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 Capitec Bank, South Africa’s leading digital bank, announced the launch of the Live Better Academy – a free financial education platform – this week.  The courses offer practical tips and strategies to help people make smart financial decisions and achieve their goals – whether that’s repaying debt quicker, reducing spending and sticking to a budget, or saving more for the future.

“We want to empower people to learn helpful money strategies and key financial principles in a simple and engaging way,” says Jean Rossouw, Head of Financial Education at Capitec. 

The series can be completed on a smartphone, tablet or PC and requires less than 200MB to complete. Each course is broken into 16 to 20 modules that take between 5 to 10 minutes to finish. To keep the learning entertaining, the platform is gamified. Users earn points and badges as they engage, complete courses and answer questions. A leader board ranks users according to their total points and users are encouraged to build their knowledge scores, thereby mastering content.

Rossouw encourages South Africans to make use of the platform, “The series has been designed for every level of financial knowledge. Users will walk away with practical information and tools that can help them achieve financial goals by learning to budget, repay debt faster, mitigate unnecessary risk, save for the future, and reduce unnecessary spending. All for free.”

Each month until December, five learners who complete a course will win a R1 000 cash prize. In addition, one lucky winner who completes all four courses will win the monthly R10 000 grand prize (in the month that they complete their fourth course).

Register for the Live Better Academy at www.livebetteracademy.com.