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Accepting Payments in South African rand Currency

Posted: January 4, 2019 at 2:09 pm


Brett Stallings

January 4, 2019 at 2:09 pm

Hi,

We are hosting an event in South Africa soon and I am wondering what payment gateways are compatible with the South African rand?

Also, I would still like to be able to process US dollar and other currencies as well. We are currently using the First Data Payeezy Gateway Plugin.

Thanks,
-B


Josh

  • Support Staff

January 7, 2019 at 9:53 am

Hi Brett,

PayFast, they’re based in South Africa, provides a gateway for EE4.9:

https://www.payfast.co.za/shopping-carts/event-espresso/


Brett Stallings

January 9, 2019 at 11:39 am

Thanks Josh! Can PayFast be enabled while also providing the other payment gateway options simultaneously keeping them both active options for payment?


Josh

  • Support Staff

January 9, 2019 at 11:51 am

Yes, you just activate both in Event Espresso > Payment Methods and the end user can select the option they want to use at checkout.


Tony

  • Support Staff

January 9, 2019 at 11:52 am

All of EE’s payment methods can be activated simultaneously, however, all payments within EE will be taking in whichever single currency the site is set to use.

EE does not support multiple currencies at this time, the payment merchant you are using may convert the currency on the fly for you but you can not set one event to natively use one currency and another event to use another currency at this time.


Brett Stallings

January 9, 2019 at 12:08 pm

Thanks Josh and Tony! Regarding the multiple currencies Tony.

If I have the primary currency set to USD on the site. That only effects what is show on the event registration pricing correct?

I can still provide instructions in the event description that the currency will be converted on the fly at checkout if they choose the PayFast option?

Lastly, do you think there is any chance that my current integration with FirstData Payeezy will do the currency conversion from USD to South African rand?


Tony

  • Support Staff

January 9, 2019 at 12:22 pm

If I have the primary currency set to USD on the site. That only effects what is show on the event registration pricing correct?

Sort of.

EE uses that currency everywhere, meaning if the payment method is setup to send the sites currency over, it will pass the currency used on your sit to your payment merchant. What they do with that information depends entirely on them.

For example, if you set the ticket price to 25 and the currency for the site is USD the user selects the ticket and the checkout will show USD as expect.

When you select PayFast the PayFast payment method will send whatever details it needs to them, if they send the currency over and its USD, they may change in USD and then convert to ZAR… or they may charge whatever value you sent over in the currency set on your payment merchant account (presumably ZAR), its up to them.

I can still provide instructions in the event description that the currency will be converted on the fly at checkout if they choose the PayFast option?

If that’s something PayFast support, it’s not one our own gateways so we don’t have much experience with it, you would need to contact PayFast and confirm with them (they built their own gateway for EE).

Lastly, do you think there is any chance that my current integration with FirstData Payeezy will do the currency conversion from USD to South African rand?

Hmm, good question.

You’d be best checking with FirstData Payeezy as it may depend on multiple factors so I couldn’t say.


Brett Stallings

January 9, 2019 at 12:52 pm

Thanks guys for your very helpful support! Have a great day.

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