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5 Ways to Buy Bitcoin Quickly and Easily as a South African

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5 Ways to Buy Bitcoin Quickly and Easily as a South African

In the last couple of years, we have heard so many things about Bitcoin. Investors call it digital gold, an investment, a store of value, the future of our currency, the revolution of payment, and so forth. The best indicator for these attributes is the current price of Bitcoin, a whopping $50,000. No wonder why people are rushing to buy bitcoin in South Africa.

Buying bitcoin for some people can be intimidating. The thought of how to go about it, where to buy it, and the fear of being scammed are some of the challenges newbies face.

You don’t have to worry about any of the aforementioned challenges. In this article, we will be digging into the several options you have to buy bitcoin in South Africa.

There are presently five major ways to exchange Rand for bitcoin. We will look at the options one after the other and review their advantages and disadvantages.

1. P2P Exchanges

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The first way to buy BTC is through a P2P Exchange. It is the most common method people use to buy bitcoin. Peer-to-Peer exchanges are platforms that bridge the gap between buyers and sellers by providing a marketplace for both buyer and seller to meet and make transactions.

The most popular P2P platform for trading bitcoin in South Africa is Remitano. On Remitano, you set your price rate and the amount of bitcoin you want to buy and wait for interested sellers, while the Remitano Escrow system ensures that both parties fulfil their end of the trade. The transaction fees are usually very low for P2P and range from 0 to 1%. Remitano P2P is suitable for newbies and expert traders, thanks to the unique and friendly user interface.

Pros

  1. The transaction rates are usually very low.
  2. They are simple to use.
  3. They are a decentralized market, it makes use of software to connect buyers and sellers.
  4. It offers good liquidity, and it is a nice option to easily change your South African rand to bitcoin.

Cons

  1. Most require personal information and offer very little anonymity.
  2. Finding buyers and sellers can sometimes be stressful especially when you are buying a small amount.

2. Traditional Exchanges

The second way to buy bitcoin in South Africa is the traditional crypto exchanges. They are digital market places where people buy and sell bitcoin. Some examples of exchanges are the Binance, Huobi Global, Lykke, F-change, etc. in these platforms the price of bitcoin is fixed.

These types of exchanges are also called spot exchanges. They allow users to trade one cryptocurrency for another, buying and selling coins and exchanging fiat into crypto assets.

On spot exchanges, traders use to trade other crypto assets against BTC to profit from the volatile nature of the crypto market. Spot exchanges are more suitable for traders and may seem intimidating for newbies. Since they allow users to also buy bitcoin with fiat, the process will be intuitive. Moreover, there is nothing hard about crypto trading, a little research will teach you basic things about the craft.

Pro

a) It is easy to use.

b) Some require little information from you.

c) They allow high varieties of fiat, almost all currency is available.

Cons

a) Most are usually slow.

b) Exchanges rates are sometimes high.

3. Bitcoin ATMs

Bitcoin ATM is the third method people use to buy bitcoin. South Africa has 7 bitcoin ATMs, which is the highest in Africa. BATM is undisputedly one of the easiest and fastest ways to buy Bitcoin.

Most of the BATMs in South Africa only allow users to buy bitcoin with fiat. You can convert your Rand to BTC using these ATMs. Transaction fees on BTAMs are on the high side with an average fee of 8-14% per transaction.

Also, you can withdraw up to 5000 rands without ID verification. KYC verification will allow you to buy bitcoin worth 100 million SA rands at a go.

Pros

  1. Fast and time-saving.
  2. Easy and very efficient.

Cons

  1. Transaction fees are usually very high.
  2. They are not available everywhere.

4. Brokers

Brokers are like our conventional retailers that buy goods in bulk and sell to people in bits or units. Bitcoin brokers buy bitcoin from exchanges in large amounts and sell to interested individuals. This method is mostly preferred by people who aren’t technology savvy. All you do is pay an agreed amount and give the broker your wallet address so that he can transfer the agreed bitcoin to you.

Pros

  1. The transaction is mostly physical.
  2. Highly efficient.

Cons

  1. Brokers set the price and rate.
  2. There’s a high tendency of falling into the hands of scammers.

5. Debit/Credit Cards

The card is the last we will be looking at. It is a widely used way to buy bitcoin. It is available across all countries and regions of the world.

The cards used in this method include debit cards, credit cards, vouchers, and gift cards, etc. They are very fast and hassle-free. Platforms like Binance, Remitano, Huobi, and so many exchanges integrate cards to their platforms. However, without using any other platforms, you can’t buy BTC directly into your wallet with those cards.

Pros

  1. Requires no stress.
  2. Accessible to everyone.
  3. It is available on many platforms

Cons

  1. High transaction rates.

Conclusion

The adoption of bitcoin is increasing and accessibility to cryptocurrency is on the rise. It is now easier to buy bitcoin, own it, and sell it in South Africa than it was 5 years back. These are the ways you can buy bitcoin presently. You have to select your choice based on safety, ease of use, and transaction fees.

However, make sure you conduct extensive research on any platform you plan to buy bitcoin to avoid falling for scammers.

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Conflux Launches Conflux Africa Leadership Scheme (CAL)

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Conflux is a state-of-the-art public blockchain system that can achieve high Transactions per Second (TPS) without compromising decentralization. This system originated from the research lab of Dr. Andrew Yao; a recipient of the Turing Award 2000.

The Conflux system adopts the Tree-Graph consensus mechanism to break the limitation of the current blockchain system by achieving over 3500 TPS in contrast to the existing 30 TPS rate limit. With the Tree-Graph approach, security, scalability, and decentralization are fully optimized.

ConfluxIn 2018, the Conflux Foundation was formed based on the breakthrough of this consensus mechanism, and a regulatory compliant fundraise was completed to build an open infrastructure. It is the only state-endorsed public, permissionless blockchain in China.

Through the Tree-Graph Research Institute, Conflux is advancing education and research in blockchain development. It does this in partnership with the government of Shanghai and the Key Laboratory of Blockchain Infrastructure & Applications, with the government of Hunan.

Conflux aims at bridging Asian and Western communities and economies, to enable the secure flow of assets and data across borders, protocols & applications. The Conflux protocol is fast, scalable, solidity compatible with zero congestions and low fees.

With its headquarters in Beijing China, Conflux has expanded its global operations with a diverse distributed team across four continents, with additional offices in Toronto, Canada, and Lagos, Nigeria.

In 2019, Conflux Network set base in Africa and has since been able to secure some reputable partnerships, building a community of over 5000 people in Nigeria and a few other African countries.

Taking a step further, Conflux Network is looking at getting African leaders in Kenya, Ghana, and South Africa. In achieving this goal, Conflux Africa is interested in people with little knowledge in the following areas: Brand Ambassadors, Developers, Crypto traders, experienced meetup organizers, and community builders.

Conflux Africa Leaders (CAL) would be entrusted with the responsibilities of engaging, educating, and empowering people. Conflux will also bear the cost incurred by each CAL while performing their tasks.

Conflux Africa Leaders will be rewarded for their work based on performance. In addition, a clear job description and key performance indicators will be set for all CAL’s. They will be rewarded with the Conflux native token which is currently trading on top exchanges like Binance, OKEx, CITEX, BitAsset, BKEX, MXC, and Gate.io.

Conflux is open to teaching young developers who intend to learn how to develop blockchain solutions in the upcoming summer User-Managed Access (UMA) initiative.

Click here to become a Conflux Africa Lead today.

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Bitzlato & Lemonade Finance: The Easiest Way to Buy Bitcoin in Nigeria

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Buy Bitcoin With Ease and Without Fees Using Bitzlato & Lemonade Finance

Bitzlato, the latest P2P Crypto Exchange to enter the African market, has added Lemonade.Finance, a borderless platform for Africa, as a payment method to its platform.

BitzlatoLemonade Finance provides a 100% digital payment experience for Africans to participate in the global economy from anywhere in the world without any hassle or regardless of where they are from.

The partnership will enable users on the Bitzlato (BZ) platform to buy and sell bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies on the marketplace at zero cost.

During the first month, Bitzlato will refund commissions in manual mode while using Lemonade Finance, but this will be automated at the end of this period. 

But that’s not all! Users in Nigeria will now also be able to send Nigerian Naira (NGN) to MPESA at a 0% transaction fee.

International Money Transfers at Zero Costs

In addition to using Lemonade Finance on Bitzlato, the new partnership allows Nigerians to send fiat funds to Kenya, Ghana, and other countries with 0% transaction fees!

And Yes! This includes direct transactions from Lemonade to Mpesa!

You can find a «Lemonade to Mpesa» payment method in Electronic Payment for trades with Kenyan shilling (KES)! 

 

Speaking about the new partnership, Ridwan Olarere, CEO, Lemonade Finance, said:

“We are excited to partner with such an innovative company like Bitzlato to connect more Africans through payment. Many Africans living on the continent face many difficulties when making payments as remittance companies charge high fees and are time-consuming. We are now providing our users with a cost-effective way of sending money to Ghana, Kenya, the UK, and Europe.”

Commenting on the opportunities this provides to crypto traders on the BZ platform, Mike Lunov, CEO, BZ, said:

“This partnership will provide a much-needed gateway that enables the markets we serve to seamlessly interact with each other in a borderless and open environment. We seek to break the barriers that presently exist for cross-border transfers and enable our users to generate value through the opportunities that accrue from cryptocurrency trading. The innovation exhibited by the Lemonade platform, and the brilliance of its team assures users of top-notch, secure, and reliable transfers going forward.”

Following this partnership, Bitzlato is now looking to partner with merchants in the crypto space, especially in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa that have a steady flow of Nigerian Naira (NGN) to increase liquidity on the platform.

Take advantage of the new Lemonade Finance payment method on Bitzlato, which offers zero transactional fees for money transfers from Nigeria into Kenya, sign up to Bitzlato and start trading crypto today.

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Mark Carnegie’s Crypto Fund Eyes Massive Returns

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Mark Carnegie, the world-renowned Venture Capital Investor and entrepreneur hailing from Australia, plans to launch an unlisted cryptocurrency fund. Mr. Carnegie’s MHC Fund will use a bold combination of complex DeFi (Decentralised Finance) and Crypto-Trading strategies to generate a 30 per cent annual return for investors.

Mark CarnegieFrom his holiday home in Madagascar, Mr. Carnegie, expressing his views with his characteristic wit and energy, repeated prior ideas that investors should allocate 1 to 2 per cent of their net worth to crypto as a hedge against inflation risks:

“The money printing is a risk and you’ve got to think what you’re going to do to protect yourself against it. Now, with Australia the general solution is buy a house. The problem about that is you forgo a tonne of liquidity if that’s your only solution,” he said.  

Mr. Carnegie, who regrets not recognizing the potential of DeFi and crypto earlier in his career, has joined forces with Russian-born Sergei Sergienko – a star in crypto, blockchain, and fintech circles – to launch the MHC Digital Asset Fund, which is designed for sophisticated investors, with a minimum investment floor of 50,000$.

The MHC Fund will invest 45 to 75 percent of its assets in cryptocurrencies with a market cap of at least 1 billion USD (1.3 Billion AUD), such as Bitcoin and Ether. In addition, the fund will invest 30 to 60 percent of its assets into stablecoin denominated DeFi strategies.

Mr. Carnegie is energetically moving forward with a prototype fund involving a few private investors who, along with Mr. Sergienko, have put some money down to successfully launch and trade it.

Sergey Sergienko“Sergei’s got a whole lot of what I call proprietary alpha in that he knows a lot more people that are real in this community,” Mr. Carnegie said. “He’s proven and therefore access to his proprietary deal flow allows you, for not a huge amount of capital exposed, to get a disproportionate upside in some of those things. 

“So we think we can put together a portfolio. It’s not going to get all the upside of the crypto market, but it’s going to take some sting out of the downside.” 

One characteristic DeFi strategy the fund will take advantage of is known as “Staking”. Staking allows market participants to make assets available on a specific blockchain network in exchange for a yield.

“We also think we’re going to be able to make intelligent asymmetric bets in the options market,” said Mr. Carnegie. “We aren’t a typical investor in this space in that we’re prepared to trade away some of the upside [to target the 30 per cent return].”

Crypto-savvy Sergey Sergienko has made quite a name for himself in Russia as a millionaire crypto trader and audacious user of the Clubhouse application. During the last decade, he has spent a fair amount of time travelling between bitcoin mining sites in abandoned Siberian factories – taking advantage of abundant and cheap electricity – and his home in Paddington, Sydney.

“We use automatic market makers and the discrepancies in returns in stable coins to produce a greater return for the fund,” Mr. Sergienko said. 

“Effectively, we’re providing liquidity to automatic market makers on DeFi market protocols and receive commission from the trades executed on those protocols. We do it on different blockchains, thereby also taking advantage of different pricing for commission on different blockchains.” 

The MHC fund is designed to capture the upside from the rise in Bitcoin. However, Mr. Carnegie believes the leading cryptocurrency is less sophisticated compared to the ethereum blockchain’s world-changing potential to contribute to the vision of a more libertarian world enlightened by decentralised finance.

“It’s hard, hard, hard to understand it [DeFi] and turn it into a language for people from the outside,” he said. “The reason I’m doing this rather than HODL, which is buy bitcoin and hold on for dear life, is it’s just for me a weak part of your investment thesis, the strongest is proper DeFi and proper smart contracts.” 

Ethereum, dubbed the World Computer, is an open-source blockchain platform. Value is transferred across this platform thanks to a cryptocurrency called Ether.

Ether is also used to pay for transactions on the network. Ethereum powered smart contracts allow, among other things, the use of digital escrow accounts to ensure tradies receive payment when a job is completed.

“I thought ether was going to outperform bitcoin and everything else. So the bitcoin people have done better than me,” Mr. Carnegie said. “But I thought it was better to try and put together a more complicated portfolio with Sergei because this thing is so dynamic. All the success in DeFi is going to pull bitcoin higher with it.”

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