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Ekasi To Launch World’s First Crypto-Enabled Mall

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Cryptocurrency is becoming the word in the mouth of the average youth in Africa. As the knowledge of the technology is spread pretty fast, cryptocurrency and blockchain startup companies and smart young Africans are beginning to devise means to create a system that offers value using this same blockchain technology.

South African-based blockchain startup Ekasi Bucks is planning to launch arguably the world’s first crypto-mall and  on-demand transport services for small towns in Soweto, Soshanguve and Mabopane.

This launch comes as no surprise to cryptocurrency enthusiast as the company tried raising about R50 million through an ICO with the intention to fund its project. However, the ICO was only able to raise R500,000 which is nowhere compared to their initial target.

According to the president and co-founder of Ekasi Buck, it was the company’s initial plan to actually raise funds to buy a landed property to build an actual shopping mall. The only available alternative was to go digital; thereby creating the mall online.

CRYPTOCURRENCY ONLINE MALL
The mall will digitalize online sales, which will enable local township businesses transact via the online platform and in exchange receive Ekasi Bucks token. The past six weeks have seen Ekasi Bucks run campaigns to create awareness and recruit vendors to the crypto-mall with 800 township entrepreneurs having so far submitted their applications to sell products such as clothing or food from local restaurants that will be delivered.

The goal is to allow local residents shop from their own townships and also their homes” said Kgwadi
The co-founder of Ekasi Bucks believes that given an opportunity, township residents will easily buy from their local retailers. According to him: “It’s not a matter of products and markups — people just don’t know where to find the product.”

TAXI DEMAND SERVICES.
This startup plans on launching an on-demand taxi services which would be similar to that of Taxify and Uber, of which customers would be allowed to make payments for their fares using Ekasi Buck. To start, Ekasi Bucks plans to source for their token users from their already existing rewards programme that they have been managing since 2016. The programme is active across South Africa and has more than 20,000 card users and 4,000 merchants.

20 applications have already been submitted by intending drivers on the platform, which comes after the company ran facebook adverts for the service. The initial batch of the vetted drivers will become the first pilot for the on-demand taxi service, said Kgwadi. He went on to say that for each token transacted, Ekasi Bucks will charge a ten percent commission to the drivers, which makes their rates significantly lower compared to the fee charges that Uber (15 percent to 20 percent) and Taxify (30 percent) debit from their drivers. In addition, the startup has partnered with Lion of Africa to provide white labelled life cover insurance to its drivers who will be part of the on-demand taxi service.

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Tron (TRX) Accepted by Travala.com To Be Used for Booking in Over 500,000 Hotels

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Tron (TRX) is the 10th cryptocurrency to be adopted by hotel booking platform, Travala. Before now, Travala had been accepting coins like; Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, XRP, Nanos, BNB, AVA, DGB, Doge, EOS, TUSD, XLM. It also accepts PayPal, VISA and Mastercard. As travel platform, Travala aims at merging decentralised technologies and tokenized incentive structures to make booking easy for travelers.

Travala.com, a reputable blockchain travel platform, dedicated to revitalizing the yet to come travel industry. Established in the year 2017, it now  boasts of 567,928 properties in 210 countries across the globe, with over 82,000 destination coverage. 

Travala.com as of yesterday declared that its clients can now make payments with Tron (TRX) token in over 550,000 hotels across the world with an added discount of 15% for every transaction performed with the token.

According to Travala.com their customers are to use TRX to book 550,000+ hotels worldwide with an average saving of 15% on http://Travala.com and the customers can get further savings up to 10% off the already amazing prices with our SMART program.

While the other coins listed above like Bitcoin, BNB, Nano, etc have been enjoying this privilege for some time now, it is coming new for Tron, and this can be taken as an added advantage for the cryptocurrency. Unlike every other blockchain technology, every moment of Tron (TRX) is filled with exciting news. The quality and potential of any cryptographic project in the space is determined by the adoptions and partnerships it gets.

As a means to echoing the success of Tron, Misha Lederman, a well-known member of the Tronix team, had once related that Tron has produced more blocks than Ethereum. According to Lederman, “Tron has produced 8.3 million blocks since its independence in June 2018 and Ethereum, on the other hand, despite its longevity, has only produced 7.5 million blocks since July 2015.”

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IOST Records  More Transactions than Ethereum One Month After Mainnet Launch

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IOST is an application-friendly next generation public blockchain network which is reported to be the first platform to launch an application-ready mainnet which features multiple live DApps (Decentralized Applications). IOST project’s software modules, as claimed by the management team, have been implemented using blockchain technology and they provide “secure and reliable data” as they “prevent tampering by third parties.” and thus, the IOST platform having been built on public blockchain infrastructure, allows “decentralized application developers overcome some of the most challenging problems with mass adoption.”

IOST is one of the most scalable blockchain networks. Although, its design principles are similar to some of the other leading dApp creation platforms, it has its own consensus protocol, known as “proof-of-believability.” Notably, the programming languages and development environments supported by the various dApp deployment platforms are a lot different from each other such as Ethereum, Tron, EOS, NEO etc. as each use different consensus algorithms such as proof-of-work (PoW), proof-of-stake (PoS), delegated proof-of-stake (DPoS), and delegated Byzantine Fault Tolerance (dBFT).

According to a news outlet, On April 6th, 2019,”the IOST network reportedly processed more transactions than Ethereum ( ETH ). Noting that Ethereum is the world’s largest blockchain-based platform for deploying decentralized applications (dApps), however, “IOST was able to register 580,231 transactions on its network while Ethereum only managed to log 558,272 transactions on the same day (April 6th).”

As contained in IOST’s press release, the smart contract development platform has achieved the following after “the first month of its mainnet launch:”

  • Registered [over] 213,000 live accounts on its network, with an average of 15,000 wallets added per day
  • Launched 9 dApps, including 6 games (one of which hit 700 million IOST tokens in a single day) and a USD-pegged stablecoin
  • Been listed and traded on 26 exchanges
  • Processed more than 25 million transactions, including a peak of 580,231 transactions per day
  • Brought more than 100 partners and developers onboard to build the IOST ecosystem, all partners totalling to more than 200 today

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EOS AND XRP MAINTAINS A POSITIVE PRICE MOVEMENT AMIDST BITHUMB HACK

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The cryptocurrency market is yet to experience yet another bubble. Some experts believe it will happen again before the market stablilizes. Some other analysts claims the market has settled and can be driven positively again through active development of products to cover the cryptocurrency use case.

Though looking at the state of the cryptocurrency market. The adoption of cryptocurrency is going positive but the number of active traders is decreasing because many traders seems to be holding. The price of XRP and EOS goes against each other. While XRP is gaining a minimal stable increase in Price. EOS has been at its bear level for a long while as against XRP. The use case offered by EOS is quite welcoming and growing rapidly but still yet it’s not impacting on the price movement.

Considering the high vulnerability of the EOS Blockchain. This might have probabaly affected the price. Too many major set backs have being recorded upon using the EOS Blockchain. Many users have complained of the poor user friendliness of the EOS Blockchain. Moreso, the transaction reversing feature of the Blockchain has more or less helped to mitigate against hacks.

Though the said feature also suggests that the EOS Blockchain is not decentralised, the adoption of the EOS Blockchain has been tremendous. From the recent Bithumb hack in May, EOS and XRP were the two cryptocurrencies affected.

EOS had a 11.45% sharp drop in price against Bitcoin few hours after the news dropped. XRP on the other hand wasn’t affected much in price. The XRP price has still gained 0.55% in USD value, but lost 0.05% over Bitcoin. The price of XRP seems to be more stable at $0.3. EOS has $4,126,251,897 in total marketcap with a daily trading volume of $2,735,279,072. XRP has $13,724,796,558 in total marketcap with $1,459,156,919 daily trading volume. XRP has a far high total market cap compared to EOS but a lesser daily trading volume. While XRP is losing 6.35% to bitcoin and gaining 5.5% to USD. EOS is losing 4.28% to bitcoin and gaining 8.5% to USD. This equally suggests that EOS has a better daily trading volume as against XRP.

Though the EOS downtrend has been so for a long time now. XRP has a better price statistics as against EOS. There is yet no future guarantee as to whether the price of both cryptocurrencies will be increasing any time soon. Bitcoin which is the base cryptocurrency has been on a better ground with a good uptrend through the week.

The Bithumb hack  didn’t really affect the price momentum of both cryptocurrencies as the price recovered back hours after the sharp drop. But in the long run. EOS may or not be at a lesser preference to XRP. XRP which has been opposed by the cryptocurrency community as a centralised blockchain. XRP more or less has a better adoption by authorities in comparison to EOS. While EOS has a better adoption by community users in comparison to XRP.  

 

 

Disclaimer: This is not trading or investment advice. The above article is for entertainment and education purposes only. Please do your own research before purchasing or investing into any cryptocurrency.

 

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GROESTLCOIN (GRS) ENABLED ON SATOWALLET TO BE USED ON SATOPAY

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Satowallet and Groestlcoin

In a recently published article on its official medium blog, Satowallet mentions that it has successfully wrapped up the listing of Groestlcoin – a Blockchain asset on its global fiat system.

Groestlcoin is a secured blockchain asset which offers almost Zero fees during transactions. The team behind the project does well to make available major updates in 3-month intervals. this has contributed to keeping the coin and project among the top 200 on Coinmarketcap. Interestingly, the coins hold some form of history as the first to activate SEGWIT (SegWit, is the name used for an implemented soft fork change in the transaction format of the cryptocurrency bitcoin). READ MORE. According to Coinmarketcap, the project has $25M USD trading volume and a Market Cap of $35M USD with a total supply of 105,000,000 GRS.

Expressing excitement on the partnership, Satowallet reveals that the coin is set to trade against various crypto pairs; BTC, ETH, DOGE, SATOS and some fiat settlements; USD. NGN, GBP, and EURO for instant swift buy and sell on the global scene. More so, the use of Visa Debit Card to initiate Crypto/fiat withdrawal will soon be possible.

Satowwallet exchange is an all-in-one crypto exchange, with a widespread of users in over 140 countries and a range of services from; in-app trading, storage, investment, fiat settlement, staking, swapping and Blockchain Asset Security. The Nigerian based wallet has indeed changed the narrative of indigenously grown blockchain startups in the global scene.

Some of the recent features the project plans to launch are;

Satowallet Debit Card– creating a much easier and crypto friendly environment for her users worldwide with the use of SATOPAY (the planned Visa Debit Card for the Exchange). this means anywhere Visa cards are available, the exchange’s fiat withdrawal system will work.

Shop globally with SATOPAY– With the use of Groestlcoin Wallet and Satowallet Exchange App, you can easily fund your SATOPAY Card and shop from card enabled stores.

For more updates and recent features on the SATOPAY Card, visit the Satowallet Medium Blog

In the Press release, the 29th March 2019, saw the launch and availability of the coin on the Satowallet mobile and PC apps. The user can buy instantly with USD, NGN, GBP, and EURO and also with Cryptocurrency.

” Buying and Selling take only 5 seconds and the funds will be available in your wallet through Jiff Trading. The debit card will also be made available upon users request when released in a short while through our banking partners.”  –Team Satowallet

 

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