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With more than 20 commercial banking institutes and a host of foreign banking representatives in South Africa, local and international banking is well represented with a broad network of branches, ATM's (Automatic Teller Machines) and card swiping (or tap and go) facilities.

Branches and almost all shopping centres offer at least one ATM and most fuelling stations have an ATM facility inside their convenience shop. Some retail partners also offer a cash withdrawal option at their till / check out point, servicing participating banks.

Bank branches typically operate between 09h00 and 15hoo on weekdays and 09h00 to 11h00 on Saturdays. With some branches operating with extended banking hours, these are usually offered by major branches to accommodate clientele unable to access banking services within normal operating hours.  As with most banks, peak times fall during lunchtime on weekdays and all day on Saturdays.

In efforts to reduce foot traffic in branch, the South African Banking sector now caters for convenient digital banking solutions including online, telephone and App banking options.

Popular Commercial Banks in South Africa Include;


Commercial Banks

Locally Controlled Banks

Foreign-controlled Banks

Mutual Banks

Weekdays: 9:00 - 15:00
Saturdays: 9:00 - 11:00

Some banks, however, have recently adopted extended hours in certain areas to better accommodate their clientele. Generally, bank branches are at their busiest over lunchtimes during the week and on Saturdays.