South Africa’s 2017 banking fees compared

First National Bank has published its banking fee structure for the 2017/2018 financial year, marking the last of South Africa’s big banks to do so.

Standard Bank, Absa and Nedbank implemented their new banking fees earlier in the year, which included a complete restructuring from Standard Bank,a moderate increase from Absa, while Nedbank’s fee increases were not insignificant.

In March 2017, Capitec announced its new banking fees, which saw prices hiked across most of its transactions – however this was off a low base, with the bank’s much-loved single price transaction costs.

FNB’s new banking fees will come into effect from 1 July, and aside from a marginal increase in the monthly account fee for its Gold account, the bank has kept its fees largely unchanged from the 2016/17 period, and introduced two new accounts in the form of the FNBy and FNB Premier Fusion account.

For 2017/18, FNB has now introduced a fee for withdrawing cash from till-points and points of sale (from being free, previously). The R1.40 fee makes it the cheapest POS withdrawal fee of the major banks – except Nedbank, which still offers the transaction for free.

The next banking fee review will happen at the end of 2017, when Standard Bank, Absa and Nedbank update their fee structures. Capitec updates its fees in March of each year, while FNB follows with a review in July.

Below is a breakdown of select fees across South Africa’s retail banks’ ‘main’ accounts (‘Gold’ equivalents). All prices are based on pay-as-you-transact fees, after bundle limits, where available.

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Absa Gold Cheque Account 2016 Fees R500 transaction in 2016 2017 Fees R500 transaction in 2017 % Change from 2016 to 2017
Withdrawal (Native) R3.95 + R1.30/R100 R10.45 R3.95 + R1.35/R100 R10.70 +2.4%
Withdrawal (Other) R9.95 + R1.30/R100 R16.45 R9.95 + R1.35/R100 R16.70 +1.5%
Withdrawal (POS)  R3.95  R3.95 R3.95 R3.95
Deposit (ATM) R3.00 + R1.30/R100 R9.50 R3.95 + R1.35/R100 R10.70 +12.6%
Debit order (internal) Free Free
Debit order (external) R16.00 R16.95 +5.9%
Account fee (PAYT) R40.00 R42.00 +5%

Absa’s full 2017 pricing can be found here.


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Standard Bank Elite Account 2016 Fees R500 transaction in 2016 2017 Fees R500 transaction in 2017 % Change from 2016 to 2017
Withdrawal (Native) R4.00 + 1.20% of value R10.00 R1.80 per R100  R9.00 -10.0%
Withdrawal (Other) R6.70 + R4.00 + 1.20% of value R16.70 R6.70 + R1.80 per R100  R15.70 -6.0%
Withdrawal (POS) R5.00 R5.00 R1.80  R1.80 -64.0%
Deposit (ATM) R4.00 + 1.30% of value R10.50 R1.80 per R100  R9.00 -14.3%
Debit order (internal) R4.20 R4.50 +7.1%
Debit order (external) R13.10 R16.00 +22.1%
Account fee (PAYT) R55.00 R55.00

Standard Bank’s full 2017 pricing can be found here.


Nedbank Bannerr

Nedbank Savvy Account 2016 Fees R500 transaction in 2016 2017 Fees R500 transaction in 2017 % Change from 2016 to 2017
Withdrawal (Native) R4.00 + R1.32/R100 R10.60 R4.50 + R1.40/R100 R11.50 +8.5%
Withdrawal (Other) R11.00 + R1.32/R100 R17.60 R11.50 + R1.40/R100 R18.50 +5.1%
Withdrawal (POS) R4.00 R4.00 Free Free
Deposit (Intelligent depositor ATM) R5.00 + R0.66/R100 R8.30 R5.50 + R0.70/R100 R9.00 +8.4%
Debit order (internal) R6.00 Free
Debit order (external) R15.00 Free (R5.00 on PAYT)
Account fee R100.00

The full 2017 pricing for Nedbank’s Savvy Plus can be found here.


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Capitec Global One 2016/17 Fees R500 transaction in 2016/17 2017/18 Fees R500 transaction in 2017/18 % Change from 2016/17 to 2017/18
Withdrawal (Native) R5.50 R5.50 R6.00 R6.00 +9.1%
Withdrawal (Other) R8.50 R8.50 R8.50 R8.50 0.0%
Withdrawal (POS) R1.30 R1.30 R1.50 R1.50 +15.4%
Deposit (ATM) 80c /R100 R4.00 90c per R100 R4.50 +12.5%
Account fee (PAYT) R5.25 R5.50 +4.8%

You can review Capitec’s full 2017/18 pricing here.


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FNB Gold only offers the bundled account option. Withdrawals and [email protected] transaction fees come into effect after a combined R5,000 limit has been reached. Cash deposit fees come into effect after a R5,000 limit has been reached.

FNB Gold Cheque Account 2016/17 Fees R500 transaction in 2016/17 2017/18 Fees R500 transaction in % Change from 2015/16 to 2016/17
Withdrawal (Native) R1.85/R100 R9.25 R1.85/R100 R9.25 0.0%
Withdrawal (Other) R7.00 + R1.85/R100 R16.25 R8.00 + R1.85/R100 R17.25 +6.2%
Withdrawal (POS) Free  – R1.40 R1.40
Deposit (ATM) R0.80 per R100 R4.00 R0.90 per R100 R4.50 +12.5%
Debit order (internal) Free Free
Debit order (external) Free Free
Account fee R100.00 R105.00 +5.0%

You can find FNB’s full 2017/18 pricing guide here.


Read: New FNB banking fees for 2017

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