FNB’s eWallet now available at Pep

first_img23 January 2012First National Bank has partnered with retailer Pep to make the bank’s eWallet money transfer solution available at Pep stores across South Africa, allowing customers to use their mobile phones to shop and do their banking even if they don’t have a bank account.FNB chief executive Michael Jordaan said the partnership was a milestone for the bank in its efforts to use innovation and technology to make banking services more widely available.“With this partnership we are further extending banking services to all South Africans, with our without a bank account,” he said in a statement this week. “This will enable them to send and receive money instantly; a simple yet safe solution in providing access to financial services.”According to Jordaan, the partnership will enable the bank to extend eWallet services to some 1 200 outlets across the country.While the eWallet solution was previously available only to FNB customers, anyone with a bar-coded South African ID can now deposit, withdraw and send money, as well as make payments and purchase goods at any PEP store in the country – all this accessed via their cellphones.“We are constantly looking for ways to improve on our service and delivery channels,” said FNB eWallet Solutions CEO Yolande van Wyk. “We have seen the importance of innovation and breaking from the norm to differentiate ourselves from our peers.”Since its launch in 2009, more than 700,000 eWallets have been created, at a monthly average of 50 000 new eWallets. Over R1-billion was transferred via the service as of October 2011.Several of the bank’s corporate clients are also using the eWallet service to pay their employees’ salaries.Increase in cellphone bankingAn increasing number of consumers are taking to banking via cellphone, which allows them to make third-party payments and even buy airtime and prepaid electricity.FNB’s Cellphone Banking channel processed in excess of 25-million transactions in December 2011 with a transaction value of over R2.7-billion, compared to R1.7-billion seen in December 2010.The bank has 3.5-million cellphone banking customers, more than 70% of whom fall between the ages of 18 and 40, and earn less than R100 000 per annum.“The channel allows you the freedom and ability to bank anywhere, at any time. Anyone on any network with any cellphone can use it,” said FNB Cellphone Banking Solutions chief executive Ravesh Ramlakan. “There are no complicated downloads or special SIM requirements, and registration is free.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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first_img2 October 2013 Competing against more than 400 other global entries, South African movie Felix won the Best Children’s Film award at the Lucas International Children’s Film Festival in Germany on the weekend. The panel of judges included four children. The producers, in a South African first with an all-female team, were awarded with R101 816 in prize money. The team includes Safta Lifetime Achievement winner Roberta Durrant directing; Natalie Haarhoff as the director of photography; Shirley Johnston as the screenwriter; Kate Schalk as the line producer; Surisa Surisa as the art director; Ayesha Khatieb as the wardrobe stylist; Islyn Goliath as the hair and makeup artist; and Maryke Kruger as the editor. Rave reviews Reviewers and film fundis alike have been gushing about Felix. The Vancouver International Film Festival described the film as “an inspiring coming-of-age tale about finding the courage to fulfil your ambitions and the strength to let the past go”. The Lucas International Children’s Film Festival gives a nod to the film’s South African roots, saying, “This is a film that reflects the South African ‘love for life’.” Closer to home, local tabloid newspaper The Daily Sun calls the movie a “gentle, life-affirming tale”, while the Mail & Guardian’s Matthew Krouse says it’s “Perfect for a kiddies’ birthday party … or as a special treat for gran.”Heartwarming story Set in picturesque Cape Town, Felix follows the fortunes of 14-year-old Felix Xaba who hankers after being a saxophonist, just like his father. His mother, Lindiwe, however believes jazz is the devil’s music and wants her son to concentrate on his studies at the elite private school he’s won a scholarship to. Felix rebels, looking up his dad’s old jazz buddies to mentor him to play in the school’s jazz concert. Culturally inspired soundtrack The movie’s score takes its cue from Cape Town’s rich jazz heritage, with musical director Murray Anderson, who’s worked with the likes of jazz great Abdullah Ibrahim, teaming with former Standard Bank Young Artists of The Year Mark Fransman and Bokani Dyer, as well as triple 2012 South African Music Awards nominee Lwanda Gogwana. The film’s cast includes Johannesburg-born Oscar-nominee Dame Janet Suzman in her first South African film; South African Film and Television Award (Safta) Best Actress winner Linda Sokhulu (Isidingo) in her feature debut; and newcomer Hlayani Junior Mabasa, who was cast as Felix from over 400 auditions across the country. Felix is currently showing at 40 cinemas countrywide and will be screened at both the BFI London Film Festival and the Vancouver International Film Festival. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more