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  • 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...

  • treadFEST 2017 – five stages with New Hero, Grimehouse, Opposite the Other

    treadFEST 2017 presents five stages with a mix of music genres: Grimehouse, New Hero and Opposite the Other are just three among a host of bands and DJs in the pipeline. Welcome to the filthy side of South African Drumstep: Grimehouse. His tracks are played by some of the biggest artists in the world, including the Beatport Studios Live and a compilation for one of the world’s biggest record labels "MAD DECENT". But this is just the beginning for the filth monster! Grimehouse’s tracks are racking up thousands and thousands of plays every month on his Soundcloud page and he tries to give...

  • Four black-owned fintech startups each win R1m at Alphacode pitching event

    Four black-owned South African financial services startups each won R1-million last night at a pitching event hosted by AlphaCode. The event was held on 31 October and was run for the third time in collaboration with AlphaCode, a club for next generation financial services entrepreneurs powered by RMI Holdings. The Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) pitching event is an initiative of Merrill Lynch South Africa and Royal Bafokeng Holdings which seeks to identify and reward high potential South African fintech entrepreneurs to boost the development of fintech in South Africa. Monetary awards were made to four of the 10 black-owned financial services businesses which pitched. The four businesses, as recipients of the grant funding, will become members...

  • Blurring of fintech, agritech holds significant potential impact for Africa

    The transformative power of fintech innovations has had far-reaching consequences on the financial services sector, disrupting traditional banking models and bringing about previously unimaginable changes in the way customers bank and pay. Technology is also transforming other industries, such as agriculture and health services. And because most industries have a financial element, the lines between the technology changes in fintech and other industries such as agritech are beginning to blur. This makes for even more exciting possibilities. “More and more we are seeing the convergence across sectors, and for emerging markets this systemic approach is a useful way to address the complexity,”...

  • Slide app, SA’s own version of Venmo, aims to boost person-to-person payments

    South Africa has just got its own version of Venmo, one of the US’s most successful payment platforms owned by PayPal that processes $25-billion in person-to-person payments annually. The Slide app is founded by three young South Africans who recently returned from living in the US -- Irshad Kathrada, Terence Goldberg and Alon Stern. The three have developed the app to change the way South Africans pay each other. Kathrada, worked for JP Morgan in Johannesburg, London and New York; Terence Goldberg, worked in Toronto and San Francisco; and Alon Stern moved to the US from South Africa on a Fulbright scholarship where he worked at...

  • Mama Money makes FICA simple: take a photo and a selfie

    The South African-based fintech startup that offers the cheapest cross border money transfer rates into key African countries and now into India, has introduced the easiest online registration process using its app – taking a photo and a selfie. This is a first in South Africa and is approved by the Financial Intelligence Centre and the SA Reserve Bank. Mama Money co-founder, Raphael Grojnowski (pictured above, right), explains: “To register, you simply download the Mama Money Family App from the Google Play store, enter you contact details, take a photo of your passport or ID and a selfie holding the document. This is...

  • treadFEST 2017 – five stages with Gangs of Ballet, DJ Ali, Matthew Mole

    treadFEST 2017 presents five stages with a mix of music genres: Gangs of Ballet, DJ Ali and Mathew Mole are just three among a host of bands and DJs in the pipeline. When the award-winning, Durban based, alternative rock band Gangs of Ballet lost their bassist, it didn't stop them in their tracks. They just became a gang of three (comprising brothers, Brad and Josh Klynsmith, and Jonny Rich) and so refined their distinctive sound. After the enormous success of their first album, yes/no/grey the challenge was to move forward to even greater things. Becoming a trio was just part of that journey....

  • Four winners of Standard Bank’s Girlcode Hackathon jet off to San Francisco

    Standard Bank continues to inspire women who love technology, with four winners of the recent Girlcode Hackathon jetting off to the globally popular Tech Inclusion Conference 2017 in San Francisco on 14 October. The key objective of the hackathon – an annual event sponsored by Standard Bank that takes place in the first week of August to celebrate Women’s Month – is to develop projects that will make a difference to society. The four winners are Valerie Tshiani, Kungela Mzuku, Lorna Nqodi and Fadzai Mupfunya. The hackathon is run as a collaborative learning experience where everyone walks away with new knowledge and a starter kit to...