Kazang: A Truly Mobile Prepaid Service Terminal for Africa

Psitek is a company that deeply understands the African market, I’m convinced that this is due to them having all of their work done on the continent. The last time I wrote about them was after I came across the nearly indestructible Streetwise mobile-accessible computer for children.

As Hannes notes:

“They are the inventors of that trusted voice access device that anyone that ever travelled to Africa would know about: the Adondo. Designed for Africa with anti-insect electronics, high temperature and humidity tolerance, their devices still ship with car-battery ready clamps.”

The Kazang service and terminal

Kazang - prepaid service terminals for Africa

This time it’s about Kazang, a prepaid terminal for merchants selling mobile phone services, such as prepaid airtime, paying of electricity bills or insurance. The service is a year and a half old now, and boasts nearly 5,000 vendors ranging from South Africa to Kenya to Zambia.

Kazang Terminal - Timpa

The newest device, the Timpa, comes with all of the necessary requirements for the challenges that a merchant running a business in a rural (or urban) setting in Africa would need. It has a built-in printer and rechargeable battery which makes it fully mobile, uses GPRS technology to communicate with the Content Ready (back-end) server (just plug in a data SIM card), and a large LCD with backlighting. They have also built in fail-safes for when the GPRS connection drops, or the electricity goes out, so that the merchant doesn’t get charged for a voucher that they didn’t receive.

Psitek claims that clearing $1000/month is a reasonable to expect by vendors, which would bring home about $80/month of profit (8% margin). This alone makes it a fairly good proposition for a lot of merchants, meaning they can add a Kazang terminal to their shop as an added draw for more customers and it acts as to supplement their other revenue streams.

Not written about much relative to their impact, Psitek is one of those tech firms offering devices that run behind the scenes of many businesses in the southern part of Africa.

19 thoughts on “Kazang: A Truly Mobile Prepaid Service Terminal for Africa

  1. Mweemba Muzungu says:

    Good day,
    i am interested in obtaining a kazang machine in Lusaka, Zambia but i am not having any luck locating a place i can get the machine from. Kindly advise the price as well.

  2. Martha Chishala says:

    Hi may you please send me what i need in order to obtain a Kazang Machine and what the breakdown of the commission I;ll be making. Thanks

  3. mbanga mwanamuke says:

    I am based in kabwe zambia and would like to start using kazang’s services at my business place but I do not know where to you. Can you please get back to me via email.

  4. Yvonne Kalumbi says:

    Kindly help me where I can found you I would like to be one of your agent by buying or have one of your kazang machine.

    Best Regards.

  5. My response has come so late. I’m just an individual but I can provide you with all the information you need about Kazang. Kazang Zambia is located in acacia park (behind the banks) at Acardes entertainment and shopping mall Lusaka. You can get their contact details from the post newspaper they usually have an advert each time. The machine costs 1million and you get 250,000 worth of prepaid credit. You will have to be trained to use the machine for like a day or two. Other benefits is that when paper runs out, it can be replaced at the HQ in Lusaka at no fee.

    How it all works is that you will be given 3 account numbers (e.g zanaco, Barclays, finance) where you will be depositing money and the amount deposited in any account reflects on your digital prepaid machine. In this way, you can take the machine anywhere in the country and still do your business.

    I’m just an individual as I said. I talked to the guys themselves and this is the first hand information I was given. Thanks for taking your time to read my writing. I’m buying one on 27th December 2012

  6. im a young motswana interested in purchaising a kazang machine ,am asking where can i find kazang retailer in Gaborone Botswana,because i think thats where i can be fed with the whole infomation regarding the machine and how it works i will be very happy if i will be helped as soon as possible.

  7. patrice chiputa says:

    please may i have the details on how i can buy a kazang vending machine and the breakdown of how one gets profit or commission or which ever is applicable via my email

  8. TAPSON PATANE says:

    hi, im a young motswana who intends to purchase Kazang machine to help my local community.

    where in botswana can i purhcase it, im staying in Francistown.

  9. Goitsemodimo Babedi says:

    pls i would like to have your machine in Botswana Francistown,so why can i get help?

  10. Basetsana Korina Botlhole says:

    I stay in Gaborone, Botswana and I am very much interested in this business. I need this machine, please tell me where I can get it.

    Thank you.

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