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New Launches in SA

BrownSense has launched an e-marketplace to support its well-established Facebook ecommerce community. With some 200,000 registered customers, of whom around 65,000 offer services, BrownSense is now looking to expand into Southern Africa.

Old Mutual has launched a new omnichannel brand, EGG, in Cape Town that aims to support local and small scale MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium sized enterprises). The new platform aims to empower locals and international visitors to support local MSMEs in an array of sectors – food, beauty, fashion, health, and more – with an off and on-line presence.

Huawei Pay has integrated with the mobile payment apps, Zapper, which is a mobile payment, customer loyalty and rewards platform. Zapper also integrates with ecommerce services.

Seso Global, a one-stop platform for property management and transactions that began life in Nigeria, has expanded to SA and Ghana and is looking further afield. Launched in Nigeria in June 2019, Seso has developed a customer relationship management (CRM) portal that enables property developers, agents and governments to manage their properties, documentation and transactions on a secure blockchain database. The startup launched its first pilot in SA in November 2019, rolling out a government-facing registry portal with funding from Mastercard and the Oppenheimer Foundation, and launched in Ghana in May2020 in partnership with the British High Commission. Seso provides a verified marketplace and one-stop platform for buyers to find properties and close their transactions. The startup takes a fee for transactions completed on the marketplace from those listing properties. It is free to join and list.

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Alastair Tempest

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