A multilevel marketing scheme, Mufhiwa Building and Projects, appears to have replaced the Up Money “grocery stokvel”. File picture
A multilevel marketing scheme, Mufhiwa Building and Projects, appears to have replaced the Up Money “grocery stokvel”. File picture

Up Money pyramid scheme replaced by multilevel marketing scheme

By Mwangi Githathu Time of article published Aug 12, 2020

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Cape town - A multilevel marketing scheme, Mufhiwa Building and Projects, appears to have replaced the Up Money “grocery stokvel” exposed by the National Consumer Commission (NCC).

NCC acting commissioner Thezi Mabuza said: “No arrests have yet been made in relation to Up Money as investigations are continuing. The directors of Up Money have not been barred nor declared unfit as directors.

“The next step in the process is that the NCC is finalising papers and should file the matter at the National Consumer Tribunal in the coming week or so to declare the conduct of Up Money prohibited.”

A day after the National Consumer Commission (NCC) exposed the Up Money “grocery stokvel” as a pyramid scheme, the administrator of the Up Money Club Facebook page on Wednesday changed its name to MLM and began promoting “the amazing Mufhiwa Building Project for only R200”.

The new Facebook page already has 7466 members and has promoters and members in Botswana, Namibia as well as South Africa.

According to a video interview on the samuonline.com platform, where people who want to join get directed to the Mufhiwa Building Project, it was founded by a South African woman Tshifhiwa Ngcai.

In a promotional video, Ngcai said: “There are five stages that one has to go through to get their home built or be it buying land or doing renovations to your home, or it can be that you want to add to your property portfolio.

“You will get the incentives from the company when your six direct recruits join you at whichever of the five stages there are in the scheme.

“At the second stage you will also get a vegetable, meat and grocery hamper. At this stage you help your stage one people to move to stage two. Very important to note is that you need to have your six direct people you sponsored to be with you in stage two and the other ones will be from your tree.”

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