Danie Roux

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South Africa can finally create Paypal accounts again

December 17th, 2006 · 9 Comments · general

UPDATE (25 March 2010): South Africa can now receive money as well. The Daily Maverick (which you should be reading anyway) has the whole story.

We South Africans are now again allowed to create Paypal accounts. Go ahead, try it. You will be up and ready to pay/receive money in under 10 minutes.

Seven months ago was the last time I tried to create a Paypal account. I was greeted with the familiar message “because of banking laws in South Africa you can not create an account”. Or some such legal reason.

The reason I wanted to do that then was to sponsor Vim. Tonight I was going to prepare for the final step of Moneybookers registration so that I can finally tick of the goal I set of to do a year and a half ago.

But realising that I am still too lazy to find a scanner and that I am not really sure it will be the end of the epic Moneybookers registration journey; I tried Paypal again for luck. Lo and behold, it worked! Within 10 minutes I was registered and I made my donation to Vim.

Compare this to the pain of Moneybookers. Seven months ago Vim made it possible to donate via Moneybookers. I was very excited to see this. I created the account and hoped to be using my credit card within days (at the utmost) to start throwing money at people. I was wrong:

Moneybookers first deducts some random amount under €2. You have to then check on your credit card statement to find that number, so that you can verify it with Moneybookers. Since my online statement only shows the amount in my own currency, I had to wait a full 4 weeks to get my paper statement. I then typed in the magic number, hoping to really now start laying out the cash – but then Moneybookers insisted that I now send them a copy of the paper statement. Preferably via fax. Scanned if I really have no other choice.

So I lost interest. Faxing via a long distance call does not appeal to me and I don’t have easy access to a scanner.

With Paypal, they only need you to go through the verification pain if you want to receive or spend more than $100. Huge positive difference from Moneybookers, since I don’t intend to spend more than $100 per payment anytime soon.

The verification pain from Paypal also consists of a random amount substracted from your account. The difference here is that they put that amount in the description of the transaction, so I can go read it off as soon as it appears on my online statement.

Lesson to be learned: People are lazy, make it easy for them to throw money at you.

Thank you Paypal for finally being in South Africa. I will make use of your services often but in small amounts.

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Antonie Potgieer // Feb 21, 2007 at 22:45

    I have issues with PayPal.
    Why can’t the just support user in SA?
    It’s a real pain…

    In the meantime, I managed to get my MoneyBookers account verified and have been using it to purchase domain names, pay my server, get Skype airtime, etc…

    Moneybookers is great!!!
    Only problem is that very few people use it.
    What a pity…

  • 2 VinK // Aug 30, 2007 at 17:51

    Paypal cant support South Africa coz South African Forex laws do not support it

  • 3 tawanda // Apr 11, 2008 at 16:22

    is paypal now working in south africa?

  • 4 danieroux // Apr 11, 2008 at 22:49

    Still not. This is the official word: http://tinyurl.com/3zvnyk

  • 5 Leo // Apr 1, 2009 at 23:26

    I use moneybookers, and they’re great. I can’t remember the verification process being much of a pain, plus the bonus is that you can receive money. Just watch when SA users will be able to receive money via PayPal, then it will be the same thing.

    However I can’t understand why you’re so glad to have a PayPal account you can’t do anything with except spend money? You can just as well use your credit card, and that process takes less than 5 minutes.

    Whether it’s PayPal, SARS, the Forex laws, or the government, we as South Africans are being denied a great privilege not to be able to receive money through PayPal. After all, if we get money then we pay taxes, right? (even if it’s not income tax, you still pay fscking taxes when you xfer the money to SA)

  • 6 Wally Gilmore // Jul 13, 2009 at 16:01

    P.M. Monday 130709
    Linked to us S.A.’s not being able to receive payments from USA via PayPal due to the negative attitude of SARB, and S.A. Gov’t.
    You may wish to kmow that you can get money into S.A. via a U.K. based bank account. With written permission from SARB of course.
    Sample costs. BARCLAY’S BANK U.K =Deposit of BPS 10000.09 (Ten Thousand Pounds).
    HSBC. U.K. Deposit = BPS 50000.00 (Fifty Thousand Pounds).
    Other U.K. based banks all demand a sizeable deposit in BPS
    Above info ex SARB and tele. calls to U.K.

  • 7 Morphen // Sep 9, 2009 at 09:29

    Can we in SA still not recieve payments from Paypal??

  • 8 Tracy // Oct 16, 2009 at 14:21

    You can only put money into your paypal account but not withdraw into a SA account. This really sucks. Can a person have your money from your paypal account paid into a Money bookers or Alert pay account???

  • 9 Riaan // Oct 24, 2009 at 20:45

    Peronally I use Payfast with which I had no issues till date.

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