Paypal in South Africa

South Africa was the 190th country to get its own PayPal account. This has huge implications for entrepreneurs, charities and large corporations because it allows South Africans to sell to the global database of customer’s that belong to PayPal. This customer base comprises over 81 million active accounts in the various markets situated all over the world. This, in turn, means that small business owners can set their own online stores up and start selling to global clients instantly. This is all done on a secure platform.

So, in short, PayPal allows anyone to send and receive money quickly and safely from the comfort of their own home or office. This is all done without ever having to share private financial information, making it safe and reliable. A credit card is required and PayPal accepts American Express, MasterCard or Visa cards. Uses for a PayPal account include donating to a charity, setting up an online shop and trading via that, being able to accept credit cards on your own website, earning rewards by using your credit card(s) and shopping online via hundreds of online stores in almost 200 countries.

As the Host Country for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, South Africa has entered the online world of commerce in a very big way. Launching PayPal just before this mammoth event means that South Africa is even more open to the global marketplace and equipped to handle its ever-increasing demands than before. International contacts can trade with South Africa with more flexibility and confidence than at any other time in our financial or commercial history.

PayPal has partnered with First National Bank (FNB) for this initiative because, as PayPal representatives stated, they have the same focus on innovation as FNB. So, FNB customers can open a PayPal account, link it to their FNB account and begin trading with businesses and individuals around the world. Their PayPal account will receive payment in 21 different currencies, which will automatically be converted into South African Rands when the money is transferred to their bank accounts.

To calculate whether the client is eligible for Merchant Rates, PayPal will assess their sales volume from the previous calendar month.

The price per transaction is determined by the monthly sales bracket. That is:

Monthly Sales Price per Transaction
$0.00 – $3,000.00 3.9% + $0.30
$3,000.01 USD – $10,000.00(Merchant Rate qualification required) 3.4% + $0.30
$10,000.01 USD – $100,000.00 (Merchant Rate qualification required) 3.2% + $0.30
> $100,000.00 (Merchant Rate qualification required) 2.9% + $0.30

A fee will be charged on receiving eCheck payments. However, this fee will never exceed $5.00 per transaction.

With the South African economy and online commercial world developing at such impressive paces, local and international traders can be assured of efficient, world-class services and products.

Mammoth Solutions: 2010

Goodness, quite a bit of time has passed since our last update to the blog, but it’s all good! So much has happened in the last few months that we have been very busy planning for our months ahead.

So, for an small inside scoop as to what has been happening, we have put a list together that you can run through so you’re up to speed with the Mammoths.

  • We have moved offices – yes, again we moved and this time we’re super happy with our premises in Lansdowne Rd in the old Felix Unite building. We have the entire top floor, with an awesome balcony and lots more space!
  • Mammoth has more fun furniture! We are all about work, but to ensure we get up from our desks and have a little more fun in our day, we got a pool table which has been an excellent addition to the Mammoth furniture list.
  • Mammoth has increased in size. We now have 3 new lovely ladies working with us who have helped us make sure we are up to date with different sites and everything is working as it should be.
  • We have some excellent new projects we are busy with. Having completed a few sites for various radio stations, we are currently rebuilding about 3 new sites (very big sites) for clients which are taking us in new directions of technologies. If this interests you, then you must keep an eye on our portfolio in the coming months to catch a glimpse of what has been done.
  • We are busy with 3 new internal websites which all going well will be released by no later than June 2010 – just in time for the World cup!
  • 3 of the Mammoths are tying the knot this year!

That’s it for now. So, for those who have been out of touch with the Mammoths, this should give you an idea on where we have been hiding and where you can find us now.

Web Browsers

Web browsers, as their name says, allows you to browse the web. Basically, a web browser is a piece of software that you use every time you visit a website. The most commonly used ones are:

  • Internet Explorer (IE)
  • Firefox (FF)
  • Safari
  • Opera
  • Chrome

Internet Explorer

IE is a Microsoft product at comes installed as the default web browser on anyone running Microsoft, therefore making it one of the most used browsers internationally among PC users.

IE requires you, the user, to upgrade when new releases are done. This can be nice for some users as some people do not like change and generally with IE, when there’s a new release, there’s very often a learning curve required for the user.

Download Internet Explorer

Firefox

FF has been developed by Mozilla, a global community of people whose main intention is to ensure the internet is developed in a way that benefits everyone. They have been developing FF since 1998 and FF has definitely given IE / Microsoft a run for their money.

FF updates itself – the software is able to detect when a new release has been launched. This can be very annoying, but for some it’s nice – see for yourself and make a call which works best for you.

Download Firefox

Safari

Safari is the Apple browser and like IE with PC users, is the most used browser with those running on Apple Macs. Safari has recently allowed PC users to now download and install Safari on their Windows platform, thereby increasing its use / popularity.

Download Safari

Opera

Opera, developed by Opera Software ASA (originally Telenor) in 1994, is another popular browser. It’s definitely not the most popular, but there are loads of people who love this browser. It is however a very popular mobile browser for people who are able to run a web browser on their cellphones.

Download Opera

Chrome

Chrome was recently launched by Google as the latest addition to their online monopoly. Chrome is quick, has a great look, and naturally ties into Google Search quite nicely.

Download Google Chrome

Which browser to use?

A browser is certainly a matter of preference. IE and Safari for example do a smoothing effect on websites whereas FF currently does not. Some do tabs and others don’t. Some have certain features that are better than others, so the best way to find out which one you prefer the most is to download them and play with them.

Websites and Web Browsers

When developing a website, one needs to ensure that the webpage looks correct across all browsers. This always throws a spanner in the works as every browser can treat things differently. This is not your problem, as the client, but your web agency’s problem. Make sure that when you go through a web development process with a web agency, you either check your new website in the different browsers or make sure that your web agency has done the necessary checking.

Summary

Web browsers are necessary and pretty much the only way you can search or browse websites or the internet. So, to find the one that suits you best, consider downloading the different ones mentioned above and get “in the know” about web browsers and their different capabilities.

Social Networking

Social networking, aka Social Media, has become a common daily phenomenon over the last couple of years and with the release of new technologies and / or applications such as Facebook and Twitter – social networking is probably more popular now than it ever has been.

So, a little bit about social networking and what it’s all about…

A social network, where social networking ultimately takes place, has been described as follows by the Wikipedia:

A social network service focuses on building online communities of people who share interests and/or activities, or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others. Most social network services are web based and provide a variety of ways for users to interact, such as e-mail and instant messaging services.

Typical social networking websites will require you to setup a profile with some details about yourself and then “link” or “associate” yourself with other parties (people, companies, etc).

MySpace was probably one of the first to create a large awareness of social networking, but with the release of Facebook and Twitter, these 2 websites have certainly kicked up a storm.

The beauty of Facebook and Twitter is that they both allow businesses to keep fans, fellow companies, members, etc up to date on information via status updates, pages, groups, mails and so much more.

There are loads more social networking websites available – they are super easy to come by – just start chatting to your friends and do search on Google for social networking and you will find loads that can either be great fun or help you promote your business / service or just stay in touch with friends!

Below some examples of Social Network pages that assist business. In this case we will use Baby Sense, whom Mammoth Solutions built an online baby shop for:

  • Babysense on Facebook
  • Babysense on Twitter

Celebration.co.za is South Africa’s Most Exclusive Wedding Directory:

WolframAlpha – Computational Knowledge Engine

Huh? Not sure what this is all about? Well, then you have to check it out yourself.

WolframAlpha is a rather interesting facility, similar to a search engine, but providing useful….and not so useful….information relating to statistics and various calculations.

Their main objective is “to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable by anyone.” Their algorithms have been categorised under a range of topics such as Mathematics, Engineering, Dates and Times, Physics, Money and Finance, etc.

If you’ve ever been stuck on some calculation that you can’t get right, then it’s certainly worth giving WolframAlpha a try. So, if you there’s a calculation that you need doing or something that you require the stats on and press submit using the form below or alternatively visit the website and try it out yourself – you may be find it rather interesting.