Therefore all cellphone service providers need to capture the customer’s cell number, full names, identity number and address (and verify the information) before they can activate a new SIM card.
Residents in South Africa need to present:
- Proof of identity: barcoded ID document, an ID card, temporary ID certificate, or passport
- Proof of physical address: any document that included one’s name and residential address, such as a bank statement, municipal rates, cellphone or retail account not older than 3 months, existing lease, rental or credit agreement, insurance policy, current TV or motor vehicle licence.
Well, we at TravelComments.com contacted Vodacom & got the following answer:
Visitors to South Africa, who use their own home network's SIM card, such as Vodafone UK, Vodafone Australia, are not required to register these SIM cards.
However, when a visitor to South Africa opt to use a Vodacom Prepaid SIM card whilst travelling in South Africa they will be required to register this SIM card with Vodacom to have the SIM card activated on the network.
For the registration at a RICA agents, visitors will be required to provide the following information:
- cellphone number,
- last four digits on the SIM card,
- full name/surname (passport document), and
- an address where they will be staying during their visit.