Tech-savvy car guard zaps profits with app

HOT TIP: Car guard Sabelo Buthelezi, 26, uses Zapper to collect tips from patrons in Lillian Ngoyi road in Durban Picture: JACKIE CLAUSEN.
HOT TIP: Car guard Sabelo Buthelezi, 26, uses Zapper to collect tips from patrons in Lillian Ngoyi road in Durban Picture: JACKIE CLAUSEN.

AN industrious Durban car guard‚ who has moved to beat the cash crunch by accepting mobile electronic payments‚ says he has been showered with tips.

Sabelo Buthelezi uses mobile payments app Zapper‚ linked directly to his personal bank account‚ taking car guarding hi-tech.

“This one guy gave me R150 on Saturday,” he said.

“I haven’t been to check my account yet, but I know I’m doing well.

“This thing [Zapper] has helped me so much. My tips have been so good in the past week.”

He was speaking yesterday morning outside his regular spot‚ the Love Coffee on Lillian Ngoyi Road in Durban’s Windermere suburb.

Clad in his neon vest‚ the 26-yearold has a certain spring in his step as he bounds up and down the road‚ waving frantically to guide cars.

His threadbare jeans have more tears than what is fashionable and his Converse All Stars takkies have seen a lot of mileage.

A missing front tooth does nothing to hinder a broad smile when he spots his regulars.

“People are so shocked that I have this,” he said.

“Even when they say they don’t have money now they can use the phone to pay.”

Zapper business consultant Carmen Worsfold said Buthelezi had approached her after she visited the coffee shop.

“He [said] people weren’t paying him because everyone was using Zapper.

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