List of Postal Codes in South Africa

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Most South Africans do not know the South African postal code. It is essential to be aware that postal code is different from your dialing code. A lot of South Africans have a way to mix the dialing code along with their postal code.


While certain countries utilize postal codes, in some countries they use the postal code, some other countries, including that of the United States, use a postal code. It is not possible to interchange Zip codes Zip code with the postal code in the United States of America however it is not the case in other countries. This is true in many other countries around the globe.

It is possible that the South African postal code can be required when you fill out online forms and is among the many reasons it is crucial to keep your postal code handy. If you are unable to memorize all postal codes of all provinces of South Africa, make sure that you have all of them feasible, such as that of the South Africa postal code for your city, Cape Town or Johannesburg.

This post lists all the postal codes used in the provinces of South Africa and clearly, accurately answers the question: What is the Postal code for South Africa?

The ZIP Code is originally an official code used to specify locations in the United States. The acronym “ZIP” actually means Zone Improvement Plan. Although ZIP code is meant to be solely used for states in the US, some websites and online forms may still prefer that you input your country’s ZIP code.

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The reason for this is not far-fetched. The United States Postal Service (USPS) has a database of ZIP codes specifically for all countries so as to simplify delivery handling services.

Therefore, as a South African, you won’t be wrong to specify a South African ZIP code assigned by the US — if asked offline or when filling forms online or sending goods to South Africa from the US. So, what is South Africa’s Postal Code? Is it really +27? You wonder!

Is South Africa Postal Code Really +27?

Well, the answer is a capital “NO!” Actually, “+27”  is South Africa’s official international dialing code for all phone numbers used in the country. So, if +27 is not correct, what is the actual postal code?


What Is South Africa Zip Code

All South African zip codes have four digits from 0001 to 9999. A few postcode examples include: Pretoria/Tshwane 0001 / 0002, Johannesburg 2000 / 2001, Port Elizbaeth is 6000 / 6001 and ape Town is 8000 / 8001

South Africa’s Postal Codes vs ZIP Codes

Postal codes are quite different from ZIP codes. Postal codes are used to map out and specify the different regions within a country. Therefore, there are different codes for all areas in South Africa. In other words, South African postal codes vary from city and locality within the country.

When sending or receiving a parcel, letters or other goods, you must specify the right postal code for your destination to avoid sad stories of missing parcels. Goods won’t be delivered to their right destinations if you use a wrong postal code.

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The South African Postal Service has a collection of all the postcodes used in South Africa based on city, town area, street address and locality. This is the most reliable way to get the postal codes for different areas and provinces in South Africa.

South Africa postal code had been the in thing since the inception of post services in South Africa. Do not forget that the original purpose is to make mailing very easy for people. While you may not need to add the South Africa postal code when sending a mail to someone residing in South Africa like you, you are mostly required to include the South Africa postal code when sending emails to individuals residing outside South Africa.

Check below for the correct South Africa postal code and postal codes.

Postal Codes for South Africa Provinces

Here are the postal codes for all South African Provinces:

Postal Code RangeArea
Northern RegionPostal Code(Gauteng, Mpumalanga, most of North West, Limpopo)
0300–0499North West—northern part
0500–0698Limpopo—south and west
0699–0999Limpopo—north and east
1000–1399Mpumalanga—Northern half
1400–1699Gauteng—East Rand / Ekurhuleni Metro
1700–1799Gauteng—West Rand, Mogale City/Krugersdorp, Roodepoort (now part of Johannesburg)
1800–1999Gauteng—Soweto and Vereeniging/Vanderbijlpark Region (Motsweding)
2000–2199Gauteng—Johannesburg (original Johannesburg, Randburg, Sandton)
2200–2499Mpumalanga—southern half
2500–2899Northwest Province—southern and central
Eastern RegionPostal Code(KwaZulu-Natal, the eastern part of Eastern Cape)
2900–3199KwaZulu-Natal—Northern KwaZulu-Natal
3200–3299KwaZulu-Natal—Pietermaritzburg and surrounds
3600–3799KwaZulu-Natal—Region between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, including satellite towns, such as Westville.
3800–3999KwaZulu-Natal—Zululand Region (including Richards Bay)
4000–4099KwaZulu-Natal—Durban / Ethekwini (original area)
4100–4299KwaZulu-Natal—South Coast
4300–4499KwaZulu-Natal—North Coast
4500–4730KwaZulu-Natal—Griqualand East and Umzimkulu
Southern RegionPostal Code(Eastern Cape, eastern parts of Western Cape)
4731–5199Eastern Cape—Former Transkei
5200–5299Eastern Cape—East London
5300–5499Eastern Cape—historical “Border” region
5500–5999Eastern Cape—Northern part
6000–6099Eastern Cape—Port Elizabeth
6100–6499Eastern Cape—Western part
Western Region Postal Code (Western Cape and western part of Northern Cape)
6500–6699Western Cape—Garden Route and Oudtshoorn area
6700–6899Western Cape—Klein Karoo
6900–7099Western Cape—Great Karoo
7100–7299Western Cape—Area south-east of Cape Town
7300–7399Western Cape—West Coast
7400–7599Western Cape—Northern parts of Cape Metropole
7600–7699Western Cape—Areas East of Cape Town, such as Stellenbosch
7700–8099Western Cape—Cape Town and Cape Peninsula
8100–8299Northern Cape—Namaqualand Region
Central Region Postal Code (Northern Cape and Free State)
8300–8799Northern Cape—Eastern Part
8800–8999Northern Cape—Gordonia Region
9000–9299formerly assigned to South West Africa[6]
9300–9399Free State—Bloemfontein and surrounds
9400–9699Free State—Northern Free State
9700–9899Free State—Eastern Free State
9900–9999Free State—Southern Free State
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