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New NPPTA card benefit taxis

Taxi owners and drivers now have the option to use a new card issued by Nam-mic Payment Solutions for purchases at participating service stations in Windhoek.
The Namibia Public Passenger Transport Association (NPPTA) and Nam-mic Payment Solutions last week launched the new multi-functional NPPTA Card that will be issued as a form of membership as well as a debit card.
Operations Executive of Nam-mic Payment Solutions, Abri Krige said, “The new NPPTA Card is issued as proof of registration with the association for taxi operators and their employees which can be used as a low cost transactional account. This is specifically for taxis which are a historically marginalized market sector.”

“By offering a NPPTA transactional account that is accessible via their NPPTA Card and Mobile, members can reduce their cash risk by keeping money on their NPPTA Card and also receive immediate cash back for purchases for products at participating retailers,” he said.
The card will also permit the use of mobile phones where members can recharge their prepaid airtime or electricity, request a mini-statement or account balance, as well as transfer money. Money that is deposited on the card can be withdrawn from selected ATMs.“The NPPTA Card is also a discount card, offering special savings on groceries, accommodation, clothing, stationery and airtime, each time a NPPTA member uses their card,” he explained.
Nathan Africa, the Secretary of the Namibia Public Passenger Transport Association said that they are grateful to Nam-mic Payment Solutions for affording the Taxi Industry the opportunity to have easy access to banking facilities and benefits.
“Together we will build a better industry to be acknowledged as a major role player in the economy.
NPPTA will be visiting the [other] regions in the near future to introduce the cards to its members,” he added.
The collaboration of the Namibia Public Passenger Transport Association and Nam-mic Payment Solutions is founded on the principle of creating benefits for its members, and was brought about through Blend Mobile’s, Robert Shipanga. Blend Mobile has developed the PaynGo brand for people on the go.
Participating service stations are ENGEN Academia, ENGEN Hochland Park, ENGEN Subway in Mandume Ndemufayo Ave, PUMA Bach Street, PUMA Van Der Walt Motors on Hosea Kutako Ave, ENGEN Klingenberg on the corner of Andimba Toivo-ya-Toivo Street and Mandume Ndemufayo Ave, ENGEN Eureka in Independence Avenue and ENGEN Corner Service Station in Mahatma Gandhi Street, Khomasdal.
Long distance taxis can also use the cards at PUMA CJ Motors in Otjiwarongo and SHELL Service Station in Gobabis.

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