Best way to access cash in South Africa

By drgmarshall | Sep 19, 2018, 05:31 PM
Hoping someone can help. I've got a month long trip to South Africa and Mozambique coming up and want to have access to cash over there. Normally I load up the Commonwealth Travel Card or Qantas Cash Card and then withdraw funds locally via ATM. Buth neither card accepts African currency uploads. So any experienced travellers for Africa got good tips on best way to get cash over there (not keen on carrying it with me from the outset).
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By Mrminivee | Sep 19, 2018, 07:58 PM
Citibank Plus Everyday Account, transfer AUD to that account, and simply withdraw from the ATM. Qantas cash card overpriced, with their sub-par rates and charges on deposits. Commonwealth travel card is also a bad choice.
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By Carrots | Sep 19, 2018, 10:32 PM
Was just over there for three weeks. To be honest given the cost of living there and such I tended to just use my Amex or Visa where I could and copped the fees.
Took out cash a couple of times at ATMs - only about Au$1000 which was circa R10k. The local banks slugged me $5 (R50) in fees each time plus the ANZ fee which totaled about $25 from memory for all the withdrawals. Hope that helps.
PS don’t forget it’s a country where tipping is the norm.
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By ryanoleary | Sep 20, 2018, 08:47 AM
I just use my regular ATM card when in South Africa. Machines are readily available. If concerned about cost, open an ING transaction account and international fees (including ATM) will be waived.
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By LondonLad | Sep 20, 2018, 08:49 PM
Westpac customers have access to their global ATM alliance which allows for free free withdrawls overseas from partner ATMs.... this used to include ABSA in RSA but looking at their link now, it seems it may have stopped:



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