Comparing USD/ZAR Exchange Rates
You should always check the total cost for any exchange rate you are provided by banks or FX specialists. These exchange rates almost always contain a margin from the wholesale USD/ZAR rate ( interbank mid-rate) plus fixed or percentage fees.
These margins and fees can vary significantly for USD to ZAR International Money Transfers, Travel Money and prepaid multi-currency Travel Card transactions. Note the total cost will also vary on the currencies and total amount being exchanged.
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US dollar to South African rand - Quick Convert
|$ 1||R 14.06|
|$ 5||R 70.30|
|$ 10||R 140.60|
|$ 20||R 281.20|
|$ 50||R 703.00|
|$ 100||R 1,406|
|$ 250||R 3,515|
|$ 500||R 7,030|
|$ 1,000||R 14,060|
|$ 2,000||R 28,120|
|$ 5,000||R 70,300|
|$ 10,000||R 140,600|
|$ 50,000||R 703,000|
|$ 100,000||R 1,406,000|
Calculate other USD/ZAR amounts (from or to) at mid-market with our USD to ZAR Calculator .
US dollar and South African rand News
When determining the best time to make a foreign exchange transaction, in this case the USD vs ZAR, you should pay attention to the recent market trends for both currencies.
US dollar (USD)
South African rand (ZAR)
In April 2021 the South African rand is trading at a 15 month high against the US dollar.
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How to get Good USD to ZAR Exchange Rates
There are two important ways to save on Foreign Exchange, the first is minimising unnecessary or excessive costs and fees, and the other is to transact when the exchange rate is in your favour.
Reduce Excessive costs and fees
All foreign exchange providers charge a fee for providing their service and this fee is usually contained within the exchange rate margin (or difference to the mid-rate).
The transaction margin you end up being charged can be considerably reduced by around a few percent (of total amount being exchanged) for travel money and possibly over 5% to 6% when sending money. The exact potential savings depends on the currencies being exchanged and the amount you are transferring and if you are willing to shop around.
What is a good USD to ZAR exchange rate?
This is always a difficult question as exchange rates are influenced by many factors, so a good method to consider the US dollar vs South African rand current value is to look the USD/ZAR historic rate and change over a range of periods.
The following table looks at the change in the USD to ZAR exchange rate over periods from the previous week back to the last 10 years.
30 Apr 2021
|3.1% ▼||1 Week|
07 Apr 2021
|3.5% ▼||30 Days|
06 Feb 2021
|5.3% ▼||90 Days|
07 May 2020
|24.3% ▼||1 Year|
08 May 2016
|5.3% ▼||5 Years|
10 May 2011
|108% ▲||10 Years|
USD/ZAR 10 year historic rates & change to 07-May-2021 : 14.0593
Will the US dollar rise against the South African rand?
It is almost impossible to predict what an exchange rate will do in the future, the best approach is to monitor the currency markets and transact when an exchange rate moves in your favour.
To help with this you can add USD/ZAR to your BestExchangeRates My Rates Watchlist to track and benefit from currency movements.
Rather than requiring you to set a target rate, our FX Alerts work differently.
Once you add a currency pair for tracking in your watchlist we will automatically check the exchange rate for any UP▲ or DOWN▼ move over a range of periods over the recent 90 days.