Cryptocurrency adoption in South Africa has held steady over the past several months, according to the latest data from Finder.com. Finder says it fact-checks every report it publishes, but users are still warned to read all the fine print themselves.
According to Finder, around 4 million South Africans own cryptocurrency.
Here are some other stats based on the report:
10% of South African internet users aged 18+ currently own cryptocurrency, down from 11% late last year, based on a three-month rolling average.
Men are much more likely to own cryptocurrency. 65% of crypto holders are men and just 35% are women.
Bitcoin (52%) is by far the most popular coin among South African crypto owners, followed by Ethereum (24%).
Cryptocurrency specialist at Finder, James Edwards, says he’s surprised adoption didn’t decline further given the considerable drop in the crypto market.
“We saw huge drops in the price of Bitcoin at the start of May and June and while we did see a reduction in the number of people holding cryptocurrency it’s not as severe as expected.
“This suggests that while some people have sold, others are holding for the long term or may have actually bought cryptocurrency for the first time at what they consider to be a discount.”
The Cryptocurrency Market Continues to Be Highly Volatile
Edwards warns new investors that investing in cryptocurrency isn’t for the faint-hearted.
“Cryptocurrency is a hugely volatile industry and you should never invest money you can’t afford to lose. You should also pay attention to the cost of trading to make sure any gains aren’t negated by fees you need to pay as you buy and sell.”
Finder analysed cryptocurrency exchanges taking into account a range of factors like fees, regulation, coins available and deposit methods to name Kraken the best global cryptocurrency exchange.
“Kraken had excellent scores for its comprehensive list of features, value for money and 24/7 customer service, making it a great platform for anyone interested in buying cryptocurrency”.
You can view the full Finder Awards methodology here.