Make Online Debit Card Payments with Ease

Make Online Debit Card Payments with Ease


For the first time, debit card holders can securely buy online, without having to access their own bank account and do an EFT.

MTN Mobile Money’s latest product, payD, is an e-commerce payment mechanism that allows millions of South Africans to buy online using their PIN-based bankcards. MTN Mobile Money believes the product will provide a much-needed boost to the lagging local e-commerce market. 1time Airline is leading the way as the first airline in South Africa to embrace this new online payment technology.

Removing obstacles to e-commerce growth

payD removes a significant obstacle to e-commerce’s mainstream adoption in South Africa – finding a convenient and cost-effective payments mechanism that doesn’t require the opening of yet another bank account.

World Wide Worx’s Online Retail in SA 2011 report shows that retail e-commerce hit R2 billion last year. “This sounds big,” says Dave Parratt, head of new business development at MTN Mobile Money. “But it’s just 0,36% of our country’s total revenue sales. Why is it so incredibly low? The answer lies with both the consumer and the merchant. On the consumer side, only 3% of our population has credit cards, and this is generally the only way to transact online. On the merchant side, transaction costs for credit cards cut deep into margins and this reduces the range of products that e-tailers are able to offer online.”

payD increases the potential universe of consumers from 3% of South Africans to the 60% who have debit cards, and it drops the transactions fees by at least a third. This isn’t only good news for consumers, but businesses as well.

Local business gain

1time is among the first to integrate payD into its offering. Rodney James, CEO of the airline, says, “payD will make paying for 1time flights even easier. Although we have a wide customer base, not everyone has a credit card with which to purchase their tickets online. We have been looking for secure and convenient alternatives to the cumbersome EFT or bank deposit payment option for too long. payD fits the bill perfectly. As more banks become operational on the system, our ability to serve customers in the way they prefer will grow.”

Currently, Standard Bank and Nedbank PIN-based debit card holders on the MTN and Vodacom networks can use payD, with more banks coming on board within a year. “As a payment mechanism, payD is completely partner neutral. Standard Bank and Nedbank are the first banks operational on the system but will soon be joined by other major institutions,” says Parratt.

For more information on payD, and a list of the additional 80 online merchants currently accepting payD, visit

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