South Africa is being challenged by the Covid-19 Epidemic and related lockdown regulations. We are a resilient nation and are all in this together. We have overcome other challenges and will prevail over this difficult period in our history. Spark ATM Systems has come together to not only look after ourselves but also our customers […]

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Merchant-Cashed ATMs – The Ultimate Recession Buster, Cutting Costs and Boosting Profits

Position yourself well for the post-lockdown recovery by getting an ATM for your business Covid-19 has not discriminated, crossing the vast oceans that separate the countries of the world and bringing the world economy to a virtual stand-still. As the pandemic has tightened its grip globally and domestically, concerns about the ultimate impact on the […]

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The Outlook for Cash in South Africa for 2020

Among the metal shacks and narrow side streets of South Africa’s townships, one of the country’s biggest lenders sees a sizeable market it wants to be first to crack; multi-million-rand businesses operating largely in cash. FirstRand, South Africa’s biggest lender by market share, sees enterprises such as Ram Thapa’s, a beauty shop and fast-food outlet […]

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Its Official – Spark ATM Systems have installed 4000 ATM’s

In its 14th year of trading, and about to celebrate 15 years of excellence in 2020, Spark ATM Systems have officially laid down a marker in the ATM industry in South Africa, as the leading independent ATM deployer. Our ever-growing national network of ATMs can be found in every conceivable type of bank branch, retail, […]

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Cash is here to stay

Cash is here to stay We are constantly asked the question whether cash use is on the decline, as it is such an old school payment mechanism especially in a world with ever-changing and new digital payment platforms emerging. The answer to the question must be analysed across several factors including: The numbers The landscape […]

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ATMs and cash here to stay in South Africa

Responding to recent questions about the addition of biometric security and contactless technology to ATMs, local banks confirmed that South Africa is still a cash country. Subsequently, South African banks have improved ATMs with a number of features, including wider support for cash deposits, stamped statement dispensation, and many other self-service features. Additionally, Nedbank, Standard Bank, and […]

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Spark Provides Massmart Customers Additional Access to Cash

  ATMs to be placed in over 300 Walmart-subsidiary stores trading as Game, Cambridge, Makro, Rhino, Jumbo, Builders and others  Cape Town, South Africa, 29 October, 2018 – Shoppers at Massmart Group companies including Game, Cambridge, Makro, Rhino, Jumbo and Builders stores will now have additional and consistent access to convenient cash with in-store ATMs […]

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Champions of Cash

At the beginning of June 2018 we saw one of the major flaws in the vision for a cashless society . IT failure led to millions of card payments being declined across the UK. Cash – the most universal, reliable form of payment – was the go-to solution for many.

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The IAD: Forging the way forward for the ATM

by Tom Pierce, Chief Marketing Officer, Cardtronics A long time ago, 50 years to be exact, a bank installed the first-ever ATM. For the better part of the next quarter century, when a person used an ATM, it was operated by a financial institution. Eventually, times changed and independent deployers joined banks in having the […]

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Cardtronics Expands into South Africa by Acquiring Spark ATM Systems

Cardtronics plc (Nasdaq: CATM) announced on Tuesday, 31 January 2017, that it has closed on the acquisition of Spark ATM Systems Proprietary Limited – a move that marks Cardtronics’ entry into the South African market. Privately held and headquartered in Cape Town, Spark ATM Systems is a fast-growing independent ATM deployer (“IAD”) in South Africa, […]

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