South African units of measurement

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A number of units of measurement were used in South Africa to measure quantities like length, mass, capacity, etc. The metric system was adopted in 1970 in South Africa.[1]

System before metric system

British and old Dutch systems were used.[2]


One elle was equal to 0.685 m.[2]


One bundle was equal to 0.3175 kg.[2]


One morgen was equal to 85000 m2.[2]


Several units were used. Some units are provided below:

1 gantang = 9.2 l

1 balli = 5 gantang

1 muid = 109.1 l

1 legger = 516 l

1 kanne = 1/388 legger

1 ahm = 1/4 legger.[2]


  1. ^ Cardarelli, F. (2003). Encyclopaedia of Scientific Units, Weights and Measures. Their SI Equivalences and Origins. London: Springer. p. 7. ISBN 978-1-4471-1122-1.
  2. ^ a b c d e Washburn, E.W. (1926). International Critical Tables of Numerical Data, Physics, Chemistry and Technology. 1. New York: McGraw-Hil Book Company, Inc. p. 13.
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