Shopper swipes 1,160 times in December


Shoppers queue to pay for groceries at Pick n Pay in Maponya Mall, Soweto. In the morning a group of robbers stormed the supermarket and stole what police have called "a substantial amount" of cash.

JOHANNESBURG - Groceries made up the biggest part of spending by South Africans in December.

South Africans spent a total of R51.5-billion that month, R5-billion more than during December 2016, according to Africa’s largest automated payments clearing house, BankServe.

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But the real eye-catcher of BankServe’s latest survey is that it recorded the highest number of swipes by an individual in the December period - at 1,160 swipes.

The biggest single transaction by an individual was R5-million.