Top 10 Free Business Directories in South Africa

Online Business Directories vary in quality and content. There is a balance between professional advertising, value for money and quality of service. Business owners are looking for ROI, web traffic, exposure for their business, plus SEO benefits of backlinks.

To get great company exposure and good quality back links to your website, you’ll need the help of free local or national business directories. They are great for helping you with SEO. Free business directories in South Africa can get your site higher on search engines, for promotions, customer and expert reviews, and much more.

Check out our easy to use list of top 10 free South African business directories for your business’ success.

1. Hotfrog

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Hotfrog is an international business directory which operates in 38 countries around the globe. It receives around 1,5 million page views per month. One of the great things about Hotfrog is that they allow you to add personalized keywords for your business. They also send you a monthly report on how many views and enquiries your listing has received.

2. Entrepo

Entrepo Business Magazine and Business Directory

Entrepo is an online business magazine that publishes articles and reviews on all types of businesses and industries in South Africa. To add your business listing on their directory is completely free.

3. ActiveWeb


ActiveWeb is a relatively new online business directory but does not compromise on functionality, generating visitors and ranking your business listing high on search engines. They offer free and premium options such as featured/highlighted listings at very low prices.

4. Cylex Business Directory

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Business owners can take advantage of the free basic entries to promote their companies online and gain more customers through this business directory. Users can check contact details and opening hours of companies. They can also read and write reviews about the products & services of businesses.

5. YelloSA

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YelloSa Business Directory has over 800 000 company listings, with new company registrations and customer reviews on a regular basis. Their clean design and user-friendly interface set it apart from most online business directories.

6. Brabys

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Brabys is one of the most established and largest South African business directories with over 1 million unique visitors each month. They boast a very respectable domain authority, and while you might not get much link juice from them, it’s a good marketing opportunity.

7. saYellow

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saYellow’s business directory has been online since 1997, with over 500 000 listed companies. They boast a solid domain authority and a detailed client zone.

8. Best Directory

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Best Directory allows you to choose a couple of keywords, and also include those keywords in your listing’s URL. Your listing also includes a link to your Facebook and Twitter profiles, and you can choose multiple categories. Personally, this is one of my favourite business directories out of the bunch as listings get indexed quickly.

9. mycityinfo

MyCityInfo's Directory Main Menu Image

MyCityInfo might not be as big as the other South African business directories listed, but they have their own strengths. They have a clean and ad-free site, you can select multiple categories and you get a decent back link to your website.

10. Yalwa

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The reason why Yalwa is 10th on our list of business directories in South Africa is that it might not be completely free. While they have a decent domain authority and a lot of companies listed, your listing will expire. Thereafter if you want to renew your listing, you will have to pay them, although that might be just for certain categories. It is however still a very decent business directory to advertise on.

Directories Next in Line:

1. The East Rand Business Directory

East Rand Business Directory Main Menu Image

We feel that ERBD deserves a spot on our list, however this directory is only for business owners in the East Rand/Johannesburg area. The East Rand Business Directory offers free and premium business listings and an easy do-it-yourself advertisement creator.

2. Citylist

Citylist Business Directory

Citylist is a promising new business directory and a great place to grab another free listing. They offer a completely free unlimited plan as well as premium plans that include a couple of extras not available in the free plan.

3. Rate it All

Rate it All

Rate it All offers a Free Service to all so you can simply Give & Get Feedback instantly. List any business free of charge.  Register a free user account to start rating and listing things. Search their business directory to find contact details easily.

Do you know of any Online Business Directories not listed here worth noting?

Please leave your recommendation in the comments section below for any free online business directories you would like to see on here and tell us why you think they deserve a spot on this list.

Improve your online visibility & SEO even further!

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SEO-SA offers a service to create these listings for you at an affordable price, check out their Business Directory Listing Creation Service.

18 thoughts on “Top 10 Free Business Directories in South Africa

  1. Rita - 17/09/2017 at 10:15 am

    Here is what I found:

  2. citylist - 18/09/2017 at 10:27 pm

    Citylist is a free online business directory. Proudly South African.

  3. citylist - 19/09/2017 at 2:42 pm

    Please check and Please let us know your thoughts.

      • citylist - 28/09/2017 at 12:09 am

        Thank you so much for adding the i will do that.We should be growing together.

  4. Daryn - 01/11/2017 at 3:26 pm

    Please have a look at we have just under 50 000 listings.

  5. Dean - 04/12/2017 at 1:18 am

    watch out not to list on directories with just listings, those domains come off a spammy for google and will only hurt your listings

  6. Alicia - 06/01/2018 at 11:14 am

    Hello, you can also go onto
    When you sign up and build your profile you get to put it many keywords and the areas you specialise in.
    People needing your type of service will post their need on the site and ask for a Pro. You buy credits and then you get inboxed the requests in accordance with your keywords you have put in. Some credits may be expensive (max 3) and some are only for 1.
    If you buy the credits you get the Clients personal details and contact them but you must act fast.
    Every now and again Snupit give you 12 free credits.
    You may find a lot of junk requests but you can ignore but we’ve picked up business from there.
    Hope that helps.
    Nozipho Construction (Pty) Ltd

    • Advertising Solutions Web Design - 11/01/2018 at 3:05 pm

      Hi Alicia, thank you for your input, it definitely helps a lot! We’ll check it out and add it to our list.

      Thanks again and all the best! 🙂

  7. Supershuttles - 15/02/2018 at 11:19 pm

    Thank you all for all the free business listing sites, hope it helps increase my rankings 👍


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