Direct Pay Online Group Acquires Setcom

The Direct Pay Online Group (DPO) announced the acquisition of Setcom (Pty) Ltd, which operates SID Instant EFT, the original and leading instant electronic funds transfer (EFT) solution in South Africa. The deal will complement DPO’s comprehensive suite of payment solutions across the continent, which currently includes processing for all major cards, mobile money and e-wallets.

Commenting on the investment, Offer Gat, the DPO Group Chairman said: “We are excited to add South Africa’s leading Instant EFT solution to our suite of products, and look forward to working with Setcom’s innovative team, including the founder and instant EFT innovator David Liu.”

Setcom began its operations in 1999 and has been providing secure online card processing to hundreds of South African online merchants since then. In 2007, the company launched SID Instant EFT, a secure payment product that allows real-time funds transfer from a customer’s to a merchant’s bank account through an efficient and easy-to-use online platform.

The acquisition of Setcom, and the subsequent incorporation of SID Instant EFT into the DPO product suite, will allow DPO to be the first Payment Service Provider (PSP) to offer merchants with a single solution for all their online payment needs, ensuring that through a single and simple integration, merchants will be able to accept payments through card, mobile money and EFT across the African continent.

Setcom founder, David Liu said: “Setcom’s goal has always been to help people buy and sell anywhere and at any time, a vision shared by the DPO Group. By joining together, we have no doubt that we will achieve this goal and create the leading payments platform in Africa.”

The DPO Group is the leading payment service provider in Africa serving over 25,000 online merchants including over 50 airlines, thousands of hotels, restaurants, travel agents, tour operators and other players in the e-commerce sector.