South Africa officially has the highest unemployment rate

South Africa set an unwelcome world record when our unemployment rose to a record 34.9% in the second quarter, which would be the highest of 83 countries tracked by Bloomberg. With this being said, South Africa was already facing an economic crisis and unemployment disaster prior to the pandemic. Covid-19 was simply the catalyst which […]

Earned wage access. What is it all about?

Why are we paid at the end of the month or after 30 days of work?  Simply put, the 30-day pay cycle is a construct that was conceptualised during the Industrial Revolution and we have kept this ever since – because the arrangement suits companies and their cash flow. This may benefit companies but this […]

South Africa’s Huge Consumer Debt Problem

My name is Simon Ellis and I am a co-founder at SmartWage. Today I want to talk about South Africa’s huge debt problem, and how SmartWage is working with companies to eliminate the payday debt cycle amongst workers during the lockdown.  One Hundred and Forty Billion Rand This is how much the South African workforce […]

SmartWage Quick Thoughts: Budgeting in times of Corona

SmartWage is here to help hard-working people remain financially secure during difficult times, but we recognise that there are many practical and proactive steps anyone can take to ensure they can make ends meet and endure the strains posed by difficult times (like pandemics and lockdowns). One of these steps is budgeting, something not nearly […]

SmartWage Quick Thoughts: The Value of Experience

The SmartWage team has been on a pretty exciting adventure over the past few weeks, doing anything and everything we can to make the most of the many challenges and even more opportunities served up by the continuing lockdown. Since the last Quick Thoughts blog post we shared just over a month ago, a lot […]

Remote Etiquette: Business On Top, Party On The Bottom?

A huge majority of businesses around the world have experienced some dramatic and not entirely voluntary digital transformation in a much shorter period than they would have anticipated. It has taken a world-changing crisis to fundamentally shift the way businesses operate, a shift which will cripple some but see others emerge far stronger. Amongst all […]

Proudly Supporting Small With Yoco

As a young South African business, developing a keener understanding every day of the difficulties faced by South African businesses and their employees alike,  we are particularly proud to be associated with Yoco’s Support Small initiative. As a Support Small Partner, we are promoting our free service offering to Yoco’s extensive merchant network through May […]

SmartWage In Partnership With Clanstival

The lockdown really has thrown up more than a few surprises over the last few weeks and shown us that in strange and difficult times, some of the best and most exciting opportunities are found in the most unexpected places. So we have learnt through our partnership with Clanstival, an all new breed of music […]

SmartWage Quick Thoughts: Challenges, Learning and Opportunities

A national lockdown and the economic shockwaves created by a global pandemic are unprecedented in their own rights. This is especially true for a country like South Africa that was already walking several social, economic and political tightropes simultaneously before COVID-19 came along. It says a great deal that the country losing its last investment-grade […]