Buy Bitcoin in South Africa

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CoinmamaCoinmama Buy Bitcoin Read Review

Coinmama allows customers in almost every country to buy bitcoin with a credit or debit card. They charge an ~6% fee on each purchase.

If buying less than $150 worth of bitcoins, you won't need to verify your identity. This convenience makes small purchases quick and easy.

Want to buy using Coinmama? This step-by-step guide will show you how to use Coinmama.

Pros
  • Works in almost all countries
  • Highest limits for buying bitcoins with a credit card
  • Reliable and trusted broker
Cons
  • Some of the highest fees among credit/debit card bitcoin brokers
Ease of Use
Easy
Privacy
Low
Speed
Fast
Fees
High
Reputation
Trusted
Limits
High
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LocalBitcoinsLocalBitcoins Buy Bitcoin Read Review

LocalBitcoins is an escrow service which also helps to match bitcoin buyers and sellers. The most common method of payment for purchase is cash deposit. However, users may advertise trades for whichever payment method they prefer.

Buying bitcoins via an in-person meeting, secured and facilitated by LocalBitcoins, may be one of the fastest and most private ways to buy bitcoins in any country.

Pros
  • Can be private, fast and easy
  • In-person trades require no personal information
  • Purchases of bitcoin can be made quickly via cash deposit
Cons
  • Beware of scams; always follow the rules!
  • Harder to buy large amounts of bitcoins compared to large exchanges
  • Slightly to significantly higher prices than regular exchanges; premium for higher privacy
Ease of Use
Hard
Privacy
High
Speed
Fast
Fees
Low
Reputation
Trusted
Limits
Average
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LunoLuno Buy Bitcoin

Luno is a Bitcoin exchange with a presence in South Africa, Singapore, Nigeria, Malaysia and Indonesia. It offers 0% fees for market makers, meaning you can avoid fees if you place a buy order then wait for a seller to take it.

Luno also offers an Instant Buy feature.

Pros
  • One of the most trusted Bitcoin exchanges in Asia
  • Free deposits and low withdrawal fees
  • Low fees; 0% for market makers and only 0% - 1% for market takers (depending on fiat currency)
  • High to infinite limits for exchange, depending on verification level
Cons
  • Users should not store bitcoins in Luno's wallet service
  • Limited deposit options, usually only bank transfer, and no credit/debit card options
Ease of Use
Easy
Privacy
Low
Speed
Fast
Fees
Low
Reputation
Trusted
Limits
High
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CoinCornerCoinCorner Buy Bitcoin

CoinCorner is a Bitcoin exchange based on the Isle of Man. They cater to users in the UK, Europe, Canada, Australia, and certain African, Asian, and South American countries. CoinCorner users may purchase bitcoins with SEPA, credit/debit card, GBP bank transfer, and now Netellertoo.

Pros
  • Trusted and regulated company in the UK
  • Wide range of payment options
  • Good customer support
  • Instant credit card purchases
  • Supports a very wide range of countries
  • Video tutorials covering the basics of Bitcoin and buying and sellingMulti-sig security features
Cons
  • Slightly high 5% fee for buying with a credit card
  • 1% trading fee slightly high by European standards
  • Offers a mobile wallet but this is not ideal for bitcoin storage
  • Requires ID verification, so not private
  • Geared towards traders; slightly confusing for first time buyers
  • Does not provide exchange prices for comparison without sign-up
Ease of Use
Easy
Privacy
Low
Speed
Average
Fees
Average
Reputation
Trusted
Limits
Average
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You can use our Bitcoin ATM map to buy bitcoins with cash. Bitcoin ATMs can be a quick and easy way to buy bitcoins and they're also private. That convenience and privacy, however, comes with a price; most ATMs have fees of 5-10%.

Pros
  • Our map makes it super easy to find a Bitcoin ATM near you
Cons
  • Bitcoin ATMs often have 5-10% fees per purchase
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BititBitit Buy Bitcoin Read Review

Bitit lets you purchase bitcoin online with a 3DS-enabled credit/debit cards or with cash via Neosurf, Flexepin (coming soon) and Cashlib vouchers, available in over 150,000 local stores across Europe.

Pros
  • Unique way of purchasing offers extra privacy over other methods
  • 8% Neosurf fee is slightly better than Coinhouse's 10%
  • Available in 50 countries
  • €10,000 initial weekly Neosurf cash payment limit
  • Bitcoin gift cards also available; more expensive than other options
Cons
  • In-person buying methods offer more privacy but can be confusing
  • Identity verification required for buying amounts over €25
  • €500 initial weekly credit/debit card limit
Ease of Use
Average
Privacy
Average
Speed
Fast
Fees
Average
Reputation
Trusted
Limits
Low
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Mycelium Local TraderMycelium Local Trader Buy Bitcoin

Mycelium Local Trader helps you find local Bitcoin sellers. Once you locate a seller, you meet up in-person and conduct the trade. Mycelium charges absolutely no fees. While Mycelium Local Trader works great in highly-populated areas, users in low population areas will have trouble finding sellers.

Pros
  • Easy and cheap way to buy bitcoins with cash
  • Private way to buy bitcoins, no personal information required beyond cellphone number
Cons
  • Users in sparsely populated areas will have trouble finding sellers
Ease of Use
Average
Privacy
High
Speed
Fast
Fees
Low
Reputation
Trusted
Limits
High
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ShapeShiftShapeShift Buy Bitcoin

ShapeShift lets you buy bitcoin with Litecoin, Dogecoin, altcoins and many other digital tokens. ShapeShift works in nearly every country but you will need another cryptocurrency in order to purchase bitcoins. Exchanges happen almost instantly because ShapeShift never actually controls your tokens but just exchanges them.

Pros
  • Easiest and fastest way to buy bitcoins with altcoins
  • Fees are reasonable for larger traders
Cons
  • Need altcoins or other digital tokens to use
Ease of Use
Easy
Privacy
High
Speed
Fast
Fees
Average
Reputation
Trusted
Limits
High
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bitcoin-otcbitcoin-otc Buy Bitcoin

Bitcoin-OTC is an over-the-counter marketplace for the peer to peer exchanging of bitcoin. It is almost like a Craigslist for Bitcoin. Users must create ads or locate other ads to find sellers of bitcoin. Bitcoin-OTC is somewhat complicated and hard to use, but may be the only option for users in some countries without an exchange.

Pros
  • Can be a good way to find Bitcoin sellers if no other options exist
Cons
  • Need to keep eye out for scams
  • Need to build trust and feedback for your account before trading larger amounts
Ease of Use
Hard
Privacy
High
Speed
Varies
Fees
Varies
Reputation
Trusted
Limits
High
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