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Banking
Credit Cards
Currency
Postal Service
Telecommunications
Trading Hours
Taxation
Media


Banking
Banks are situated right through the country and all handle international transactions.

Banking hours is:
    Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 15:30
    Saturday 08:30 to 11:00

Automated teller machines (ATM's) are situated in all towns and shopping centres and are available 24-hours a day.

Credit Cards
All major credit cards and traveler's cheques are accepted.

Currency
The monetary unit is the Rand (R) which equals 100 cents. (International symbol is ZAR).

Bank note denominations are R200, R100, R50, R20, and R10.

Postal Service
Available in all cities, towns and country areas.
Opening hours is:
    Weekdays - 08:30 to 16:30
    Saturday - 08:00 to 12:00

Speed services offer 24-hour deliveries.

Telecommunications
The facilities are of high standard, widely available and offer international dialing, telex, telefax, electronic mail and cellular phone options.

Most hotels and larger guest houses have internet access in rooms.

Trading Hours
Hours for most shops are:
    Weekdays09:00 to 17:30
    Saturday08:30 to 15:00
    Sundays09:00 to 13:00 (metropolitan areas only)

Taxation
Tourists can have their sales tax (Value Added Tax or VAT) refunded at the port of exit provided the value of purchases exceeds R250. VAT is currently 14% and levied on most items

Media
There is an abundance of newspapers, magazines, radio stations as well as four television services.