The installation of our Postilion transaction switch enabled seamless integrations with new banking partners and card associations and the ability to introduce value added services on our ATMs.
Horizon Equity took a minority equity stake in the company to invest for growth.
Our Founder and Group CEO, Steven Kark was awarded Investec’s “Jewish Entrepreneur of the Year” award.
We partnered with both Absa Bank and Nedbank to extend the banks’ network of ATMs in South Africa. In our quest to offer value added services to cardholders, prepaid airtime purchases were made available across the full fleet of ATMs.
We gained ATM international industry recognition through ATMIA’s “Security Best Practice” award.
Looking to expand financial inclusion, we partnered with Standard Bank and Ithala Bank in South Africa to deploy and operate fully branded ATMs to service their cardholders.
As a member of the ATMIA since inception, ATM Solutions was runner-up in ATMIA’s “Most Influential Member” award.
We founded and launched DrawCard, South Africa’s first independent prepaid card issuer, with the first gift card transaction being processed for Occhiali Eyewear. In its first year of operation, DrawCard was awarded the “African Leadership Award in Card Technology” for innovation.
A 3rd party processing agreement with Bidvest Bank in South Africa linked our ecosystem directly into Visa and BankservAfrica. This paved the way for our bank outsource offering for Bidvest Bank branded ATMs in branches and off-premise locations.
Partnering with Mercantile Bank in South Africa also enabled ATM Solutions to reach a milestone of 2 000 ATM installations across South Africa.
Once again, Triton acknowledged ATM Solutions with the “Triton International Distributor of the year” award.
Ethos Private Equity saw potential in the group and took a minority equity stake in the business.
We launched South Africa’s first independent merchant acquiring business, EFTPOS, offering card acceptance to SMMEs in South Africa in partnership with our long-term partner, Absa Bank.
DrawCard introduced its first Visa branded prepaid cards through a BIN sponsorship agreement with Bidvest Bank.
Steven Kark, our Group CEO, was the founding member of the Association of System Operators (ASO), providing a platform for non-banks to participate in the formal payments system in South Africa.
We opened our first branch outside of South Africa, deploying and operating ATMs in partnership with Bank Windhoek in Namibia.
DrawCard launched South Africa’s first Visa branded shopping centre gift card for Canal Walk.
With a view to expand our financial service offering, we acquired BDB Data Bureau, providing EFT and ACH services in South Africa.
Expanding our merchant acquiring offering, EFTPOS introduced a new range of terminals including a portable device, giving merchants more flexibility and choice for accepting payments.
Through Drawcard, we launched a Visa branded general purpose reloadable card, the Prezzy card, in a BIN sponsorship agreement with Nedbank.
Increasing our reach across the ATM value chain, we opened an in-house repair centre and warehouse that enabled us to assemble and repair ATMs ourselves.
We introduced prepaid airtime and electricity sales as value added services on our POS terminals, increasing the revenue opportunities for our merchants.
With a massive focus on compliance, we were one of the first payments providers on the African continent to achieve Level 1 PCI-DSS certification.
We further successfully certified and upgraded our ATM and POS networks to accept EMV chip cards.
Our network grew to 4 000 ATMs installations across South Africa and Namibia and DrawCard continued innovating and launched the first Visa insurance claims card in Africa for Santam.
ATM Solutions was appointed as the first non-bank member of SABRIC (The South African Banking Risk Information Centre) to assist and contribute towards industry initiatives to counter banking scams, ATM vandalisms and card fraud.
EFTPOS signed an acquiring and bank outsourcing agreement with Mercantile Bank, enabling the bank to launch their merchant acquiring solution.
DrawCard processed in excess of R1 billion for the year and was a founding member of the Global Prepaid Exchange South Africa.
PCI-DSS level 1 compliance was now part of the fabric of the business and compliance was once again achieved, and has been ever since.
Transaction Capital Ltd listed on the JSE (Johannesburg Stock Exchange) in South Africa.
Our research and development team developed and patented dye stain technology to curb ATM attacks and stain cash in ATMs across the network.
It was DrawCard’s year for awards as a finalist in both “Best Global Prepaid Programme” and “Best Global Prepaid Innovation” categories and was awarded “Leading Prepaid Organisation MEA Region” at the Global Prepaid Awards in London, “Best Non-US based Prepaid Programme” and “Best Benefits Prepaid Programme” for Santam at the Paybefore Awards in Las Vegas.
We opened ATM Solutions Zambia and the first ATMs were installed in partnership with Cavmont Bank. Our ATM network was now over 5 000 ATMs across three countries.
We pioneered mobile POS, launching ZipZap, the first Visa and Mastercard certified mPOS solution in South Africa.
DrawCard launched Reload, South Africa’s first general purpose reloadable Visa card that was easily available for purchase off the shelf at various retail and convenience locations, and Refuel, South Africa’s first Visa prepaid fuel card. DrawCard was recognised as the “Best Alternative Payment Programme” at the Card and e-Payment Africa Awards.
Our offering in Namibia was expanded through a partnership with Standard Bank to expand their ATM footprint.
Looking to expand our payments offering, we acquired Kazang a micro-payments and value added services provider to the informal markets in Southern Africa.
Paycorp acquired a majority share in Tutuka, a leading prepaid card issuer to complement our existing issuing offerings. Tutuka went on to launch companion card programmes in Zimbabwe and Thailand.
DrawCard partnered with Vodacom to power the m-pesa programme in South Africa.
As our first venture into Eastern Europe, we acquired a majority share in ATM Point and achieved certification with both Visa and MasterCard as a 3rd party processor across 27 European countries. ATM Point’s first recycling ATM went live in Budapest.
In Zambia, ATM Solutions extended our offering and long standing partnership with Standard Bank (Stanbic Bank) installing ATMs to provide convenient ATM accessibility to Stanbic customers.
EFTPOS expanded its bank outsource offering through providing a white label mPOS solution, BluMobi, for Standard Bank in South Africa and partnered with Investec Bank to provide card acceptance solutions to medical practitioners.
Kazang extended its offering by enabling Lotto sales on Kazang terminals.
Tutuka launched an innovative carrier billing programme in the Philippines, a market with high smartphone penetration, enabling customers to create a store of value on a virtual card. It was also an opportune time to merge DrawCard with Tutuka, making it a leading card processor in multiple emerging markets around the world.
ATM Solutions Zambia partnered with Access Bank to install ATMs in convenience retail locations in Zambia.
Kazang opened up in Namibia, expanding its presence in Southern Africa, and introduced a ground-breaking cashless payments solution with Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages in South Africa.
Tutuka launched its first contactless card, its first card programme in Pakistan and Cameroon and opened offices in Thailand to service the region effectively.
With UnionPay cardholders becoming more prevalent, we certified with UnionPay International across a number of our partner banks.
ATM Point Slovakia was launched with the first ATMs being installed in small towns to increase financial inclusion.
Kazang purchased a 49% equity stake in Sandulela and enabled the eThekwini and City Power municipalities to vend prepaid electricity through Kazang terminals. Kazang also acquired Kazang Botswana from their existing distributor.
Tutuka launched companion card programmes in Vietnam and Cambodia and opened an office in Dubai.
We certified and launched ATM processing services supporting independent ATM deployers in the United Kingdom and Ireland through our scalable and secure payments eco-system.
KazangMoney cardless cash-out was enabled at Cavmont Bank ATMs in Zambia.
We launched KazangPay in South Africa which enabled Kazang merchants to accept card payments through an mPOS device linked to their Kazang terminal, starting an alignment of the EFTPOS and Kazang businesses.
ATM Point Czech Republic was launched and offices opened in Prague where our first ATMs were installed.
Albaraka Bank in South Africa partnered with ATM Solutions as an outsourced ATM provider extending their offering to their cardholders
The ATM networks reaches 6 000 ATMs.