Homegrown Start Up Wins Trip To Europe’s Biggest Startup Event In Paris

South African technology startup, SmartWage, won the VivaTech AfricArena competition, earning us a trip to VivaTech Paris in 2021, Europe’s biggest startup and tech event. SmartWage was one of three finalists, and the win solidified our position as the market leader for wage-access in South Africa. VivaTech 2021 will play host to over 3,300 investors […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

How SmartWage helps South Africans make ends meet during difficult times

COVID-19 is an unprecedented crisis for South Africans and indeed people all around the world. The drastic measures being implemented by our government to combat the risks posed by the virus, while welcome and necessary, will no doubt cause a great deal of hardship for many people across a country already struggling with a raft […]

Hello From SmartWage

We’re barely out of the starting blocks on our SmartWage journey but every moment so far has been a nonstop whirlwind of learning and opportunity as we attempt to end the payday poverty cycle and provide people with the tools they need for better financial control and health! The team is buzzing with excitement at […]