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  • treadFEST – three days of celebration, music, unwinding, making memories

    treadFEST, which takes place from 3 to 6 December in the Drakensberg, is a three days of music, celebration, unwinding, connecting, and making memories. The emphasis is on lots of music, food and drink, fresh air, and a host of cultural and sporting activities. Good clean fun plus a great party. It’s a cashless, environmentally-friendly, community-supporting space. treadFEST is a celebration of freedom, fun and friendship. For all 18 to 25 year olds, treadFEST marks new beginnings. It’s not the average but then neither are you. Why treadFEST? In an increasingly fractured world, we feel the need to tread lightly, to live more sustainably...

  • treadFEST 2017 – five stages with Graeme Watkins Project, Goodluck, Majozi

    treadFEST 2017, which takes place in the Drakensberg from 3 to 6 December, presents five stages with a mix of music genres: The Graeme Watkins Project, Goodluck and Majozi are just three among a host of bands and DJs in the pipeline. The Graeme Watkins Project exploded onto the SA music scene in 2011. Their debut album Corridors of the Mind produced no less than five top-10 singles and catapulted them into the spotlight. Their second album Soldier On, released in 2013, confirmed the band's dirty, edgy, rough approach to a medley of pop, indie, rock and electronic genres. Catch “the band with love in...

  • FinChatBot to improve customer service, reduce costs for financial services

    If you’ve had enough of being put on hold, speaking to call centres in India or waiting for that promised call back on your query from people who never call back, you are probably ready for a chatbot. Chatbots have arrived in South Africa and are kicking off in financial services. Chatbots are life like text based online conversations to connect businesses with their customers. These conversations are possible on websites, Facebook messenger or on apps. They are intelligent conversations made possible through artificial intelligence and machine learning. If you think spending 45 minutes on the phone is absurd to take...

  • The tech behind Parkfind: Here’s how it allows you to find, park, pay [Sponsored]

    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. With layers of technology behind it, have you ever wondered how it all works? It took two years to develop the architecture around Parkfind, the business model and the internally developed parking management system that forms the backbone of Parkfind, says SPS operations manager Josh Lindenberg. “We understand the parking business, we understand parking management and we understand how sensors work,” says Lindenberg. He says the app is unique in that SPS has...

  • Customer loyalty is key to a retailer’s success

    What is important for a retailer is repeat business. Attracting your customer back into your store and rewarding them for spending money with you. Customer loyalty ultimately builds a brand. To manage and reward customers can be a great admin hassle if you do this manually and the process can create all kinds of unnecessary headaches. Unless your loyalty programme is easy and seamless, it can result in more damage than good! For this reason, Sureswipe has an acquiring service for retailers that use their card payment solution that allows them to customise a loyalty programme to suit their business and...

  • From operating under a tree, meet man who today owns Street Parking Solutions

    From running his business from under a tree in an abandoned parking lot in Claremont, Cape Town -- entrepreneur Zunade Loghdey today runs a parking management company that employs over 300 parking marshals. Loghdey's Street Parking Solutions (SPS) currently manages the City of Cape Town’s parking solutions in the city centre. In 2008 when he started SPS he took to managing just 100 parking bays in Claremont. At the time Loghdey (pictured above, right) could not afford an office. “I found an abandoned bowling green in Bowwood Road, Claremont, it’s still there today. The tree that you see in the parking lot is the tree that...

  • Why all fintech startups should consider joining a global innovation hub

    Entrepreneurs in the fintech space have been shaking up the banking industry for a number of years and their impact continues to grow, making it imperative to collaborate with the startups that are helping to shape the future of financial services as we know it. Stories of entrepreneurs who "cracked the code" in the basement and became overnight billionaires are plentiful, but in most cases, a great idea is only half the battle won. And in most cases, successful entrepreneurs have to invest time and money over long periods to get an idea off the ground and through to execution...

  • AlphaCode makes fourth investment, in Luno an international bitcoin platform

    South African bitcoin trading platform Luno today (19 September 2017) announced its expansion into 35 new markets across Europe, and the conclusion of a R120-million Series B funding round, led by London-based Balderton Capital, one of Europe’s leading venture capital firms. Rand Merchant Investments, through its fintech investment arm, AlphaCode, and existing investors Digital Currency Group also participated in the round. This follows Luno’s R60m Series A round, which was led by emerging market tech giant Naspers. To date, AlphaCode has invested in Prodigy Finance (August 2017), Entersekt (June 2017) and Merchant Capital (June 2016). Luno is one of the world’s most popular Bitcoin platforms, making it easy for people to buy, sell and learn about digital...

  • SA fintech pioneers Sureswipe, Traderoot partner to disrupt payment space

    Two of South Africa’s first financial technology companies have announced a strategic business relationship that is set to change the fintech payment space. Traderoot and Sureswipe have made available a quick, comprehensive and Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliant payment platform that reverses the relationship SMEs and merchants have with traditional financial institutions and places control of business processes in their own hands. Sureswipe’s managing director Paul Kent (pictured left, above) says this new approach to payment transactions is set to disrupt the current mindset of the industry, as merchants no longer have to be locked into single relationships with large financial institutions that...

  • Parkfind claims to be first in Africa with real-time search, navigation and payment

    Tired of driving around Cape Town wasting both fuel and time looking for parking? A company that manages the city's parking claims its app Parkfind is the first in Africa that allows you to search for, navigate to and pay for parking in real-time. "Parkfind is the s**t," says Zunade Loghdey. He's the founder of Street Parking Solutions (SPS) the Cape Town-based on-street parking solutions company that launched the parking app in July. "We are the first in Africa and one of two or three in the world with a full time search, navigation and payment application,” says Loghdey. Parkfind utilises the best of parking technology to...

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