Paynow, a new Zimbabwean internet payments gateway. Simplicity at its best

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paynow-siteIf you tried to buy a ticket to the Broadband Forum event that we held last week, you probably noticed you could buy online, and that we were accepting EcoCash, ZimSwitch Vpayments and even VISA. And it worked seamlessly both for us and the people paying. We were using the new internet payments platform by Webdev called Paynow. The platform has been live for a couple of weeks now.

Like all other services on the market – ZimSwitch’s VpaymentsPay4App, PesaPal, FloCash – at the core, Paynow enables anyone with a website or app to start receiving payments online from major credit cards as well as, for some at least, local bank cards and local mobile money wallets.

So yes, Paynow comes to a market where a number of solutions have been launched already but introduces one key thing that has been seriously lacking. Simplicity.  From the point of signing up for a merchant account, setting it up on a website, and getting your money into your bank account, everything is simple and straightforward.

We also liked that there’s no waiting. You sign up for a merchant account by providing your bank details and you’re ready to start receiving payments. The bank itself is not involved at all in the signup process. Paynow also allows you to receive payments direct to your bank account as people pay. It doesn’t matter if payment was made via EcoCash, Visa or ZimSwitch Vpayments, the money comes to your one bank account. And it comes with no threshold conditions to be met.

We loved how Paynow performed for the Broadband Forum. It simplified payments a lot for us so it takes the prize as one of the most promising payments startups to come out of Zimbabwe. Hell, Africa!


Commenting on the discussion at an eCommerce tech meetup yesterday by TechLair, a friend said:

It may be a while before our government and the US (government and companies) are happy to work with each other, and we’ll let the politicians do the politics. In the meantime, it’s great that PayPal’s absence is forcing the birth of a crop of startups that will be relevant to solve local problems and may even be relevant globally.


  1. admire says:

    1. No telecash or One Wallet or Netcash
    2. How about ecommerce sites with goods as little as 50cents
    with those rates ??????????

    Good but seems like a work in progress

  2. Anonymous says:

    zimbabwe is really making inroads, the tech economy is just doing wonders
    its like zim ict is not in zimbabwe
    whilst the rest of the economy stutters the ict sector is just getting started
    maybe its time government realises that this can be a billion dollar sector that can actually power zimbabwe out of its economic crisis
    the good thing about ict is that it is cross cutting
    zim has a market for ict in the many people who are digitally literate
    we also have the potential to create ict products and services for zimbabwe and the rest of africa and the rest of the world

  3. Farai says:

    Its time for Pay4App guys to step up their game. It seems paynow took the weaknesses of pay4app and improved on them. Competition is good indeed

    1. Mike says:

      Neh, I compared the two. They all run atop ZimSwitch’s and EcoCash’s official APIs (Pay4App is still to use that it seems, but they hinted the move) and beyond that offer nothing more. I don’t know, still feel there is little innovation to come into that space, maybe because the underlying providers are strict? Beats me.

      Has anyone compared their API implementations (PayNow, ZimSwitch’s Vpayments, Pay4App, PesaPal, FloCash), which one is a joy to work with?

  4. Mike says:

    Haha attitude yevarume vePayNow yakaoma. Hanzi Zimbabwe’s leading online payments platform ivo vachiri muclosed access! gave me a good giggle paPowerFM when they were mustudio with the Pay4App people, hanzi There have been some solutions on the market for about a year (hint: Pay4App) that were [some dissing text missing] 😀

    They are WebDeb, the big guns. They can say yavada vakakutarisa

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