Puneet Varma

Telephone numbers in South Africa

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Country  South Africa
Country calling code  +27
Trunk prefix  0
Continent  Africa
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: 061). Area codes within the system are generally organised 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 initially 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.

Following its independence as Namibia, direct dialling 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:

Before 1992: 061 xxx xxxx After 1992: 09 26461 xxx xxxx After Jan 2007: 00 26461 xxx xxxx

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.

Number ranges

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:

010: New overlay plan for Johannesburg 011: Witwatersrand region around Johannesburg, currently code for entire Greater Johannesburg 012: Pretoria and surrounding towns (also includes Brits) 013: Eastern Gauteng (Bronkhorstspruit) and Western and northern Mpumalanga: Middelburg, Witbank and Nelspruit 014: Northern North West and Southwestern Limpopo: Rustenburg and Modimolle 015: Northern and Eastern Limpopo: Polokwane 016: Vaal Triangle: Vereeniging, Vanderbijlpark and Sasolburg, which constitutes an anomaly, since Sasolburg isn't the old Transvaal. 017: Southern Mpumalanga: Ermelo 018: Southern North West: Lichtenburg, Potchefstroom and Klerksdorp

02: Western and Northern Cape:

021: Cape Town metropole and surrounds, including Stellenbosch, Somerset West and Gordon's Bay 022: Boland and West Coast: Malmesbury 023: Worcester and greater Karoo, including Beaufort West 024: Somerset West (Became 021 in 1996) 027: Namaqualand (Northern Cape): Vredendal, Calvinia, Clanwilliam, Springbok, Alexander Bay, Port Nolloth 028: Southern region: Swellendam and Caledon / Hermanus region.

03: KwaZulu-Natal:

031: Durban 032: KZN North coast region: Verulam, Tongaat, Ballito and Stanger 033: Pietermaritzburg and KwaZulu-Natal Midlands 034: Vryheid, Newcastle and Northern KZN 035: Zululand region: St. Lucia, Richards Bay, Ulundi 036: Drakensberg region: Ladysmith 039: South coast: Port Shepstone and interior, and Eastern Pondoland (in Eastern Cape)

04: Eastern Cape and eastern parts of the Western Cape:

040: Bhisho 041: Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage 042: Southern region: Humansdorp 043: East London and surrounds 044: Garden Route, including Oudtshoorn, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Mossel Bay and George 045: Central region: Queenstown 046: Southern region: Grahamstown, Bathurst, Port Alfred, Kenton-on-Sea 047: Mthatha / most of previous Transkei 048: Northern region: Steynsburg 049: Western region: Graaff-Reinet

05: Free State and Northern Cape

051: Central and southern region: Bloemfontein, and Aliwal North in E Cape 053: Kimberley, eastern part of Northern Cape, far west of NW province 054: Upington, Gordonia region 056: Northern Free State: Kroonstad 057: Northern Free State: Welkom (Goldfields region) 058: Eastern Free State: Bethlehem

06: Mostly unused, partially allocated for Cellular use.

0603 - 0605: Cellular: Used by MTN 0606 - 0609: Cellular: Used by Vodacom 0610 - 0613: Cellular: Used by Cell C 0614: Cellular: Used by 8ta (Telkom) 0615: Cellular: Used by Cell C 0618 - 0624: Cellular: Used by Cell C 062: Cellular: Used by Vodacom 063: Cellular: Used by MTN 064: Cellular: Used by Cell C Cellular: Used by Cell C

07: Cellular

0710: MTN (spill-over from 083) 0711 - 0716: Vodacom (spill-over from 082) 0717 - 0719: MTN (spill-over from 083) 072: Vodacom (spill-over from 082) 073: MTN (spill-over from 083) 074: Cell C (Cell C has allocated 0741 to Virgin Mobile) 0741: Virgin Mobile as of June 2006 076: Vodacom (spill-over from 082) 078: MTN (spill-over from 083) 079: Vodacom (spill-over from 082)

08: Special services

080: FreeCall, Toll-free, called party pays 0810: Cellular: MTN 0811 - 0815: Telkom Mobile (8ta) 0816: WBS Mobile (should be noted that Vodacom and MTN both have terminated SMS interconnect with WBS so SMS messages to/from this number range are /dev/null'ed) 0817: Telkom Mobile (8ta) 0818: Cellular: Vodacom 082: Cellular: Vodacom 083: Cellular: MTN 083-9 Cellular rates to Telkom lines, reroutes call to a telkom line and pays number owner for received calls 084: Cellular: Cell C 085: Cellular: USAL license holders - Vodacom and MTN have some prefixes out of this range for their USAL offerings 086: Sharecall, MaxiCall and premium-rate services, calls can be routed to regional offices automatically 0860: Sharecall Land line callers pay local call, called party pays long distance if applicable 0861: MaxiCall caller always pay long distance for call even if routed to local office 0862 - 9: Premium rate caller pays increasing rate linked to last digit 0862, 0865, 0866, 08673, 08774, 08676: Fax to Email caller always pay increasing rate linked to last digits 08622, 086294: Competition lines caller always pay premium rate 08671 - 08674: Information services caller always pay increasing rate linked to last digit 087: Value-added services (VoIP [1] among others) 088: Pagers and Telkom CallAnswer voicemail 089: Maxinet, for polls and radio call-in 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: Old international access code no longer in use.

There are still some non-automated exchanges which use longer dialing codes, mostly for 'Farm Lines' and remote areas with operator assisted exchanges.

References

Telephone numbers in South Africa Wikipedia


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