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South Africa Digital Payments Market

South Africa Digital Payments Market

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South Africa Digital Payments Market, By Component (Solutions, Services); By Mode of Payment (Payment Cards, Debit Card, Credit Card, Prepaid Card, Point of Sale, Unified Payments Interface (UPI) Service, Mobile Payment, Online Payment); By End User (BFSI, Healthcare, IT & Telecom, Media & Entertainment, Retail & E-Commerce, Transportation), Trend Analysis, Competitive Landscape & Forecast, 2019–2030

  • Published Date: July 2024
  • Report ID: BWC24526
  • Available Format: PDF
  • Page: 200

Report Overview

The rising shift away from traditional banking, increased smartphone penetration, growing ease of convenience in digital transactions, and government policies encouraging growth in digital payments are expected to drive South Africa Digital Payments Market during the forecast period between 2024 and 2030.

South Africa Digital Payments Market - Industry Trends & Forecast Report, 2030

South Africa Digital Payments Market size by value was estimated at USD 21.38 billion in 2023. During the forecast period between 2024 and 2030, South Africa Digital Payments Market size is projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.53% reaching a value of USD 36.29 billion by 2030. A prominent driver of the market is the increasing modernization of the country's payment infrastructure. While economies in regions like Asia are leading the way with advanced real-time, mobile-centric payment solutions, South Africa is similarly focused on modernizing its payment networks and reducing reliance on cash transactions. The South African Reserve Bank's Vision 2025 aims to enhance the National Payment System by promoting financial inclusion and interoperability. Initiatives like the Real Time Clearing system and Project Future, managed by the Payments Association of South Africa, underscore the country's commitment to creating a low-cost, real-time electronic payment ecosystem that supports small businesses and fosters economic formalization. By leveraging technologies such as QR codes and mobile wallets, South Africa aims to enhance payment efficiency and accessibility, driving broader adoption of digital payments across its diverse population.

South Africa Digital Payments Market

Digital Payments – Overview

Digital payments refer to financial transactions that are conducted electronically through digital platforms and devices, without the need for physical cash. These transactions can encompass a wide range of activities, including online purchases, mobile payments, electronic fund transfers, and peer-to-peer money transfers. Digital payments typically rely on various technologies such as mobile apps, internet banking, QR codes, Near Field Communication (NFC), and other secure digital channels to facilitate seamless and often instantaneous transfer of funds between parties. They offer convenience, speed, security, and often lower transaction costs compared to traditional cash-based transactions, making them increasingly popular among consumers, businesses, and governments worldwide as economies transition towards digital and cashless economies.

South Africa Digital Payments Market

Growth Drivers

Government Policies Encouraging Digital Payments

South Africa's 2024 budget introduces a strategic shift towards digital payments, emphasizing the adoption of stablecoins and blockchain technology. The Treasury’s plan to align with global financial innovations highlights its commitment to fostering a leading digital finance sector on the continent. Key regulatory changes, including mandatory reporting for significant crypto transactions, are aimed at enhancing transparency and combating illicit activities. The government, through collaborations with international entities and the FinMark Trust, is launching pilot projects to support small businesses with crypto payments, driving financial inclusion and economic resilience. By classifying stablecoins under crypto assets and regulating providers, South Africa is positioning itself as a trailblazer in digital financial transformation, with policies that encourage the adoption of innovative technologies to improve financial access and transaction efficiency across the country.

Further Deepening of Smartphone Penetration

South Africa Digital Payments Market is experiencing significant growth, driven by increased smartphone penetration. As more South Africans gain access to smartphones, the adoption of mobile-enabled payment options is accelerating. This surge facilitates the transition from cash to digital transactions, supported by government initiatives like Project Future and the South African Reserve Bank’s Vision 2025. These initiatives are modernizing the payment infrastructure, making digital payments more accessible and convenient. The availability of innovative technologies such as QR codes, NFC, and USSD payments further enhances the ease and appeal of mobile payments. Consequently, smartphone proliferation is a key catalyst in advancing South Africa's digital economy and reducing its reliance on cash.

Challenges

Risk of Payment Fraud

The risk of payment fraud poses a significant constraint on the growth of South Africa Digital Payments Market. Despite advancements in technology and security measures, fraudulent activities such as unauthorized transactions, identity theft, and phishing frauds remain prevalent. These incidents undermine consumer trust and confidence in digital payment systems, leading to reluctance in adoption, particularly among cautious users and businesses. Addressing these risks requires continuous investment in robust cybersecurity infrastructure, stringent authentication protocols, and public awareness campaigns to educate users about safe digital payment practices. Only by effectively mitigating these risks can South Africa fully harness the potential of its digital payments market.

Impact of Escalating Geopolitical Tensions on South Africa Digital Payments Market

Escalating geopolitical tensions among countries across regions could have a significant impact on the growth of South Africa Digital Payments Market. These tensions introduce uncertainty and instability, potentially leading to economic fluctuations, regulatory changes, and disruptions in international trade and financial flows. Investor confidence may waver, hindering foreign investment and affecting overall economic stability. Moreover, heightened geopolitical uncertainties could prompt increased regulatory scrutiny and compliance costs, influencing the operational landscape for financial institutions and payment service providers. Adapting to these shifts becomes crucial for sustaining growth in South Africa's digital payments landscape amidst such challenging geopolitical dynamics.

South Africa Digital Payments Market

Segmental Coverage

South Africa Digital Payments Market – By Component

By component, South Africa Digital Payments Market is bifurcated into Solutions and Services segments. The solutions segment holds a higher share in South Africa Digital Payments Market by component. Banks, processors, telecom carriers, and merchants utilize digital payment systems to facilitate seamless transactions compliant with international payment standards. The segment includes a robust platform managing the lifecycle of digital cards, overseeing enrollment, credential provisioning, and security administration. Service providers and issuers utilize this platform to offer services through proprietary or third-party wallets, driving market growth. Within the South Africa digital payment market, the solutions segment include application program interface, payment gateway, payment processing, payment security & fraud management, and transaction risk management.

South Africa Digital Payments Market Size

South Africa Digital Payments Market – By Mode of Payment

By mode of payment, South Africa Digital Payments Market is segmented into Payment Cards, Debit Card, Credit Card, Pre-Paid Card, Point of Sale, Unified Payments Interface (UPI) Service, Mobile Payment, and Online Payment. The payment cards segment holds the highest share in South Africa Digital Payments Market by mode of payment. In South Africa Digital Payments Market, the payment cards segment stands out as the leader in terms of market share among different modes of payment. This segment encompasses a variety of cards including debit cards, credit cards, and pre-paid cards, which are integral to the country's financial transactions ecosystem. Payment cards are widely accepted across both online platforms and brick-and-mortar stores, offering consumers a convenient and secure way to make purchases. They are supported by well-established infrastructure and networks, ensuring reliability and accessibility for users across different demographics. Despite the growing popularity of alternative payment methods such as mobile payments and online banking, payment cards continue to dominate due to their familiarity, widespread acceptance among merchants, and robust security features. The dominance underscores their pivotal role in driving the ongoing digital transformation of South Africa's payment landscape, catering to the diverse needs of consumers and businesses alike.

South Africa Digital Payments Market – By End User

By end user, South Africa Digital Payments Market is divided into BFSI, Healthcare, IT & Telecom, Media & Entertainment, Retail & E-Commerce, and Transportation segments. The BFSI segment holds the highest share in South Africa Digital Payments Market by end user. The segment leads due to its pivotal role in advancing digital transaction capabilities, including payments and transfers, amidst the country's robust digital adoption and expanding internet accessibility. Emphasizing customer convenience and operational efficiency, BFSI entities have spearheaded initiatives for financial inclusion and digital banking, aligning with national strategies for economic empowerment. As digital payment solutions continue to evolve, the BFSI segment remains crucial in shaping South Africa's digital payments landscape, catering comprehensively to diverse financial needs and preferences across the market.

Competitive Landscape

Major players operating in South Africa Digital Payments Market include Yoco, Peach Payment, JUMO, MyGate, PayU, iVeri, Ozow, PayGenius, and SnapScan. To further enhance their market share, these companies employ various strategies, including mergers and acquisitions, partnerships, joint ventures, license agreements, and new product launches.

Recent Developments

  • In May 2024 - PayFast underwent a rebranding to Network International, becoming ‘PayFast by Network.’ This transition integrates PayFast’s trusted ecommerce payment platform into Network International’s extensive suite of payment solutions, promising continuity of quality service.

  • In November 2023 - Mastercard completed significant new technological infrastructure in South Africa, aimed at enhancing local transaction processing capabilities and advancing the country's payments industry modernization efforts. It includes the establishment of new data centers to improve efficiency and security in processing transactions. Aligned with the South African Reserve Bank’s Vision 2025, Mastercard’s investment supports the digital transformation agenda, focusing on enhancing the digital ecosystem and fostering economic growth through locally relevant technology.

Scope of the Report

Attributes

Details

Years Considered

Historical Data – 2019–2030

Base Year – 2023

Estimated Year – 2024

Forecast Period – 2024–2030

Facts Covered

Revenue in USD billion

Market Coverage

South Africa

Product/ Service Segmentation

Component, Mode of Payment, End-User

Key Players

Yoco, Peach Payment, JUMO, MyGate, PayU, iVeri, Ozow, PayGenius, SnapScan

 

By Component

  • Solutions

  • Services

By Mode of Payment

  • Payment Cards

  • Debit Card

  • Credit Card

  • Pre-Paid Card

  • Point of Sale

  • Unified Payments Interface (UPI) Service

  • Mobile Payment

  • Online Payment

By End-User

  • BFSI

  • Healthcare

  • IT & Telecom

  • Media & Entertainment

  • Retail & E-Commerce

  • Transportation

  1. Research Framework
    1. Research Objective
    2. Product Overview
    3. Market Segmentation
  2. Executive Summary
  3. South Africa Digital Payments Market Insights
    1. Industry Value Chain Analysis
    2. DROC Analysis
      1. Growth Drivers
        1. Increased smartphone penetration
        2. Falling reliance on traditional banking
        3. Ease of convenience
        4. Government policies encouraging digital payments
      2. Restraints
        1. Risk of payment fraud
        2. Existing dependence on cash
      3. Opportunities
        1. Increased adoption of mobile payments
        2. Government support for digital payments
        3. Growing e-commerce market
        4. Increased use of contactless payments
      4. Challenges
        1. Infrastructure challenges
        2. Regulatory uncertainty
    3. Technological Advancements/Recent Developments
    4. Regulatory Framework
    5. Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
      1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers
      2. Bargaining Power of Buyers
      3. Threat of New Entrants
      4. Threat of Substitutes
      5. Intensity of Rivalry
  4. South Africa Digital Payments Market: Marketing Strategies
  5. South Africa Digital Payments Market Overview
    1. Market Size & Forecast, 2019–2030
      1. By Value (USD Billion)
    2. Market Share & Forecast
      1. By Component
        1. Solutions
          1. Application Program Interface
          2. Payment Gateway
          3. Payment Processing
          4. Payment Security and Fraud Management
          5. Transaction Risk Management
          6. Others
        2. Services
          1. Professional Services
          2. Consulting
          3. Implementation
          4. Support and Maintenance
          5. Managed Services
      2. By Mode of Payment
        1. Payment Cards
        2. Debit Card
        3. Credit Card
        4. Pre-Paid Card
        5. Point of Sale
        6. Unified Payments Interface (UPI) Service
        7. Mobile Payment
        8. Online Payment
      3. By End-User
        1. BFSI
        2. Healthcare
        3. IT and Telecom
        4. Media and Entertainment
        5. Retail and E-Commerce
        6. Transportation
        7. Others
  6. Competitive Landscape
    1. List of Key Players and Their Range
    2. South Africa Digital Payments Company Market Share Analysis, 2023
    3. Competitive Benchmarking, By Operating Parameters
    4. Key Strategic Development (Merger, Acquisition, Partnership)
  7. Impact of Escalating Geopolitical Tensions on South Africa Digital Payments Market Industry
  8. Company Profiles (Company Overview, Financial Matrix, Competitive landscape, Key Personnel, Key Competitors, Contact Address, and Strategic Outlook, and SWOT Analysis)
    1. Yoco
    2. Peach Payment
    3. JUMO
    4. MyGate
    5. PayU
    6. IVeri
    7. Ozow
    8. PayGenius
    9. SnapScan
    10. Other Prominent Players
  9. Key Strategic Recommendations
  10. Research Methodology
    1. Qualitative Research
      1. Primary & Secondary Research
    2. Quantitative Research
    3. Market Breakdown & Data Triangulation
      1. Secondary Research
      2. Primary Research
    4. Breakdown of Primary Research Respondents
    5. Assumption & Limitation

*Financial information of non-listed companies can be provided as per availability.

**The segmentation and the companies are subject to modifications based on in-depth secondary research for the final deliverable.

 

List of Figures

 

Figure 1       South Africa Digital Payments Market Segmentation

Figure 2       South Africa Digital Payments Market Value Chain Analysis

Figure 3       Company Market Share Analysis, 2023

Figure 4       South Africa Digital Payments Market Size, By Value (USD Billion), 2019–2030

Figure 5       South Africa Digital Payments Market Share, By Component, By Value, 2019–2030

Figure 6       South Africa Digital Payments Market Share, By Mode of Payment, By Value, 2019–2030

Figure 7       South Africa Digital Payments Market Share, By End-User, By Value, 2019–2030

 

List of Tables      

 

Table 1        South Africa Digital Payments Market Share, By Component, By Value, 2019–2030

Table 2        South Africa Digital Payments Market Share, By Mode of Payment, By Value, 2019–2030

Table 3        South Africa Digital Payments Market Share, By End-User, By Value, 2019–2030

Table 4        Yoco Company Overview

Table 5        Yoco Financial Overview

Table 6        Peach Payment Company Overview

Table 7        Peach Payment Financial Overview

Table 8        JUMO Company Overview

Table 9        JUMO Financial Overview

Table 10      MyGate Company Overview

Table 11      MyGate Financial Overview

Table 12      PayU Company Overview

Table 13      PayU Financial Overview

Table 14      IVeri Company Overview

Table 15      IVeri Financial Overview

Table 16      Ozow Company Overview

Table 17      Ozow Financial Overview

Table 18      PayGenius Company Overview

Table 19      PayGenius Financial Overview

Table 20      SnapScan Company Overview

Table 21      SnapScan Financial Overview

Market Segmentation

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Ans: South Africa Digital Payments Market size was estimated at USD 21.38 billion in 2023.
Ans: South Africa Digital Payments Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.53% during the forecast period between 2024 and 2030.
Ans: South Africa Digital Payments Market size is forecast to reach a value of USD 36.29 billion by 2030.
Ans: The growth of South Africa Digital Payments Market is primarily driven by the rising shift away from traditional banking, increased smartphone penetration, growing ease of convenience in digital transactions, and government policies encouraging growth in digital payments.
Ans: Key players in South Africa Digital Payments Market include Yoco, Peach Payment, JUMO, MyGate, PayU, iVeri, Ozow, PayGenius, and SnapScan.
Ans: The solutions segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR in South Africa Digital Payments Market during the forecast period between 2024 and 2030.