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Plugs in South Africa

Joe Sutherland
Hey all - asking this here since I imagine others may have the same question :) 

There are apparently three types of plug used in South Africa. Which of them is most widely used in Cape Town?

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Re: Plugs in South Africa

Dariusz Jemielniak-3
In the hotel it is possible to use European and US plugs in rooms.

If you need to travel, you need to buy a local plug adapter (nothing I've seen before), you can do so in any of the local stores practically at the hotel's doorstep. I bought mine for about 100 Rand.

Best,

Dj "pundit"

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Hey all - asking this here since I imagine others may have the same question :) 

There are apparently three types of plug used in South Africa. Which of them is most widely used in Cape Town?

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Re: Plugs in South Africa

Peter Southwood
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Hi Joe,

The information is on the Wikivoyage page https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Wikimania_2018_Cape_Town_Guidebook

I have expanded the section at  https://wikimania2018.wikimedia.org/wiki/Orientation#Power to include the same information

I repeat it here for convenience, but without the images.

 

There are two different power socket types in South Africa.  The most common is the large three pronged SANS 164-1 16 A type M.  The second type widely used in South Africa is the flat two pinned Europlug.  The SANS 164-2 three pronged plug has recently been adopted as an official standard but is not yet in common use. The main venue has sockets that accept all three of these, but the three-pin type M is in common use all over South Africa, but almost nowhere else.

 

For a detailed description of the 230 volt / 50 hertz (Europlug, Type M, (BS 546 15 Amp) and IEC 60906-1,  see the Wikipedia article

 

The type M three-pin 15 Amp socket is found almost everywhere in SA. The IEC 60906-1 is the new standard, to be phased in over about 50 years, so is generally only found in new buildings. It accepts Europlug without needing an adaptor. Adaptors from Europlug to Type M are easily available at hardware stores and supermarkets, as are adaptors from most other international household connection systems to Type M.

 

The major exception is for the Australian, New Zealand and Chinese plugs. Adaptors for these are relatively difficult to find and expensive. Try to bring your own adaptor if you have these plugs.

If in doubt, bring an adaptor from whatever you have to Europlug, and get another adaptor from Europlug to Type M locally if you find you need it.

 

The conference venue has combination outlets which have IEC 60906-1 Europlug compatible sockets and Type M 15 Amp sockets.

Cheers,

Peter

 

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Hey all - asking this here since I imagine others may have the same question :) 

 

There are apparently three types of plug used in South Africa. Which of them is most widely used in Cape Town?

 

thanks!

Joe

 

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Re: Plugs in South Africa

Joe Sutherland
Perfect, Peter - I must have overlooked that information. This is really useful, thanks.

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On Thu, 5 Jul 2018 at 00:59, Peter Southwood <[hidden email]> wrote:

Hi Joe,

The information is on the Wikivoyage page https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Wikimania_2018_Cape_Town_Guidebook

I have expanded the section at  https://wikimania2018.wikimedia.org/wiki/Orientation#Power to include the same information

I repeat it here for convenience, but without the images.

 

There are two different power socket types in South Africa.  The most common is the large three pronged SANS 164-1 16 A type M.  The second type widely used in South Africa is the flat two pinned Europlug.  The SANS 164-2 three pronged plug has recently been adopted as an official standard but is not yet in common use. The main venue has sockets that accept all three of these, but the three-pin type M is in common use all over South Africa, but almost nowhere else.

 

For a detailed description of the 230 volt / 50 hertz (Europlug, Type M, (BS 546 15 Amp) and IEC 60906-1,  see the Wikipedia article

 

The type M three-pin 15 Amp socket is found almost everywhere in SA. The IEC 60906-1 is the new standard, to be phased in over about 50 years, so is generally only found in new buildings. It accepts Europlug without needing an adaptor. Adaptors from Europlug to Type M are easily available at hardware stores and supermarkets, as are adaptors from most other international household connection systems to Type M.

 

The major exception is for the Australian, New Zealand and Chinese plugs. Adaptors for these are relatively difficult to find and expensive. Try to bring your own adaptor if you have these plugs.

If in doubt, bring an adaptor from whatever you have to Europlug, and get another adaptor from Europlug to Type M locally if you find you need it.

 

The conference venue has combination outlets which have IEC 60906-1 Europlug compatible sockets and Type M 15 Amp sockets.

Cheers,

Peter

 

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Hey all - asking this here since I imagine others may have the same question :) 

 

There are apparently three types of plug used in South Africa. Which of them is most widely used in Cape Town?

 

thanks!

Joe

 

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Re: Plugs in South Africa

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In my hotel room there are two types of plugs, the europlug and the South African plug.

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2018-07-05 7:58 GMT+02:00 Joe Sutherland <[hidden email]>:
Hey all - asking this here since I imagine others may have the same question :) 

There are apparently three types of plug used in South Africa. Which of them is most widely used in Cape Town?

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Re: Plugs in South Africa

Ciell Wikipedia
If I remember correctly, StayEasy has both the South-African and the europlug, but only the flat europlug: round ones don't fit. You can buy converters everywhere though, for about ten bucks.

Vriendelijke groet,
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2018-07-14 18:52 GMT+02:00 Romaine Wiki <[hidden email]>:
In my hotel room there are two types of plugs, the europlug and the South African plug.

Romaine

2018-07-05 7:58 GMT+02:00 Joe Sutherland <[hidden email]>:
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There are apparently three types of plug used in South Africa. Which of them is most widely used in Cape Town?

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Re: Plugs in South Africa

Joe Sutherland
Turns out my hotel (a Radisson) will give them out for free at the desk to borrow as well.

Best,
Joe

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On Jul 14, 2018, at 10:21 PM, Ciell Wikipedia <[hidden email]> wrote:

If I remember correctly, StayEasy has both the South-African and the europlug, but only the flat europlug: round ones don't fit. You can buy converters everywhere though, for about ten bucks.

Vriendelijke groet,
Ciell

2018-07-14 18:52 GMT+02:00 Romaine Wiki <[hidden email]>:
In my hotel room there are two types of plugs, the europlug and the South African plug.

Romaine

2018-07-05 7:58 GMT+02:00 Joe Sutherland <[hidden email]>:
Hey all - asking this here since I imagine others may have the same question :) 

There are apparently three types of plug used in South Africa. Which of them is most widely used in Cape Town?

thanks!
Joe

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Re: Plugs in South Africa

Douglas Scott
They told me that they will sell the international adapter plugs for R80 each at the front desk to Wikimania attendees. 

Douglas 

On Sun, 15 Jul 2018, 06:59 Joe Sutherland, <[hidden email]> wrote:
Turns out my hotel (a Radisson) will give them out for free at the desk to borrow as well.

Best,
Joe

Sent from my iPad

On Jul 14, 2018, at 10:21 PM, Ciell Wikipedia <[hidden email]> wrote:

If I remember correctly, StayEasy has both the South-African and the europlug, but only the flat europlug: round ones don't fit. You can buy converters everywhere though, for about ten bucks.

Vriendelijke groet,
Ciell

2018-07-14 18:52 GMT+02:00 Romaine Wiki <[hidden email]>:
In my hotel room there are two types of plugs, the europlug and the South African plug.

Romaine

2018-07-05 7:58 GMT+02:00 Joe Sutherland <[hidden email]>:
Hey all - asking this here since I imagine others may have the same question :) 

There are apparently three types of plug used in South Africa. Which of them is most widely used in Cape Town?

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Joe

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Re: Plugs in South Africa

Irene Tait
In my room there is, in addition to what others have said above, a plug on the desklamp that can be used with either the euro plug or the American two-prong plug - I believe that is Type A and Type C.

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On Sun, Jul 15, 2018 at 5:55 PM, Douglas Scott <[hidden email]> wrote:
They told me that they will sell the international adapter plugs for R80 each at the front desk to Wikimania attendees. 

Douglas 

On Sun, 15 Jul 2018, 06:59 Joe Sutherland, <[hidden email]> wrote:
Turns out my hotel (a Radisson) will give them out for free at the desk to borrow as well.

Best,
Joe

Sent from my iPad

On Jul 14, 2018, at 10:21 PM, Ciell Wikipedia <[hidden email]> wrote:

If I remember correctly, StayEasy has both the South-African and the europlug, but only the flat europlug: round ones don't fit. You can buy converters everywhere though, for about ten bucks.

Vriendelijke groet,
Ciell

2018-07-14 18:52 GMT+02:00 Romaine Wiki <[hidden email]>:
In my hotel room there are two types of plugs, the europlug and the South African plug.

Romaine

2018-07-05 7:58 GMT+02:00 Joe Sutherland <[hidden email]>:
Hey all - asking this here since I imagine others may have the same question :) 

There are apparently three types of plug used in South Africa. Which of them is most widely used in Cape Town?

thanks!
Joe

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