Binance, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, now supports direct transactions in South African rand. Users will now be able to deposit rand into their trading accounts in less than 30 minutes if their bank accounts support “Faster Payments Service.”
In a blog post on May 12, Binance announced that rand will be available against five major cryptocurrencies — Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Binance Coin (BNB) Binance Dollar (BUSD) and Tether (USDT).
This seemingly comes as part of Binance’s strategy to invest in cryptocurrency exchanges with prior banking relationships so that they may provide cryptocurrency trading against local fiat currencies.
Investing and expanding worldwide
Binance has been proactive in expanding its reach across both developed as well as developing countries. Only today, Cointelegraph reported that Binance made an investment in one of Indonesia’s major domestic regulated exchanges, Tokocrypto — though the amount of investment is yet unknown.
Earlier in April, Binance had also added support for Indian rupee and Indonesian rupiah to tap the potential of growing cryptocurrency markets in these countries. Binance had also acquired one of India’s largest cryptocurrency exchange WazirX and crypto’s most well-known data platform CoinMarketCap.
According to statements made by Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao — famously known as CZ — in April, the company invests a quarter of its profits into various investment opportunities.