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Overview

e-Mandate request is a web service that allows a remote system to send electronic requests to the Netcash system for electronic debit order mandate requests to end users. The web service is used to send batched mandate request files to the debtor for acceptance/electronic signature.

Web Service Methods

The list of Netcash web service methods can be found here

QuickStart Guides

We have developed some Quick Start Guides to help you understand this service and to help you get started.

Programmers Guide

To start, refer our Programmers guide for more detail on how to apply the required methodology in this document.
Please ensure that the settings for Developers are correctly set before you proceed with the implementation below specification.

Technical Information

Input

Requests to the web service is sent as a string.

Example:

public string BatchFileUpload(string ServiceKey, string File)

 

Output

Successful request

If the method call was successful and the file is being processed, the web service will return a file token which is used to retrieve the load report

Example: 20000000.2550236530.0483.2.2


Unsuccessful request

If the method call fails, the web service will return an error code:

Code Description
100 Authentication failure. Ensure that the service key in the method call is correct
102 Parameter error. One or more of the parameters in the string is incorrect
200 General code exception. Please contact Netcash Technical Support.

Input File Structure

Each file has the following mandatory records:

H – Header record identifies the upload and passes instructions to the Netcash server to determine the purpose of the file.
K – Key record must follow the header record. The key record describes the transaction records which follow. The format defined in the key record is used to validate the record structure and content.
T – Transaction records follow the key record. The fields in the transaction records must conform to the layout defined in the key.
F – Footer record must be the last record in the file and confirms that the file is complete.


Header record (H)

Every file must contain a header record as the first record in the file.


Record Structure

Field Name Type Value
1 Record Identifier AN H
2 Service Key AN Service GUID
3 Version AN 1
4 Instruction AN Purpose of the file
5 Batch name AN Your identifier
6 Action date N CCYYMMDD
7 Software vendor key AN The key issued by Netcash to identify the software origin of transactions. (only used by Netcash ISV‘s else use the default value: 24ade73c-98cf-47b3-99be-cc7b867b3080)


Field explanations

Field Explanation
Record Id “H” – Identifies the record as a header
Service key Debit order service key
Version “1” – This is the Netcash version of the file specification
Instruction Mandates
Batch name Use this field as an identifier of your batch.
Action date Current date
Software Vendor Key The key issued by Netcash to identify the software origin of transactions. (only used by Netcash ISV‘s else use the default value: 24ade73c-98cf-47b3-99be-cc7b867b3080)


Example

H C74EF975-5429-4663-85FB-2A64CA0FB9EF 1 Mandates My Test Batch 20100331 24ade73c-98cf-47b3-99be-cc7b867b3080


Key record (K)

  • The key record is mandatory and must appear in the file between the header record and the transaction records.
  • The key defines the content, order and length of the transaction records in the file. It can be likened to the column headings in a spreadsheet.
  • The key lists all the possible fields contained in the subsequent transaction records, even if not every transaction record contains data in all the fields.
  • While the file is customizable, it is recommended that keys are listed in ascending numerical order for ease of debugging and support.

Example

K	138	162	165	201	253	254	301	302	303	304

 

Transaction record (T)

  • There must be at least one transaction record in the file.
  • The transaction records must conform to the order of the fields as described in the key record.
    (In the example above, the account reference (field id 138) is defined as the first field in the record, therefore, every transaction record MUST have the Budget as the first field or it will fail validation)
  • Every transaction record must have the same number of fields as defined in the key record (K).
  • Empty fields should be replaced by a blank tab or a default value, where one has been defined.
    Where fields are left empty, the Netcash system will assume spaces or zeroes for fields defined in the key record.


Mandatory fields

The fields indicated by are mandatory for the specified instruction.

Key Field name Mandatory
See key legend for
value requirements

101 Account reference
102 Mandate name
162 Mandate amount
110 Is Consumer
114 First name
113 Surname
121 Trading name
122 Registration number
123 Registered name
202 Mobile number *requirement
530 Debit Frequency
531 Commencement month
532 Commencement day (debit day options)
534 Agreement date
535 Agreement reference number
536 Cancellation notice period
540 Send mandate
541 Debit day on a public holiday
103 Mandate active
119 Title
201 Email address
131# Mandate type (Bank account or Credit card)
132# Bank account name/Name on Credit card
133# Bank account type/Credit card type
134# Branch code/Expiry month
135# Filler/Expiry year
136#  Bank Account number/ Credit card token
126 Bank account verification number (ID number/Company registration number)
127 Is ID number
281 Debit Masterfile group
311 Field 1
312 Field 2
313 Field 3
314 Field 4
315 Field 5
316 Field 6
317 Field 7
318 Field 8
319 Field 9
533 December debit day
537 Allow variable debit amounts
538 Request AVS
539 Additional clauses

If one or more of the banking/card detail fields indicated by a# above is included in the transaction line; all the banking/card detail fields indicated by # above becomes mandatory.  Although not mandatory for using this web service; fields 131 – 136 must all be present in the request if one or more of the fields (131-136) are sent, none of the fields can be sent without the others.

NOTE: If the optional fields are to be included in the transaction records, they must be specified in the key record (K).

Footer record (F)

The footer record indicates that the complete file has been received. It must be the last record in the file. If the record is not present, the system will fail the file without processing any transaction records.


Structure

Field Name Type Value
1 Record Identifier AN F
2 No of transactions N A count of the transaction records
3 Sum of amounts N The sum of the monetary fields (in cents)
4 End-of-file indicator N 9999

 

Field explanations

Field Explanation
Record Identifier “F” – Identifies the record as a footer
No of transactions This is the count of all the ‘T’ records in the file.
Sum of amounts This is the sum of all the values in the 161 fields.
End-of-file indicator ‘9999’ – Indicates there are no more records.

 

Example

F	2	0	9999

Retrieving the Load Report

Postback option

Postback has not been activated in this version of the service

You will need to request the load report using the file token received from the BatchFileUpload method call.

 

Using the file token, call:

  • Web service: https://ws.netcash.co.za/niws/niws_nif.svc
  • Method: RequestFileUploadReport
  • Service key:  Debit Order service key

Requests to the web service are sent as strings

Example:

public string RequestFileUploadReport(string ServiceKey, string FileToken)

 

Output file

File content

Only errors are reported in the file. If all the entries in the file are successfully validated, the Load report header will contain “SUCCESSFUL” and there will be no detail messages.

 

File structure

The report is tab delimited with a linefeed character as line terminator.

 

Load report header (occurs once at the start of each load report)

Field Name Type Value
1 Record identifier AN8 ###BEGIN
2 Batch name AN {your batch name}
3 Result of upload A13 SUCCESSFUL / UNSUCCESSFUL /
SUCCESSFUL WITH ERRORS
4 Start time of report AN8 HH:MM AM/PM

 

Load report message (occurs multiple times – once per error record)

Field Name Type Value
1 Unique reference AN25 The unique reference you supplied in (p2)
2 Line number AN Line :{line in your file where error was found}
3 Error message AN The error message
OR
1 Record identifier AN8 ###ERROR
2 Error message AN The error message

 

Load report trailer (occurs once – the last line in the report)

Field Name Type Value
1 Record identifier AN6 ###END
2 End time of report AN8 HH:MM AM/PM

Testing

See Testing section for more details. If you require any integration assistance contact our technical support team

Netcash may provide example/sample/demo ‘code snippets’ and/or external links in this Technical Document. Such are for guidance purposes only and may not function on every developer’s system/s. Netcash disclaims any and all liability for the usage of guidance resources provided -and you as the Developer; must accept full responsibility for the usage of such. While every possible effort has been taken to ensure compatibility across multiple system configurations, the contents of this document cannot be guaranteed to work on all systems, with all operating systems -and/or with all system configuration/s.

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