Spark ATM Systems wins the Africa Tech Week Fintech of the Year Award for 2021


Spark ATM Systems, South Africa’s leading independent ATM deployer, won the 2021 Fintech Award at the Africa Tech Week 2021 Awards ceremony held virtually in December 2021.

The Fintech Award recognises a Fintech organisation that has demonstrated a commitment to innovation which assists them in better serving their customers and stakeholders. Newly appointed Managing Director, Russel Berman who received the award on behalf of the company said “our data analytics suite of software was under the spotlight and we were able to showcase our excellent home-grown system innovations. These ground-breaking innovations have catapulted Spark ATM into a position of market dominance and an industry leader.”

“Globally, the past 18 months have been extremely difficult and trying for everyone however we stayed the course, kept our heads down and continued to deliver on our mission and vision of driving financial inclusion for everyone across South Africa”

Casting an eye to the future, Berman says that within the next five years, Spark ATM Systems will own and operate 30% of all ATMs in South Africa.

Spark ATM Systems is no stranger to winning awards having most recently won 5 awards at the 2020 tt100 Business Innovation Awards event, which included the Greg Tosen Award for Excellence in the Management of Technology and the Minister’s Award for Overall Excellence.

Spark ATM Systems was founded in 2005, and today owns and manages a network of more than 4500 independent ATM installations across the country. Its ever-growing network of ATMs can be found in every conceivable type of bank branch, retail, hospitality, leisure and convenience location for one simple reason – consumers expect them wherever they need cash, and merchants recognise their many benefits.

The company is owned by NCR who acquired Spark ATM Systems in August 2021. NCR (NYSE: NCR) is the #1 global POS software provider for retail and hospitality and the #1 provider of multi-vendor ATM software. NCR is a leading ATM manufacturer, and a large portion of the global Cardtronics network is comprised of NCR devices. It was, therefore, a very easy fit in terms of company culture. NCR is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and has 36,000 employees globally. It is the leading software- and services-led enterprise provider in the financial, retail, and hospitality industries.