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Mobile Telephone

Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies and coverage extends to the majority of urban areas.

Internet

Internet cafes are present around South Africa.

Media

South Africa's several broadcasters and publications reflect the range of the population as a whole. Well established state run and commercial TV networks broadcast nationally, and 100's of 1000's of viewers subscribe to pay TV services operated by major satellite and cable company Multichoice. Deregulation in 1996 led to an abundance of radio stations. The constitution provides for freedom of the press, and this is usually respected in practice.

Press

The major newspapers are in English and Afrikaans, and include Mercury, Daily Dispatch, Cape Argus, The Citizen, Sowetan and The Star.

TV

SABC is a state broadcaster operating 3 national TV networks, E.tv is a free to air commercial network, M-Net is a pay TV network.

Radio

SABC is a state broadcaster with 20 regional and national services in 11 languages. Other radio channels include 702 Talk Radio, YFM and Channel Africa.

Post

Airmail to Europe takes up to 7 days.

Post office hours are generally Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 4.30 pm, Saturday 8.00 am to 11.30 pm. Some transactions may not be carried out Monday to Friday after 3.30 pm or Sat after 11.00 am . The smaller post offices close for lunch 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm.