After months of apparent delays, Apple Pay has finally been launched in South Africa. Customers from Nedbank, Absa and Discovery Bank were on Tuesday morning able to load their bank cards into their Apple wallets.

There has been no official word yet from Apple about the launch, but Chipo Mushwana, Nedbank executive of emerging payments, confirmed the news.

“As the affinity for digital payments grows in the South African market, we strive to ensure that we continue to provide our clients with the most recent and in-demand contactless payment solutions,” Mushwana said of the launch.

Nedbank customer Lubna Patel confirmed she has been able to add the payment mechanism on her iPhone by adding a Visa card onto the Apple Wallet in less than two minutes. “I simply pressed the + button under Wallet. My card was preloaded from my information in Apple Settings. I just had to verify it.”

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