Banking, shopping, office hours

Trading hours vary in the business world

Banking hours in South Africa

08h30/09h00 - 15h30/16h00 Mon-Fri
08h00/09h00 - 11h00/11h30/12h00 Sat

 Shopping hours in South Africa

09H00- 17h00/18h00 Mon-Fri 
08h30/09h00 - 13h00 Sat (smaller centres)
09h00 - 17h00/18h00 Sat (urban areas)
10h00 -  15h00/16h00 Sun (urban areas)

Office hours in South Africa

08h30/09h00 - 17h00 Mon - Fri

Government department hours in South Africa 

08h30 - 16h40 Mon - Fri

Post Offices hours in South Africa

08h30 - 16h30 Mon - Fri
09h00 - 12h00 Sat

 Public holidays

While supermarkets and bigger shopping malls stay open on public holidays from around 10h00 - 15h00 or 16h00, this is not the case with the corporate world which closes on public holidays.


  • When are banks open in South Africa?
  • Weekdays from 08h30/09h00 to 15h30. Saturdays from 08h00/08h30 to 11h00. Banks are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays



  • What are the trading hours in South Africa?
  • Normal trading hours in South Africa are from 08H00/08.30-17H00/18H00 weekdays and 08H00-13H00 on Saturdays, although retail stores in shopping malls are usually open from 09H00 to 17H00 on Saturdays,  09H00 to 15H00 on Sundays and public holidays.

  • When are South African Public Holidays?
  • New Year's Day January 1
    Human Rights Day March 21
    Good Friday (Friday before Easter) April
    Family Day (Monday after Easter) April
    Freedom Day April 27
    Workers Day May 1
    Youth Day June 16
    National Women's Day August 9
    Heritage Day September 24
    Day of Reconciliation December 16
    Christmas Day December 25
    Day of Goodwill December 26

    Where a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the Monday becomes a public holiday.