A new cashless payments system for events kicked off their offering for the first time in South Africa at the Zando Cape Town 10s on 1 February 2018. Named tappit Africa, it is a RFID cashless experience for festivals, conferences, concerts and sporting events.

The company has indicated that it has ambitions to roll their service out across Afrika, including to schools and universities.

“There are so many fantastic events, just like Cape Town 10s, all across South Africa, offering everything from sports, to music and culture, all going above and beyond to provide an unbeatable experience for fans. Our new joint venture, tappit Africa, is committed to supporting the organizers of world-class events by revolutionizing the way fans and vendors enjoy the experience through the seamless integration of technology elements like ticketing and cashless payments,” said Rob Groombridge, CEO at tappit.

tappit has signed up several partners to work with them on the tappit Africa JV. These include Old School Group, a multi-brand sports group specializing in festivals and live events that owns the Cape Town 10s Sport & Music Festival, and Quicket, an online ticketing technology company for events.

“We are delighted to be part of this joint venture where we can leverage tappit’s experience in managing cashless payments for large-scale events like the Dubai Rugby 7s for the South African market,” said James Hedley, Founder, and Director at Quicket.

tappit's service works by allowing customers to store money on wristbands or cards. This enables venues to work cash-free. It uses RFID technology and can be used for one-off events or permanent installations, it is also location neutral.

“It is extremely important for event organizers and rights holders to know and understand their customers’ behaviors. Cashless payment is certainly one of the most exciting technologies within the live events industry and we know we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg with how this technology is used. We’re looking forward to really leading this growing trend with tappit and Quicket,” concluded Gerhardi Odendaal, CEO at Old Schools Group.

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