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  • Nedbank said it is partnering with Mara Phone to supply clients with South African made smartphones. 
  • The details of the deal have not been released. 
  • President Cyril Ramaphosa opened Mara Smartphones’ South African factory in Durban in October. 
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Nedbank clients will soon be able to get the South African-made Mara Phone smartphones through the bank. 

The R2,999 Mara X and R3,999 Mara Z are manufactured in Dube TradePort,  Durban, by Rwandan tech company Mara Group. 

The entry-level devices both feature a 13mp back camera, but the Mara Z has a larger memory and storage than the R1,000 cheaper Mara X. 

Nedbank said details of the offer will be released soon, and added that the phones will come pre-installed with Nedbank’s Money App.

Consumers will be able to make use of any network when receiving the phone through Nedbank. 

"As a bank that is absolutely committed to economic inclusion and development in South Africa, Nedbank is excited at this unique opportunity to put a top-quality, proudly South African mobile device in the hands of our clients," Nedbank’s group managing executive for retail and business Ciko Thomas said. 

Mara phones said the partnership will provide South Africans with an opportunity to procure and acquire high quality and affordable smartphones. 

Mara Phones, a division of the Mara Corporation, recently launched its first African-based smartphone-manufacturing factory in Kigali. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa opened their second factory in Durban in October after the company promised in 2018 to invest R1.5 billion in the country. 

Each factory is set to produce a few million smartphone units per year.

(compiled by James de Villiers) 

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