+27 Country Code – South Africa Phone Code

27 is the country calling code for South Africa.

South Africa is a country on the continent of Africa. The capital city of South Africa is Pretoria.

How to Call South Africa from the UK

To call a telephone number in South Africa from the UK:

  • Dial the international call prefix. For calls from the UK, this is 00 (or '+' from mobile phones).
  • Dial the country code for South Africa - 27.
  • Dial the number of the person/business, omitting the first zero if there is one.

South African Mobile Telephone Numbers

In South Africa, most people use mobile telephones. Landlines are rare.

Mobile phone numbers in South Africa have 10 digits and start with either 06, 07, or 08.

Do not use the 0 prefix when calling from the UK or outside of South Africa.

To make a phone call to a mobile phone in South Africa from the UK or another country, dial the international access code (00/+), the South Africa country code (27), and then the customer telephone number without the 0 prefix e.g. 00-27-6XXXXXXXX or +27-6XXXXXXXX.

Area Codes and Landlines

The following are the area codes for the country’s major cities:

  • Cape Town – 021
  • Durban – 031
  • Johannesburg – 010, 011
  • Port Elizabeth – 041
  • Pretoria – 012

Even when calling from inside the same region, all digits are dialled while making a domestic call to a landline in South Africa.

When phoning from another country, do not use the 0 prefix of the area code.

For example, to call a number in Cape Town XXXXXXX:

  • From a landline in Cape Town dial 021-XXXXXXX.
  • From a landline in South Africa outside Cape Town, dial 021-XXXXXXX.
  • From a mobile phone in South Africa, dial 021-XXXXXXX.
  • From the UK or overseas, dial the international call prefix (00/+), the country code for South Africa (27), the area code without the 0, then the subscriber number, e.g., 00-27-21-XXXXXXX or +27-21-XXXXXXX.
South Africa Country Code +27 0027
South Africa Country Code +27 0027

Landline Usage

According to the World Bank, there were 2.19 fixed-line (landline) phone subscribers per 100 people in 2022.

In 2008 there were 9.64 fixed-line telephone subscriptions for every 100 people living in South Africa.

Landline telephone subscription statistics by year for South Africa are shown in the table below.

YearLandline Telephone Subscriptions (per 100 People) in South Africa
20222.19
20212.48
20203.57
20193.49
20185.83
20178.49
20168.02
20157.39
20146.67
20137.19
20129.12
20119.26
20109.39
20099.51
20089.64

Landline use in South Africa is low. As telephone usage in the country increases, people are choosing mobile phones over fixed lines for their first phone.

Mobile Phone Usage

Data from the World Bank shows that in 2022 there were 167.40 mobile phone subscribers for every 100 people living in South Africa.

In 2008 there were 88.99 mobile phone subscriptions for every 100 people living in South Africa.

The table below shows how mobile phone subscription statistics have changed in recent years.

YearMobile Phone Subscriptions (per 100 People) in South Africa
2022167.40
2021168.92
2020163.19
2019166.94
2018161.19
2017156.24
2016146.06
2015157.49
2014144.86
2013142.68
2012128.69
2011122.04
201097.27
200990.75
200888.99

This growth in mobile phone use is due to several factors, including the increasing affordability of mobile phones and mobile phone plans, the spread of mobile phone coverage to more rural and remote areas, and the increasing availability of smartphones.

Internet Usage

According to the World Bank, 72.31 per cent of the population of South Africa were active internet users in 2021.

In 2007, only 8.07 per cent of the population were active internet users.

The table below shows how the percentage of the population using the internet in South Africa has changed in recent years.

YearIndividuals Using the Internet in South Africa (% of Population)
202172.31
202070.32
201969.70
201862.40
201756.17
201654.00
201551.92
201449.00
201346.50
201241.00
201133.97
201024.00
200910.00
20088.43
20078.07

Time Difference

When calling South Africa from the UK, please note there is a time difference between South Africa and the UK.

The time right now in South Africa is . The date is .

The current time in the UK is . The date is .

The time difference between South Africa and UK (United Kingdom) is 1 hour.

Exchange Rate

The currency used in South Africa is the South African rand (ZAR).

The current exchange rates between the South African rand and the British pound (ZAR to GBP, GBP to ZAR) are:

  • 1 South African rand (ZAR) = 0.044 GBP
  • 1 British pound (GBP) = 22.731 ZAR

Exchange rates on this page were last updated on .

South Africa – Facts and Figures

South Africa is a country located at the southern tip of Africa. It is bordered by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Eswatini (Swaziland). It enclaves Lesotho.

South Africa is a multicultural country with 11 official languages, as well as a wide variety of ethnic and cultural groups. Zulu is the most common first language. English is understood in most urban areas and is the dominant language in the media and business.

The country is divided into nine provinces, with the capital city of Pretoria located in the Gauteng Province.

South Africa has a long history of human settlement, dating back to the early Stone Age. The first European settlers arrived in the early 1600s, and the country was colonized by the British in the early 1800s.

Since then, South Africa has undergone a large number of political and social changes, including the end of apartheid in 1994. Today, the country is a parliamentary republic.

Since the end of apartheid, South Africa has made significant progress in improving race relations. However, challenges remain, including poverty, income inequality, and the high rate of crime.

The country is rich in natural resources, including gold, diamonds, and platinum. Tourism and agriculture are also important sectors of the economy.

The beauty of South Africa is undeniable. With its majestic mountains, sprawling plains, and stunning coastline, the country is unsurprisingly a top destination for tourists from all over the world.

One of the best things about South Africa is the incredible wildlife. Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in the country. It is home to the Big Five game animals (lion, leopard, black rhinoceros, African bush elephant, and African buffalo) and is one of the best places to go on safari.

Useful information about South Africa:

  • Two-letter Country Code (ISO 3166-1 alpha-2): ZA
  • Three-letter Country Code (ISO 3166-1 alpha-3): ZAF
  • Region: Africa
  • Sub-region: Southern Africa
  • Capital: Pretoria
  • Area: 1,221,037 square km
  • Language(s): Afrikaans, English, Southern Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Swati, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
  • Borders: Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

According to the World Bank, in 2022 the population of South Africa was 59,893,885.

In 2008, the population was 50,565,812. Over the last 15 years, the population grew by 9,328,073 (18.4%).

The total population by year for South Africa is shown in the table below.

YearTotal Population of South Africa
202259,893,885
202159,392,255
202058,801,927
201958,087,055
201857,339,635
201756,641,209
201656,422,274
201555,876,504
201454,729,551
201353,873,616
201253,145,033
201152,443,325
201051,784,921
200951,170,779
200850,565,812

Map of South Africa

The location of South Africa is shown on the map below.

Map showing location of South Africa