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Crypto Exchanges in South Africa Must be Licensed By November 30, Says Regulator: Report

South Africa’s financial regulator has asked exchanges operating in the country to obtain a license before the end of 2023. Crypto firms who fail to adhere to the directive before the deadline could be fined or have their businesses closed down by authorities. New Licensing Regime in South Africa The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) has required crypto exchanges in South Africa to secure a license before the November 30 deadline. According to FSCA Commissioner Unathi...

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Bitcoin Africa: Gearing African businesses to compete in the global marketplace

The adoption of blockchain technology has gained traction in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana – resulting in more efficient and lower-cost cross-border payments to facilitate African businesses conducting trade abroad. This shift can be attributed to an increase in global ratification of the technology where approximately 44% of the top 100 public companies, including tech giant Amazon, Tencent, Nike and MacDonalds. More and more businesses are venturing towards the new technology...

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South Africa Regulator Takes Action Against False Crypto Advertising Claims

On January 23, South Africa’s Advertising Regulatory Board (ARB) introduced new cryptocurrency-focused rules into the nation’s advertising code to protect consumers from misleading advertising. The new guidelines aim to ensure that cryptocurrency advertisements accurately state the risks involved with all cryptocurrency investments, making it clear to consumers that they stand to lose their capital due to market volatility. “Advertisements must expressly and clearly state...

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Major South African Supermarket Chain Accepts Bitcoin Payments (Report)

One of the largest supermarket chains in South Africa – Pick n Pay – reportedly enabled customers to settle their bills in cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin. The offering covers 39 of the company’s stores located across the country. The National Children’s Advocacy Center also hopped on the bandwagon, allowing people to donate digital assets. The Latest to Catch the Wave Pick n Pay hinted about the new payment option months ago when it trialed it in ten of its stores....

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Sunshine Tour’s Best Golfers to Win Bitcoin Awards

Sunshine Tour – a professional golf tournament held in Southern and Eastern Africa – partnered with Luno to bring cryptocurrencies closer to the participants. Apart from prizes in fiat currency, the top golfers will receive awards in bitcoin. BTC Reaching the Golf Course The primary cryptocurrency keeps making its way through the sports industry. The latest such example came from the prestigious golf championship – Sunshine Tour. The tournament, based in numerous African...

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Nelson Mandela’s Original Arrest Warrant Sold for $130K as NFT

Non-fungible tokens continue to be used for some humanitarian reasons, and the latest example came from South Africa. A digital collection of Nelson Mandela’s original arrest warrant from over half a century ago was sold for more than $130,000 to fund a heritage site. Mandela NFT Sold for $130K Prior to becoming South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela was a part of a political organization (African National Congress – ANC), in which he became a leader of...

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South African Police Launch Investigation into Alleged Crypto Fraud

The police in South Africa are looking into a possible crypto scam case after an investment company attempted to reimburse some investors from the now-defunct Africrypt exchange. Police Launch Closer Look at Africrypt Bloomberg informed that South African Police forces across four provinces, including Durban and Johannesburg, are currently investigating reports in connection to the alleged Africrypt scam from 2021 involving co-founder brothers Raess and Ameer Cajee. The...

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50% of Africans Invest in Crypto to Pay for Their Children’s Education: Survey

According to a recent poll, most cryptocurrency investors from Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa have entered the digital asset market with long-term goals such as securing their families’ wellbeing. Crypto to Fund Children’s Education The London-based company – Luno – conducted a survey with nearly 7,000 participants from Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, the UK, Australia, Indonesia, and Malaysia to determine the reasons that drove them into getting involved with digital...

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Binance Is Not Authorized To Operate in South Africa, Regulator Says

Every day an increasing number of countries turn their back on Binance, sending warnings to their users, letting them know that if they use the exchange, they are basically on their own in case of any inconvenience. A few hours ago, the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) of South Africa issued a Press Release stating that Binance was not authorized to operate in the country. The regulatory body assures that the company does not have the necessary registration to offer...

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Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, and South Africa to Conduct a Mutual CBDC Project: Report

The central banks of Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, and South Africa will reportedly launch a trial program to test cross-border payments employing different CBDCs. Their mission: to determine whether the move would enable more accessible transactions. The Multinational Partnership Central bank digital currencies appear to be an attractive financial instrument for numerous countries across the globe since many are exploring them as a financial instrument. While governments...

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