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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.


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

The postal service is not always reliable, we recommend one of the local Courier companies if you need fast and reliable postal services.


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)


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


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