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  • South African fintech in 2019 – what can we expect? [Opinion]

    Here are my fintech predictions for 2019 based on what we are seeing with our members at AlphaCode which closely track international trends in this space. AlphaCode is the Rand Merchant Investments (RMI) incubation, acceleration and investment initiative that identifies, partners and grows early stage financial service ventures. Digital banks The introduction of TymeBank, BankZero and Discovery Bank will no doubt shake up the industry and give customers greater choice. It will also force the incumbent banks to respond by refining their customer value propositions and user experiences. As a result, we expect to see greater focus from the traditional banks on...

  • How to take your business global

    Many South African businesses have ambitions far greater than the domestic market. This is particularly true of financial services as our system is the most advanced in Africa, with first world infrastructure that resembles that found in developed markets. Consequently, financial services solutions developed here are highly relevant to developed markets. Andile Maseko, head of strategy and ecosystem at AlphaCode says, "There are a number of strong examples of South African fintech companies that have become global successes. By focusing on the right aspects and learning from key players, you can turn global ambitions into reality." AlphaCode is the Rand Merchant Investment...

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