List of postal codes in South Africa

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Post Codes were introduced in South Africa in 1973, with the introduction of automated sorting

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 address, 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. For example, in Port Elizabeth the code 6001 indicates a street address and 6000 indicates a PO Box or Private Bag address.

43 Russel Road PO Box 128
Port Elizabeth Port Elizabeth
6001 6000

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:

47 Rockey Street

The code should be placed on a new line or in front of the suburb/town. The following is also acceptable.

47 Rockey Street

List of postal code ranges

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

Code Range Area
Northern Region (Gauteng, Mpumalanga, most of North West, Limpopo)
0001–0299 Gauteng—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
1700–1799 Gauteng—West Rand, Mogale City/Krugersdorp, Roodepoort (now part of Johannesburg)
1800–1999 Gauteng—Soweto and Vereeniging/Vanderbijlpark Region (Motsweding)
2000–2199 Gauteng—Johannesburg (original Johannesburg, Randburg, Sandton)
2200–2499 Mpumalanga—southern half
2500–2899 Northwest Province—southern and central
Eastern Region (KwaZulu-Natal, eastern part of Eastern Cape)
2900–3199 KwaZulu-Natal—Northern KwaZulu-Natal
3200–3299 KwaZulu-Natal—Pietermaritzburg and surrounds
3300–3599 KwaZulu-Natal—Midlands
3600–3799 KwaZulu-Natal—Region between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, including satellite towns, such as Westville.
3800–3999 KwaZulu-Natal—Zululand Region (including Richards Bay)
4000–4099 KwaZulu-Natal—Durban / Ethekwini (original area)
4100–4299 KwaZulu-Natal—South Coast
4300–4499 KwaZulu-Natal—North Coast
4500–4730 KwaZulu-Natal—Griqualand East and Umzimkulu
Southern Region (Eastern Cape, eastern parts of Western Cape)
4731–5199 Eastern Cape—Former Transkei
5200–5299 Eastern Cape—East London
5300–5499 Eastern Cape—historical "Border" region
5500–5999 Eastern Cape—Northern part
6000–6099 Eastern Cape—Port Elizabeth
6100–6499 Eastern Cape—Western part
Western Region (Western Cape and western part of Northern Cape)
6500–6699 Western Cape—Garden Route and Oudtshoorn area
6700–6899 Western Cape—Klein Karoo
6900–7099 Western Cape—Great Karoo
7100–7299 Western Cape—Area south-east of Cape Town
7300–7399 Western Cape—West Coast
7400–7599 Western Cape—Northern parts of Cape Metropole
7600–7699 Western Cape—Areas East of Cape Town, such as Stellenbosch
7700–8099 Western Cape—Cape Town and Cape Peninsula
8100–8299 Northern Cape—Namaqualand Region
Central Region (Northern Cape and Free State)
8300–8799 Northern Cape—Eastern Part
8800–8999 Northern Cape—Gordonia Region
9000–9299 formerly assigned to South West Africasee below
9300–9399 Free State—Bloemfontein and surrounds
9400–9699 Free State—Northern Free State
9700–9899 Free State—Eastern Free State
9900–9999 Free State—Southern Free State

Former post codes

The South African post code system (number range 9000–9299) was also used in Namibia until 1992, when it was withdrawn from use by the country's postal service:

Private Bag X1

South Africa's neighbours, Lesotho and Swaziland, have their own separate post code systems.

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