South African Payment Gateways:

Payment Gateways in South Africa PayPal, PayFast, Pay4IT, MonsterPay, 2CheckOut and Mweb.

Paypal:

Charges no setup or cancellation fees and offers transaction rates at 2.4% to 3.4%, plus $0.30 USD.  The drawback with PayPal is that it is not popular with South Africans because it still charges in $ USD and other major world currencies but not in ZAR.  PayPal opened its service to customers in South Africa, the PayPal service will be offered in partnership with FNB and has received approval from the Exchange Control Department of the South African Reserve Bank.

South Africa’s FNB and PayPal have closed the deal so many South African where waiting for, the agreement will enable customers to make or receive payments for goods and services online, and be able to pay for things and send money without sharing their financial information. FNB customers in South Africa would be able to sell goods and services to PayPal global users base of more than 81 million active customers and 190 markets.

Cons: Only in $ USD not in Rands. Pros: Can do subscription recurring payments.

Pay4It:

Provides e-commerce solutions for small to medium large businesses. Pay4It charges a R750 +VAT once-off setup fee, R250 monthly subscription fee, and levies 6% per each transaction. Pay4It does not require online retailers to register a merchant bank account with their bank before registering. Cons: monthly fee

Netcash:

Incorporate the 4 larger banks – Standard Bank, First National Bank, ABSA and Nedbank and is able to guarantee service levels and payment clearance times. Netcash charge a R450 setup fee, with a R160 per month retainer. Netcash charges R1 per transaction, plus 5% of the transaction value. Cons: monthly fee.
MonsterPay: Provides Rand and US Dollar credit card acceptance.  Acceptance of Instant EFT via SID and direct deposits are also provided for Rand. This service is unique to MonsterPay and no other payment gateway can provide Instant EFT facilities. To receive payments via MonsterPay will cost you 2.9% per transaction plus $0.30 USD for Dollars. For South African Rand transactions, it will cost you 2.9% per transaction, plus R2 ZAR. Pros: EFT and Credit Cards

2CheckOut:

Signup fee of $49USD is levied by 2CheckOut and a 5.5% commission on each transaction, along with a $0.45USD charge per transaction. With just a 5.5% and %.45USD charge per sale, no monthly, gateway or statement fees, 2CheckOut also makes it possible for customers to purchase products with PayPal, as well as the most popular online payment methods. 2CheckOut provides its clients with an easy to integrate payment gateway service, which will work with existing shopping carts and includes a range of comprehensive account management tools. Pros: Can do ZAR and subscription recurring payments. More info.

Payfast:

Does not charge monthly fees – only per-transaction fees. Offering four types of accounts, Payfast is geared entirely towards payment processing for South Africa only.  Payfast does not require a client to register as a merchant with a South African bank. The Basic Account does not require you to have a South African Bank Account but, the Personal, Premier and Business accounts do. To receive funds, Payfast charges a minimum of 2% on an Instant EFT and PayFast Voucher transaction. For a credit card transaction, Payfast charges 4.9% of the transaction plus an extra R2, and 7% of the transaction amount on a Ukash transaction. Payouts cost R8,77 and all selling tools offered by Payfast are free to use. Payfast accepts payments from South African clients; by credit card and by UKash clients from all over the world. Pros: EFT, Credit Cards, Ukash easy user interface for online payments.

MWEB:

R590 setup, R350/month, R5.70 per transaction. Cons: High setup and Monthly fees.

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