Weights & Measurements

Thee metric system of measurement applies

The units of measurement used in South Africa are metric - road distances are measured in kilometres, petrol in litres and solid food in grams.

Here's a quick reference for converting South African weights and measurements from the metric to the Imperial system, and vice versa:

1 inch - 2.54 cm
1cm - 0.39 inches
1 m - 3.3 ft or 1.1 yard
1 ft - 0.3m
1 km - 0.62 miles
1 mile - 1.6 km
1 kg - 2.2 lb
1 lb - 0.45 kg 1gm - 0.04 oz
1 oz - 28 gm
1 imperial gallon - 4.55 litres
1 l - 0.22 imperial gallons
1 US gallon - 3.8 litres 
1 litre - 0.26 US gallons

FAQs

  • What system is used for weights and measurements in South Africa?
  • South Africa uses the metric system which refers to kilometres instead of miles, metres instead of feet, grams instead of ounces, centimetres instead of inches, kilograms instead of pounds, and Degrees Celcius instead of Fahrenheit. 
    South African shoe sizes follow the British system.