When using the internet in South Africa, it is recommended to use personal information sparingly and wisely.
Options for internet use in South Africa include wireless, broadband and internet cafes.
A list of Internet Service Providers in South Africa can be found here.
Public establishments that offer internet access for a fee, have grown exponentially in South Africa over the last 10 years. The majority of internet cafes reside in the Gauteng province
- The average hourly rate for internet is 27R (~$3.70) with prices ranging from 6R (~$1.00) per hour to 75R (~$10.30) per hour.
- Close to half of the internet cafes in South Africa are closed on Sundays.
- Click here for an internet café directory.
Cell Phone Communication
In early 2003, South Africa passed the Regulation of Interception of Communications Act (RICA) which states individuals are required to register temporary or permanent cell phones with South African mobile companies. Registration must take place in–person and involves presenting a passport, a local address, and phone information such as MSISDN of the SIM & IMEI of the handset. Anyone renting a phone in South Africa must register in person at a South African mobile phone shop.
For more information, please refer to the RICA bill, which can be reviewed by clicking here.
- When calling in South Africa use country code 27 then 09 to dial out. Three-digit area codes must always be dialed when phoning locally
- When calling to South Africa from the U.S., dial 011, the U.S. exit code (must be dialed first for all international calls made from the USA or Canada), 27 - country code for South Africa, area code - 2 digit area codes, 7 digit phone number
- US to South Africa landlines international dialing format: 011 + 27 + xx + xxx xxxx
Emergency Numbers in South Africa
- Police: 10111
- Ambulance: 1022
- Fire: 1022
- Cell Phone Emergency Number : 112
- Child Emergency: 0800 123 321
- Poison Information: 0800 33 3444