You carry your phone around with you everyday for calls, messages and social media just to name a few, but the app store is filled with apps that make our lives in South Africa so much easier! Take a look at the Top 10 apps we recommend every South African to have.
With SnapScan you can pay using only your phone. Paying for the things you want is as easy as a snap. No need to carry cash, load a wallet, worry about your card being skimmed or wait for a credit card terminal.
- News 24
Get breaking news, first, across South Africa and the world from News24, and catch up on the latest updates from Sport24, Fin24 and Channel24. Browse features from Wheels24, Women24, Food24, Parent24, Health24 and Traveller24 and keep up to date with the weather in your location from Weather24.
Powertime is essentially a tool to buy prepaid electricity with, which is linked to your credit card. Simple enough, and similar solutions exist, yes. But nothing comes close to the elegance in which Powertime does it. One particular feature we enjoy is that Powertime analyzes your electricity spending patterns, then gives you push notification warnings when it reckons your electricity might be running low.
The WeatherSA app has been designed with South Africans in mind. It’s simple to use, yet features detailed weather data conveniently on your mobile. It allows you to easily swipe between locations, view seven-day forecasts across four-time slots, view a detailed rain forecast as well as detailed graphs and maps.
It is the only South African app with built-in storm capabilities allowing you to track storms in real – time. The app also allows you to play and zoom live storms, watch activity on the national radar and view lighting strikes in real time.
- Private Property
We all know house hunting is a tedious task of searching through endless websites and dealing with many, many housing agents. But Private Property’s latest iPhone app seems to help quite a bit. Using some smart geo-location features it makes it easy to quickly search for available houses close to where you might be right now, or wherever you might be interested in. It might not sound super exciting – but it works very well. You simply enter your price range, housing preferences and then it finds the private property listed areas in your interested area. Then you can browse the results and look at many photos of most houses. Found something good? Contact the seller right on the spot.
- SA Phonebook (1023)
This South African App makes it easier for people to save contacts in their phone. It’s an application that helps you find the number of absolutely anyone, as long as the person is using the app. All you have to do is to type the name of the person you wish to get his (or her) number. Then, click search. In addition, you can use the application to SMS, or chat with, the people in your contact at no charge.
Unitehood is a safety application that keeps you connected to all your friends and family members at all time for protection or security purposes. Using this application, you can signal your connected friends for help as long as they’re within a locus of 5km from where you are. Generally, the application comes with 5 distinct functions: crime, assistance, panic, track me and track suspects. On top of that, there’s an in-app messaging feature that allows you to chat with, or message, all your friends.
- Awesome South Africa
Designed and developed by a team in Cape Town, the Awesome South Africa APP is designed to connect the hospitality vendors (Hotels, Restaurants, Shops etc.) to the locals and travellers. ASA will help you locate things to do in Cape Town, Durban, Gauteng, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Knysna, George, Port Shepstone, West Coast, Upington, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Polokwane, Hermanus, Port Elizabeth and all other parts of South Africa.
They’ve chosen categories for you to navigate your experience in South Africa in style, from finding and booking accommodation to exploring the many cool things to do.
- Travel Guides
- Cool Eating Spots
- Must Visit Restaurants – Italian, French, Spanish, Vegan, Sushi and more
- Best Breakfast Places
- Fine Dining
- Safari Tours
- Fun Events
- Travel Deals
- Flight Specials
- Hotel Deals
- Best Night Clubs
- Wine Farms/ Wine Tasting
- Top Attractions
- Coffee Spots
- Kids Play Activities
- Golf Courses
- Spa Beauty Treatment Deals
- Best Places To Shop – Retail & Design
- Arts & Crafts
- Currency Converter
- Emergency Numbers
The only app solely focusing on Cape Town’s MyCiti bus service.
– Route Planner calculates the shortest route to your desired destination, showing bus transfers as well as the number of stops between changes
– Bus stop times
– The interactive map shows all the MyCiTi stops in and around Cape Town
– Notifications and alerts keep you up to date of service information
– Push notifications for severe disruptions and other important notices
Uber is a ridesharing app for fast, reliable rides in minutes—day or night. There’s no need to park or wait for a taxi or bus. With Uber, you just tap to request a ride, and it’s easy to pay with credit or cash in select cities.