Citizen Reporter
2 minute read
8 Nov 2017
11:58 am

Why cashless is ‘the way to go’

Citizen Reporter

Howler Loaded is safe and secure, and doesn’t rely on a specific cellphone network.

Picture: iStock

The festive season has kicked-off. Avoid the endless hassles associated with carrying cash and waiting in queues, leave wallets at home and simply go cashless – it’s safe!

Shai Evians, CEO of Howler, an event-technology platform that consolidates event planning, management and financial control, says cashless “is the way to go” and necessary to stop event goers from misplacing cash, as well as credit and debit cards while at a weekend-long event.

The Howler Loaded cashless process is an “on-trend” concept used around the world that uses NFC cards or wristbands to transact during events, making the process “simple and efficient”.

“We are spearheading this change in South Africa, with over 100 events already under our belt in the past 12 months,” Evians says.

How it works

  • Create an online account.
  • Load the budgeted amount to your profile.
  • Collect card/wristband at the event and have it seamlessly paired to your account.
  • Tap your card or wristband to make a purchase at a stand.


  • Head-back to the website.
  • Sign-up for Auto-Cash-out.
  • Funds are automatically refunded.

“It’s as simple as that, no hassle, no fuss and a completely seamless and safe option,” Evians says.

Why cashless

There are many advantages associated with the cashless way to pay and Evians says going cashless is:

  • Safe and secure.
  • Global best practice.
  • Fast, efficient and effective.
  • Not at all dependent on a specific cellphone network.

“The networks are often unreliable, especially when there are large crowds of people and only one cellphone tower. It’s a giant inconvenience, very time consuming and often people don’t buy what they want because it takes so long. But the cashless way to pay is a network independent option, it is fast and hassle-free,” he says.

Top-up is possible

  • Top-up using a cellphone during an event.
  • Top-up at a Howler Loaded Station at the event with a cash or credit card.
  • Top-up friends and family online before or during an event.

“Topping-up has never been this easy and means everyone can spend more time enjoying the event with friends,” he says.

The good news

  • No minimum or maximum cash limit.
  • No pin number needed.
  • The money-back option guarantees your unspent cash back within 14 days. card

“The cashless way to pay will ensure partygoers make moments that matter, which is exactly what we want at our events,” Evians says.

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