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R1.5bn via eWallet this month

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SANDI MADIKIZA, CEO of eWallet Solutions at FNB, says consumers are increasingly taking advantage of the convenience of the service and believes a record R1.5 billion will be sent by consumers this December.

As the integration and use of mobile phones continues to increase amongst consumers, so is the adoption of mobile payment solutions into their daily lives.

Sandi Madikiza, CEO of eWallet Solutions at FNB says consumers are increasingly taking advantage of the convenience and simplicity of eWallet to come up with quirky and creative reasons to transfer money to friends and family.

“We’ve picked up interesting eWallet usage trends which are likely to continue throughout the festive season as consumers prepare to go shopping and spend quality time with their loved ones,” says Madikiza;

·         Many people won’t carry cash or wallets; they’ll simply transfer funds to their cellphone numbers via eWallet. Effectively opting for the digital wallet.

·         We have seen people send eWallets as birthday gifts, so an eWallet should be the perfect gift for Christmas.

·         People going out to eat at restaurants with friends will use eWallet to split the bill amongst themselves.

·         Many people have family members all around the country who may not have bank accounts. We expect them to use the convenience of eWallet to send money home for Christmas and New Year’s festivities.

·         eWallet has also been used to save the day, where people have been stuck – out of petrol or airtime and needing cash instantly. Such emergencies are likely to increase in December, creating perfect opportunities for eWallet to save the day.

·         Contributing towards drinks and a braai will be easier through eWallet.

·         A lot of South Africans get paid bonuses at this time of the year, so there will be lots of cash to go around. We expect to see an increase in friends using eWallet to either lend money or pay back loaned money.

·         Parents who will be sending kids to visit ‘uGogo’ will find it more convenient and safer to use eWallet to send them money.

“Although these trends vary depending on the different needs of consumers, the popularity of eWallet, its multiple and creative uses are becoming more evident. This is mainly due to the convenience of being able to send or receive money via eWallet, anywhere and at anytime, without having to stand in queues.

This December, we expect a record R1.5 billion to be sent via eWallet by consumers who will either be spoiling their friends and family or saving the day, for the last time as we wrap up another exciting year,” says Madikiza.

“There’s certainly no doubt that eWallet is for everything and this festive season will be no different as more and more consumers conveniently receive and send money to their loved ones,” he says.

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Win a Poster Heater with Gadget and Takealot.com

This winter Gadget and Takealot.com are giving away three Poster Heaters, which look like posters but become heaters when you plug them in.

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Three Gadget readers will each win a unit, valued at R550 each. To enter, follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter and tell us on the @GadgetZA account how many Watts the heater consumes.

What’s the big deal about these heaters? Many of us are struggling to keep the balance between soaring electricity costs and the need to keep warm this winter.

However, the recently launched Poster Heater by EasyHeat and distributed in South Africa by Takealot.com is not only one of the most cost effective electric heaters currently on the market, it is also easy to setup and use.

As the name indicates, it is a poster similar to one you would hang on a wall. But, plug it in and it turns into a 300 Watt heater. The Poster Heater isn’t designed to heat hallways or large rooms, but rather smaller ones like a bedroom or a baby’s nursery or a dressing room.

It uses radiant heating, which means that it heats up in a couple of minutes and the heat is directed at the objects or people around it, quickly taking the chill out of the air and providing a comfortable ambient temperature.

The other advantage of radiant heating is that it doesn’t dry out the air like infrared or gas heaters. Users also don’t have to worry about their children or pets getting too close to it because, even though it gets hot, it can be touched.

To enter the competition follow the steps below:

Competition entry details:

1. Follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter. (We will ONLY be accepting entires via Twitter, so please don’t enter through the comments section of this article.)

2. Tell us on Twitter, via @GadgetZA, mentioning @Takealot in your posting, how many Watts the Poster Heater consumes.

cleardot.gif3. The competition closes on 31 July 2018.

4. Winners will be notified via Twitter on 1 August and Takealot.com will be in touch to organise delivery.

5. The competition is only open to South African residents.

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Deezer to host Hotstix’s Mandela tribute playlist

Deezer is celebrating Nelson Mandela on the centenary of his birthday by hosting a tribute playlist created by music legend Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse.  

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Mabuse, a legendary figure in African music, first rose to prominence in the 1970s with his band Harari and later developed a name for himself as a solo artist. One of his best known songs was the global hit BurnOut in the 1980s.

The playlist takes the listener on a captivating musical journey through the life of Nelson Mandela.  It was compiled by Mabuse, who consulted with Mandela’s family and friends to ensure that the music would be relevant and accurate. The playlist also features commentary by Mabuse, which was recorded in his Soweto home.  

“I have tried to tell the story of the music that Madiba loved,” says Mabuse. “The Playlist excludes the time in prison obviously, as Madiba would not have had exposure to music in that time.  We have focused on the music we know he loved before and after that period. This recording was really an emotional journey for me, but an incredible opportunity to document these memories.”

The playlist features the music the young Mandela loved, such as The Manhattan Brothers, Solomon Linda, Brenda Fassie and Miriam Makeba.  It includes struggle songs from Chicco, Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekela and Yvonne Chaka Chaka.  The playlist also includes Mandela by Zahara, one of the younger artists who caught Madiba’s ear.

Mabuse also offers stories of his own songs, such as Shikisha, a song greatly beloved by the former President.

“I was delighted to share my thoughts and hope the listeners enjoyed the musical journey,” says Mabuse. “Madiba did enjoy music immensely and we all have a purpose wherever we are in the world to celebrate culture and to learn from different cultures and music forms and styles.”

This playlist was inspired by the Nelson Mandela 100 campaign, calling on corporates and individuals to act as sources of inspiration and engage in conversation and action.

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