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Using PayFast with Thinkific: A Comprehensive Guide for South African Businesses

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    Meiring de Wet

Hello to all of our entrepreneurs, educators, and course creators! If you're based in South Africa and are utilizing Thinkific for your course creation needs, you might have wondered about the best way to accept payments from your students. Today, we are diving into the seamless integration of PayFast with Thinkific, a match made in e-commerce heaven for South African businesses. Let's get started!

1. Why PayFast?

For those unfamiliar, PayFast is one of South Africa's leading online payment gateways. With its ability to process payments in ZAR (South African Rand), it provides a localized solution that's easy for both businesses and their customers. From Instant EFT to Credit Cards and even Bitcoin, PayFast offers diverse payment methods to cater to a wide audience.

2. Thinkific and PayFast: The Integration

Combining Thinkific’s powerful platform for online courses with PayFast’s seamless payment processing system means you can reach a broader audience while providing a smooth checkout experience. This is especially crucial for retaining students who might abandon their carts due to complicated or unfamiliar payment processes.

3. How Does it Work?

The magic behind this integration is made possible with CheckoutJoy. This tool connects Thinkific and PayFast, bridging the gap between course creation and payment acceptance. Following their comprehensive guide, you'll be able to set up this integration in no time!

4. The Benefits for South African Businesses

  • Localized Transactions: By processing payments in ZAR, businesses can eliminate the confusion and inconvenience of currency conversions.
  • Diverse Payment Options: With PayFast, you can offer multiple payment methods, catering to the diverse preferences of South African consumers.
  • Increased Trust: Utilizing a recognized local payment gateway can enhance the trust factor for your potential students.
  • Automated & Instant: The moment a student pays for a course, they gain instant access. This automation reduces administrative hassles for course creators.

5. Setting it Up

Getting started is a breeze:

  1. Sign up with PayFast if you haven't already.
  2. Use CheckoutJoy's guide to integrate Thinkific with PayFast.
  3. Configure your desired payment methods within PayFast.
  4. Test the payment process to ensure it's seamless for your students.


For South African businesses, the combination of Thinkific and PayFast offers a potent mix of localized course creation and payment processing. It simplifies the journey for potential students, from discovering your course to accessing it post-purchase. By catering to local preferences and providing a seamless integration, you're setting your business up for success in the South African e-learning market.

Do you have experience with this integration? Share your thoughts in the comments below! And if you're yet to try it out, there's no time like the present to optimize your course-selling process. Happy teaching!

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