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WorldRemit launches in South Africa

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Danielle Kruger
Danielle Kruger
Daniëlle is an IT and tech journalist focused on gaming, gadgets and emerging technologies in a number of key industries.

WorldRemit, a globally recognised digital money transfer service, has launched its low-cost digital service from South Africa to over 145 destinations worldwide.

Using the WorldRemit app or website, customers can now send money as easily as sending an instant message to global destinations including Zimbabwe, Mozambique, the United Kingdom, India and Pakistan.

According to the World Bank, South Africa is the most expensive G20 country to send money from with an average cost of over 15% for sending $200 – more than double the global average.WorldRemit aims to bring this down to only 5% for its customers.

Currently, 68% of remittances from South Africa are sent through informal channels such as unregistered courier services (“malaicha”) and buses crossing the border.

WorldRemit’s low fees and exchange rates are shown up-front and senders from South Africa can choose from a wide variety of convenient payout options including bank transfer, cash pick up and mobile money.

For example, for customers sending to Zimbabwe, WorldRemit offers cash at over 200 locations – more than any other remittance service. Guaranteed cash is available through partners including Steward Bank, ZB Bank, Kaah Express and Quest Financial Services.

WorldRemit currently handles money transfers from the US, UK, European and Asian countries to over 40 African countries. The launch of money transfers from South Africa is a major milestone as the company targets the growing money transfer market within Africa. WorldRemit recently opened a new office in Johannesburg, as it aims to expand its partner network across the continent.

South Africa is one of WorldRemit’s top ten remittance receiving countries, with transactions to the country growing by over 50% YoY. This is according to Andrew Stewart, Managing Director for Middle East and Africa at WorldRemit.

We are delighted to start this next phase of our growth, enabling customers in South Africa to send digital money transfers to 145 countries worldwide including Zimbabwe and Mozambique,” says Stewart.

With WorldRemit, customers can make quick, secure and low-cost money transfers directly from their phones. This eliminates the need to give cash to loved ones who are travelling or pay expensive fees to buses or taxis to transport cash across the border.

The service offers complete transparency because both senders and recipients receive notifications with details of how much money has been sent. Senders can also use the ‘track your transfer’ function to check the status of their transactions in real time.

By Daniëlle Kruger
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