About

 

From humble beginnings, Thomas Pays has used his limitless hunger for success and his impressive business acumen to become one of South Africa’s biggest digital players today. With an impressive résumé of past successes to his name, he spends his days as CEO of i-Pay Payment Solutions, an innovative instant EFT start-up which continues to gain momentum throughout Africa, as well Just Perfect Digital, a fast growing digital marketing agency, in Johannesburg. Insisting that Africa remains an untouched land of opportunity for e-commerce, he is showing no signs of slowing down in the near future.

After some convincing from his South African-born wife, Oriel, Thomas took the plunge and relocated for good in 2005. Arriving with little more than a dream and R500 in his pocket, the French-born tech entrepreneur was immediately struck by South Africa’s vibrant people and potential for business innovation. He immediately spotted gaps in the digital marketplace and set about carving his niche by bringing quality online services and solutions to the South African masses. Now partners in business as well as in life, Thomas and Oriel work side by side at Just Perfect Digital, where she serves as Managing Director. They have three children, Liam, Kalem and Kali, and reside in the leafy suburbs of Northern Johannesburg.

 

After some convincing from his South African-born wife, Oriel, Thomas took the plunge and relocated for good in 2005. Arriving with little more than a dream and R500 in his pocket, the French-born tech entrepreneur was immediately struck by South Africa’s vibrant people and potential for business innovation. He immediately spotted gaps in the digital marketplace and set about carving his niche by bringing quality online services and solutions to the South African masses. Now partners in business as well as in life, Thomas and Oriel work side by side at Just Perfect Digital, where she serves as Managing Director. They have three children, Liam, Kalem and Kali, and reside in the leafy suburbs of Northern Johannesburg.

His current focus is on the expansion of i-Pay Payment Solutions, which in just two years has partnered with some of the biggest players in several sectors, including instant payment services, accounting software, and point-of-sale systems for large retailers. These include the likes of Xero & Sage accounting software, PayU and CTM tiles, to name just a few. At the same time, Just Perfect Digital continues to grow, servicing a wide range of clients from many diverse industries. He is also active in Johannesburg’s tech and start-up circles – he is actively involved with the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship, spending time mentoring young entrepreneurs and assisting them in meeting their targets.