Maboneng Set to Become SA’s First Smart Neighborhood with The Shakers Rewards Card
Maboneng Set to Become SA’s First Smart Neighborhood with The Shakers Rewards Card

The Shakers Cashless Payments and Rewards card is quick, easy and convenient and improves wait times and customer safety.

Shakers Bar, in the cultural, business and lifestyle hub Maboneng, launched its pilot Cashless Payments and Rewards Card on the 26th March. Managed by Cashless Fox the card lets patrons access their own accounts, view itemised billing and receive special offers from participating venues. The initiative is powered by the Allxs Closed Loop Payment Platform, boasting many features designed to improve customer experience by increasing speed and convenience. The cashless platform includes an integrated mobile app that will allow members to manage their balance and rewards. The app will also allow participating vendors to deliver personalised offers in the venue and in neighborhood using GPS and beacon technology.

“The cashless system has had an immediate impact on improving wait times, increasing sales, speeding up transaction time and help curb theft associated with handling and carrying cash.”-  Shakers Owner and local entrepreneur Mpho Masilo.

Maboneng embodies a strong sense of community and the cashless solution removes the risks attached to carrying cash when enjoying the sights, and allow cardholders access to multiple discounts, tickets, and vouchers that can be redeemed at all member outlets. Cards are available at Shakers and customers can top up their cards at the venue, online or within the payment APP.

“We are very excited to power South Africa’s first smart, connected neighborhood managed by local entrepreneurs to directly benefit the community. Maboneng will deliver a safe and truly personalized experience at all participating outlets employing the latest in cutting-edge technology.” – Raphael Domalik director of Allxs Media.

The benefits for participating vendors include an increase in sales due to efficient payments and services as well as access to analytical data and improved controls.

“Our long-term goal is to supply vendors with true live analytical data on customers and buying trends or habits. Helping the vendors better understand their customers and streamline their business model or products to best suit the seasonal and everyday consumer. Further innovations to the solution will allow Cashless Fox to supply Groupon like discounted packages on the cashless cards for the average local or international traveler to the Maboneng district.” – Ian Surgeon of Cashless Fox.

If you are a vendor and would like to join the Cashless Community in Maboneng contact Ian Surgeon at mritsurgeon@gmail.com

Cashless Cures Crime
Cashless Cures Crime
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Cashless Cures Crime

Although not number one in crime rates in the world, South Africa sits at number 12 in highest murder rates in the most recent year.  According to a survey done by Crime Stats South Africa, 47% of crime related incidents have been burglary and robbery, followed closely behind with 26% as theft.

Shockingly enough, these statistics do not exclude children and schools as victims. In fact, schools are one of the largest targets for major robbery and theft. According to News24.com four primary schools were targeted on January 19th 2016 where “more than 70 computers, cash and sports equipment” were allegedly stolen by the same gang. March 19 2015, Windermere Primary School was robbed by four men posing as parents wanting to enroll their children into the school. Two young boys were robbed at gunpoint five months ago at the Kings College and Preparatory School while playing soccer. Even young children and toddlers are victims to this, in Septemeber 2015 armed men robbed a creche in Pretoria, taking R40 000 that was donated by the parents for the children to go on a fieldtrip.

Adding more security has not seemed to lower the high rates of crime in South Africa. According to Africacheck.org, decreases in robberies were only about 1.3% between 2011 and 2012. So what is the solution? Perhaps removing the target itself from schools is the answer. Creating a cashless environment could potentially provide a safer place for the country’s children and youth to learn and grow up in.

Implementing cashless technologies within schools provides a convenient and safe transaction for teachers, parents, and students throughout the school community. Now, children cannot lose money: the money is directly linked to a bank account, which can easily be suspended, limited, and monitored. Lost chipped enabled cards can be reported, cancelled and replaced, and finally, money spent by children can be tightly controlled by their parents. Gone are the days where children lose their tuck money, bullies target their classmates for cash, petty theft on campus, or the misuse and abuse of cash.

Cash designated for tuck and lunch is often abused by children. According to 2 oceans recovery house, 69% of teenagers claim to have access to drugs from people within their school. It is not surprising that cash is being used for more than just lunch money. Kids can buy books, clothes, toys, alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, and much much more. If the only payment system in place on a school’s campus is directly linked to their parents bank, and cash is explicitly banned from campus, children are limited.

This closed loop system can now ensure a safe and fear free environment for children. Free from bullies, free from cash abuse, free from being a target to outside crime. It is not surprising that Sweden as the number one cashless country is also listed in the top 5 safest countries to live in.