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Morocco regulator bans bitcoin payments

Morocco's currency regulator has announced a ban on transactions in bitcoin and other virtual currencies, in a country where foreign exchange flows are tightly controlled

1 day ago

Mastercard-Spazapp collaboration brings cashless payments to informal retailers

Mastercard is collaborating with Durban-based tech company Spazapp, to bring secure and convenient mobile payments to thousands of informal traders

15 Nov 2017

Bitcoin - silver bullet or big bubble?

Before I say anything else, let me first say this: I do not know where the price of Bitcoin is going

By Jacques Plaut 14 Nov 2017

Strange bedfellows. Banks and start ups need to collaborate

New customer preferences threaten the traditional business models of financial services companies and large banks

By Peter Alkema 13 Nov 2017

#AfricaCom: How Bitcoin made PnP sexy and other stories

One of the unplanned, but positive, spin offs from Pick n Pay's (PnP) Bitcoin experiment is that it has made retail sexier in attracting talent

By Nicci Botha 9 Nov 2017

Startups winners at AppsAfrica.com Innovation Awards

African startups Flare, Snapplify and Flutterwave were among the winners at the AppsAfrica.com Innovation Awards, which took place in Cape Town last night

By Tom Jackson 8 Nov 2017

#AfricaCom: M-Pesa sees partnerships as the road to growth

What started out simply as a convenient way to send money home has evolved into the continent's mobile money success story

By Nicci Botha 8 Nov 2017

Cybercriminals on the hunt for cryptocurrency

With the cryptocurrency boom continuing across the world, it is fast becoming an attractive target for cybercriminals

7 Nov 2017

Zambia's Zazu raises $218k in crowdfunding campaign

Zambian fintech startup Zazu has secured GBP166,000 ($218,000) after running an oversubscribed crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs in order to launch a digital bank

By Tom Jackson 2 Nov 2017

Mastercard, Yoco to bring cashless payments to another 15,000 SMEs

Local fintech company Yoco and Mastercard have announced a collaboration that will see the rolling out of 15,000 mobile Point of Sale devices to small and medium-sized businesses

26 Oct 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: Life after rugby

After 10 years of professional rugby playing for the Lions, Stormers and Stade Francais in Paris, Anton van Zyl hung up his boots

By Nicci Botha 23 Oct 2017

The world of payments is changing fast

The services offered by traditional banks are too restrictive for what smaller retailers require and many of them are looking for alternative solutions

By Paul Kent 20 Oct 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: Starting up the Girl Boss Hustle with Akro Capital

Janine Basel, CEO of Akro Capital, shares how the phenomenon of very few female entrepreneurs approaching them for funding led to the formation of their Girl Boss Hustle events

By Leigh Andrews 19 Oct 2017

Complete the Ventureburn Startup Survey and win!

The second annual Ventureburn Startup Survey is drawing to a close. Startups have until 31 October 2017 to participate and stand a chance of winning an iPhone 8 among other great prizes

19 Oct 2017

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BBM Messenger's Adam Pattison on chat, dark social and the new mobile economy

On his visit from London to South Africa for the MMA (Mobile Marketing Association) Forum in Johannesburg on 2 November and Mobile Monday in Cape Town on 6 November, Adam Pattison, vice president, Americas & EMEA at BBM Messenger, shared insights into chat or dark social and how this is shaping the mobile economy.

By Jessica Tennant 3 days ago

Strengthening of trade, investment ties at Africa ASEAN Business Expo

A delegation from South Africa's Black Business Council recently held talks in Johannesburg with business leaders from Singapore and Malaysia on potential investment and bilateral trade.

16 Nov 2017

How fintech is breaking down barriers in the EU

When thinking about financial technologies, it is natural to assume the term stands for recent developments. Fintech, however, is not a newcomer, but has been a column of the financial industry for the past 60 years or so.

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 15 Nov 2017

WeChat Pay arrives in Paris department stores

PARIS - Chinese tourists visiting Paris are now able to pay for their purchases in two of the city's famous department stores with their smartphones, thanks the adoption of the payment app of the popular Chinese social media network, WeChat.

9 Nov 2017

Redefine Properties to buy 25% stake in another Polish retail portfolio

Redefine Properties, the second largest SA-based property group, is due to expand its offshore property platform with another foray into Eastern Europe. It will acquire a 25% stake in a €1bn retail portfolio of 28 well-established assets in Poland.

By Alistair Anderson 7 Nov 2017

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