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  • 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...

  • Regtech, the new fintech, driven by complex financial regulations

    "There are three elements driving interest in regulatory technology (regtech) in South Africa and abroad," explains Dominique Collett, senior investment executive at Rand Merchant Investment Holdings and head of AlphaCode, a club for fintech entrepreneurs. "These include customer demand for an enhanced experience, cost reduction and the simplification of compliance due to burdensome regulation in the financial services industry," adds Collet (pictured above) Regtech is innovative technology developed to address regulatory challenges. Whilst regtech focuses on compliance, risk management, regulatory reporting and transactions monitoring, the focus in South Africa has been on identity management. Most financial services businesses including banks, wealth and asset...

  • ‘Engagement in startup initiatives vital if corporates are to develop in tech’

    It's vital that corporates engage in startup programmes if they want their firms to develop in the tech space. So says Regan Adams CEO of financial services provider RCS. Adams (pictured above) says with customers needing information faster than before, businesses need to become more customer-centric in order to retain their clientele, and cannot afford to fall behind in the latest technology that is available, both locally and globally. "As part of the global BNP Paribas group, we are constantly looking for innovative technologies to enhance the customer experience and to improve our systems and processes. He says it is important for...

  • AlphaCode head calls on SA to become a fintech centre of excellence

    Dominique Collet, senior investment executive at Rand Merchant Investment Holdings and head of AlphaCode has called on the South African fintech scene to become "a centre of excellence". "Now that the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has established a fintech programme to track and analyse developments, South Africa has all that is required to become a fintech centre of excellence," says Collett (pictured above). She believes the country has "an advanced banking and financial services system with a sound regulatory regime". "We have extremely competent regulators, top entrepreneurial talent and innovative businesses that are attracting considerable local and global investments. The missing puzzle piece...

  • Sureswipe POS LITE helps Impello provide services to small businesses, startups

    Impello Coworking Space provides startups and small businesses with office space, facilities, services, training, and access to fellow entrepreneurs, as well as experts in order for them to gear up for growth and success. "My vision was to create an ecosystem and stimulating environment in which startups and entrepreneurs could develop and have access to a network of like-minded individuals, mentors and services during their early years, which is a critical, make-or-break period for any new business," says Ondina Pires, founder and CEO of Impello Coworking Space. Based in Greenside, Johannesburg, today Impello Coworking Space has become just that. The co-working space has a...

  • Business, SA set to benefit from innovation and startup ecosystems

    Global accelerator programmes are vitally important in bringing new technologies into the insurance industry’s value chain, writes Stanley Gabriel, head of innovation at Old Mutual Personal Finance. By partnering with such initiatives, companies like Old Mutual continue to explore how to streamline, reorganise or redesign business models, legacy processes and systems to enhance customers’ experience. Entrepreneurship and small businesses are driving economic development in South Africa, with startups and small businesses contributing an estimated 50% to 60% to the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It comes as no surprise then, that the 2017 Old Mutual Savings and Investment Monitor found that 39% of...

  • Why now is the best time to invest in battery technology metals

    For those who use online trading brokers to monitor global markets and make investments, finding the next profitable trade can prove to be challenging given the sheer amount of choice they are presented with. Precious metals like gold and silver are popular ‘safe haven’ assets, but are often less effective for making a decent profit. Recently, there has been a lot of interest in battery technology metals, which could be far more effective for turning a decent profit. Here are some of the reasons now might be a good time to invest in them. Electric cars Most investors should be well aware of...

  • Here’s what users of Street Parking Solutions’ Parkfind app think of it

    Available for free on both iOS and Android platforms, Street Parking Solutions Parkfind app enables users to search for, navigate to and pay for parking anywhere in the Cape Town central business district (CBD) in real time. However, the Android version of the app appears to be it's most popular with a 4.6 rating (out of five). The app supports devices running Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and up, while on iOS it supports iPhones, iPads and iPod touch with iOS 9.0 and later. Here are what some of the app's users have said about Parkfind. "This is wonderful.. you guys are really on top...

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