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It’s the second week back at school for many scholars and as exciting or even dreadful as this time can become for scholars, it can be equally taxing on parents who have the concern of stationery shopping, uniform and school shoes shopping, packing lunches and the likes.

Now parents can get more quality for their money with Standard Bank’s UCount Rewards programme and Makro stores.

As a Standard Bank banker, you can earn up to 2.25% back on rewards, should you be registered with the UCount Rewards programme, on all back to school stationery and supplies. Register as a UCount Rewards member for only R20 a month.

Just like that, it’s basically like getting paid back for your spend.

To benefit even more from this, use your Makro Access Card to get all the promotional details available at their stores. So now you are able to see where you can earn points on your back to school goodies as well as getting great bargains on the latest promotions.


Who says going back to school had to be dreary and a hassle? With Makro and Standard Bank’s UCount Rewards programme, going back to school is becoming more and more worth it, both for scholars and their parents.

So whether you want to earn rewards to spend them at any one of the UCount Rewards participating stores or if you want to save them for your next “low-on-cash” purchase, the call is yours.

Make “back-to-school” a memorable one with such great rewards on offer.



It’s officially December, which means that Christmas is just around the corner and already my excitement is starting to build up.

I love this time of the year, it’s almost as if the Christmas spirit is in the air. This time of the year, for me, means family, loved ones, presents, appreciation and who can miss the food.

It’s become family tradition each year for my entire family to gather at a relative’s home, where we would set the table, open gifts together and just spend the day eating, laughing and having a great time together. Speaking of traditions, a lot of the food served on Christmas Day include traditional home cooked meals and desserts, from curries to roasts and even the gammon.

No-one can make gammon the way the women in my family do. With the perfect combination of sweet and sour, they use a special traditional family recipe of preparing the pork by glazing it with a mixture of apricot jam, lemon and cinnamon which is layered on the top and the gammon before cooking.

There are plenty of traditional tricks and recipes common in many families and now is your chance to bring out the old recipes to stand a chance to win a R5000 Pick n Pay gift card.

A R5000 gift card could mean all your Christmas grocery shopping is covered, at no expense to you. Now you can whip up all those secret family recipes, without worrying about what it’ll cost you. Pick n Pay is known for stocking goods ranging from groceries to clothing and other goods, so winning the R5000 gift card could also alleviate the stress of spending on Christmas gifts.

Confident about my family Gammon cooking secret, I entered the competition which proved to be quite straight forward.

The competition offers entrants the opportunity to enter in any one of three ways, namely:

Don’t forget to use #picknpaychristmas on your Facebook and Twitter entries. All entrants have to be Standard Bank clients and signed up for the uCount Rewards programme and Pick n Pay SmartShopper Card holders.

I entered via Twitter simply by tweeting my family cooking secret to @PicknPay and not forgetting to add the competition hashtag at the end.

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Just like that, in less than two minutes, I entered and now wait to hear if I’m the lucky winner.


Standard Bank’s new rewards programme, UCount Rewards, has seen over 110 000 registrations since launching on 9 June 2013. This large response in such a small space of time clearly means customers see real value in the programme- and who wouldn’t?

We all know what it’s like in that last stretch before payday when you have to decide between buying airtime and a bottle of shampoo. Once you’ve come to the conclusion that you can live a few more days with manky hair but not without mobile internet access, you realise that even small luxuries like chocolate seem to cost as much as gold.

This is when rewards programmes step up and save the day (and sometimes personal hygiene).

Standard Bank has made this avenue available to its customers. It’s giving its clients an opportunity to capitalise on purchases, simply by paying with their Standard Bank personal Debit, Cheque or Credit Cards.

Every time customers make use of these cards they collect rewards points, which can be redeemed for a wide range of items, including fuel from Caltex forecourts, and visiting a Bidvest Premier Airport Lounge.

Standard Bank customers can register for the UCount Rewards programme online, via the UCount Rewards Contact Centre on 0860 82 68 68 or at any Standard Bank branch. The membership fee is R20 per month or R240 per year. Once registered, the member will receive a UCount Rewards Card.


How to collect points

Members get up to 10% back in  rewards points on all grocery purchases made at Checkers, Checkers Hyper, Makro, Pick n Pay, Shoprite, SPAR or Woolworths stores countrywide, when using the applicable Standard Bank cards.

In addition, members get up to 1.5% back in rewards points on all other everyday purchases when using the relevant cards.

There are four reward tiers and the number of rewards points collected depends on a member’s banking activity and the number of Standard Bank products and services used every month.

The more products and services used, the higher the reward tier, and the greater the reward, with 10 rewards points equalling R1.

UCount Rewards also provide fuel rewards where members collect points for every litre of fuel bought from participating Caltex forecourts. As a limited introductory offer, all members collect R1 back in rewards points per litre of fuel purchased until 31 December 2013. Thereafter, 20 cents worth of rewards points per litre of fuel will be collected.

Redeeming rewards points

The UCount Rewards Card can be used to pay for purchases at any Clicks, Tiger Wheel&Tyre, Makro, Incredible Connection, or Coricraft store. Members also collect up to 5% back in rewards points of what they spend when shopping at any of these Participating Rewards Retailers.

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Rewards points can also be converted to SAA Voyager Miles or redeemed online at the UCount Rewards Online Mall or UCount Rewards Travel Mall  for flights, car hire, spa treatments, electronics, appliances, holidays, gadgets, homeware and more.


Members can also donate their rewards points to charity or invest them in a Standard Bank PureSave account.

In short

  • R20 monthly  membership fee or R240  membership subscription fee
  • 10 points = R1
  • Collect up to 10% back in rewards points on groceries
  • Collect up to 1.5% back in rewards points on everyday purchases, no matter where you shop
  • Collect extra rewards points when buying fuel at participating Caltex forecourts
  • Redeem rewards points online on the UCount Rewards Online and Travel Mall, or
  • Use the Rewards Card to redeem rewards points at Participating Rewards Retailers to pay for purchases


  • Get rewarded for purchases you would have made anyway
  • Several avenues to redeem points
  • Large variety of products to spend rewards points on
  • Clean, shiny hair the whole month