Money & tipping

R50Our local currency is the South African Rand (ZAR).

The Rand is divisible into 100 cents.

The coins are : 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 and R5.

The banknotes are : R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200.

The rand is the currency of the Common Monetary Area between South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho.

A 10% tip or gratuity is acceptable in restaurants.

A tip of R5 to R10 per piece of luggage is acceptable for porters in hotels.

It is also appropriate to tip taxi drivers, tour guides and even hairdressers.

Petrol attendants will welcome a tip of R5 for filling up with petrol, checking oil, water and tire pressure and cleaning windscreens.

In most shopping areas, uniformed attendants situated in the parking lots, will either take a fee, or offer to mind your car for a tip if you are parked outside (without a ticket to pay for parking). The rate varies from R2 to R5 as a basic rule of thumb. If you have lots of packages or shopping parcels, the parking attendant may assist in carrying these and packing them in your car. A larger tip will be well received.