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SA's new debit order system comes into effect 1 May

The South African Reserve Bank's (Sarb's) authenticated collections (AC) system, DebiCheck, comes into operation on 1 May 2021, after the original deadline was extended by a year due to the Covid-19 State of Disaster...
AC/DebiCheck requires customers to consent to new debit orders before they can be executed, to end abuses, typically in the form of automatic payments worth R99 each, in the the early debit order (EDO) payment system.

“Early debit orders will only be processed through the AC/DebiCheck payment system, while normal debit orders will still be processed later in the day as per current arrangements. Before then, consumers would provide a mandate to a company or user to collect money from their bank account.

“In the new AC/DebiCheck payment system, consumers will provide authorisation to their bank, by way of an authenticated mandate, to release the funds from their account when a debit order is submitted by a company or user from whom they bought goods or contracted for a service,” says the Sarb.

Companies or users of the system had until 1 November 2019 to fully implement the AC/DebiCheck payment system.

“Owing to the complex nature of the AC/DebiCheck system, a lengthy ramp-up period was required to ensure that all stakeholders in the EDO collections ecosystem had implemented and tested their internal processes and interfaces to the AC/DebiCheck payment system,” the central bank says.

According to the Sarb, this project is an initiative of the collections industry, which ensures the safety and efficiency of the national payment system (NPS), and the mitigation of rogue and fraudulent behaviour in the collections system.
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