Biz-Community (Cape Town)

3 September 2012

South Africa: Stokvels - a Hidden Economy

press release

Unpacking the potential of South African traditional saving schemes... Stokvels have long been a safety net for millions of South Africans, providing financial security and social well being. This is one of the presentations from the 33rd SAMRA Conference, Rosebank Crowne Plaza, Johannesburg. The conference took place from 16-17 August.

This paper aims to contribute to the limited body of knowledge around these traditional saving schemes, but also illustrate the potential held for industry. Using data from an extensive survey conducted in 2011, the current landscape of stokvels is given detailing their value, in addition to other statistics such as footprint. The paper then discusses what these findings mean for researchers and how they can continue eliciting insights from stokvels juxtaposed with how industry can use this information.

Zinzile Ntoyiwa's presentation Stokvels - A Hidden Economy: Unpacking the potential of South African traditional saving schemes, earned her the People's Choice award at the SAMRA conference.

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