List of postal codes in South Africa

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Post Codes were introduced in South Africa on 8 October 1973, with the introduction of automated sorting. [1]

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South African post codes consist of four digits. Mail may be delivered either to the physical address or to a PO Box, particularly in rural areas where no street delivery is available. In addition, many large organisations may use Private Bag addresses, with mail dispatched to the holder by a mail contractor.

In the case of cities and large towns, however, the last two digits of the postcode indicate the mode of delivery. [2] The digits "01" indicate a street address and "00" a PO Box or Private Bag address, with addresses in Port Elizabeth, for example, using the following format: [3]

300 Kempston Road Port Elizabeth  6001 
PO Box 1840 Port Elizabeth  6000

In Pretoria, however, a different format is used, with "02" indicating a street address, and "01" indicating a PO Box or Private Bag address. [4]

370 Church Street Pretoria  0002
PO Box 427 Pretoria  0001

A feature of South African postal addresses, also common to Australia, is that it is only necessary to include the suburb, not the city, for example, in the case of Yeoville in Johannesburg: [5]

43 Cavendish Road Yeoville 2198

Former post codes

The South African post code system was previously used in Namibia, then "South West Africa", including the enclave of Walvis Bay, which remained part of South Africa until 1994. It was allocated the number range 9000–9299. [6]

Following independence, use of the South African postcode system was discontinued. [7]

List of post code ranges

Post code boundaries do not follow provincial borders exactly, especially since the re–organisation of provinces in 1994.

Code RangeArea
Northern Region (Gauteng, Mpumalanga, most of North West, Limpopo)
0001–0299Gauteng—Pretoria/Tshwane
0300–0499 North West—northern part
0500–0698 Limpopo—south and west
0699–0999 Limpopo—north and east
1000–1399 Mpumalanga—Northern half
1400–1699 GautengEast 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 Region (KwaZulu-Natal, eastern part of Eastern Cape)
2900–3199KwaZulu-Natal—Northern KwaZulu-Natal
3200–3299KwaZulu-Natal—Pietermaritzburg and surrounds
3300–3599KwaZulu-Natal—Midlands
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 Region (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 (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 (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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References

  1. South Africa 1978: Official Yearbook of the Republic of South Africa, Department of Information, 1978, page 445
  2. South Africa, Universal Postal Union,
  3. "Kempston Car Rental - Port Elizabeth". Archived from the original on 23 February 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  4. "South African Reserve Bank". Archived from the original on 21 April 2017. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  5. Yeoville - St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Est. 1912
  6. 1 2 South African Panorama - Volume 22, South African Information Service, 1977, page 9
  7. The comprehensive handbook of the postmarks of German South West Africa, South West Africa, Namibia, Ralph F. Putzel, R.F. Putzel, 1991, page 173