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Banking services now more accessible with Shoprite Money

Access to banking services just got easier and more inclusive with Shoprite Money - a new mobile transactional banking service which is available to everyone, even those without existing bank accounts. 

Using their Shoprite Money mobile wallet, this new service will enable customers to deposit, withdraw or send money as well as buy groceries at any of the till points in all Shoprite, Checkers, Checkers Hyper or Usave stores. Customers can also send money and buy electricity or airtime from the comfort of their own homes, provided they have funds in their Shoprite Money account. All transactions are FREE with the exception of a R9.95 fee that only applies to cash withdrawals.

Shoprite Money is set to roll out in multiple countries in Africa over the next 12 to 18 months, which will hold additional benefits for customers including seamless and cost-effective cross-border remittance.

Shoprite Money is available to users aged 18 years and older with a valid SA ID document, irrespective of their mobile network, device or connectivity. Users can register for an account free of charge by dialing *134*3534# or by visiting the Money Market counter in any Shoprite, Checkers, Checkers Hyper or Usave store.

Shoprite Money is set to roll out in multiple countries in Africa over the next 12 to 18 months, which will hold additional benefits for customers including seamless and cost-effective cross-border remittance. 

The Shoprite Group has partnered with global fintech company Celbux, Google and Standard Bank to launch this new service.

The Coca-Cola Company in Africa turns 90 

The Coca-Cola Company celebrated its global 132nd birthday and 90 years of operation in Africa.

Ninety years ago, in 1928, the first Coca-Cola was sold on the continent, in Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa. “For 90 years in Africa we’ve been part of our customer’s lives – we’ve been there with them on their first date, to celebrate their first job offer and refresh their first football game. We have built taps and toilets for mothers and fathers and taught their sons and daughters how to recycle. We have empowered their aunts and sisters to build their own businesses,” says Maserame Mouyeme, the public affairs, communications and sustainability director for Coca-Cola Southern & East Africa.

Over the next 90 years, The Coca-Cola Company will accelerate its evolution to innovate its portfolio, packs and channels. It will be more ambitious and bold in being a partner for inclusive development and seek to help address some of the continent’s most pressing problems.

Having always been an integral part of communities across the continent, the Coca-Cola Company believes that creating sustainable communities through shared value not only strengthens its own business, but enables it to build a stronger, more prosperous Africa. That is why job creation and empowerment, particularly women empowerment, is integrated into the company’s business model. 

Cheers to the past 90 years. Here’s to the next 90!

Shoprite's skills development programme set to empower 12 000+ youths

Africa’s largest retailer is set to reach its target of empowering more than 12 000 youths (aged 18-29 years) to enter the retail sector or start their own business.

“South Africans with matric can apply for the programme at our recruitment centres in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria,” said Moga Pillay, the Shoprite Group’s spokesperson on skills development.

This programme is a direct challenge to the crippling effects of youth unemployment. More than half of young South Africans are unemployed. Participants of the programme are provided with the basic business principles to understand the financial, legal and business requirements of setting up and running a small to medium enterprise in conjunction with a large retailer. Three weeks of theory is followed by five weeks of in-store training in various departments like the deli, bakery, as well as fruit and vegetables. Participants are paid a weekly stipend during their time in the store.

Shoprite’s implementation partner is OMNI HR Consulting, which not only presents the classes (in the first three weeks), but also ensures that a workplace coach is on hand during in-store training.

Sarine Masibi (23) completed the programme in July last year. Since her appointment at Shoprite Rustenburg, she rapidly rose through the ranks and is currently building her skills as a trainee manager. “The divisional manager noticed my service motive and suggested I sit for the trainee manager’s test. I passed and that’s how my current journey started.” She urges all unemployed youths to enrol in the programme. “There’s nothing special about me. I was just willing to make the necessary sacrifices and look where I am today. I don’t spend a lot of time with my friends and family, but that’s what I need to do for now. I’m doing this for my son, who I want to have a better life than I had. Every day presents new challenges, but it’s been a fantastic experience so far.”

How to apply:

To apply for this opportunity, dial *120*446# and follow the prompts (network rates apply) or visit At present, this training opportunity is only available in Gauteng and the Western Cape.

The 2018/2019 Kasi Star Brands winners are……

Ask Afrika announced the winners of their annual Kasi Star Brands Awards 2018/2019, recognising those brands that are most loyally used by South Africa’s township consumers and highlighting key trends emerging in what is rapidly becoming an ever more prominent market for South African brands.

Kasi Star Brands focuses particularly on solus usage – brands that consumers will not choose an alternative for. To put this in perspective, Kasi Star Brands evaluated 145 categories and 720 brands within the township sector, across the country. This year, only 32 leading Kasi Star Brands met the criteria to qualify as a truly Kasi brand – ones that have a loyal consumer following and have a sound commitment from consumers to buy only these brands within each category.

This year, they are proud to announce that Kiwi has come out as the overall winner, giving the Kasi market real value for money and delivering on their promise of quality and excellence across their product range.

The top 10 winners

  1. Kiwi (shoe polish)
  2. Coca Cola (non-alcoholic drinks)
  3. Sunlight Liquid Soap (wash by hand)
  4. Koo (tinned beans)
  5. Dettol (liquid antiseptics)
  6. Lucky Star (tinned fish)
  7. KFC (fast food outlet)
  8. Mageu Number 1 Milk (mageu/maheu)
  9. Moir's (baking aids/essences/colour)
  10. Shoprite (food retail/supermarket)