July is savings month in South Africa. This year, the focus is firmly on #WaysToSave while adapting our financial plans as we face the challenges that 2020 brings. The South African Savings Institute (SASI), in association with Absa, will focus on a financial education initiative throughout July, bringing together financial experts to provide tangible insights into savings in the #WaysToSave Webinar Series.
The pandemic has pivoted many into digital communications, and SASI is no exception. SASI’s acting CEO, Gerald Mwandiambira, says, “We’re focused on building a savings culture in South Africa and we’re excited to be able to reach large audiences through this free webinar series as we share knowledge from South Africa’s leading personal finance experts to help people make smarter money choices. The environment is very challenging at the moment, and we’re addressing relevant and topical issues, including rebuilding your finances post COVID-19, bouncing back from retrenchment, and saving through stokvels. We invite people to come on this journey with us and tackle money challenges, head-on.”
The #WaysToSave website includes a full online learning platform which that will launch as the webinars progress throughout July, including quiz challenge formats. Those who register and complete the challenges could win R10 000 in an Absa Tax Free Savings Account. There will also be cash prizes up for grabs during the webinars and a total of R20 000 will be given away, with several awards of R1 000 in each webinar, set to boost the savings of those who participate.
Hosted by SASI’s acting CEO and personal finance author, Gerald Mwandiambira, and the SASI Chairperson, Prem Govender, the webinars kicked off on 8 July at 19:00, with the launch webinar featuring award-winning personal finance journalist and author, Maya Fisher-French; financial journalist, speaker and entrepreneur, Arabile Gumede; senior macro economist at Absa, Kgotso Radira; medical practitioner, broadcaster and social activist, Dr Sindi van Zyl; and the Head of Wellness at Absa, Dr Lesego Rametsi.
The SASI Chairperson, Prem Govender, says, “As we deal with the impact of COVID-19, we need to be well equipped to make decisions such as taking payment holidays or accessing savings. Now more than ever, we need to focus closely on our finances and get expert advice.”
Financial journalist, speaker and entrepreneur, Arabile Gumede, and Gerald Mwandiambira, SASI’s acting CEO and author of My Money, have useful tips and insights into the savings tools that we can all implement – today.
What you’ll learn:
We tell ourselves a lot of stories about money. We think that money only affects those who have money. We think that there's a single right answer to our financial situation. We think that there's a difference between managing our own finances and that of a small business. In this webinar by the CEO of Just One Lap, Kristia van Heerden, we dispel these myths and show you how to do it all yourself.
What you’ll learn:
Our financial situation is one of the key drivers of our happiness and wellbeing. Now is the time to ensure that you are securing your financial future.
What you’ll learn:
Watch the full series of webinars, register on www.waystosave.co.za to complete the savings challenges, and you could win R10 000 in an Absa Tax Free Savings Account.
For more information about the #WaysToSave Webinar Series, visit www.waystosave.co.za.
What Is It?
So, be sure to come and experience the best photography, multimedia art and sculpture that the continent has to offer. Here you can get to enjoy all the best in arts and creativity, make sure you bring your friends along too, if you know that they are as into art as you. You sure do not want to miss this exhibition.
When Is It?
Monday, 14 October 2019 - Friday, 25 October 2019.
Where Is It?
Absa Art Gallery, 161 Main Street, City and Suburban, Johannesburg.
How Much Is It?
Admission is free, just remember to please take your ID with for entrance into the building.
For More Information
Visit this Facebook page for more information on this event.
Picture yourself leaving home, making the tedious journey through peak hour traffic and battling to find parking at your destination, only to realise that you've left your wallet at home. Surely you'll have a few very nasty words running through your head and feel highly annoyed that you forgot to grab it while rushing about, but there is a solution to this dilemma for Samsung smartphone users - Samsung Pay!
That's right! Finally, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has launched their mobile payment service, Samsung Pay in South Africa. This safe and simple service is currently available in 24 markets* worldwide and offers a super convenient mobile wallet experience, AKA no need to carry that bulky wallet/purse around EVERYWHERE you go! Just think - no digging through pockets or handbag to find your wallet/purse, no rummaging through hundreds of loyalty and business cards, and no intense heart palpitations when you've misplaced your bank card. Just a simple swipe of your Samsung smartphone and boom, payment done. Bliss!
In case you didn't know, Samsung Pay is the most widely accepted mobile payment platform, allowing users/shoppers/spenders to make mobile payments almost ANYWHERE* using both MST and NFC technology. It is the first of its kind on the African continent and provides the ultimate flexible payment solution complete with the benefits of both a physical and mobile wallet to make your in-store purchases safer and simpler.
Samsung Pay also gives you total control of your digital payment journey. The service ensures all transactions are secure and authenticated by the user. As for protection and safety of your account, Samsung’s defence-grade Samsung Knox security platform and biometric authentication through iris or fingerprint scanning will provide peace of mind that your personal payment information is safe. Also, tokenization ensures that your actual card information is never exposed during a transaction. This feature ensures even more payment security.
At the moment, Samsung Pay is available for Absa and Standard Bank customers with supported Mastercard and Visa payment cards. Avios credit cards, British Airways credit cards and Virgin Money cards are also
supported. Another benefit to this amazing mobile wallet experience is the fact that it also supports the ability to load loyalty cards (three cheers for carrying less cards!) so it’s not just about spending; it also about seamless point or miles-gathering. Bonus!
Now for the question as to exactly where you can use this service. Answer: Samsung Pay works almost anywhere* you can swipe, insert or tap a card! So, that means at Melrose Arch when you're shopping up a storm on The High Street, at Seattle Coffee grabbing your early morning caffeine fix, at Urbanologi for date night with your sweetheart, or even at your nearest petrol station topping up your tank. The world of contactless payments is evolving faster than ever before owing to rapid changes in digital technology, competitive forces and consumer demands. It's a very exciting time to be alive!
So, you want to join the world of contactless payments? Great! To start using Samsung Pay, all Samsung smartphone users who own one of the supported devices (check the image below) have to do is:
As for making payments with your Samsung Pay, it's extremely easy! Here's how:
Samsung’s revolutionary new way to pay is set to change the shopping landscape forever – with super-
secure, convenient and easy payment using favourite credit, debit and loyalty cards, all on one device!
For more information about Samsung Pay, visit www.samsung.com.
If you need any further assistance with Samsung Pay, you can call them on 0860 726 623 or their international support number 011 549 1761. You can also email us on [email protected].
What Is It?
The annual Absa Champagne Festival is back this October for it's 17th year, offering guests with something exciting and delectable to tantalise their palates. This is the only champagne fest of its kind in South Africa and promotes some of the most premium champagnes available. And for the first time, this popular and much-anticipated festival will showcase African artists in a luxury experience, while celebrating 100 years since the birth of our great former president, the late Nelson Mandela.
Festival visitors will get the opportunity to sample some of the best from the world’s leading champagne houses, paired with exquisite cuisine while appreciating an exhibition of some of the Africa’s best artwork. They'll also be showcasing the most French champagne houses they've ever had at this event - close to 40. Inclusive in the ticket price, visitors will also receive a tasting pack with a champagne flute.
Wall hangings and sculptures from both established and emerging artists will go under the hammer as a new feature of the event, in the form of a silent auction with proceeds being donated to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
When Is It?
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 to Friday, 02 November 2018.
Where Is It?
The Inanda Club, Forrest Road & 6th Avenue, Inanda, Sandton, Johannesburg.
How To Get Tickets?
Tickets are available from the Absa Champagne Festival website at R995 per person.
For More Information
For more information on the Absa Champagne Festival, visit www.absachampagnefest.co.za.