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It has been  a while since we have posted from Tutuka 🙂

However our silence does mean that we have not been busy coming up with products and solutions that best support our clients.

We thought as a start we would share a little personal post that has been keeping our staff busy.

Tutuka’s partner company Paycorp (http://paycorp.co.za/) recently  issued a challenge in celebration of their 15 year anniversary. The challenge was to perform 15 Acts of Kindness in 15 weeks. The team at Tutuka eagerly took up the challenge.

Team Tutuka spent fifteen weeks supporting causes and initiatives that staff members nominated. The Tutuka staff gave up weekends and worked after hours to collect donations, arrange visits and took part in several events and activities. The drive ended with a party thrown on 18 July (Nelson Mandela Day) for around 170 under privileged children. We are proud of everyone at Tutuka that gave generously and made a difference.

 

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Known as one of the oldest and trusted motoring and traveling service house in South Africa, AA (automobile association) is now giving current and new clients an opportunity to win with AA.

You can now shop at one of the largest retailers in the country, with one of 150 gift cards with R500 loaded on each one.

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The competition will close on 16th March (there are only a few days left). It is open to all South Africans who use the services that the AA offer. You can stand a chance of winning a voucher from AA by doing one of the following:

Partnering with Makro, a large retailer/wholesaler of consumer goods, AA aims to offer clients something back for completing any of the processes above. These gift cards can be used at any Makro countrywide, and does not have any restrictions on the type of goods that it is used to purchase.

The winners will be drawn on 7th April, and all terms and conditions can be found on the competitions page of the AA website.

Just last week I was catching up with a friend about the days of old, when we both were much younger and grew up practically in the same circles as our families were close.

She actually reminded me of times when a bunch of our mothers would come together as a part of a savings club, or “Stokvel” as it’s more commonly known in South Africa.

Mothers would gather together once a month and brought along with them their money and their books and whichever lady was hosting would provide sweet treats and pots and pots of tea.

The club had simple rules, you needed to put in a certain amount of money each month, should you be absent from a meeting you were fined R100 when attending the next month’s meeting.  The money went into an investment account and every December the treasurer would go into the bank and remove all the money and at the final meeting everyone would get their share and more depending on the interest rate.

As I grew older and moved away from home I began saving for my own stuff, travelling, holidays, concert tickets but never to save for December or January and every year I feel it, that “Janu-worry” feeling, where I have no savings stored for the dry period of never having money because I lived December as if it was my last. This same friend told me about a grocery club which her sister had started a couple of years ago.  A club, similarly to the mother’s savings club, where a group of women gather with sweet treats and tea and also a few non-perishable grocery items to store away in someone’s cupboard.  Their rules were just as simple, bring how ever many items you wish to bring and it will be written down under your name each month and your accumulating list will be updated and emailed to you.  In January everyone collects their groceries to fight the dry season of Janu-worry.

Since hearing of this grocery club she then started spreading the word around her friends in Johannesburg, myself included, and has been trying to figure our way around how the club would best operate.  Only problem was, where would we store the goods?  Hopeless, we gave up and never started the club and December 2013 lead once again into a terrible season of Janu-worry.

The season took such a toll on all of us that we gathered again over a cup of our morning coffee and began brainstorming ideas.  It was the only mother from our group of youthful colleagues that suggested the idea of using gift cards instead.

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Our rules were simple: Every pay day we receive our cards from the card bearer, we go to our respective stores and put no less than R50 on our gift cards, we return the card with the receipt and hand it back to the card bearer.  The card bearer nicely files each person’s card and receipt, packs it away until the next pay day.  Should you miss a month, you include a penalty of R50.  You are allowed to load as much money as you like, the only requirement is to provide a receipt of the amount loaded onto the card. They will be delivered back to you the day work shuts down in December.

This way, no one needs to collect hard cash, no one needs and more importantly no one will have a dry season of Janu-worry the money gets used specifically for groceries in those respective stores chosen (Pick n Pay, Checkers, Shoprite or Spar).

You load your money and you save your money, just another way that gift cards are making life simpler. We’ve decided to call it: The modern day Stokvel. All that’s missing are the sweet treats and pots of tea, but then again, that’s why we made sure we have a mother join our club!

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The beginning of the year always seems like a time when people flock to the gym in an effort to burn off the extra calories gained over the holidays and also to become more fit. Even apart from this, it seems to be the time of the year when there’s an influx of various fun runs, marathons, challenges and fitness programs.

I have one friend who is very fond of this time of the year, particularly because he is somewhat of a fitness freak.

From registering for nearly every marathon, to preparing months in advance, he definitely is one determined guy, set on his fitness goals.

While browsing the internet I came across the Sportsmans Warehouse website which informed me of their online gift card purchases, which I was totally unaware of.

Immediately, I thought this would be a great way of getting a gift (which he could choose for himself) for my friend for one of his races, especially because we now live in different cities.

All I had to do was to visit the Sportsmans Warehouse website to register for an online gift card which would automatically be sent to my friend, simply by filling in this online form.sportsmans formAfter I had chosen the amount of the gift card, which ranged between R100 and R1000, I specified my friend’s details and added the gift card to my cart like a product. Payments can be made using MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards which are registered with any South African bank. EFT payments are also accepted.

Once I checked out and my payment was confirmed, the voucher was sent to his email address. So when my friend wanted to make his purchase at a Sportsmans Warehouse in his city, all he had to do was to present the emailed gift card to the cashier to be redeemed.

SMS or Email vouchers such as these presented by Sportsmans Warehouse are a great way of reducing the risk of loss or theft by not having physical vouchers.

Now purchasing vouchers for my fitness fanatic friends, both near and far, has become as simple as a few clicks.

*Please note that the Sportsmans Warehouse gift cards are currently only redeemable in their stores and are not valid for online purchases.

Another successful year has come and gone for us at Tutuka and we would like to take some time to celebrate the wonderful achievements of the year that was 2013.

We have won awards, have grown in staff, had many great highlights and are still growing from strength to strength.

To celebrate this amazing year we put together an infographic with some of our favourite moments and stats from 2013.

Here’s to bigger and better things for 2014 and to sharing more of these memorable moments with our friends, partners, clients and the prepaid industry!

Thank You from Tutuka!

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South Africa welcomes iTunes Gift Cards to their shelves as Apple enthusiasts can now shop at the iTunes store to their heart’s content.

Just in time for Christmas, the iTunes Gift Card, valid only on the iTunes Store for South Africa, could be just the gift you were looking to buy a family member, friend or loved one. Available at all South African iStores, Pick n Pay, Makro and DionWired stores, getting your hands on one is pretty simple. Gift card denominations range between R150, R250 and R450 gift cards.

Yesterday I went out and tried out one of these new funky designed cards and was amazed at how simple it was to use.

An iTunes novice myself, I thought that buying, loading and purchasing with the gift card would be quite the feat, but much to my surprise, it was fairly simple.

Rushing off to my nearest Pick n Pay store in Johannesburg, I bought my first iTunes Gift Card to the value of R150 which I found on the racks at the till points right above all the chocolates and sweets.

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Admittedly, actually buying the card itself proved to be the biggest hassle for me because of the staff at Pick n Pay who were unsure of how to scan the gift card, whether or not it had to be activated in store or even what the gift card was used for. But once I got this sorted out, I happily walked out of the store, card in hand and ready to make my very first iTunes purchase.

Personally, I don’t own any Apple devices, but fortunately, iTunes is available on Windows too, so using the gift card on a regular PC will work just as well. But if you are an Apple fanatic, the gift card can be redeemed on your Mac, iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

All it took were five simple steps including:

  • Opening iTunes and clicking on the iTunes Store
  • Clicking on ‘redeem’
  • Peeling off the label and entering the code
  • Downloading the content that I wanted and that’s it

I was impressed at the efficiency and simplicity in using the gift card. In my opinion, the iTunes gift cards should be a hit with sky-rocketing sales.

Needless to say, this won’t be my last time trying it out and I definitely recommend it as the perfect gift this Christmas.

*The iTunes gift card in South Africa is distributed by OpenGate.

If I were a coffee shop…

prelin —  October 3, 2013 — Leave a comment

Every cafe or coffee shop needs something to help it stand out. The have been many types of stores which come up with crazy  themes, offerings, specials just to keep customers coming back. Their is always a need for something that entails a stronger incentive for consumers to return to the establishment.

Apart from the amazing food, beverages or snacks I will obviously serve, if I were a coffee shop, I thought gift cards for corporate meetings or vouchers for free or discounted beverages would work well to make sure my customers return to me continuously. Rewarding patrons with something linked to my business means they have to come back to reap the benefits.

Everyone loves a free meal right? Prepaid is arguably the best way to do this for customers. Just the other month I was a hotel and considered all the ways Tutuka’s closed loop prepaid bouquet could benefit my business.

If I had to map it out using Tutuka’s online self-service option that allows the creation of instant closed loop prepaid accounts, I could immediately list several ways in which to integrate the convenience of prepaid into my establishment.

1-       Gift cards

Mellissa wants to thank a friend for doing her a favour. She buys a gift card from my coffee shop/cafe so the friend can have a cup of joe with her family at their convenience.

2-       Vouchers for special occasions

Mellissa is going to be away on business for Mother’s Day. She plans ahead and buys her mum a voucher for our Mother’s Day special, which is our awesome hot chocolate for two, so she can have a lovely morning with Mellissa’s brother Tom.

3-       Rewards points

Every time Mellissa comes to us for a meal or to purchase a gift card or voucher, she earns rewards points. She can exchange these for a milkshake or any menu item of her choice once she has enough. Alternatively, she can build up to 500 points and get a full free meal.

4-       Staff meals/drinks

It’s just poor marketing to have coffee shop/cafe staff that look hungry or thirsty. Each of my staff members gets a free meal and soft drink per shift. They are given vouchers that are scanned and redeemed on Tutuka’s self-service control panel once the staff member has used it.

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5-       Birthday treats

To help build up closer relations with my patrons I will ask them to sign up to our mailing list. This way they will find out about our specials and also we could send them vouchers on their birthdays.

6-       Corporate functions

Companies wanting to throw corporate meetings at our establishment can ask for preloaded drinks vouchers before they arrive in order to ensure the tab doesn’t get blown through the roof. Each employee will be given the agreed amount of vouchers and will hand them in as they order. Vouchers not redeemed during the night can be refunded to the company.