Presented by Capitec Business

Capitec disrupts business banking by charging the same as personal banking

 ·6 Mar 2024

The World Economic Forum estimates that 5.78 million small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa don’t have bank accounts because of high bank charges and transaction fees.

To break these barriers, Capitec Business has introduced a unique and more inclusive banking solution for South African businesses with new pricing effective from 1 March. 

The bank promises simplicity, transparency, and affordability across all business sectors and sizes with no discrimination, challenging conventional banking’s complex products and convoluted fee structures.

It reduced its pricing to a flat R50 monthly fee and the same transaction fees that apply to 21 million personal banking clients, regardless of the size or format of the business.

“We understand the challenges businesses face through traditional banking,” said Capitec CEO Gerrie Fourie.

“Traditional banks favour those who’ve made it. The largest, oldest and most successful businesses tend to get the best service, the most credit and often at the best price.”

“That’s why we’re committed to providing simple, transparent, and affordable banking that could save all businesses up to 50% in fees with no hidden costs.”  

The following new transaction fees from 1 March will save businesses up to 50%:

  • Free virtual card for online transactions
  • Zero fees on local card payments
  • R1 for payments and transfers to other Capitec accounts 
  • R2 for payments and transfers to other banks 
  • R3.50 per debit order 
  • R6.50 for immediate payments
  • A low, fixed monthly fee of R50

Disrupting the convention with one account to all businesses at the same price

“Our approach to business banking is client-centric in the same way we do for our retail bank,” said Fourie.

“We took the time to understand the needs and preferences of our clients, and our findings were clear – they want a simple solution with a straightforward and cost-effective fee structure that is easy to understand and does not discriminate based on size.”

Alongside its competitive fees, the bank also offers a range of products and services to support businesses’ dynamic needs:

  • New clients can open a business bank account online or on the app in minutes, with no paperwork.
  • Free access to digital banking through their app or online portal enables businesses to manage their finances effortlessly from anywhere at any time.
  • Everyone gets personalised service and support through exclusive access to a Relationship Banker for all their business needs – either in-person, online, or in-app.
  • Quick approval of an overdraft, property and asset finance to help businesses or franchises grow
  • Forex services, rental finance solutions and payments services makes it more convenient and more affordable to run a business
  • New generation touch-screen card machines are delivered to your door with a lower commission structure and free same-day settlements 7 days a week

“Our bank is on a journey to deliver a digitally-led, relationship-based solution, aiming to deliver 80% of all products and services through the app or online banking,” said Fourie.

“We believe that Capitec Business is a big milestone in our evolution from a retail bank to a financial services company that will unlock phenomenal value for businesses, but we are not done yet as we continue to innovate and pioneer solutions to help our clients live better,” said Fourie.

Click here to learn more about Capitec Business’ new pricing.

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