South Africa has the most sophisticated economy and financial sector on the continent, and its citizens are increasingly warming up to the idea of investing and trading in cryptocurrencies — despite regulatory concerns over such decentralised digital financial assets across the world. The MyBroadband 2018 Cryptocurrency Survey — completed in April — shows that more South Africans who have never previously held cryptocurrencies are planning to invest in cryptocurrencies either by purchasing them directly or by gaining exposure to the industry through investments in related enterprises such as cryptocurrency mining. Continue reading 47% of South Africans Plan to Invest in Cryptocurrencies
South Africa’s tax agency has told taxpayers that cryptocurrency-related income will fall under normal tax rules and may also be liable for capital gains tax. Continue reading South Africa Tells Taxpayers to Declare Cryptocurrency Gains or Losses
Payments giant Mastercard is fully behind supporting state-backed, central bank-issued cryptocurrencies, a senior executive has revealed. Continue reading Mastercard “Very Happy” to Support State Cryptocurrencies
From fake Twitter accounts claiming to send free Ether and Bitcoin to imposters sending fake emails to ICO investors, cryptocurrency scams are increasing at an alarming rate. Even Apple’s co-founder, Steve Wozniak, lost seven Bitcoins to an online fraud. The latest company to join the growing list of scammers is BTC Global. The binary options trading platform reportedly pocketed more than $50 million Bitcoins from people in South Africa, America, Australia and others.
More than 27,500 people filed complaints against the company to South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, usually known as the ‘Hawks‘. According to spokesperson Captain Lloyd Ramovha, “I have spoken to one of the investigators in our team and he has confirmed that this matter came to them about two weeks ago. There are in excess of 27‚500 complainants with many outside South Africa. The amount is over $50-million and could rise as more victims come forward.”
BTC Global was launched in Sep. 25, 2017 by ‘famous’ trader Steven Twain. His success in binary options trading led people to believe that the platform was trustworthy. However, the set-up was criticized and called out for being a scam ever since it was released. Reviews questioned the “unmatched returns” offered by the company.
BTC Global first allowed people to purchase BTC from the platform, followed by an advise to invest in their company to get 2% to 14% returns weekly. Victims told South African newspaper Times LIVE that their investments varied from $1,341.92 (R16,000) to $0.1 million (R1.4 million).
The central bank of South Africa has launched a new proof-of-concept (PoC) project to replicate interbank settlements on an Ethereum-based blockchain. The South African Reserve Bank (SARB), the country’s central bank, has announced a new FinTech initiative that will include ‘Project Khokha’ – a blockchain PoC endeavor via a partnership with Ethereum coder collective ConsenSys, an official announcement revealed. As the central bank’s technology partner, the Brooklyn-based Ethereum blockchain developer will enable the ‘processing of wholesale payments using Quorum’, an Ethereum enterprise blockchain developed by JPMorgan and EthLab, an Ethereum developer startup. The development to explore blockchain technology comes despite statements to the contrary by the central bank’s deputy governor who claimed the issuance of a blockchain-enabled central bank cryptocurrency would be “too risky”, in August 2017.