How to open a bank account A bank account is a safe and reliable way to keep your money, and many jobs nowadays require you to have a bank account to receive your salary.
All you need is your ID book and proof of residence to open an account at any South African Bank. Pick an account and a bank that works for your needs including low fees and benefits to match your lifestyle.
Basic transactional accounts offer: A debit card to use for withdrawals and deposits of cash SMS notifications of your transactions Cell phone banking, so that you can transact from your phone at minimal cost.
What you will need SA ID book or valid passport with the relevant study/work permits Note: Green barcoded ID book or smartcards only Proof of residence Note: Utility bills or a bank-letter completed by your landlord, local chief or Councillor.
Who can open a bank account in SA? South African Citizens Foreign Nationals living in SA How do I start? All you need to do is to go to StandardBank.Co.Za