Google has announced the launch of Google Wallet in South Africa. What this means is that South Africans can now make contactless payments if they are cardholders of FirstRand Bank, Discovery Bank, Investec, Standard Bank, Absa, and Nedbank.

The payments for transactions can be done by adding the cards of the aforementioned banks to Google Wallet and paying with their Android phones or Wear OS devices where contactless payments are accepted (in store, in apps, or on the web).

Google SA country director, Alistair Mokoena, says: “Access to technology is vital for economic prosperity as millions of people use their mobile devices daily to tap and pay at stores, pay for public transportation and to utilise a variety of passes. At Google, we have learned that great things happen when technology works for everyone.

“By including everyone – a dynamic ecosystem of manufacturers, developers, and users – we want to make digital wallets accessible to everyone through fast, secure access to their everyday essentials.”

Mokoena continues: “Most importantly, security and privacy are built into every part of Google Wallet, making payments safer and allowing people to transact seamlessly and with confidence throughout the day. This will allow users to make transactions using a virtual card number (a token).”

“We are very excited about the launch of Google Wallet in South Africa. We hope that people not only enjoy how easy it is to use but also how secure it is for them to transact their business confidently,” concludes Mokoena.

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