Direct Pay Online Group expands into Botswana and Namibia

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Windhoek-The Direct Pay Online Group (DPO), a leading online payments service provider in Africa, yesterday announced that it is acquiring 100 percent of the equity in Virtual Card Service (VCS) in Botswana and Namibia.

This will be closely followed by the acquisition of 100 percent of VCS business in South Africa. The acquisition follows the group’s recent acquisition of PayGate (Pty) Ltd, the leading South African online payments gateway. The 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 issuers 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 is expected to 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 customers the broadest suite of payment options in Africa and world-class security, risk management and fraud prevention.

Commenting on the investment, DPO Group chairman Offer Gat 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 in VCS commented: “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

“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 organisation to have the option to pay and be paid online anywhere, anytime, and by any mode of payment.”

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