What is Payfast?
We build with heart
We’ve poured our hearts into building the leading online payment processing solution for individuals, NPOs and businesses of all sizes in South Africa because we know just how much heart it takes to build your own business.
The incredible journey that got us here
We joined forces with Paygate and SiD under Network International, merging industry giants in a major step for our industry and creating a unified brand with a single vision to take us forward as a business.
In 2021, Payfast was acquired by Network International. For over 25 years, Network International has delivered innovative solutions that drive revenue and profitability for customers. We have grown from strength to strength to become the largest acquirer in the UAE and the leading enabler of digital commerce in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region.
2017 saw our very first automatic Instant EFT function. In July 2019, we were acquired by the DPO Group, spurring the growth of Africa’s largest payment service provider. In October of the same year, we launched Split Payments, the first in South Africa. In 2021, Payfast launched Easy Advance.
In 2012, we were the first South African payment provider to partner with Shopify. We spread that love in 2013 when our WooCommerce plugin became 100% free, and 2016 saw multiple high-fives across the company when we launched recurring payments.
In 2007 Payfast was born. Less than a year later we had our first Instant EFT transaction. Add one more year and we added our first-ever credit card transaction. Then, in 2010, we became the first-ever local payment platform to integrate with PrestaShop and WooCommerce.
Founded in 1999 Paygate is a trusted provider of secure payment gateway services. Having helped drive the growth of ecommerce in South Africa, we’re proud to be a respected player in the online payments industry.
What makes us Payfast
How does Payfast work for you?
We’re incredibly proud of the fact that over 80,000 businesses have chosen us as their payments partner. From coffee shops to street vendors, hair stylists and world-class start-ups – we’re lucky enough to work with SA entrepreneurs of all kinds.
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"With Split Payments every time a ticket is purchased, we instantly receive our portion of the event fees and selected event organisers receive their necessary…"
"The only way we can continue providing our services is through support from donors. Donations help to sterilise an animal, find a puppy a new…"
"I chose to use the Xero and Payfast integration because it was the quickest integration and I needed a more seamless payment option for the…"
We’d seriously love to work with you.
If you’re serious about growing the digital economy of Africa, yet don’t take yourself too seriously, we think you’d love it here. Plus we have free coffee.