Power plugs and outlets used in South Africa


Are you visiting South Africa and you need to know if you need any adapter or converter for the power plugs and power outlets used in South Africa? Please select from which country you are to see if you need any adapters and/or converters in South Africa.



Electricity in South Africa

In South Africa they use the following plug and outlet types:

  • Type C
  • Type M
  • Type N
The voltage is 230V and the standard frequency is 50Hz.


Power plugs and outlets South Africa

The outlets and plugs used in South Africa are C, M, N.. You can take a look at the pictures below to see how each plug and socket type looks.

South Africa power plug outlet type C South Africa power plug outlet type M South Africa power plug outlet type N

Are the power plugs and sockets different from your home country? Click on the link below for a universal power plug adapter for South Africa.

Click for South Africa power plug adapter

Voltage and frequency used in South Africa

All sockets in South Africa provide a standard voltage of 230V with a frequency of 50Hz.

You can use all your equipment in South Africa if the standard voltage in your own country is between 220V-240V. This is mostly the case in Europe, Australia, United Kingdom and most countries in Africa and Asia.

If the standard voltage in your country is in the range of 100V-127V (which is most common in the US, Canada and countries in South America) you will need a voltage converter in South Africa. Without a converter you will damage you electronic equipment.

Voltage converters are available trough the links below, you can also choose for a plug adapter and voltage converter in one device.

Click for Voltage converter

The standard frequency in South Africa is 50Hz. If this frequency is different than the frequency in your home country we do not recommend to use your electronic equipment in South Africa. But if the voltage is the same (230V) it is possible to use your equipment for a short time (AT YOUR OWN RISK). This especially applies to any moving, rotating or time related appliances.

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