Top 7 iOS apps that were developed in South Africa

Whenever we think about an application or a developer of that application, South Africa or Africa, in general, is not the country or region that pops into our minds, right? Most people simply assume that it was made somewhere in Europe or the US or maybe even Asia, but very few even consider Africa in the list of potential developers.

Well, it’s important that they know what this region has been going through and just how much progress it has seen over the years. The primary example of this is South Africa, and it’s economic growth within the last couple of years.

Although most of it is associated with raw resources and various other industries, the tech sector has been growing extremely fast as well in the past years, making SA on of the tech destinations of the continent. The only two countries that could possibly challenge this “title” are Nigeria and Ghana.

In order to prove that South Africa has been making amazing strides in the tech sector, let’s try and list top 10 South African iOS applications that are being used both locally and globally.

Frontline SMS

Frontline SMS was developed to help all of the NGOs operating in the African region. It’s an application that allows relief organizations to communicate with communities in Africa that do not have any internet connection or data connection for that matter. The application was developed in 2004 and has been a crucial part of many relief operations taking part in African countries such as the Congo and South Sudan.

It’s unknown whether the application has been recognized as the official tool for NGOs working in Africa, but it has been recognized as an amazing tool that makes the job much easier.


Safespot has been recognized as one of the most useful applications to come out of South Africa by many people. It’s a very simple tool to share your location with loved ones and friends.

The developers made it so that people could call for help when being raped, mugged or pretty much any other criminal activity.

The app simply asks you to identify the people you trust most and put them a click away from being called for help. The app immediately accesses the Google Maps API once you activate it and share your location.

SA Phonebook

SA Phonebook is like a digital phonebook. It’s an application designed to help people save the numbers of their peers much more easily. As long as the person whose number you’re looking for is using the application, you can find them almost immediately.

It’s a large database that much easier to navigate compared to an actual phonebook which takes hours to find just one person’s contact information. The app also handles similar names very easily by simply requesting a personal photo of the user if there is another person with that same name.


Franc is an application designed for people that take their finances seriously. The app was developed by Dr. Thomas Brennan and offers some of the best options for South African investors. Although it is just for stocks and various other investment opportunities, many users have said that the rates available on this small application are much better than what some of the largest banks have to offer in South Africa.

Fintech apps have been extremely successful in South Africa recently, with dozens coming out every year and almost all of them being recognized as works of art not long after. The financial regulator of South Africa, FSCA mentioned that fintech apps have been extra useful for the South African brokers list as companies have saved millions in advertising budgets simply listing themselves on these apps and offering services.

Some applications have become the middlemen of the middlemen, offering compensation for anything that the broker could do wrong.

Whatever South Africans have been feeling about their finances, it’s quite clear to see in their attitude towards financial applications.


This application could be very similar to Uber at first glance, but it’s important to note that it’s not a carpooling app, nor is it a tool to book anything. Zulzi is like having a personal assistant that does the errands for you.

Users can use the application to order almost anything imaginable in the country and have it delivered to their doorstep. This includes food delivery from restaurants, groceries from stores, medicine, clothes and almost everything imaginable.

It’s pretty similar to Glovo which is currently mostly operating in Europe.


22Seven is yet another South African investment application. It’s basically a hardwired algorithm that helps users budget their income as well as provide advice about where to deposit their savings. It also lists what’s the most popular asset to invest within a given timeframe.

Thanks to the recent investment culture boom in South Africa the application managed to find quite a lot of success especially with the younger generation of new investors in the country.


2go is a messaging application. Much like any other messaging app, it helps users stay in touch with their relatives, friends, and peers. The app doesn’t necessarily have its own “feeling”. It can be used for everything.

It’s similar to WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger in terms of a more relaxed and casual manner, but also carries features of LinkedIn and Telegram in terms of doing business over the internet.

It has been recognized as one of the most popular messaging apps of South Africa, but can’t necessarily beat WhatsApp’s popularity.

There are many more

There are a lot more applications that were created by South African developers but the ones mentioned above are considered the most useful out of the bunch. The rest are simply apps that were created by local banks to finally supply mobile banking services to their population.

Games and fun distractions are also popular among South African smartphone users, hence the volume of entertainment apps.

Overall, the South African app market is as healthy as it gets.