How to receive and send money using Western Union South Africa

How to receive and send money using Western Union South Africa

Unlike in the past, nowadays you can send and receive money irrespective of your geographical location, thanks to Western Union South Africa for making it easy for people to do business virtually without having to travel around. Generally, with Western Union, you are guaranteed to pick your money within minutes. What exactly do you need for you to send and receive money using Western Union in South Africa? Well, read on!

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Technology has, with no doubt, made life so incredible. Currently, receiving money from overseas in South Africa is very easy. All you need to do is visit a nearby Western Union agent, and your problem will be sorted out within a few minutes. However, many people do not have an idea of how this works. It is simple. You only need to meet a few requirements for your money transfer to take place.

How do I send money through Western Union in South Africa?

Like any other money transfer services, one has to meet specific requirements before sending or receiving money using Western Union. The requirements are not that strict because Western Union has the interest of its customers at heart. To protect your interests as its customer, you ought to be aware of the below special restrictions and notes as stipulated by Western Union.

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Requirements and special notes

  • The sender must be an adult, 18+ years
  • Present proof of the source of money, for example, a payslip to the agent.
  • Irrespective of your nationality, if you are a non-ABSA bank customer, the agent will have to open a customer profile account for you.
  • Proper identification is a must to transfer money out of South Africa.

Also, a sender is supposed to provide a valid ID card or one or more of the below-mentioned identification (which should, at least, not be older than three months):

  1. Utility bill
  2. Official SARS document
  3. Recent lease or rental agreement
  4. Retail account statement
  5. Motor vehicle registration document
  6. Municipal rates tax invoice
  7. Telkom or cellular phone account
  8. Section 24 permit; verifiable from the South African Home Affair office
  9. Long or short term insurance policy documents
  10. Letter Tribal Authority Letter
  11. Valid television license


Like requirements, here is what is not acceptable when using Western Union money transfer:

  • Payment for commercial goods and services
  • The acceptable maximum principal send amount is ZAR 30,000
  • The maximum principal send amount is USD 8,000 per person in a day
  • Maximum principal send amount is USD 45,000 per month depending on the exchange rate described here above.
  • Strictly, the maximum principal send amount should be USD 62,000 per year based on the exchange rate described above.
  • Paying without ID is not acceptable when sending money out of the country.

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How do you pick up money from Western Union?

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Similar to sending money, you ought to present to the agent near you the necessary transfer details. Some of the details include those of the sender as well as your identification documents. To avoid the confusion, read through the details below to avoid possible inconveniences when collecting your money from a select Western Union ABSA Bank Branch.


Below are the essentials you ought to meet to collect money from a Western Union ABSA Bank Branch agent near you.

  • One must be at least 18 years old.
  • Present proper identification for the transaction process to be complete.

The receiver must provide a valid ID card and one or more of the below-listed documents, which should be at least three months old:

  1. Utility bill
  2. A bank statement from another bank
  3. Recent lease or rental agreement
  4. Official SARS document
  5. Valid television license
  6. Municipal rates and taxes invoice
  7. Long/short term insurance policy documents
  8. Retail account statement
  9. Section 24 permit
  10. Formal university registration letter
  11. Mortgage statement from any financial institution
  12. The municipal council or letter Tribal Authority Latter
  13. A valid driving license

As you can see from above, some of the requirements are slightly similar. Without the documents mentioned above, you cannot be able to transact. Therefore, you should always keep those documents ready when planning to send or receive money using Western Union.

Western Union branches in South Africa

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In case you did not know, Western Union Money Transfers are only available at select ABSA Bank Branches. If you cannot locate any branch near you, you need to call 0860 151 151 to get further assistance on how you can identify the nearest branch. However, at many times, Western Union agents are mainly available in supermarkets, check cashers, and convenience stores.

The list is long but below is a list of some of the locations where you can find Western Union branches in South Africa:

  • Somerset West
  • Waterfall
  • Cleary Park
  • East London
  • George
  • Grahamstown
  • Greenacres
  • Hartenbos
  • Jeffreys Bay
  • King Williams Town
  • Mthatha
  • Plettenberg Bay
  • Port Alfred
  • Port Elizabeth
  • Queenstown
  • Walmer
  • Sanbel
  • Santyger
  • Sea Point
  • Somerset West
  • Sommerset West
  • Stellenbosch
  • Strand

South Africa money transfer has been made easier by Western Union. In addition to its excellent services, it is also the many branches where you can seek help whenever you need it. They are transforming the country by making sure business is done as usual, with little to no interference.

How much does Western Union cost?

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Western Union charges reasonable prices depending on various facts. For instance, you are charged depending on the country you are sending money to, the type of currency you want to send, and how you need the recipient to pick the funds.

Western Union money transfer

Usually, Western Union operates primarily in on-off transfers. However, as a customer, you are allowed to choose among the many options that you prefer to ensure that the recipient receives the funds safely. Those options may include: Cash pick up, mobile wallet deposits, bank account deposit, or prepaid card.

Based on customer reviews, Western Union South Africa has greatly transformed the lives of many people. For that reason, it has improved its services in South Africa by opening more branches to serve its customers more efficiently. You can count on them if you need their services at any time.

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