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Location of South Africa (dark green)
|Regulator||Independent Communications Authority of South Africa|
|Typical format||(AB) xxx-xxxx|
|Numbering plan||Numbering Plan Regulations|
|Last updated||March 24, 2016|
|Country calling code||+27|
|International call prefix||00|
South Africa has switched to a closed numbering system. Within South Africa, from 16 January 2007 it became mandatory to dial the full 10 digit telephone number including the zero in the three-digit area code even for local calls (for example: 011 must be dialled from within Johannesburg). Area codes within the system are generally organized geographically. All telephone numbers are 9 digits long (but always prefixed by 0 for calls within South Africa), except for certain Telkom special services. When dialed from another country, the '0' is omitted and replaced with the appropriate international access code and the country code 27.
Numbers were allocated when South Africa had four provinces, meaning that ranges are now split across the current nine provinces. South-West Africa (including Walvis Bay) was integrated into the South African numbering plan.However, the territory had already been allocated its own country code by the International Telecommunication Union, +264, in the late 1960s.
Following its independence as Namibia, direct dialing from South Africa was discontinued and replaced by international dialling with the +264 country code. For example, for a call from South Africa to Windhoek, before and after 1992:
Calls to Lesotho could be made using the access code 050 instead of the international code +266; for example, to call Maseru from South Africa, subscribers would dial 0501.
Calls to Botswana, Swaziland and Zimbabwe could similarly be made using the regional codes 0192, 0194 and 0191, respectively, instead of the international codes +267, +268 and +263.
00: International access code effective from 16 October 2006 and mandatory from 16 January 2007.
01: The old Transvaal province, currently comprising Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and part of the North West:
02: Western and Northern Cape:
04: Eastern Cape and eastern parts of the Western Cape:
05: Free State and Northern Cape
08: Special services
Note that since 10 November 2006, mobile number portability was introduced in the cellular market. The cellular prefixes as above are therefore not strictly applicable anymore although they remain mostly unchanged.
09: Premium rate and machine related numbers
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