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Sophisticated banking systems are available in most regions, including ATMs and Bureau de Charges facilities.
Currency: South African Rand. Most international credit cards are accepted, as well as traveler’s cheques.
Banks are open Mondays – Fridays: 09h00 – 15h00 and Saturdays: 08h30 – 11h00
First National Bank - 293 Cape Road, Newton Park, tel: +27 (0) 41 390 8000 / www.fnb.co.za
ABSA Commercial Bank - Corporate Place, Ring Road, Greenacres, tel: +27 (0) 41 396 5500 / www.absa.co.za
Standard Bank of SA Ltd. - 1 Pickering Street, Newton Park, tel: +27 (0) 41 390 2400 / www.standardbank.co.za
Nedbank – The Bridge Shopping Centre, Ring Road, Greenacres, tel: +27 (0) 41 391 4200 / www.nedbank.co.za
Credit Cards and Travellers’ Cheques: Most shops and hotels will accept all major credit cards as well as travellers’ cheques.
The local currency is the South African Rand (ZAR) = 100 cents (c). Notes issued are R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins issued are R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c.
Foreign currency may be exchanged at some Commercial Banks and Travel Agencies.
American Express Foreign Exchange - Boardwalk Casino Complex, tel: +27 (0) 41 583 2025 (Mon. to Fri. 09h00 to 20h00, Sat. & Sun. 10h00 to 16h00).
Rennies Foreign Exchange – Shop 89, Walmer Park Shopping Centre, tel: +27 (0) 41 368 5890. (Open Mon. to Fri. 08h30 to 16h30, Sat. 08h30 to 12h00).
Rennies Travel Foreign Exchange – Shop B29, The Bridge Shopping Centre, Top Floor, tel: +27 (0) 41 363 1185. (Open Mon. to Fri. 08h30 to 16h30, Sat. 09h00 to 12h30).
Imali Express – Arrivals Hall, PE Airport, tel: +27 (0) 41 581 2483. (Open Mon. to Fri. 06h00 to 21h30, Sat. 07h00 to 17h30, Sun. 08h00 to 21h00).
Tipping: A 10% tip is standard in restaurants.
VAT (Value Added Tax): South Africa has a Value Added Tax System of 15% on purchases and services. Foreign visitors can reclaim their VAT on collective purchases of more than R250.00 on products that are taken outside of the country.