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Vodacom’s location-based deals app, Vouchercloud, has delivered almost half a billion rand in savings for local consumers in just over a year since its launch in South Africa.

Vouchercloud is a geo-location enabled product that seeks out the best local deals, displays them via the mobile phone, and allows users to redeem either digital or printed vouchers at participating retailers.

Vouchercloud has far exceeded its original target of one million users in South Africa by March 2015. In fact, more than two million subscribers now access Vouchercloud via feature phone by dialing *120*100#, a further 650 000 customers have downloaded the app onto their smartphones, and approximately 170 000 customers access deals via the website monthly.

Since its launch in the UK in 2010, Vouchercloud has become the leading consumer app in Europe with over six million active users in the UK, Germany, Netherlands and Ireland. South Africa was the first emerging market to launch Vouchercloud, and take-up has been even stronger than that seen in Europe over the equivalent period.

Lyndon Munetsi, Managing Director of Vouchercloud SA says that the high number of local customers demonstrates the popularity of the product.

“We believe we’ve hit the sweet spot among South African consumers looking to save money in a user-friendly way,” said Munetsi.

Savings are generated in three broad categories – food, fun and fashion.  Over 70 percent of the vouchers redeemed are for groceries across LSM’s ranging from 0 – 10, followed by deals offered by the major clothing stores and brands.

One of the key factors attributed to Vouchercloud’s growth and market acceptance is that it is a free service and is available on any mobile phone, including smartphones and feature phones.

Vouchercloud, however, is not exclusive to Vodacom customers.  “Even though we are a Vodacom product, the service is accessible by everyone in South Africa who has a cellphone, irrespective of network or service provider,” explained Munetsi.

“However, the key differentiator is that a Vodacom consumer will get a better deal than a non-Vodacom customer in terms of the discount offered.”

Speaking about new developments, Munetsi said: “We’ve added a geo-fencing feature that alerts the user to a particular new deal in the area through an audible alert on the phone, accompanied by a click-through option.

“Down the line we are planning more features to keep the product fresh, and of course we plan to grow our database of retailers even further.”

The Vouchercloud app is free and available on, iTunes, Blackberry App World and Google Play. There is no monthly subscription fee for consumers to use Vouchercloud.

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Welcome to world of 2099

The world of 2099 will be unrecognisable from the world of today, but it can be predicted, says one visionary. ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK met him in Singapore.

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Futuristic structures tower over the landscape. Giant, alien-looking trees light up with dazzling colours amid the hundreds of plant species that grow up their trunks. Cosmetic stores sell their wares via public touch-screens, with products delivered instantly in drawers below the screens.

This is not a vision of the future. It is a sample of Singapore today. But it is also an inkling of the world we may all experience in the future.

Singapore was the venue, last week, of the World Cities Summit, where engineers, politicians, investors and visionaries rubbed shoulders as they talked about the strategies and policies that would enhance urban living in the future.

As part of the Summit, global payment technologies leader Mastercard hosted a small media briefing by one of Singapore’s leading thinkers about the future, Dr Damian Tan, managing director of Vickers Venture Partners. The company’s slogan “We invest in the extraordinary,” offers a small clue to Tan’s perspective.

“We look as far forward as 2099 because, as a venture capital firm, we invest in the long term,” he tells a group of journalists from Africa and the Middle East. “Companies explode in growth because there is value in the future. If there is no growth, they won’t explode.”

The big question that the Smart Cities Summit and Mastercard are trying to help answer is, what will cities look like in the year 2099? Tan can’t give an exact answer, but he offers a framework that helps one approach the question.

“If you want to look at 81 years into the future, and understand the change that will come, you need to double that amount and look into the past. That takes us to 1856. The difference between then and now is the difference you can expect between now and 2099.”

  •    Arthur Goldstuck is founder of World Wide Worx and editor-in-chief of Gadget.co.za. Follow him on Twitter on @art2gee and on YouTube

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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 entries 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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