my husband and I started over 3 years ago when we saw a product from the US and were so interested, we researched the South African market, and found that there was nothing equivalent available locally. Our teething products ease the teething process for babies and parents. Our range is multi-purpose -- moms can wear the jewellery as fashion and stylish accessories, as well...

  • Should I be doing something about blockchain?

    This worry is behind a lot of the questions we are being asked by clients, colleagues and friends at the moment. The technology behind bitcoin enables multiple parties to transact based on them having a copy of the same information updated by consensus and removing the need for rent seeking intermediaries. Concern about the technology takes a lot of forms, ranging from FOMO about the cryptocurrency boom to a growing realisation that industries are changing. The pace of that change, and the attention that blockchain is getting, is feeding a self-reinforcing process of hyper growth in this space. Many people draw...

  • Sureswipe’s new referral programme boosts business and gives cash back

    Sureswipe's Referral Programme has stepped up a gear. It now incentivises not only staff and new and existing customers to refer friends and businesses to Sureswipe’s card payment products, but the larger business community as well. Anyone can now refer Sureswipe to a new business and on installation of a product, get cash straight back into their pockets. To facilitate this process, Sureswipe has built a slick new dashboard that includes three simple steps that track the referral process. Step 1: Visit clientzone.sureswipe.co.za Step 2: Complete your personal details and banking details Step 3: Complete the details of the business you are referring. As...

  • The impact of big data on the logistics sector

    Businesses both large and small are drawing on the information available from "big data" to help streamline and improve what they do. Data collected by smart phones, sensors and other sources play an increasingly important role in helping products and services to evolve and to help companies gain a competitive advantage. With this in mind, here we explore the impact of big data on the logistics sector. Electronic on board recorders Electronic on-board recorders (EOBR) are now commonplace in the logistics sector and capture a range of data as a vehicle is in operation. Driver hours and maintenance information are examples of the type...

  • Insurtech is transforming a staid South African insurance industry

    One of the hottest trends in South African fintech in 2018 is insurtech -- which has gained momentum over the last two years, says Dominique Collett, head of AlphaCode, a club for fintech entrepreneurs powered by Rand Merchant Investment Holdings. "It was initially seen as a major threat by insurance companies, but now insurers are taking a far more proactive approach to seize opportunities in this space and are starting to collaborate with startups. Exciting new models are transforming a staid industry characterised by opaqueness and outdated systems,” says Collett (pictured above). As millennials enter the market with different expectations, the insurance industry is...

  • Here’s how small businesses can also cash in on Mother’s Day

    The Mother’s Day period in May is always a highlight in the annual retail calendar, but how do small businesses compete with the larger retail stores and shopping centres and make sure they also benefit during this peak shopping season? Paul Kent, MD of payment service provider says many of the company's clients using Sureswipe card machines are the smaller, boutique-type businesses that trade in custom-made goods like clothing, jewelry, confectionery or specialty chocolates, or they run nurseries, beauty spas and independent coffee shops and eateries. "To help them leverage sales for peak retail periods such as Mother’s Day, we encourage...

  • Here are three facts you need to know about using local app Parkfind

    Parkfind, an app developed by Street Parking Solutions (SPS), allows users to search for, navigate to and pay for parking anywhere in the Cape Town central business district (CBD) in real time. SPS claims that Parkfind is Africa's first search, navigation and payment app. New to the app? Here are a three Parkfind facts around availability, reliability and security. 1.Eight to five on weekdays You can only use the app between 8am and 5pm on weekdays, as well as between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays. Users will not be able to use the app to locate and pay for parking on public holidays, Sundays...

  • How your startup can implement good accounting practices

    It is the dream of every startup to get external funding. However, without the right accounting practices in place, that is unlikely to happen, says Cloudworx founder and MD Gareth Price. Price (pictured above) believes it’s crucial that startups get accounting right from the beginning. He says one of the biggest mistakes a startup could make is something he says happens regularly -- running for a year without any accounting. "They sort of get through the first year, and then go, now I need to do some accounting. That becomes a disaster," he says, adding that the easiest way to fix...

  • Sureswipe launches another service to help small retailers grow their business

    Sureswipe, one of South Africa’s first card payment acceptance companies, has introduced a new online service, called Self Sign up, that allows retailers to order and pay for their card payment machines online and start processing customers’ credit cards within days. “We believe that all retailers across South Africa should be able to accept card payments to increase sales. This has not always been possible mainly due to affordability and accessibility," says Sureswipe managing director Paul Kent (pictured above). Kent says the company's new Self Sign up service removes the daunting and time-consuming application and contracting process, which often involves face-to-face...

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