On the 15th of October 2020, I was privileged to witness a classic example of why on his #BhukuReBenzi show on, Mukoma Masimba is justified in voluntarily and openly sharing his insights and experiences on issues that can solve seemingly intractable Zimbabwean problems.
Since I joined the Connections2Communities (C2C) initiative supported by the 1873 Network, I have been provoked to unlearn and relearn.
In the #BhukuReBenzi Facebook Live show hosted by Mukoma Masimba the relationship between SMM Holdings Private Limited (SMM) and the person of Mr. Mutumwa Mawere was extensively discussed.
It started with Mason Tapiwa Musiiwa arguing with Mufudzi Musanyange on the true nature of the relationship that Mawere had with SMM prior to September 2004 when the company was extra judicially placed under reconstruction.
Mufudzi stated as fact that Mutumwa Mawere was not a director of SMM at the material time but that he was merely a shareholder of SMM.
Thankfully, since I joined the C2C initiative in which corporate literacy is celebrated, I have continued to learn on what intricately a company is and is not.
I also have continued learning how a company is creature of law and it is real that there exists no shared understanding of the role of shareholders and directors in relation to companies as juristic entities.
Through the #BhukuReBenzi show, just by listening to the views expressed by participants, I could easily tell that corporate illiteracy is pervasive.
It was shocking to see that even though some of the participants were resident in countries where joint stock companies were born and in which corporate civilization is well established, they mistakenly believe that shareholders control and direct companies when this role is reserved for directors who owe a duty to the company and not shareholders. That shareholders may acquire a controlling interest and in essence their control is exercised from the voting power at AGMs and EGMs unless they are a passive lot. All said, it is actually the executive directors who on the ground execute that control as agents of a principal, the shareholders or the company. The definition of corporate governance simply is how companies are directed and controlled, by who? By directors and none else.
Based on the advanced state of economies in the countries that they live in, I naturally expected some of these active participants to be enlightened on corporate matters since they live and work in communities where primitive discourses on company matters should be non-existent.
In the discussion on the #BhukuReBenzi show, as people debated on the issue of directors and shareholders, a bold assertion was made stressing that business man Mutumwa Mawere was arguably a shareholder of SMM Holdings?
The host, Mukoma Masimba failed to resolve the question prompting him to request Mutumwa Mawere himself to join the conversation.
When Mutumwa Mawere joined the discussion after more than four (4) hours of back and forth arguments on this simple question, it was remarkable that Mufudzi attempted to challenge Mawere’s version of the story.
Even though Mufudzi was correct in stating that Mutumwa Mawere was not a director of SMM Holdings, he was factually and legally wrong to state as fact that Mawere was a shareholder of SMM.
As a member of C2C, I have had the opportunity of familiarizing myself with the facts of the SMM saga.
However, prior to my engagement with C2C, I had accepted the version that Mutumwa Mawere’s acquisition of SMM in 1996 was facilitated by a government guarantee and as such the decision to place the company under reconstruction constituted some payback scheme.
In my research on the matter, the facts that I have established are as follows:
1. SMM is a company that is registered and operating in accordance with the laws of Zimbabwe. Its sole shareholder is a company registered in the UK called SMM Holdings Limited (SMMH).
2. The acquisition of SMM did not occur in Zimbabwe but involved the purchase of the entire shareholding held by SMMH in SMMH at the parent level. As such the acquisition was done in terms of the laws of the UK. The property, being shares previously held by T & N Plc, were situated in the UK and the consideration for the shares was agreed at US$60 million.
3. I had had a look at the Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) in relation to the acquisition and established that the government was not a party to this commercial transaction either as a guarantor or purchaser.
4. The transaction was vendor financed.
5. Mutumwa Mawere’s company, Africa Resources Limited (ARL), also a foreign based company appears in the SPA as the purchaser of T & N Plc’s shares in SMMH through its wholly owned subsidiary Africa Construction Limited (ACL), also a foreign registered company.
6. Based on the above, I can confirm that Mutumwa Mawere was not a direct shareholder of SMM Holdings.
Mufudzi claimed to know better about these facts which can easily be established as the question of the basis on which the acquisition of SMMH was done was a contested matter following the government of Zimbabwe’s attempt in 2005 to acquire SMMH.
Any person who is eager to learn would be provoked to dig deeper to establish why a nominee company, AMG Global Nominees Private Limited (AMG), was a beneficiary of US$2 million from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe in 2004 to acquire rights to SMMH.
The UK judgments are readily available, and I would have thought that people in the diaspora would be a source of knowledge and not confusion especially on issues of this nature.
As such, I have come to appreciate that corporate illiteracy that is pervasive could be the real problem that confronts Zimbabwe.
Mr. Mawere himself has often said that: “If the so-called educated and enlightened behave as if they are not, what would be the incentive for anyone to be educated?”
I could not help but observe from the comments made by people on the #BhukuReBenzi show who were watching the live show that illiteracy is widespread as it appears that the dummy which has been sold that SMM was acquired using public funds has been generally accepted.
Is it not ironic that neither the previous or current Zimbabwe government administration have not brought the public into their confidence to explain if it is true that the acquisition of SMM benefited from public funds?
SMM was placed under an Administrator appointed by Chinamasa, the then Minister of Justice, in 2004 and it is clear that notwithstanding the passage of time, the majority of the people are gullible enough to accept the version that SMM was indebted to the government in relation to its acquisition.
Common sense, logic and reason would dictate a better understanding that for public funds to be used, the consent of Parliament would have been sought and obtained.
However, in my research in various court papers, no statement of truth has been given by any representative of the government suggesting that public funds were used in the purchase of a UK company.
What is even more startling is why public funds of Zimbabwe that were denominated in Zimbabwe Dollars at the time could be used to guarantee a United States dollars denominated obligation in acquiring a foreign company.
If public funds were indeed used, why would it have been necessary to use AMG to acquire the rights to SMMH after the reconstruction started?
I was inspired to share my reflections that time and energy can be saved in such discussions when issues are verified and when people seek to acquire corporate literacy.
The decision to introduce the reconstruction legislation could very well have been erroneously informed by misunderstanding as to the true nature of the SMM acquisition.
There are many like me who naively thought that shares did exchange hands in Zimbabwe and therefore, SMM was localized as part of some indigenization program driven by the government.
I was ignorant of corporate matters but now I realize that ignorance is a friend of prejudice. It is the case that there exists a lot of people who are lazy to search for the correct information even if it is available for free even on the internet.
As such, I have volunteered to be a mentee of Mr. Mawere knowing fully well that even an annual membership of US36 is a ridiculously cheap bridge when it comes to gaining knowledge and accessing opportunities.
I concur with Mr. Mawere that knowledge holds a better promise to inclusive growth and development and when community power is built around knowledge sharing, the faster would be the problem facing Zimbabwe better defined.
On that note, I am now building a community of one hundred (100) mentees under the Connections2Communities (C2C) initiative so that together we can use our community to learn corporate matters in a structured and organized manner towards corporate excellence.
Brian Tawanda Manyati is a Chartered Governor and an Accounting Technician.
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Are South Africans Lazy As Some People Think?
My name is Mukoma Masimba, l am currently living in Australia but I was born in Zimbabwe and later on became a South African citizen in 2010.
During that time, when the whole world was celebrating the World Cup in Africa, l was actually celebrating my South African Citizenship.
However, over the years, l always come across people from other African countries including Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Nigeria etc. using the South Africans Are Lazy slogan in their conversations even on social media.
As from my perspective, I would say that I understand Zimbabweans more than I do understand South Africa because l stayed in South Africa for only three (3) years compared to Zimbabwe where I have lived for a total of 24 years.
As I am writing this piece, I can say that I have lived in Australia for ten (10) years and so, I feel informed enough to share my thoughts on whether South Africans are lazy or not especially using my South Africa and Zimbabwe experiences as a case study.
In the early 90s, l remember very well my mother was entrepreneurial as l grew up selling freezits and maputi.
My enterprising mother ended up employing some guys from Mozambique up to a point where we had four (4) Mozambicans in our house in Glen View, Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city.
Every evening after dinner we would do stock taking to check how much was sold, how much was left and how much cash was in hand.
From those encounters, I learned very well how to count money, no wonder why l was one of the best Mathematics students in my class at Glen View 4 Primary School.
Now, back to my point of laziness.
Imagine if those guys from Mozambique who worked hard far away from their own country where they had failed to make it because of other circumstances were to say that the Zimbabweans that they worked for are lazy, they don’t want to work etc.
That would then be really laughable because Zimbabweans at that time wouldn’t want to work for my mum, selling freezits, sweets and cigarettes because Zimbabwe industries were booming and there were so many opportunities for most Zimbabweans including school leavers.
During those days most Zimbabwean youth were aiming for 5 O’ levels on completion of secondary education and a job was guaranteed within 6 months after you passed especially for most youths who were in Colleges, Universities including teachers, nurses and soldiers.
The truth of the matter is that even though they did not go for the low level menial jobs that were also abundantly available, Zimbabweans were not lazy but were simply people with more options and better opportunities.
So it would have been very crazy at that time in Zimbabwe for anyone from another country to come up with a conclusion that Zimbabwe were lazy simply because they did not scramble for menial jobs that foreign nationals from destabilized and underperforming countries jostled for.
Those people who came to Zimbabwe in desperation sometimes ended up roaming in the streets of Mutare and other cities, thinking and dreaming of going to Harare just like what people from Zimbabwe now do in South Africa as their mind is focused on Johannesburg.
I remember our Zimbabwe Republic Police by then would stop guys from Mozambique and show them an egg followed by a question on what the product was and the guys from Mozambique would answer in a strange Shona accent that helped the police to easily identify people who were from Zimbabwe and those that were not
Sometimes those illegal immigrants would be arrested and be deported but if they were lucky, they would be merely jeered of or laughed at only to be left to continue with their hustle.
The Zimbabwe police was still very professional then since they never focused much on bribes but in fact, they gave these foreign nationals emotional support and some even helped them to get manual jobs amongst their kith and kin.
Now l hear people saying South Africans are lazy and I ask myself which South Africans do they mean? OK, let me go to Google and check something…
According to Google there are ten (10) South African Female celebrities who always slay on the Red Carpet and these include Minnie Dlamini., Pearl Thusi., Pearl Modiadie., Nomzamo Mbatha., Khanyi Mbau, Boity, Nandi Madida, Bonang Matheba etc
Can you say that these ladies are lazy and would you compare their achievements with your own since you are hard working or those of your so-called hardworking ‘homie’ celebrities?
My question is why would you call South Africans lazy when they are doing so much for themselves and for their country of which I am also now a citizen?
In South Africa, we have the Durban festival which is a display of ingenuity and hard work and as such I would want those from other countries who say South Africans are lazy to show their own festivals and the reward of your hard work which cannot even be seen in your countries.
l follow many entertainers in Zimbabwe and other African countries but to tell the truth, the quality of shows, creativity and hard work that you find in South Africa even from acts like Sarafina is just outstanding and cannot be linked with laziness.
People who leave their countries in search of greener pastures because their so called hard work could not pay them anything in their own backyards should focus on making their lives and countries better than to foolishly label all South Africans as lazy.
There are many well to do and hardworking people from other countries who like me have become citizens of South Africa.
These people do not denigrate South Africans but rather work together with them for the common good and from such, I choose to learn just like I have done with Mutumwa Mawere who is my mentor in the Connections2Communities (C2C) initiative.
C2C is member-driven initiative which seeks to raise awareness on the urgency and need to be active citizens on any aspect of human life through working together than individually in building community power towards solving problems that are faced from time to time.
Where There Is A Problem There Is Always A Solution – Inspired24/7
Despite our backgrounds, race, qualifications and nationalities, we all face different kinds of problems that may weaken our resolve, drain our energy and threaten the accomplishment of our goals.
However, regardless of the kind and magnitude of the problems that you may face from time to time, it is important to understand that where there is a problem, there is always a solution.
Right now, as you read this, you may be going through an overwhelming situation but I must tell you that you are in that situation because you are part of the chosen few who are designed to come up with a proven solution to your problem.
Based on my own experiences, observation, research and interaction with other people, I have come to understand that for every problem there is always a solution even in those situations that we may think we are doomed or have hit the end.
As such, it’s important to understand that whatever you may have considered to be the end of the road because of pain and desperation may quite often be a sign of new beginnings and thus you must not be easily shaken by tough situations which will never last forever.
All what is needed is for you to remain resilient, stay focused, strategize and then take informed action, with hope and faith being your cheerleaders even in the worst of circumstances.
I am going to share with you some pointers or guidelines that can help you to navigate through difficult circumstances without losing your sense of worthy and then later on, I will explain these steps in detail using examples.
Step 1: Recognize, realize or accept that there is a problem.
Step 2: Identify the problem or critically analyze its nature.
Step 3: Come up with possible solutions and evaluate them.
Step 4: Take action, take a leap of faith, and take a risk.
In order you to clearly understand these steps and guidelines, I will use the story of lepers in the Bible as our case study.
2 Kings 7vs.3-4 And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, why sit we here until we die? 4 If we say, we will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.
From the scripture above, we see four men who are engulfed in a do or die situation.
If we break down the above scripture, we can see the following critical points: a) they had leprosy, b) they were the outcasts, meaning they lived outside the city, c) there was famine in the city and d) the enemy had surrounded the city.
Now, let us use the four steps of problem solving mentioned earlier on to see how the leprous men faced their problems head-on so that we can also apply the same principle where necessary towards our own victory and success stories.
Step 1: Recognize, realize or accept that there is a problem. We see the four lepers recognizing and accepting that there was a problem. One of the most effective ways to recognize a problem is to introspect, that is to dig deep within yourself. You must never be in self-denial in life but you must learn to have tough conversations with yourself regarding what is going on in your life just like what the leprous men did. It is in these deep conversations with ourselves where we find real life and long lasting solutions.
Step 2: Identify the problem or critically analyze its nature. The lepers realized they had leprosy. They knew they were the outcasts and that there was famine in the city plus the enemy was surrounding the same city. Identifying a problem will help you come up with possible solutions.
Step 3: Come up with possible solutions and evaluate them. The four lepers had possible solutions to their situation. Most of the time the solutions we may come up with requires taking risks. In the case of these four lepers, their solutions were; a) to sit in their condition and die, b) to go back to the city where there was famine and die or c) to go to the camp of the enemy and possibly die. A solution with two possible outcomes is always worth considering.
Step 4: Take action, take a leap of faith, and take a risk. The biggest risk in life is the unwillingness to take any risk. Having a list of solutions, the four lepers made a decision and begun to take action as they walked towards the camp of the enemy even though there were some risks associated with their chosen option.
Remember they took a solution with two possible outcomes, a positive and a negative one, but they were always focusing on the positive outcome. As they begin to take a step of faith, God came through and saved them. What they did also brought great deliverance to the whole city.
Shelton Vengesai is a Motivational speaker, Personal Development Coach, Aviator and Entrepreneur based in Frisco, Texas, United States of America.
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12 Bitcoin Remittance Providers you should know in Africa
Bitcoin based Remittances and Their Benefits to African Customers
Today I want to talk with you about bitcoin remittance providers. Why?
Although the leading cryptocurrency Bitcoin could be facing crackdowns in various regions in the world, it is experiencing a surge in the African remittance market. It isn’t affected by geographical variations since its transactions are stored in a blockchain database.
The main difference between cryptocurrencies and MasterCard or visa is that it isn’t regulated by the government and doesn’t require intermediaries, and the transactions rely on the internet; thus can take place at any part of the world.
Remittances have become a common way of life in most African countries since there is an increased number of immigrants in search of better wages. These workers will, at one point in their lives, want to transfer money to their families and friends back in their home countries. The situation leaves most people at the mercy of various financial institutions like banks and money transfer operators who charge a very high fee.
However, the cryptocurrency and blockchain technology offers high hopes in an attempt to transform the African remittance industry in favor of migrant workers and their families.
Today, Bitcoin operates as a medium of money transfer allowing users to evade the high charges by traditional money transfer services.
See also my article “The Ultimate Guide About Bitcoin Based Remittances for Africans“.Table of Contents1Bitcoin based Remittances and Their Benefits to African Customers2Comparison Between the Traditional and Bitcoin-based Remittances3Cryptocurrency’s Popularity in Africa4Reasons Behind Crypto Popularity in most African Countries5Bitcoin Remittance Providers for African Countries6Bitcoin remittance provider Paxful7Bitcoin remittance provider LocalBitcoins8Bitcoin remittance provider Coinmama9Bitcoin remittance provider BitPesa10Bitcoin remittance provider NairaEx11Sign up for my updates and latest insights:
12Bitcoin remittance provider Hellobit13Bitcoin remittance provider Remitano14Bitcoin remittance provider Geopay15Bitcoin remittance provider BTCGhana16Bitcoin remittance provider SureRemit17Bitcoin remittance provider Circle18Bitcoin remittance provider Crowdz19Bitcoin remittance provider Everex20Bitcoin remittance provider Metalpay21Bitcoin remittance provider Eversend22Conclusion about Bitcoin remittance providers
Comparison Between the Traditional and Bitcoin-based Remittances
In the ancient model, for example, when a USA based migrant worker needs to send money to his family in Africa, he visits a money transfer operator and hands over the cash. The transfer agent then starts to process the transaction at the current exchange rate and must charge for the services. Generally, the agent works as a third party conversant with the transfer software and services from a remittance software provider like a Western union.
Since he lacks the financial capabilities and relevant software system, he only gets a fraction of what the customer pays, and a considerable amount goes to the remittance provider company. Additionally, the agent needs to settle some subscription fees for system installation and maintenance. Thus, he must increase the overall cost to the end-user to meet his financial obligations. Besides, inexactness in the exchange rates also affects the client in the form of unfavorable rates.
On the other hand, the crypto remittance companies facilitate better cross border payments through a great internet connection and a simple software system compatible with various devices. Therefore, the money transfer agents can perform the transactions without additional installation, maintenance, or subscription costs. The blockchain technology then records the transaction details and anti-money laundering necessities in a database for security purposes.
The business operations in these companies involve estimating the amount of money required for particular remittances in a day. They then purchase an equivalent bitcoin and later sell the crypto in the fiat currency in the recipient nation.
Cryptocurrency’s Popularity in Africa
The soaring rise in mobile phone use in most African countries is helping entrepreneurs compete with other money transfer services with high remittance rates and fees. The crypto use has increased in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Additionally, cryptocurrency is gradually gaining ground in Uganda.
According to Google trend data, Lagos in Nigeria has the highest volume of online search for Bitcoin. It results from the frustrations of existing money transfer services, which bars the citizens from receiving money from their families overseas due to the countries fraud reputation. As a result, numerous innocent people are suffering and have to use alternative services with a high fee to receive financial help.
Recently, most of them have embraced cryptocurrencies as a perfect solution. Citizens of countries battling with high inflation rates are likely to opt for crypto as a substitute for their disastrous banking policies. Some of the countries with high inflation rates include Egypt, Ghana, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Malawi and are among the leading bitcoin economies in Africa.
Another significant factor spurring crypto growth in the continent is the inability and powerlessness of the governments to regulate Bitcoin. Fearing the collapse of the banking sector and misappropriation of funds by the African governments, most citizens seek crypto transactions. The South African Luno exchange was developed in 2013 and has attracted more than 1.5 million users worldwide.
Additionally, the Kenyan Bitcoin Remittance Provider Bitpesa facilitates transactions in African and international locations with high trading volumes contributed by the lucrativeness of the business.
Other Bitcoin Remittance Providers include Abra, operating in Morocco and Malawi, BitMari in Zimbabwe, and Geopay in South Africa.
Surprisingly, some governments have shifted into the virtual currency terrains with Tunisia’s government issuing the eDinnar digital currency.
As stated by the Hootsuite’s 2019 global digital yearbook, 10.7% of South Africans own crypto, with Nigeria at 7.78% and 7.3% for Ghana.
Reasons Behind Crypto Popularity in most African Countries
Most African citizens have started shifting their hopes to the use of crypto to escape numerous constraints faced with the traditional money transfer services, including cost, speed, and inconveniences.
The main benefit is the overall lower cost to the end customer, which allows migrant workers to send substantial amounts of money to their loved ones in their home countries at fairer prices. Also, there is a high unpredictability in the local currencies in most African countries; for instance, when South African rand became a volatile currency, most people switched to crypto to seek security.
The transaction is safe, and the companies don’t hold the virtual currency for more extended periods; thus, the operation takes a short time.
Some Africans have also lost trust in their local banking systems, for example, in Zimbabwe where they have experienced hyperinflation, Bitcoin is very popular, and at times demand surpasses supply. Due to the instability and shortages, most Zimbabwean citizens are flooding the crypto markets as they believe Bitcoin is more trustworthy.
Besides the financial inclusions and local currency volatility, there is a vast unbanked population in the continent since others in remote regions lack access to bank accounts.
Mobile money is a critical driver in reducing the number of unbanked individuals; thus, Africa is better prepared to shift into the crypto world than any other continent. Most citizens are already open to adopting crypto technology, and crypto exchanges that offer mobile functional apps will highly benefit.
Bitcoin Remittance Providers for African Countries
As crypto awareness is on a rapid rise in Africa, more cross border payments are likely to take place with the digital currencies. Most African migrant workers now put their hopes on bitcoin based remittances to send money to their families at home due to the lower fee, improved efficiency, and speed of the transaction.
A considerable number of crypto-fiat platforms have thus emerged to meet the high demand, and you need to choose the right one depending on location and preferences.
As Bitcoin Guide Africa we present you here the leading Bitcoin remittance providers in operation.
Bitcoin remittance provider Paxful
Paxful, a crypto remittance platform founded in 2015, with its headquarters in New York, has since recorded a consistent uptrend in its existence. It avails most African nationals a chance to send funds to their families back at home since it’s less volatile than most fiat currencies in some countries experiencing higher inflation. To start transactions, create an account and click “buy bitcoin,” then input preferred currency and method of payment, state, city, and the bank of your choice.
Search for offers, pick one, and then enter the amount of money you want to trade, you can now converse with your vender through live chat. Buyers will need to get the name, and the account number of a vendor, then go to the bank, deposit the money, and take a picture of the slip then send it back. Once the verification process is complete, escrow releases a bitcoin to complete the transaction.
Numerous people from all over the world can now transfer funds and trade bitcoins through the site daily. It provides several payment methods, including Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, MoneyGram, bank transfer, among many others.
It operates in various African countries including:
• South Africa
Bitcoin remittance provider LocalBitcoins
Jeremias Kangas and his brother Nikolaus formed the Helsinki-based platform in 2012, which allows direct trade between persons. It doesn’t provide for an overhead corporate; thus, the transaction process is swift and lean. LocalBitcoin has recorded an increase in the transaction volumes in the African countries for peer to peer transactions.
It provides a safe platform where its users can convert bitcoins into fiat and vice versa and also facilitates funds transfer between African countries. The platform connects buyers and sellers within a particular geographical area hence the name. It supports a wide range of money transfer options, including the Mpesa, which makes it popular among most African crypto investors.
It’s the most straightforward platform for beginners who wish to send money to overseas in the operating African country. You simply need to open a LocalBitcoins account and search for people selling bitcoin-core in your country, then make a bank transfer to the seller, and you will receive fiat cash into your desired local account. The system offers heightened security by using escrow mechanism to hold funds and only releases it when both parties come into an agreement. The platform is available in every African country where buyers and sellers are ready and willing to transact using digital currencies.
Read more about LocalBitcoins: LocalBitcoins in Africa Extensive Guide
Bitcoin remittance provider Coinmama
Founded in 2013, Coinmama is operated by New Bit Ventures Limited with its headquarters based in Israel. The platform provides brokering services for crypto, meaning that they sell you bitcoins directly as opposed to other platforms where you buy from other traders. It offers multiple options to purchase cryptocurrencies off the platform using credit cards, debit cards, Western Union money transfer, MasterCard, Visa, and cash payments.
For bitcoins transfer using Coinmama, create an account, and submit your documents for verifications to get approved for purchase. Once verified, you can assess various choices to purchase a certain amount or enter a custom amount. When you submit your wallet address for order processing, Coinmama’s wallet expedites payment to the required address.
For the credit card orders, it takes a few minutes to process, but SEPA bank transfers will take up to two days. Their website comes with a step by step guide on how to use their services and offers industry-leading purchase limits convenient for any beginner. It operates in most African countries, providing simple, fast, usually slightly expensive transfer services.
However, it isn’t available in the following countries:
• South Sudan
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Bitcoin remittance provider BitPesa
Elizabeth Rossiello founded the company in 2013, based in Nairobi, whose initial focus was to facilitate crypto-cash transfer between the U.K and Kenyan citizens but has extended to several African countries. Today, the platform has gained popularity among importers and exporters across Africa, and it facilitates a smooth trading and remittance services. Users can send and receive cash in multiple African currencies to pay bills at home and other international currencies to pay overseas suppliers.
It operates by deploying APIs that work with various mobile payment platforms and a chain of bank networks. Organizations can send payment to their employees’ suppliers or distributors and also collect fees from African customers in local currencies. To transact, you need to establish a BitPesa account where you can sell or buy virtual currencies such as Bitcoins in the supported national currencies.
If you need to initiate a transaction, then you must deposit Bitcoins into your BitPesa account. Then, designate a Payee account where the money gets delivered at the current exchange rate. You then confirm your exchange transaction where the indicated amount of cryptocurrency is transferred from your account and deposited into a designated payee account. Most people use the platform to enjoy fast, straightforward, and more effortless remittances between international and Africa fiat currencies.
BitPesa operates in the following African countries:
• Democratic Republic of Congo
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Bitcoin remittance provider NairaEx
It is a Nigerian based e-currency exchange platform founded in 2015, which allows users to sell and buy Bitcoin with Nigerian Naira at fairer rates. Today, it’s a central exchange service platform in the country which operates independently from a mobile payment processing solution. It facilitates cash payments while cutting a considerable amount of the deposit and withdrawal fee and thus allows users to convert crypto into cash via bank accounts freely.
The transactions with NairaEX are quite straightforward where the sender deposits local currency into the account, then provides a recipient bank detail, and the platform pays it into the beneficiary’s local bank account. Additionally, users can use bank transfers or deposits to buy bitcoin in Naira through the platform and then use the exchange wallets for payments and can quickly cash out their bitcoins into local currency.
It helps the clients pay school fees, living expenses, and salary or make remittances to suppliers. The platform aims at providing Bitcoin exchange services exclusively for Nigeria citizens, and that’s why the country’s currency terminology is part of the domain name. It aims at supporting the country’s numerous unbanked individuals by developing a payment request tool that allows users to accept virtual currency directly from a NairaEX account.
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Bitcoin remittance provider Hellobit
The San Francisco based company, founded in 2014, utilizes new digital currencies technology to send money home to families in emerging markets. It uses bitcoin as the primary medium for cross-border payments and cuts the service remittance fee up to 12 percent. Through the company’s app, users connect with other currency exchangers, be it individuals, businesses, or large organizations, and one can receive payments in their local currency.
Hellobits integrates the power of cellphone services into the remittance market to improve efficiency in the cross-border payments. It’s a three-party remittance service where the sender and exchanger need a smartphone while the recipient only needs a feature phone. The senders logs into the Hellobit account and transmits a bitcoin to the local exchanger. The platform then notifies the beneficiary via SMS code to confirm if they are the right recipient.
The recipient then receives a location of a place or a person nearby who will exchange the cryptocurrencies for local currency. It allows people to send money to their friends and relatives anywhere in the world, provided that the recipient can pick up cash from the trusted network of collaborative economy-based exchangers.
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Bitcoin remittance provider Remitano
Remitano is a peer-to-peer platform that facilitates cryptocurrencies trading in a secure environment. On the platform, users can purchase Bitcoin in exchange for Fiat currencies at a small fee between themselves. A Seychelles based company, Babylon Solutions Limited owns it and has been in existence since 2015.
For any transaction, you need to create a Remitano account and then scroll down to find a buyer. Depending on the selected country, cryptocurrencies exchange rates, all buyers and sellers from the specific locations, are displayed. Enter the amount of crypto you want to sell, your payment account details, then click “Continue”, and the transaction will switch automatically waiting for the buyer to pay. The buyer will then deposit money in the required account and close the deal.
It has encrypted data storage, two-factor verification, and escrow trading to ensure that transactions and personal data are secure. Remitano mostly works with cash deposits and bank transfers but avails other options in different countries like Wechat and Alipay. Apart from the web platform, users also access it via mobile applications in Android and iOS powered devices, which facilitate push notifications.
Remitano Services are accessible in the following African countries:
• South Africa
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Bitcoin remittance provider Geopay
GeoPay is a blockchain remittance digital platform that facilitates the flow of remittances from different parts of the world into Africa. It is a South African based startup, founded in 2014. Users can easily send or receive money via Geopay tellers who are available in and out of South Africa. The platform has a great user experience that integrates local currency in the emerging markets; thus, making cross-border payments easy and fast.
One is required to download the application on iOS or Android enabled devices and has an option to add a debit card to send money via Geopay. Transactions go through a network of agents in the informal settings who facilitates settlements for the financially excluded individuals between countries. It enables people in the diaspora to seamlessly send money to their homeland and saves them on conversions and transfer fees. Additionally, users can use GeoPay to make merchants payments.
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Bitcoin remittance provider BTCGhana
BTC Ghana is a bitcoin remittance platform that facilitates the transfer of funds in a secure, fast, and affordable way for Ghanaians and Africans in the diaspora. It was founded in 2015 with its headquarters in Kumasi, Ghana. BTC Ghana incorporates the blockchain technology into the current mobile money service providers in Africa, to facilitate mobile settlements using bitcoins from developed countries to Ghana.
Users in Europe and the United States can make cryptocurrency purchases via established exchange platforms and send the payment to local remittance platforms such as MTN Mobile Money, AirtelMoney, and TigoCash. The money then gets transferred to recipients’ mobile money account, and users can pick their funds at local remittance outlets in Cedi without dealing with the complex Deposit and withdrawal methods.
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Bitcoin remittance provider SureRemit
SureRemit is a non-cash remittance platform that uses blockchain technology to assist immigrants to send money back home. It was founded in 2017 with its headquarters based in Lagos, Nigeria. It doesn’t charge transaction fees when paying for utility bills, groceries, or medical treatment. Users are at liberty to choose a specific local merchant from whom they can purchase digital vouchers and settle it instantly on the SureRemit platform.
By the use of blockchain, the platform can bypass the usual banking system and connect a consumer to a local merchant at a small transaction fee. To transact on SureRemit, download the app on either android or iOS powered gadget and present tokens to start making payments. It’s tied to a specific merchant and is irredeemable for cash; thus cannot be used for money laundering, fraud, or terrorist funding.
SureRemit is looking forward to growing its presence in Africa through its predecessors’ network, SureGift. It provides Remit tokens and has a vast network in various African countries like:
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Bitcoin remittance provider Circle
The Circle is a global internet finance company that is built on blockchain technology and powered by Crypto assets. It was founded in 2013 by internet entrepreneurs Sean Neville, and Jeremy Allaire, and the headquarters are in Boston, Massachusetts. It has a mobile payment platform, the Circle Pay’s, that enables users to send, receive, or hold traditional currencies.
To send money using Circle pay, sign in to your account and navigate to the “send tab” then enter the amount you wish to transfer. Enter a Bitcoin address to choose where you want to send your funds and complete the payment. There are no deposit or withdrawal charges from bank accounts, insurance, storage, or cryptocurrencies transactions. Users can register for one account, denominated in their local currency or Bitcoin, for a maximum of two reports.
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Bitcoin remittance provider Crowdz
Crowdz is a blockchain platform that permits businesses to manage, digitalize, and optimize invoices. It was founded in 2014 by Payson, Severo, Steven Lee, and Hopkins, and the headquarters are in Sunnyvale, California. Crowdz uses a blockchain-based B2B money transfer service. It uses blockchain as its foundation to automate and speed up transactions, thereby eliminating the process of having to download and key in information into an accounting system.
After transmitting an invoice over the Crowdz invoice exchanges, the digitized data securely and instantly passes to the relevant parties such as employees and clients. Not only does it make work easier on invoicing, but it also facilitates faster payments, orders, and documents. All these related transactions instantly become interconnected; thus, making it less stressful.
The company focuses on small and medium-sized firms to boost their growth in the economy and has fully customized solutions for global ventures. It accelerates the cash conversion cycle by allowing digital payments to overseas suppliers with no international transfer fee. Crowdz support 24/7 invoice exchange in most countries with Barclay’s bank access.
Click here to visit the website of Crowdz!
Bitcoin remittance provider Everex
Everex is a blockchain financial technology firm that enables the application of virtual currency on a peer to peer payment platform to facilitate cross border transactions. It was founded in 2016, by Alexi Lane with the main office in Bangkok, Thailand. Everex acts as a link between cryptos and fiat currency by digitizing local currencies into fiat to come up with a costless, transparent, secure, and fast payments system.
Users can convert their money into digital crypto-cash via their local banks and use them on desktop wallets and mobile devices. The cryptocurrency, therefore, paves the way for Everex to provide micro-lending services without the volatility of traditional cryptos. Concerns between the capital transfer system and external blockchains are addressed by the Service-Oriented Architecture, which comprises of Blockchain package and Everex –System package.
Everex enables you to make a transfer, pay other people, and trade with any fiat currency anywhere in the world. The company has developed a global partnership with vendors that accept Everex transactions as payment methods, and users can also withdraw cash through ATMs, retailers, and local currencies exchanges globally. It has a short settling time with a lower transaction fee and global support in the world’s remittance markets. The platform accelerates access to financial services in underserved financial markets.
Click here to visit the website of Everex!
Bitcoin remittance provider Metalpay
Metalpay is a mobile blockchain-based remittance solution that allows clients to send money at better rates with a native reward currency. It was founded in 2016 in the United States in San Francisco by Marshall Hayner. Consumers can send USD, which is converted to bitcoins, to get a ‘METAL’ reward for every dollar they send or purchase. The awards can be held as an investment or converted to dollars and sent to another Metal Pay user.
A unique feature with Metalpay is that it has a combined cryptocurrency wallet with traditional financial accounts. To sign up, you need to link your bank account to the app and ensure you verify your identity and phone number. The settling takes a short period after verification. For every dollar you receive or sell, you earn MTL that is up to 5% the transaction value. The rewards are not restricted to sending money but also paying bills like rent or shopping.
Click here to visit the website of Metalpay!
Bitcoin remittance provider Eversend
It is a free banking alternative that avails money transfer services while capitalizing on the blockchain technology. It was founded in 2017 in the France capital, Paris, by Fast Track Malmo and Techstars investors. Their primary focus is on the African customers and those in diaspora all over the world. When using Eversend, you can transfer money to bank accounts and mobile devices.
It enables money transfer from Africa to the rest of the world, in-country money transfer, and intra-Africa crossborder areas. Through their e-wallet, they provide other financial services such as travel insurance, access to cryptocurrency, wealth management, and personal loans. Eversend delivers a complete digital remittance experience by facilitating international transactions without internet connectivity.
Users only need to link their debit card to Eversend accounts, loaded with different currencies to execute e-commerce settlements. It supports various currencies such as KES, RWF, UGX, GBP, USD, NGN, and EUR.
In Africa, it’s available in:
• South Africa
Click here to visit the website of Eversend!
Conclusion about Bitcoin remittance providers
Africans working abroad often send money to their families and friends in their home countries to pay for school fees, buy food, clothes, and meet daily expenses or to start a business.
The money is essential for many families in recipients’ countries to help cope with the continent’s unstable economies.
However, a large amount of this money is taken in transfer fees by expensive agents and financial institutions.
While the financial organizations have been charging Africans high fees for these services, bitcoin-backed fiat remittances have become a solace for most overseas citizens due to its speed, efficiency, and low price.
As more nations adopt virtual currency payment services, Bitcoin may eventually dominate the African remittance market.
The future of crypto-currency based remittances in Africa will depend on the growing rate of mobile phone use and the currency’s freedom from state regulations and banking controls.
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