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Vodacom m-pesa now available at Woza Woza stores in Southern Gauteng

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Woza Woza, the wholesale chain based in Southern Gauteng is now offering a fast, safe and easy way to transfer money. The Vodacom m-pesa money transfer service is now available to Southern Gauteng residents at their nearest Woza Woza outlet.

Launched in August 2010, Vodacom and Nedbank jointly announced Vodacom m-pesa as a service that gives South Africans the option of transferring funds using their cellphones. Vodacom customers are able to send money to family and friends anywhere in South Africa quickly and easily using their cellphones.

"In addition to m-pesa being available at over 2500 outlets around the country such as Vodashops, 4U Stores, community containers, spaza shops, Nedbank branches & over 1800 Nedbank ATMs, our customers in the Southern Gauteng area are now able to visit Woza Woza branches in their area to register for m-pesa. They can now transfer money in a quick, safe and reliable way to their friends and loved ones," said Mark Taylor, MD of Vodacom Payment Services Limited.

Registration for m-pesa is free. All you need to do is bring your ID and cellphone and an m-pesa agent at an m-pesa outlet will help you complete the simple process. Once you are registered you can send money to family and friends all around the country on any network whether they are registered for m-pesa or not. There are no hidden fees and no minimum account balance is required. The service is also very affordable. It only costs R2.45 to send money to a registered user. Airtime purchases for yourself or other Vodacom subscribers can be made at no additional charge using m-pesa.

Ciko Thomas, Nedbank Managing Executive: Consumer Banking said: "We are pleased that m-pesa continues to grow in the market. This speaks to Nedbank's ethos of making banking accessible to all in South Africa and our new client-centric approach to ensure we deliver on our promise of great value banking. M-pesa provides an opportunity for us to continue playing a significant role in government's national agenda by providing cost effective banking products and services; in particular in the entry level, youth and entrepreneur markets. The Woza Woza stores are certainly a critical channel for us to ensure we meet our objective."

"We are always looking for innovative ways of providing our customers with convenient and accessible service and the Woza Woza outlets make this another reality for our growing customer base. Initial uptake by our customers is promising and we are seeing more and more registrations each day. We are also excited about m-pesa's potential to move marginalised people into the economic mainstream," explained Taylor

Besides just being fast and easy, m-pesa is also safe. Each customer will receive a 4 digit pin when they register which will help them make sure that no other person can access their account.

M-pesa was first launched in Kenya in 2007. The service now has 12 million customers in that country who have moved over R5 billion between themselves in three years.

For further information call Vodacom customer care on 082 1082 (free from a Vodacom cellphone)

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