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]and 4063

Format

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 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 Africa[6]
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

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
  4. ^ South African Reserve Bank
  5. ^ Yeoville - St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Est. 1912
  6. ^ a b 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

External links

  • Find a South African Postal Code
  • South African Post Office
  • South African Postal Code Geography
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