In another first, Econet Wireless has through its innovative mobile payment solution EcoCash partnered with Harare City Council’s parking unit, City Parking (Pvt) Ltd to enable Ecocash customers pay for parking services via EcoCash. The development means all City Parking marshals within the Harare Central Business District now accept EcoCash payments for car parking services. City Parking holds the largest share of parking bays in Harare CBD including Julius Nyerere, Samora Machel and Parklane Parkades.
Econet Wireless CEO Douglas Mboweni said, “We are humbled and thankful to City Parking (Pvt) Ltd for this deal that we have entered into. We realise the need to ensure that day to day micro-transactions are formalised as we move to the next level of the financial inclusion lifecycle. As part of promoting a cashless society in our country, we would like to bring to our customers the convenience, security, affordability and acceptability of mobile money payments to buy literally everything, from supermarkets, service stations, flea markets, fruit and vegetable informal markets.”
Natalie Jabangwe-Morris, General Manager for EcoCash added, “There is no longer need for our customers to carry cash for car parking services. Instead of going through the process of dialling *151#, all City Parking marshals have also been equipped with EcoCash Ta! devices.
‘EcoCash ta! allows our customers to tap specially coded stickers linked to their EcoCash wallets against City Parking marshals’ enabled micro point-of-sale devices. The value of the transaction will be automatically and instantly deducted from the customer’s EcoCash account,’ she said She said the payment process is efficient and fast with no PIN required from customers when paying for goods and services of up to $3. “To City Parking marshals and our customers alike, no more need to worry about security of carrying cash and looking for change as all their cash is safe in their devices and wallets respectively.”