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2012-2013 proved to be a turbulent year for South Africa, with economic growth suffering; this was attributed mainly to the labour market unrest in the mining sector coupled with the Eurozone crisis. The country also witnessed minimal expansion in exports and a slowdown in consumer demand. Chronic high unemployment, low education levels, poverty and high income inequality continue to plague the nation. International’s Financial Cards and Payments in South Africa report establishes the size and structure of the market for ATMs cards, smart cards, credit cards, debit cards, charge cards, pre-paid cards and store cards. It looks at key players in the market (issuers and operators), number of cards in circulation, numbers transactions and value of transactions. It offers strategic analysis of sector forecasts and trends to watch.