The Top 10 SA Dating Sites 2017

Online dating has completely changed the way people search for love and companionship. The abundance and variety of online services and platforms available for South African singles can be confusing at the best of times. Many people find it hard to choose the precise service for their needs. To address this issue, we decided to share our personal experiences as well as those of our users on our Top 10 online dating comparison site. Our aim is to make it easier for you to find the right service and ultimately, a new partner, friend or hook-up. Our reviews are meant to act as the perfect starting point for South Africans looking to try online dating.

EliteSingles Every 8 minutes a single finds love on their site

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Be2 Find your partner quickly and easily

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The largest casual dating community online

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Match More ways to meet new people

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Badoo Social networking meets dating

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Ashley Madison People in relationships searching for discreet affairs

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Last Update: Jan 14, 2019

Why online dating?

Because it’s a fun and easy way to meet new people. Many people still do not fully understand what online dating is all about. There are many different platforms and communities that exist. Online dating platforms to connect like-minded people to find a new friend, date, partner or casual contact. Dating sites help you increase your search radius. Online dating is what you make out of it – just like in real life when you go out with friends to a bar to meet new people.

What is important when choosing a dating site?

A good start is to ask yourself whether you are looking for a fun date or a new partner for a long-term relationship? This is a good distinction to help you choose between the different platforms. At one side of the spectrum you have the pure dating (or even casual dating) portals that have thousands of profiles that you can browse and on the other end there are the so-called matchmaking sites that want to help you to find your soul-mate or future spouse. Read through our reviews of the various online dating sites to find out which platform offers what.

What should my budget be when starting online dating?

There are many different options, ranging from 100% free dating sites to paid membership sites with monthly costs. What you choose depends on your preferences. Its worth noting that paid-for dating services deter scammers and fakes as the barrier to entry is a little higher.

How do we rate our sites?

We sign up to each and every site on our ranking page and where possible take out a premium membership. We then critique each site on security, usability, credibility and usability. Based on this main review and also on customer feedback we assign each site a weighted score based on these two factors.

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  • EliteSingles

    Finally(!!) a dating website with decent REAL people in their user database that you can actually communicate with! Makes the paying part easier to digest I think.

    From: James Read Review

  • EliteSingles

    Elitesingles caught my attention as on many other dating sites I received lot of "non-sophisticated" messages, SOmetimes they are just downright rude. If you are looking for a relationship and are serious about it then this site is definitely a good pick.

    From: Caren Read Review

  • Zoosk

    I actually spend more time on Zoosk than on Facebook nowadays. It is fun and you get to see lots of very nice pictures :) ...

    From: GATSHA Read Review

  • Zoosk

    Zoosk is a nice way to flirt. I like that you have a new recommendation per day based on your previous behaviour on the site/app, Yes it is not for free entirely, but on the other hand if I go out to meet new people I also spend loads of money on drinks etc. So try it!

    From: Marc Read Review

Online dating and safety

Online dating for singles from South African is a fun and exciting way to meet new people who you might not normally connect with through your traditional social circles. With an ever growing number of new sites on offer, we want to ensure that your choice of site is the best possible fit for your needs.

These sites are a great way to increase the number of new people with whom you meet and hopefully, ‘click’ with. However, sometimes people forget their personal safety when flirting online.

While there is little to no need to for paranoia it is nonetheless important to follow some basic safety rules when communicating with someone for the first time online:

  • Never send a person that you do not know money. If you only follow this rule and none of the others, please do! You should be extremely cautious when a potential partner you have just met online asks you to help him or her financially. The stories they tell you may be heartbreaking and believable – Until you meet the person face to face and develop trust over a long period of time, it is best to assume they are also fictional. These people are professionals who create dramatic stories that call for your compassion – often involving diseases, tragic personal events like accidents or other sad stories. So before you decide to financially support a person you do not know, you should consult with a close friend, a family member or a lawyer. Usually outsiders have a more objective view.
  • Always be prudent when meeting somebody in person for the first time. It is exciting to have found a special someone online, they seem to be very attractive and intelligent and you cannot wait to meet him or her in person for the first time – this is absolutely natural and understandable. However, you should still take some basic precautions: Inform a friend or a family member that you are meeting a person you have met online. Tell your family or friend the name, email-address and phone-number of the person you will meet. Moreover, select a public location or a place where you would feel comfortable and that gives you options to leave if you realize that they may not be the perfect match for you.

Again, the points mentioned above are not meant to scare you! Online dating is both fun and safe if you respect basic rules (and common sense). There a lot of South African singles just like you looking for the right partner. We wish you all the best in your search for love.


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