• News 9 March 2017

Virtual Card Services becomes a member of the Direct Pay Online Group

  • The Direct Pay Online Group to acquire a 100% of the equity in Virtual Card Services in Botswana & Namibia
  • Virtual Card Services is the leading credit, debit and smart card processing systems for all electronic transactions in Southern Africa
  • The acquisition will enhance the position of the Direct Pay Online Group as the leading Pan African online Payment Service Provider

Nairobi, Kenya, 9 March 2017 – The Direct Pay Online Group, (“DPO Group”), the leading online payments service provider in Africa, announced today that it is acquiring 100% of the equity in Virtual Card Service (“VCS”) in Botswana and Namibia. This will be closely followed by the acquisition of 100% of VCS business in South Africa. The acquisition follows the Group’s recent acquisition of PayGate (Pty) Ltd (“PayGate”), the leading South African online payments gateway. This further expansion into Southern Africa will further embed DPO Group’s position as the leading payments solution on the African continent.

VCS was established in South Africa in 1996 and expanded into Botswana in 2008 and Namibia in 2010. The company is one of the leaders in developing and implementing credit, debit and smart card processing systems for all major card issuer in Southern Africa. The Company’s solutions assist customers in transacting in a simple and secure online environment, whilst the Company’s unique ‘Virtual Vendor’ system, which interacts with a bank’s existing legacy systems, provides vendor’s with an automated, electronic transaction system regardless of existing banking relationships.

This latest transaction is the DPO Group’s second investment in Southern Africa in six months, following its investment in PayGate, and will position the DPO Group as the largest provider of online payment solutions in the African market.

The combination of PayGate and VCS under the Direct Pay Online Group will provide a single contact point for merchants looking to accept payments across the continent. Merchants will have access to DPO’s services across the continent to provide bespoke development solutions and customer support in their local language; a single integration that offers their customers the broadest suite of payment options in Africa and world-class security, risk management and fraud prevention.

Commenting on the investment, Offer Gat, the DPO Group Chairman said, “The VCS team have built a leading market position in the Botswanan and Namibian payments landscapes by offering a distinguished suite of services to all organisations requiring automated, high volume and secure card payment processing. We look forward to working together to continue the Group’s growth story and expanding further within Africa.”

Gordon Ashby, CEO and major shareholder, VCS said, “I am excited to be part of the DPO Group. We were drawn to the Group’s experience in the online payments processing arena and its deep understanding of Africa. As a management team, we believe that the firm’s knowledge of what it takes to be successful in our markets and its proven track-record of having built the business over 20 years is a great fit for our growth strategy in the future.”

“VCS Namibia and Botswana will complement the DPO Group in various areas including technology, expansion of the client base and growth in this geographical area,” said Eran Feinstein, the DPO Group CEO. “Our aim is to accelerate the intensification of payments in Africa, as we seek to empower every person and organization to have the option to pay and be paid online anywhere, anytime, and by any mode of payment.”


About Direct Pay Online Group

The DPO Group (www.directpay.online) is the leading payments service provider in Africa. It serves thousands of online merchants in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania (including Zanzibar), Ethiopia and Zambia, including leading travel and tourism-related businesses in the region. The Group in September 2016 acquired PayGate in South Africa.

The Group accepts all major credit cards, mobile money and e-wallets, and is a leader in technology, usability and security across the region. It is currently the only Payment Service Provider in East Africa holding PCI DSS Level 1 Certification, the highest security certification in the payment cards industry, ensuring high levels of safety, security and data privacy. The Group is leading the way in digital payments in the region, and recently introduced a mobile application that enables merchants to process payments through their mobile phones using a mobile Point of Sale device.


About Virtual Card Services

Virtual Card Services (www.vcs.co.za) was established in 1996 to offer a solution to the mail order market that found conventional methods of securing large volumes of credit card payment cumbersome and costly. With more than 50 years’ collective experience in developing and implementing credit, debit and smart card processing systems for a major card issuer in South Africa, VCS was quick to identify the niche presented in providing a solution that exactly meets these needs.


About PayGate

PayGate (www.paygate.co.za) is a payment service provider that offers online retailers simple, effective services to accept electronic payments, which can be a very complex part of running a business. It offers merchants connections to multiple acquirers and fully manages the technical connections and relationships with the banks, card, and payment networks. It also offers risk management services with payment notifications, settlement reports and fraud protection. PayGate is linked to more than 70 banks in over 30 countries and has been providing secure, reliable online payment services since 1999. Its immediately accessible services help businesses of all sizes stay on top of the continuously evolving world of online payments.


Media contacts

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