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M-pesa broadens its reach in Gauteng

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Woza Woza, the wholesale chain based in Southern Gauteng is now offering a fast, safe and easy way to transfer money with Vodacom’s m-pesa money transfer service.

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.
"In addition to m-pesa being available at over 2500 outlets around the country such as Vodashops, 4U Stores, community containers, spaza shops, Nedbank branchesand more than 1 800 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," says  Mark Taylor, MD of Vodacom Payment Services.
Registration for m-pesa is free. All users need to do is bring their ID and cellphone and an m-pesa agent at an m-pesa outlet will help them complete the simple process. Once registered users 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 affordable, costing R2.45 to send money to a registered user. Airtime purchases for the user or other Vodacom subscribers can be made at no additional charge using m-pesa.
"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," explains Taylor
M-pesa was first launched in Kenya in 2007. The service now has 12-million customers in that country, who have moved more than R5-billion between themselves in three years.