South African ‘Pick n Pay’ accepts bitcoin
Pilot testing of bitcoin as a possible currency for payment at Pick n Pay was successful. The company's customers will now be able to pay utility bills, municipal bills and bus tickets using bitcoin.
But while bitcoin is becoming an increasingly attractive payment option for South Africans, Pick n Pay has nonetheless hinted at the possibility of charging $0.04 for bitcoin. This is due to the fact that African authorities have a clear distrust of cryptocurrency.
According to the report of the international exchange Luno, 13% of the population owns any cryptocurrency, so, according to the authorities, the bitcoin market requires regulation. One measure of regulation includes South Africa's current financial advisory and Intermediary services act of 2002, which treats cryptocurrency as a financial asset.