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South Africa has switched to a closed numbering system. As of 16 January 2007 it will be mandatory to dial the full 10 digit telephone number including the three-digit area code even for local calls. The trunk prefix is still '0', with the system generally organised geographically. All telephone numbers are 10 digits long (including the 3 for area code), except for certain Telkom special services. When dialed from another country, the '0' is omitted and replaced with the appropriate international access code.
Country Code: 27
Numbers were initially allocated when South Africa had four provinces, meaning that ranges are now split across the current nine provinces.
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 announced for Johannesburg (proposed November 2001-not in use)
- 011 - : Witwatersrand region aroundJohannesburg, currently code for entire Greater Johannesburg
- 012 - : Pretoria and surrounding towns (also includes Brits)
- 013 - : 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: 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: Stanger
- 033 - : Pietermaritzburg and KwaZulu-Natal Midlands
- 034 - : Vryheid, Newcastle and Northern KZN
- 035 - : Zululand region: St. Lucia, Richards Bay
- 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
- 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: Currently unused. Was South-West Africa (now Namibia) until 1992, when direct dialling 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

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 1
- 076 - : Vodacom (spill-over from 082)
- 078 - : MTN (spill-over from 083)
- 079 - : Vodacom (spill-over from 082)

08: Special services

- 080 - : Toll-free
- 081 - : Current unused (?), was car phones
- 082 - : Cellular: Vodacom
- 083 - : Cellular: MTN
- 084 - : Cellular: Cell C
- 085 - : Cellular: Reserved for a 4th operator and for USAL license holders
- 086 - : "Sharecall" and premium-rate services
- 0866 - : Premium-rated Fax to email service
- 087 - : Value-added services (VoIP2 among others)
- 088 - : Pagers and Telkom 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.
Press release regarding number changes from the Telkom website
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