What is PayFast?

What is PayFast?

PayFast is an online payment processing service for South African merchants of all sizes. PayFast allows merchants (individuals, businesses and charities) to accept secure payments from online buyers by offering a variety of payment methods, including credit cardInstant EFTMasterpass, mobicredSCode and debit card. Without the need of a merchant account, a PayFast account can be activated within 24 hours and incurs no monthly or setup fees.

PayFast supports both merchants and their customers and is packaged with advanced security layers and fraud detection. Integration with over 80 platforms provides seamless payment access to anything from ecommerce stores to invoicing and event ticketing.


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      While we'd be very sad to see you go, we will gladly cancel your account at your request. To do this, please just send an email to merchantsupport@payfast.co.za stating that you wish to cancel your account and the email address for your account (if ...
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