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.

Dedicated payment solutions. Day in, day out.

Without your business, we have no business. That’s why every single day at Payfast is dedicated to developing digital solutions that help South Africans do better business.

The incredible journey that got us here


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.


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.


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, and were acquired by Network International.


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.

What makes us Payfast

We take ownership.

If we stumble, we’re accountable. And we promise to do better.

We challenge the status quo.

If we always do what we always did we wouldn’t be able to fulfil our promise to help your business be the best it can be.

We respect our customer.

Inside and outside of our offices, we treat everyone we meet the way we would want to be treated.

We celebrate success.

Your wins are our wins, and there’s nothing closer to our hearts than successfully building your business.

We build with heart.

Passion undercuts all we do, helping us to build better products that empowers our customers’ success and
our own.

We’re incredibly proud of where we’re from.

We will always be a company born of a country filled with the very best people in the world.

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.


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.