Mukuru launches mobile prepaid debit card in South Africa

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Mukuru Debit has just announced the launch of a new cellphone based debit card in South Africa. It is something like mobile banking services locally, except this is optimised for existing Mukuru services in addition to using the card for regular banking and point of sale. The new card is backed by Standard Bank.

According to a video posted on YouTube, the new product addresses the need by migrants to have regular bank accounts in South Africa. Migrants, apparently, find it hard to ‘open’ a bank account in SA, which then makes it difficult to transfer money securely to relatives in the greater Southern Africa region.

The new debit card costs R25 and an account can be opened at Inter Africa stores in South Africa. Mukuru services available through the card include regional remittances via a cellphone. Using a mobile phone to transact, the video says, is actually available to Mukuru customers already even without the debit card. In Africa, so far Mukuru customers are able to send money to Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia and Nigeria.

In Zimbabwe recipients can collect their money countrywide at banks like CABS, CBZ and Banc ABC, as well as standalone Mukuru pay-out partners.


Here’s the video announcing the new card:

Started as a convenient way for Zimbabweans in the Diaspora to send commodities to their families back home in Zimbabwe, Mukuru evolved after Zimbabwe’s hyperinflation era into a fully fledged international money remittance service with a special focus on recipients in emerging markets of Africa and South America.


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  1. Time says:

    Im actually glad Mukuru is evolving…I remember using them back in the 2008 era to pay for DSTV aswell as actually get hard to get groceries for a wedding! I however do think their time in the Zim market is coming to a close as we ourselves are evolving with both traditional and innovative banking, eco-cash etc…however if they continue to target other African countries that are early in development then they should have solid business for many years to come.

  2. Gibson says:

    My sister has struggled for months to get a bank account in South Africa, and needs to send money back to our mother in Zimbabwe. This is a welcome product and I think it will do pretty well.

  3. Future says:

    Which money transfer Service offers the best exchange rate for remittance to Zimbabwe?

    1. JJ says:


      Send cash home with Hello Paisa they only charge 5% – R5 for every R100 you send. They also have thousands of pay in point across south africa.

  4. Tinos says:

    your should match Western Union rates, your 10% fixed charge is expensive, to send 10000 i need to pay 1000 if i do it mukuru ways but if done via Western union i paid a mere 42USD which is less than half your charges. This may end up being a platform for illegal emigrants because from then i go straight to western union. More so with that 10% you need to wait for approximately 6hrs in the queue to send money then the recipient will wait for 8hrs to get the money. Something must be worked out, ie, increase outlets coupled with reduced rates, if you cant, then you will be a closed chapter very soon when eco cash comes to our rescue.

  5. Israel rwanyanya says:

    Bank renyu zvinofamba sei unogona kurishandisa here yeaccount yekubasa kana kuti ndere kungo sender mari chete?

  6. A lot more ways to send $ to zim. i find this one the quickest. I just log on to my fnb banking platform and send to zim. no bank qs no what what:

  7. wilson says:

    i want 2 open an account

    1. Thamsanqa says:

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  8. nyary says:

    why your bank cant work to pay for studies

  9. Anatolia Poshai says:

    I would like to apply for the card and I live in Randburg. Is there an interAfrica shop in the place.

  10. Shiellah says:

    I need to open account

  11. Dube Sibonakaliso says:

    I need to Open an account

    1. Thamsanqa says:

      contact me on 0738174361

  12. Chido Ndhlovu says:

    want to open an account, am in Soshanguve Pretoria

    1. Thamsanqa says:

      contact Thamsanqa on 0738174361

    2. Thamsanqa says:

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  13. Gilbert says:

    I need to apply for a card I stay in port Elizabeth how do I go for it

  14. roselyne nyasha matongera says:

    Need. To open an account asap ppliz

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