Our local currency is the South African Rand, divided into 100 cents.
Bank notes are in denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200, and coins into R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c and 10c. Notes feature our beloved former president Nelson Mandela’s portrait, and coins depict an assortment of local fauna.
You’ll find foreign exchange bureaux at major shopping centres, some banks and Cape Town International Airport.
+27 860 036 739
+27 21 431 7700
Standard Bank Bureau de Change
+27 860 101 341
ATMs, shops and hotels accept most international bank and credit cards.
South Africa has a Value Added Tax system of 14% on purchases and services. Visitors can reclaim VAT on collective purchases of more than R250. The VAT Refund Offices can be found on the ground level of the departures hall at Cape Town International Airport (+27 21 934 8675).
It’s standard to tip 10% in restaurants, and R5 to R10 per piece of luggage for porters in hotels and airports. Unofficial car guards around the city will usually expect about R2 to R5 for watching your car, though this is discretionary.