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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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At the end of 2012 we reviewed a mobile money offering that was just at the beginning of its growth. The service allows you to purchase prepaid airtime and electricity, receive money, and deposit or withdraw money from Pick n Pay or Boxer stores. Nineteen months later, MTN have launched a mechanism which will allow you to take your money everywhere.

MTN have launched a VISA card for the Mobile Money users. This card can be purchased at Pick n Pay and Boxer stores, and can be ready for use within three days.

What can it do

The card will be connected to your Mobile Money, and has access to the funds that are stored in your Mobile Money account. The card can be used to pay for goods and services at merchants that accept VISA, as well as allow you to withdraw funds from it at ATM’s around the country (for when you need cash).

Costs

After purchasing the card pack for R29 (once-off), the MTN Mobile Money VISA card offers the card service without any annual or monthly fees, including unlimited free swipes.

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How to get your card working

After you’ve set up your Mobile Money account, simply follow the below easy steps to get your Mobile Money VISA Card working:

  1. Get your Mobile Money VISA Card at any Pick n Pay or Boxer store
  2. Dial *120*668# and enter your Mobile PIN
  3. Select “More”, then select “My Account”
  4. Select “Mobile Money Card”, then select “Activate Card”
  5. Select the account on which to activate your Card if you have more than one account
  6. Accept the Mobile Money Card Terms & Conditions
  7. Enter the 11-digit barcode number displayed on the back of the Card
  8. Enter the last 4 digits of the 16-digit number on the front of the Card
  9. You will receive a confirmation SMS that your Card has been successfully activated

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Step 3: Select “More”, then select “My Account”

Step 4:  Select “Mobile Money Card”, then select “Activate Card”

Step 5:  Select the account on which to activate your Card if you have more than one account

Step 6:  Accept the Mobile Money Card Terms & Conditions

Step 7:  Enter the 11-digit barcode number displayed on the back of the Card

Step 8:  Enter the last 4 digits of the 16-digit number on the front of the Card

Step 9:  You will receive a confirmation SMS that your Card has been successfully activated

– See more at: http://www.mtnblog.co.za/mobile-money-card/#sthash.xVICNDEQ.dp

After you’ve set up your Mobile Money account, simply follow the below easy steps to get your Mobile Money VISA Card working:

Step 1: Get your Mobile Money VISA Card at any Pick n Pay or Boxer store

Step 2: Dial *120*668# and enter your Mobile PIN

Step 3: Select “More”, then select “My Account”

Step 4:  Select “Mobile Money Card”, then select “Activate Card”

Step 5:  Select the account on which to activate your Card if you have more than one account

Step 6:  Accept the Mobile Money Card Terms & Conditions

Step 7:  Enter the 11-digit barcode number displayed on the back of the Card

Step 8:  Enter the last 4 digits of the 16-digit number on the front of the Card

Step 9:  You will receive a confirmation SMS that your Card has been successfully activated

– See more at: http://www.mtnblog.co.za/mobile-money-card/#sthash.xVICNDEQ.dpuf

After you’ve set up your Mobile Money account, simply follow the below easy steps to get your Mobile Money VISA Card working:

Step 1: Get your Mobile Money VISA Card at any Pick n Pay or Boxer store

Step 2: Dial *120*668# and enter your Mobile PIN

Step 3: Select “More”, then select “My Account”

Step 4:  Select “Mobile Money Card”, then select “Activate Card”

Step 5:  Select the account on which to activate your Card if you have more than one account

Step 6:  Accept the Mobile Money Card Terms & Conditions

Step 7:  Enter the 11-digit barcode number displayed on the back of the Card

Step 8:  Enter the last 4 digits of the 16-digit number on the front of the Card

Step 9:  You will receive a confirmation SMS that your Card has been successfully activated

– See more at: http://www.mtnblog.co.za/mobile-money-card/#sthash.xVICNDEQ.dpuf

After you’ve set up your Mobile Money account, simply follow the below easy steps to get your Mobile Money VISA Card working:

Step 1: Get your Mobile Money VISA Card at any Pick n Pay or Boxer store

Step 2: Dial *120*668# and enter your Mobile PIN

Step 3: Select “More”, then select “My Account”

Step 4:  Select “Mobile Money Card”, then select “Activate Card”

Step 5:  Select the account on which to activate your Card if you have more than one account

Step 6:  Accept the Mobile Money Card Terms & Conditions

Step 7:  Enter the 11-digit barcode number displayed on the back of the Card

Step 8:  Enter the last 4 digits of the 16-digit number on the front of the Card

Step 9:  You will receive a confirmation SMS that your Card has been successfully activated

– See more at: http://www.mtnblog.co.za/mobile-money-card/#sthash.xVICNDEQ.dpuf

After you’ve set up your Mobile Money account, simply follow the below easy steps to get your Mobile Money VISA Card working:

Step 1: Get your Mobile Money VISA Card at any Pick n Pay or Boxer store

Step 2: Dial *120*668# and enter your Mobile PIN

Step 3: Select “More”, then select “My Account”

Step 4:  Select “Mobile Money Card”, then select “Activate Card”

Step 5:  Select the account on which to activate your Card if you have more than one account

Step 6:  Accept the Mobile Money Card Terms & Conditions

Step 7:  Enter the 11-digit barcode number displayed on the back of the Card

Step 8:  Enter the last 4 digits of the 16-digit number on the front of the Card

Step 9:  You will receive a confirmation SMS that your Card has been successfully activated

– See more at: http://www.mtnblog.co.za/mobile-money-card/#sthash.xVICNDEQ.dpuf

After you’ve set up your Mobile Money account, simply follow the below easy steps to get your Mobile Money VISA Card working:

Step 1: Get your Mobile Money VISA Card at any Pick n Pay or Boxer store

Step 2: Dial *120*668# and enter your Mobile PIN

Step 3: Select “More”, then select “My Account”

Step 4:  Select “Mobile Money Card”, then select “Activate Card”

Step 5:  Select the account on which to activate your Card if you have more than one account

Step 6:  Accept the Mobile Money Card Terms & Conditions

Step 7:  Enter the 11-digit barcode number displayed on the back of the Card

Step 8:  Enter the last 4 digits of the 16-digit number on the front of the Card

Step 9:  You will receive a confirmation SMS that your Card has been successfully activated

– See more at: http://www.mtnblog.co.za/mobile-money-card/#sthash.xVICNDEQ.dpuf

After you’ve set up your Mobile Money account, simply follow the below easy steps to get your Mobile Money VISA Card working:

Step 1: Get your Mobile Money VISA Card at any Pick n Pay or Boxer store

Step 2: Dial *120*668# and enter your Mobile PIN

Step 3: Select “More”, then select “My Account”

Step 4:  Select “Mobile Money Card”, then select “Activate Card”

Step 5:  Select the account on which to activate your Card if you have more than one account

Step 6:  Accept the Mobile Money Card Terms & Conditions

Step 7:  Enter the 11-digit barcode number displayed on the back of the Card

Step 8:  Enter the last 4 digits of the 16-digit number on the front of the Card

Step 9:  You will receive a confirmation SMS that your Card has been successfully activated

– See more at: http://www.mtnblog.co.za/mobile-money-card/#sthash.xVICNDEQ.dpuf

After you’ve set up your Mobile Money account, simply follow the below easy steps to get your Mobile Money VISA Card working:

Step 1: Get your Mobile Money VISA Card at any Pick n Pay or Boxer store

Step 2: Dial *120*668# and enter your Mobile PIN

Step 3: Select “More”, then select “My Account”

Step 4:  Select “Mobile Money Card”, then select “Activate Card”

Step 5:  Select the account on which to activate your Card if you have more than one account

Step 6:  Accept the Mobile Money Card Terms & Conditions

Step 7:  Enter the 11-digit barcode number displayed on the back of the Card

Step 8:  Enter the last 4 digits of the 16-digit number on the front of the Card

Step 9:  You will receive a confirmation SMS that your Card has been successfully activated

– See more at: http://www.mtnblog.co.za/mobile-money-card/#sthash.xVICNDEQ.dpuf

After you’ve set up your Mobile Money account, simply follow the below easy steps to get your Mobile Money VISA Card working:

Step 1: Get your Mobile Money VISA Card at any Pick n Pay or Boxer store

Step 2: Dial *120*668# and enter your Mobile PIN

Step 3: Select “More”, then select “My Account”

Step 4:  Select “Mobile Money Card”, then select “Activate Card”

Step 5:  Select the account on which to activate your Card if you have more than one account

Step 6:  Accept the Mobile Money Card Terms & Conditions

Step 7:  Enter the 11-digit barcode number displayed on the back of the Card

Step 8:  Enter the last 4 digits of the 16-digit number on the front of the Card

Step 9:  You will receive a confirmation SMS that your Card has been successfully activated

– See more at: http://www.mtnblog.co.za/mobile-money-card/#sthash.xVICNDEQ.dpuf

After you’ve set up your Mobile Money account, simply follow the below easy steps to get your Mobile Money VISA Card working:

Step 1: Get your Mobile Money VISA Card at any Pick n Pay or Boxer store

Step 2: Dial *120*668# and enter your Mobile PIN

Step 3: Select “More”, then select “My Account”

Step 4:  Select “Mobile Money Card”, then select “Activate Card”

Step 5:  Select the account on which to activate your Card if you have more than one account

Step 6:  Accept the Mobile Money Card Terms & Conditions

Step 7:  Enter the 11-digit barcode number displayed on the back of the Card

Step 8:  Enter the last 4 digits of the 16-digit number on the front of the Card

Step 9:  You will receive a confirmation SMS that your Card has been successfully activated

– See more at: http://www.mtnblog.co.za/mobile-money-card/#sthash.xVICNDEQ.dpuf

After you’ve set up your Mobile Money account, simply follow the below easy steps to get your Mobile Money VISA Card working:

Step 1: Get your Mobile Money VISA Card at any Pick n Pay or Boxer store

Step 2: Dial *120*668# and enter your Mobile PIN

Step 3: Select “More”, then select “My Account”

Step 4:  Select “Mobile Money Card”, then select “Activate Card”

Step 5:  Select the account on which to activate your Card if you have more than one account

Step 6:  Accept the Mobile Money Card Terms & Conditions

Step 7:  Enter the 11-digit barcode number displayed on the back of the Card

Step 8:  Enter the last 4 digits of the 16-digit number on the front of the Card

Step 9:  You will receive a confirmation SMS that your Card has been successfully activated

– See more at: http://www.mtnblog.co.za/mobile-money-card/#sthash.xVICNDEQ.dpuf

After you’ve set up your Mobile Money account, simply follow the below easy steps to get your Mobile Money VISA Card working:

Step 1: Get your Mobile Money VISA Card at any Pick n Pay or Boxer store

Step 2: Dial *120*668# and enter your Mobile PIN

Step 3: Select “More”, then select “My Account”

Step 4:  Select “Mobile Money Card”, then select “Activate Card”

Step 5:  Select the account on which to activate your Card if you have more than one account

Step 6:  Accept the Mobile Money Card Terms & Conditions

Step 7:  Enter the 11-digit barcode number displayed on the back of the Card

Step 8:  Enter the last 4 digits of the 16-digit number on the front of the Card

Step 9:  You will receive a confirmation SMS that your Card has been successfully activated

– See more at: http://www.mtnblog.co.za/mobile-money-card/#sthash.xVICNDEQ.dpuf

After you’ve set up your Mobile Money account, simply follow the below easy steps to get your Mobile Money VISA Card working:

Step 1: Get your Mobile Money VISA Card at any Pick n Pay or Boxer store

Step 2: Dial *120*668# and enter your Mobile PIN

Step 3: Select “More”, then select “My Account”

Step 4:  Select “Mobile Money Card”, then select “Activate Card”

Step 5:  Select the account on which to activate your Card if you have more than one account

Step 6:  Accept the Mobile Money Card Terms & Conditions

Step 7:  Enter the 11-digit barcode number displayed on the back of the Card

Step 8:  Enter the last 4 digits of the 16-digit number on the front of the Card

Step 9:  You will receive a confirmation SMS that your Card has been successfully activated

– See more at: http://www.mtnblog.co.za/mobile-money-card/#sthash.xVICNDEQ.dpuf

After you’ve set up your Mobile Money account, simply follow the below easy steps to get your Mobile Money VISA Card working:

Step 1: Get your Mobile Money VISA Card at any Pick n Pay or Boxer store

Step 2: Dial *120*668# and enter your Mobile PIN

Step 3: Select “More”, then select “My Account”

Step 4:  Select “Mobile Money Card”, then select “Activate Card”

Step 5:  Select the account on which to activate your Card if you have more than one account

Step 6:  Accept the Mobile Money Card Terms & Conditions

Step 7:  Enter the 11-digit barcode number displayed on the back of the Card

Step 8:  Enter the last 4 digits of the 16-digit number on the front of the Card

Step 9:  You will receive a confirmation SMS that your Card has been successfully activated

– See more at: http://www.mtnblog.co.za/mobile-money-card/#sthash.xVICNDEQ.dpu

Though few are around anymore, book stores form part of what is left of the “hard copy” go-to place when looking for a good read. It may be a thriller, romance, action, fiction or non-fiction that one is looking for, the old school way is to go to your nearest book store and grab one off the shelf.

A week ago I was posed with the scenario: buy a kindle book online, or make my friend happy for her birthday with a hard copy of her favourite authors latest thriller. When I remembered how neat and tidy she keeps her bookshelf inside her study-I knew the answer. We all may have encountered this in our lives, and the hardest part was the choice was to figure out which was a good seller and new on the shelves. 

This problem could be solved with a more easier method, especially for a book store with a constant flow of customers, and potential buyers who are purchasing as a gift. I immediately imagined if I were a book store and thought of ways in which Tutuka’s prepaid card system could help me in my book shopping endeavors.

If I were a book store I would consider several prepaid options for my store:

  1. Gift cards
  • Gift – If for example a customer needs to buy a gift for a friend or a family member. Perhaps the person that they are buying for is fussy, so as a book store merchant I could advise them to buy a gift card so whoever they are buying for can pick what they like.
  • These gift cards could also come in handy for buying for boyfriends or girlfriends, especially when you don’t know which book/novel to get for them, so this offers them the opportunity to shop for what they like
  • Manage returns –This is helpful if I were a book store merchant who has customers who either received a gift that they weren’t a fan of or was not the correct author or even for those who are a little more fickle minded. Instead of handing a customer cash back when they return an item, give them a gift card for the same value and don’t lose out on the sale.

2.   SMS vouchers

I could use and issue SMS vouchers at my book store in instances where perhaps a customer wants to buy book/novel/item for a friend or family member living in another city, but would prefer them to pick their own, whatever the case may be. My customers could buy SMS vouchers from me, send them to the person they are buying for and the shopping can begin, provided that the purchase is made at one of my chain stores.

3.     Rewards cards

After all these purchases at my store, I can reward my customers for their loyalty and give them rewards cards that they can swipe every time they make a purchase. Points will eventually earn a free item from my store. It will also help move customers up rewards tiers to become eligible for discounts.

4.      Incentive cards

To encourage my staff to make sales I give them a commission in the form of points, similar to how a rewards card would work for loyal customers. They swipe their card and earn points every time they make a sale. The points will eventually allow them to get an item from the store.

As a book store owner, how do I offer this to my clients?

1- Go to Tutuka’s website

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2- Set your login details

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(NB: you will be derided for weak passwords)

3- Done

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You can now create, load and redeem closed loop* prepaid card accounts at your leisure.

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Swift and simple, the prepaid process is both easy and beneficial with Tutuka.

*closed loop cards are those issued by a specific merchant and can only be redeemed at that same merchant.

An app that tells you exactly where there are available discounts? Sounds too good to be true. I downloaded this app, and it is true!

After downloading via my phone’s store, (available on iTunes, google Play and for Blackberry ), I completed the easy sign-up process, and then I was spoilt with competitions as well as vouchers and coupons for discounts and free items. These are available via voucher codes, links to the retailer websites, it saves on your app, and you can even print out a voucher. The service is available via the app, as well as on the vouchercloud website.

The vouchers, coupons, and links all display the expiry date, as well as the available days that it may be redeemed. The app detects your location via your phones GPS, and tells you where the available offers are closest to you.

You can even browse via category to have a look at what you may be in the hunt for, be it dining, travel, fashion, gardening, electrical, sports and much more.

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Powered by Vodacom, vouchercloud boasts deals/offering from the largest retailers, brands & franchises available to our country. Download the app or have a look at the website. Its easy to use, and will benefit every type of consumer looking for a good deal.

 

 

Today we’d like to share with you an awesome infographic we produced about shopping centre gift card statistics. Here are some of the highlights:

  • The average spend per shopping centre gift card is R268
  • The average load onto a gift card is R493
  • The ratio of gift card spend to shopping centre size is R144 per m²
  • Gauteng has the highest average gift card load with R673 per card, followed by KZN on R508 & Western Cape on R414

Have a look at the rest of the statistics below…

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If you thought that the only way you could win at Montecasino was by trying your hand of luck at their casino slots and tables, think again as the popular Johannesburg destination has introduced their new rewards card programme.

The Montecasino rewards programme is open to all persons over the age of 18 to benefit from instant rewards, immediate earnings like points earned when playing at slots and tables, free or exclusive parking, movie and event discounts, restaurant and accommodation discounts and much more.

In order to register for the programme, all I had to do was to visit the customer service desk at Montecasino on the main casino floor. The desk is open 24 hours, 7 days a week and all that was requested from me was either my South African ID, driver’s licence or passport in order to sign up for the card which was free.

Just like that, I was issued my very own Montecasino rewards card and could instantly start reaping the rewards that come with my gold piece of plastic.

The rewards programme works on a points accumulation basis. The more I use my card by swiping it at the slot machines and tables, the more points I accumulate. The gold card is the programme’s base card, so once I accumulate 5 000 points over a rolling 12 month period, I will then qualify for a platinum card and after accumulating 150 000 points, I then move up to black card status. All points accumulated on my card are valid for 12 months before expiration, if they are not used.

With every different type of card status (from gold to black) different discounts apply. The higher you are ranked as a cardholder, the higher the discounts you receive from playing at the casino to parking, eating, accommodation, entertainment and more.

  • To redeem your points as gaming points, simply insert your card into the slot machine card reader and follow the prompts to convert your points to credits. Visit the customer service desk for information on how to convert your points to tables credits.​
  • Benefit from the parking perks by exchanging your parking ticket for a R10 FreePlay voucher at the customer service desk, giving you a chance to play at the slots for the money you used to pay for parking.
  • Receive entertainment discounts by presenting your ID and active card when booking show tickets or movie tickets.
  • Receive discounts on meals at selected restaurants at Montecasino by presenting your valid card.
  • As a cardholder also get 10% accommodation discount on standard rates at participating Tsogo Sun hotels in South Africa (excludes the Garden Court and StayEasy hotels) and 5% accommodation discount on the SunBreaks leisure rates.

Please note that all cardholders will be notified via SMS and Email of various promotions, from shows to restaurant discounts, to get your points balance, as well as their expiry.

Rewards cards like these are a great way of increasing customers and interest into your establishment, whether it be a store, salon, retailer or, in this case, a casino.

And for friends or family members visiting from out of town, or who would like a taste of what’s on offer at Montecasino, spoil them with a Montecasino gift card. For everything from dining to shopping, a hotel stay, a spa treatment or entertainment, a Montecasino gift card offers endless opportunities. Get a gift card loaded to a minimum value of R50 and a maximum value of R3500, giving you a variety of choice.

Gift cards are accepted by selected stores and service outlets at Montecasino and can be purchased at the Montecasino information desk.

So now you too can be a winner at Montecasino, simply by signing up for their rewards programme , swiping and earning some instant points to enjoy however best suits you. If not, how about a spoil with a Montecasino gift card? proving why Montecasino can confidently say “We’ve Got It”.

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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.