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BotswanaPost adds BTC Smega to services
In their continuous efforts to make life easier for their customers, BotswanaPost has partnered with Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) to introduce BTC Smega Mobile Money.
Speaking at the launch in Gaborone last Thursday, BotswanaPost’s managing director of business and product development, Kagiso Mokgosi, described the occasion as a defining moment in the parastatal’s 147-year history.
“BotswanaPost is one of the oldest public service providers in the country and is proud to be the country’s premier one-stop shop with an extensive network of over 140 post offices (including kiosks) and postal agencies throughout the country.
“We are constantly looking for ways to expand our range of financial technologies and as such, we are delighted to announce our partnership with BTC. The partnership has brought Smega products and services to all our post offices across the country,” explained Mokgosi, adding that anyone interested in signing up must have an active BTC Mobile number registered in their name.
Highlighting exactly how BotswanaPost customers will benefit from the new partnership, Mokgosi said, “Throughout, customers have been able to purchase BTC airtime and SIM cards.
Now, with the introduction of Smega, customers will be able to access registration services as well as perform Smega transactions, pay their BTC Mobile post-paid bill and water bill, purchase prepaid electricity and transfer from the money to one of their beneficiaries.
For his part, BTC Chief Commercial Officer Edward Wicks said the opportunity to partner with BotswanaPost was too good to pass up.
“I am delighted with this partnership as BotswanaPost has over 220 outlets across Botswana and fulfills a mail, parcel and pension delivery mandate, so anyone can access its services. This provides a chance to offer our services through a formal channel that many people trust. Our mandate is to connect businesses and bring them into the digital world; mobile financial services have been a key pillar of our product offering and how we help people live their lives better,” he said.
Wicks further pointed out that the campaign was in line with both organizations’ efforts to push the 4th Industrial Revolution.
“If we can get more people to come to the post office and sign up for Smega and buy a Smega Black Visa card, which will allow them to transact at most ATMs across the country and internationally in every automated teller machine (ATM), it means we are bringing people into the digital space,” Wicks reiterated.
Meanwhile, BotswanaPost Value Center Managing Director Walter Mosweu noted that their relationship with BTC will help both companies grow their customer base and revenue.
Giving a brief overview of some of the recent developments at BotswanaPost, Mosweu revealed, “To date, we have nearly 21 kiosks operational across the country through strategic partnerships. We have ordered a total of five virtual ATMs in rural and urban areas, namely: Gaborone, Francistown, Maun, Palapye and Seronga. All offer traditional postal services and value-added services such as insurance premiums (Motshidisi), DSTV payments, airtime purchases, vehicle license renewal and prepaid electricity, among others .