Updated 20.07.2021

Top 12 Best Savings Account in South Africa 2021

Does the thought of going through multiple bank websites to find out the interest rates paid on a savings account scare you? Well, finding the best savings account in South Africa doesn’t have to be this hard. We have spared you the trouble by listing the 12 best savings accounts in South Africa in 2021.

A good savings account has a high and stable interest rate on savings. It also has guaranteed rate payment when money is saved for the agreed investment duration, and no withdrawal restrictions. In some accounts, you do not need a minimum deposit to earn interest on your savings. So, which are these accounts and how much should you expect to earn on your savings in 2021?

12 Best Savings Account in South Africa 2021

BankMinimum DepositInterest RateCustomer Satisfaction Score (2020)Application
Absa BankTruSaveR503.2%78.6Apply Now
FNBSavings AccountR06.05%80.2Apply Now
InvestecInvestec Prime SaverR100 000Prime Linked Interest RateApply Now
MercantileMercantile Call AccountR1 0001.65 – 2.65%Apply Now
NedBankNedbank MyPocketR03.00 - 5.00%81.1Apply Now
Old MutualOld Mutual Invest Flexible PlanR350 / MonthVariableApply Now
PostBankPostbank Smart SaveR500.15% – 3.10%Apply Now
RMB Private BankMoney MaximiserR100 0006.70&Apply Now
Standard BankStandard Bank Flexi Advantage AccountR10007.15%77.7Apply Now
African BankMyWorld Savings PocketR06.5%83.4Apply Now
Bidvest BankGrow AccountR505.5%Apply Now
Capitec BankGlobal OneR254.5 - 5.25%84.7Apply Now

This list contains the best savings account in South Africa for all categories of earners. Read on to find the ideal bank to save your money with, in 2021.

ABSA TruSave 

Minimum deposit: R50

Interest rate: 0.45% Flat rate

Absa’s TruSave account is easily accessible. You can open an account with only R50. There are no monthly administration fees charged on this account. Instead, you only pay for transactions.

With this account, you receive two free ATM cash deposits, two mini-statements and two balance inquiries every month. You only get two free ATM cash withdrawals per year.

The interest paid on your investment is calculated daily and disbursed to you every month.

To apply for this account you will need:

  1. Your South African ID.
  2. Proof of residence.

If this option is not appealing enough to you, you can opt for ABSA dynamic fixed deposit account. This account offers a higher interest rate on your investment, between 3.75% and 6.75%. With this rate, you can earn significantly more returns on your investment than in the ABSA TrueSave account. However, you have to pay a minimum deposit of R1000 to qualify for the dynamic fixed deposit account.

Other ABSA bank savings accounts available to you:

ABSA Depositor Plus Account

Depositor Plus account is a risk free savings account with no monthly payable fees on your active account. With this account, you have unlimited access to your funds and can withdraw all your bank balance without closing your account. However, you have to deposit an initial amount of not less than R15000 to earn interest on your savings. The interest rate paid on your savings increases with the increase of your deposit amount. These rates are:

Less than R15000 – 0%

R15000 – 2.20%

R25000- 2.95%

R75000 – 3.05%

R100000 – 3.10%

R250000 – 3.25%

R1000000 – 3.30%

R10000000 – 3.50%

R25000000 – 3.20%

ABSA Tax Free Account

This is a tax-free savings account that you can open with a minimum of R1000. You can top up your minimum account balance to the allowable tax free limit. With this account, you are guaranteed of returns and capital. In addition to this, you will not be charged monthly account management fees. However, you can only save up to R36000 every tax year or a total of R500000 for a lifetime to enjoy the tax free savings facility.

The interest rate for savings in this account ranges between 0.50% and 4% depending on your savings amount.

African Bank MyWorld Savings Pocket

Minimum deposit: R0.00

Interest rate: 4.25% p/a (Savings Pocket)

Ideally, when you open a MyWORLD account, you become the primary account holder. At this stage, the account comes with two pockets, that is, a power pocket and a savings pocket. However, you can link as many as five pockets to your primary account. Each of these pockets have distinct features allowing you to perform different banking functions.

Essentially, the savings pocket is a distinct account with a unique bank account number where you can save money at competitive South African interest rates. Additionally, you can add up to ten people to this account and access your funds whenever you need to. However, you can’t link a bank card to the savings pocket account. It is an ideal savings account for groups.

African Bank Fixed Deposit Account

Minimum deposit: R500.00

Interest rate: 4.5% to 10.01%

Payout options: 6 months, 12 months or at maturity

With an easy African Bank fixed deposit account opening process, you can start earning money on savings as low as R500. Arguably, this savings account offers the best interest rates in the market in 2021, between 4.5% and 10.00%, depending on your investment period. Ideally, your fixed deposit account savings with the African Bank earns an 8.45% interest for the annual payout option and a 10.00% p.a if you wait for the investment to mature.

Bidvest Bank Grow Account

Minimum deposit: R50.00

Interest Rate: 2.25% on savings above R75000

The Bidvest Grow account offers three accounts in one. These are: Transactional, Savings and the Bidvest Bank Easy Equities account (their share trading platform). It is flexible in its pricing, allowing you to either “Pay as You Transact” (R6.00 per month admin fee + transactions charged on usage) or you can opt for an All-inclusive option which is a flat rate of R175/month.

The interest rates charged on savings pockets differ depending on the savings amount. They include:

R1-R10000 – 0.25%

R10001 – R25000 – 0.50%

R25001 – R50000 – 0.75%

R50001 – R75000 – 1.75%

R75001 and above – 2.25%

The transactional account earns 0% interest.

Tyme Bank GoalSave

Maximum initial deposit: R10000.00

Interest rate: 4.00% to 6.00%

The Tyme Bank GoalSave account is ideal for an individual who is looking to deposit a large sum of money and hold it for long in their account. This account offers a 4% annual interest rate for money deposited for 1 to 30 days. However, this rate increases upto 6% the longer it stays in your account. Typically, the money will earn a 5% interest per annum if you hold it for 31 to 90 days, and 6% per annum if you hold it for over 91 days.

Clients are also eligible for a 7% bonus, payable to anyone who notifies the bank 10 days prior to withdrawing their investment after the 91 days.

Unfortunately, individuals can only deposit a maximum initial amount of R10000. However, the bank allows individuals to open up to 10 Tyme Bank GoalSave accounts. In essence, you can invest up to R100000.

Capitec Global One Account Fixed Term Savings Plan (Single Deposit Option)

Minimum deposit: R10000.00

Interest rate: upto 8.15% nominal interest rate

With this account, you can deposit a minimum of R10000 and a maximum of R20 million for 6 to 60 months.

As an account holder, you are allowed to choose your investment period between 6 to 60 months. You then make a single deposit as your investment over your chosen period. Once this is in place, you can earn up to 8.15% nominal interest rate. The bank uses nominal interest rate to determine the daily interest earned by your account balance. This amount accumulates overtime before it is capitalised on a predetermined date every month.

Investing your money in this account has a number of benefits including:

  • The option to transfer your interest to your savings account or reinvest it
  • Fixed interest rate for the investment period
  • Your savings and interest available at the maturity of your investment
  • No monthly administration fee
  • Your account becomes a flexible savings plan after the maturity of your investment

FNB Savings Accounts

Minimum deposit: Varies depending on account type

Interest rate: 3% to 7.8%

The FNB bank offers a variety of savings account options. Each of these accounts provide a high interest rate that increases with your deposit amount. Low deposit amounts attract a 3.05% interest rate while highest deposit attracts the maximum interest of 7.8%. Even so, the amount of interest you earn on your savings depends on your account type.

Nedbank Savings Accounts

Minimum deposit: Varies depending on the account

Interest rate: 2.75% to 7.51%

Nedbank offers both fixed-term and flexible savings account options. Each of these accounts has a unique interest rate depending on your bank balance and the period you keep the money in your bank account.

Capitec Global One Transaction and Savings Account

Minimum deposit: R0.00

Interest rate: 2.25%

This is your typical everyday account. You can deposit and withdraw cash anytime you want. You do not require a minimum deposit to open this account. However, you can only earn 2.25% interest on this account for bank balance amounts below R100000, and 2.50% on anything above R100000.

Standard Bank PureSave Account

Minimum deposit:R0.00

Interest rate: 2.50%

The standard bank offers a number of savings accounts for different types of clients. These accounts have different interest rates from as low as 1.35% to higher rates as 6.42%. In addition to this, your bank balance and the duration of your investment also influence the interest rate you will earn on your savings.

The PureSave account is one of these options. It has a 2.50% interest on savings. Additionally, there is no monthly management fee charged on this account. Some of the benefits of having this account include:

  • Transact and save with one account
  • Three free ATM cash deposit a month
  • Receive and send instant money
  • Buy airtime, data, Lotto, and electricity

RMB Private Bank (Money Maximizer)

Minimum deposit: R100000.00

Interest rate: 3.70%

With this account, you can make additional deposits anytime you need to. This increases your earnings over time. In addition to this, you can choose to capitalise on your interest or request monthly payouts. In both options, you are guaranteed of getting your money.

You can manage your account online from the comfort of your home or office. While at it, you can access your investment anytime you need to.

These are the best savings accounts in South Africa in 2021. They offer the best interest return on savings, good account maintenance offers, and affordable cost of doing business with the bank.

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