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CURRENCY, EXCHANGE, DEBIT/CREDIT CARDS AND ATMS

Currency
The Rand (sign: R; code: ZAR) is the currency of South Africa. It takes its name from the Witwatersrand (White-waters-ridge in English), the ridge upon which Johannesburg is built and where most of South Africa's gold deposits were found. 
1R = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2 and R1, and R50, R20, R10 and R5 cents.

Currency Exchange
Visitors are restricted to bringing in and taking out a maximum of R5,000 in cash.
Money can be changed at banks, bureaux de change and some hotels. Proof of identity may be requested; therefore, it is advisable to carry a passport.
 
You can use a currency converter to see an up to date exchange rate for your country here

Credit/Debit Cards and ATMs

MasterCard and Visa are preferred. American Express and Diners Club are also widely accepted. ATMs (cash machines) are available all over the towns and cities including shopping malls and petrol stations, and accept all international debit and credit cards. Almost all hotels, shops and restaurants, and even national parks and game reserves, accept credit cards. Especially outside the big cities credit and debit cards are not always accepted at petrol stations.
Check with your local bank to ensure your bank cards will work in South Africa and ensure you inform them of your travels to avoid your bank card being locked for security reasons.
When drawing cash, please keep in mind your daily limits which varies from bank to bank. 
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