Staying in touch while on vacation and staying at the luxury villa to rent in Camps Bay, The Cape Bali, or on a business trip to South Africa is far less complicated and expensive than it used to be. With technology evolving at such a rapid pace, we have many platforms available to us to use like WhatsApp, Skype and Facebook Messenger.
The most cost effective way will be to buy yourself a local prepaid SIM card as soon as you arrive. Should you prefer to use your home country SIM card on roaming you may go home to an unpleasant surprise in the form of a very hefty cell phone bill.
We have four mobile service providers – Vodacom, MTN, Cell C and Telkom Mobile – which ensures countrywide coverage and reception. Mobile phones can be rented at all international airports and prepaid airtime and SIM CARDS can be purchased at most retail outlets in and around the Mother City.
Useful information on dialing codes:
- For outgoing international calls, dial 00 plus the country and area codes of the destination concerned. Refer to telephone directories for international dialing codes, or obtain 24-hour assistance by calling 10903.
- For incoming international calls, the code is +27 followed by the city code or cellphone code, dropping the first (O).
The Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-related Information Act, or RICA as it’s more commonly known, is South African government legislation that requires that all SIM CARDS cards be registered.
Those who wish to purchase a local SIM CARD whilst visiting our lovely country will, at the time of purchase, need to supply their passport and proof of where they’re staying during their time in South Africa. This is relatively straightforward if you’re staying at a luxurious villa like The Cape Bali; simply print proof of your reservation on a letterhead.