The incredible journey that got us here


Payfast rebrands to Network International, with the name Payfast remaining solely as Network’s leading ecommerce solution for South African businesses.


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.


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 by Network

Be open and honest, with positive intent

We must communicate transparently, listen to feedback without being defensive, and act accordingly when obtaining diverse and contrary views. Our tone and intent in every communication must be to deliver positive outcomes for all stakeholders.

Own every decision

Accountability trumps authority. Once a decision is made, even if it is not the decision you would have made, treat it as your own and do your best to make it work.

Always do the right thing

Doing the right thing is working for the common good. It means making decisions that are for the organisation’s welfare and are ethical and morally correct and not driven by personal needs or to expand personal popularity.

Celebrate wins, sunshine failures

We recognise and reward diligence and accept failures as a learning opportunity. We always appreciate hard work that went into giving any initiative our best shot.

How does Payfast by Network 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.