Meet this week's VodaPay Max winner – shuttle business owner, Thabang Tshupo

55 days ago

Whether you're a fashion designer selling garments on social media or a hustler selling homemade jars of jam from the boot of your car, accepting payments has never been easier. To celebrate the launch of its latest point-of-sale (POS) device – VodaPay Max – Vodacom Financial Services teamed up with 947 to help take South African hustlers and small business owners with big dreams to the next level.

Congratulations to this week's winner! Vodacom has awarded Thabang Tshupo its latest VodaPay Max POS system and a cash injection of R10,000 to take his shuttle service to new heights.

When Thabang Tshupo started Tshupo Dream Developer Holdings (Pty) Ltd in 2017, he had a vision to help young people start their own businesses. Unfortunately, due to a lack of funding, the business was not able to grow and fulfil that vision.

Two years later, Thabang ventured into transportation and started Varsity Jaunts – a shuttle service that transported students in and around Potchefstroom at affordable rates. As the business grew, Thabang expanded his service offering to include airport shuttles and long-distance trips.

Today, Thabang employs three drivers who have come to rely on their income from the shuttle service after losing their jobs during the pandemic.

However, since the business does not offer alternative payment options, Thabang's drivers often have to stop at ATMs to allow clients to withdraw cash to pay for the service, which in turn reduces the number of rides that drivers can accommodate in a day.

Now, thanks to VodaPay Max, Thabang is able to expand his shuttle business and create more employment opportunities within the community.

How the human spirit when combined with technology can take you further together:

Currently, we are having the drivers driving with clients and the clients will need to get to ATMs in order to withdraw money and that takes time and, we're in the business of time.

Thabang Tshupo, Shuttle Service Owner – Varsity Jaunts

It would be more efficient if we had these (VodaPay Max POS) machines.

Thabang Tshupo, Shuttle Service Owner – Varsity Jaunts

How VodaPay Max can take your business to the max

The perfect partner for your business, the VodaPay Max is a secure and affordable machine designed to make managing your profits seamless.

The VodaPay Max machine offers a wide range of flexible payment methods, including touch, tap, swipe, dip and QR scan to make it easier for customers to pay you. What's even better? All of this comes with zero set-up cost and zero minimum costs to you.

You’ll never have to turn card-carrying customers away again!

Click here to apply for the VodaPay Max

Here's how to enter:

Tell us how taking card payments with VodaPay Max will take your business to the next level, and you could be one of eight entrants to get the chance to go live on-air with Thando Thabethe to deliver a 60-second elevator pitch to share your product offering and encourage 947 listeners to support your small business.

If you're lucky enough to make it on-air, you will win the brand new VodaPay Max POS device and R10,000 in cold hard cash to level up your hustle.


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