South African Payment Gateways

Hi Guys

Re: Mike Lessick Mica Online www.mikelessickmicaonline.foxycart.com

my preferred gateway: http://www.vcs.co.za/

I have spent 10 months setting up a store for a local Franchise Hardware store then the group. I have used SiteGrinder 3,2 and then 3,5. I have 500 items setup in categorized galleries, which are all working fine.

Today I linked in to Foxycart, but 1st problem; Paypal error-ed on test because it doesn't accept South African Rand. 2nd Problem; I cannot find a South African payment gateway which is available in Foxycart.

Is there any advise for me

DaleStrug
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  • lukeluke FoxyCart Team
    Hmm... that's discouraging. The only gateway we have listed for ZA is PayPal: http://wiki.foxycart.com/gateways/start?datasrt=&dataflt[]=countrie=ZA

    We'll ask around and let you know what we find out. Are there other South African gateways that would work for you? If you can recommend one, we can look into how difficult the integration would be. If it supports Authorize.net emulation, we may be able to help you out pretty quickly. The time consuming part with most gateway integrations is getting the test account information setup.
  • Thanks Luke

    PayPal was my 1st choice, but after realizing that my pricing would have to be in $ and the rates fluctuate so regularly, this would scare SA customers away. I have spent time looking up options:

    http://www.vcs.co.za/ - good but light on debit cards
    https://www.payfast.co.za/ - probably offers the most but a little expensive (our margins are low)
    http://mygate.co.za/ - only found these guys recently, costs and services seem great
    http://www.netcash.co.za/site/home/index.asp - don't know much but they cover the bases would (use payport for eft and direct for credit cards)

    http://groups.drupal.org/node/13319 is a old write-up from a drupal group, outlining these and other SA gateways

    Authorize.net use partners for SA market (whatever that means)

    At this stage I am prepared to get an receipt or PO and give banking details, this project has gone on for to long and my partner at the hardware like me is getting nervous
  • lukeluke FoxyCart Team
    Thanks Dale. In the mean time, you may want to vote for a gateway here: http://requests.foxycart.com/forums/4163-payment-gateways
  • Hi Luke

    One last company https://www.paygate.co.za/index.php founded by SA entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth and also founder of http://www.thawte.com/about/index.html Thawte was the first certificate authority to issue SSL certificates to public entities outside of the United States, quickly accounting for 40% of the global SSL market. In 2000, Thawte was acquired by VeriSign, Inc. and has become a key member of the VeriSign family of trust brands.

    Don't know if that's any help
  • sparkwebsparkweb Member, Integration Developer, FoxyShop, Order Desk
    For reference, it does look like PayGate at least has some docs on the web (https://www.paygate.co.za/developer.php) for PayXML.
  • DaleStrugDaleStrug Member
    edited March 2012

    Is their any progress on this one, I want to go live on the shopping cart asap. My site is live and we want to run partner specials. Should you require me to contact any of the gateways and get information to help the process? How long would this take?
  • lukeluke FoxyCart Team
    I'm sorry, Dale. Based on your previous comment:
    At this stage I am prepared to get an receipt or PO and give banking details, this project has gone on for to long and my partner at the hardware like me is getting nervous

    I thought you were going to go with a purchase order solution. We generally try to implement gateways based on the priority voted by our users here: http://requests.foxycart.com/forums/4163-payment-gateways

    I can talk with or team and see if we have any other options.
  • We will continue to integrate today as all our files are now *.php not *.html

    Technically I know very little about Foxycart, I am unable to use all your advanced API features. I am battling with shipping and cache-ing, which I will try again today. Once these issues are fixed we will go activate and setup PO. The PO only, is Ok for the short term but not good enough for the future. To compete with local opposition, we need to process visa & MasterCard, credit and debit cards with EFT. Are there any gateways that can do this in SA Rands? Would you be prepared to setup one?
    Are there other South African gateways that would work for you? If you can recommend one, we can look into how difficult the integration would be. If it supports Authorize.net emulation, we may be able to help you out pretty quickly. The time consuming part with most gateway integrations is getting the test account information setup.

    I don't expect you to spend lots of time as there will be little call for this until Foxycart gets well know inside South Africa. We believe there would be support here as there must be many companies in the situation like us, not wanting to get a specialist in to write one at a high cost. We have a very good relationship with Afrihost our service provider and would be happy to help where ever we can.
  • Hi Luke
    I have initiated a query with Authorize.net regarding South African Partners, to speed up the process, I will keep you posted...
  • lukeluke FoxyCart Team
    Thanks Dale. I've asked our gateway developer to take a look as well, though he is focused on another big project at the moment involving significant shipping rate calculation improvements.
  • Luke
    I have had word from Authorize.net that their parent company Cybersource deals with South Africa. I see you also have them as a gateway. Its to soon for a halleluyah but tthings are looking more promissing. I need to forward you emails and screenshots, is there an email that I could use?
  • fc_adamfc_adam FoxyCart Team
    @DaleStrug,

    Email to helpdesk [at] foxycart [dot] com, and we'll take a look.

    (obviously replacing those brackets with the actual characters...)
  • Hi Dale and Luke,

    I was wondering if you have progressed any further with setting up a gateway for SA. I am currently designing and and building a site for a client who is also keen to implement an e-commerce function on their site. I am using Perch CMS, which recommends FoxyCart, and would love to be able to offer this to my client.

    I am happy to help in what ever way I can.

    Many thanks,

    Rich
  • Hi Rich

    Foxycart seems such a great product but because SA has rellatively small numbers its seems this is going to be the make or break of the shopping cart.

    I have emailed a request to Cybersource, twice, but I have had no confirmation yet. As I have loaded a whole range of specials on our store, I must get the cart gateway sorted out this week. I am also going to change my approach this week, and call local gateways and see if they call assist in the integration

    Thanks for the offer and I'll keep you posted

    Dale
  • lukeluke FoxyCart Team
    Hey Dale. I wanted to let you know we've been looking into PayGate. We'll try to get you an update as we know more.
  • Thanks for the update Luke

    Is there anyhing I could do to speed it up from my end, would you like me to call them and request info?

    Dale
  • lukeluke FoxyCart Team
    I think we're moving along well with it. They do things differently in that they don't support Auth+Capture as one event. We'll have to retool things a bit to send both requests, one after the other. We're also not going to support their 3D Secure functionality because it's non-standard from all the other 3D Secure gateways we've worked with.

    Check back tomorrow and we'll hopefully have some good news for you. Do you know how long their process is for getting a merchant account setup? Once we integrate the code, you'll still need a PayGate account. If you haven't already, you might want to start that process. For some merchant accounts it unfortunately takes a long time.
  • Great news!

    I have emailed PayGate with that question and mentioned to them about the 3D secure. We'll see if that gets any response from their developers.
  • lukeluke FoxyCart Team
    Hey Dale. You'll be happy to know that we just pushed PayGate live this morning with full 3D Secure support in version 072. Please give it a try and let us know if you run into any problems.
  • Unbelievable, thank you guys, I will start setting up and testing from tomorrow. I will also push the registration because you were right, I was quoted 15 working days for a merchant account
  • lukeluke FoxyCart Team
    15 days is actually pretty quick. We've heard of worse.

    Also worth noting, our gateway engineer noticed a few different occasions where their service appeared to be down for an extended period of time. I'm not saying that's a future indication of what to expect, it's just something we noticed during development and figured you'd want to know.
  • Great news
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