Emergency Numbers
Cape Town

Save these Cape Town Emergency Numbers on your phone, print and put them on your fridge or wherever you have them handy in case of an emergency situation or crisis, which hopefully will never happen...

Cape Town Emergency Numbers

Dial these numbers in case of a medical emergency and they will send out a doctor or ambulance.

  • Ambulance: 10177
  • ER 24 Emergency Medical Care/Private Ambulance: 084-124
  • Netcare Emergency Medical Care/Private Ambulance: 082-911
  • Poison Information Centre (Afritox): 0861-555-777 
  • Cape Town private hospitals


Search and Rescue Helplines

Take these Cape Town emergency numbers with you when out and about! Save them on your cell phone:

  • Sea Rescue: 112 or Sea Rescue's Craig Lambinon 082-380-3800 (also for after hours emergencies!)
  • Table Mountain/San Parks Hotline: 0800-00-44-24
  • Table Mountain National Park Hotline (Mountain Security/Crime/Wildfires): 086-110-6417
  • Table Mountain/San Parks Hotline: 0800-00-44-24
  • Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR)/Metro Rescue Control Centre: 021-937-0300
  • Disaster Risk Management: 080-911-4357 or 021-480-7700


Crisis Help Lines

  • Aids Help Line: 0800-012-322
  • Child Line: 0800-055-555
  • Child Protection: 0800-111-213
  • Life Line: 0800-322-322
  • Rape Crisis: 0800-322-322 or 021-461-1113
  • Alcohol and Drug Crisis Help: 0800-435-748
  • Report a Missing Person: There is no waiting period for reporting a missing person! Go to your nearest police station immediately.


Armed Response Companies
Emergency Hotlines

Should any emergency regarding your personal safety occur at home, contact your Armed Response Team.

Use their meet and greet services when you arrive home late at night and are not sure if somebody followed you, they will make sure their customers get into their homes safely.

  • ADT: 086-12-12-301
  • Chubb: 0861-021-911
  • City Bowl (CBAR): 0860-15-15-15
  • District Watch: 021-559-3024
  • Halt Security: 021-975-1503
  • Star Alarms: 021-55-66-911

Water & Electricity Emergencies

  • Report electricity faults: 0860-103-089
  • Report water leaks/burst pipes: 0860-103-089 
  • When life or property is endangered by fire, accidents and natural disasters: 021-480-7700
  • Squatter control/'Land invasion': 0800-225-669


Expat Cape Town Tip:

Remember to also store on your cell phone, the contact number of your next of kin or emergency family contact: Save the number under ICE (which stands for In Case of Emergency). This number can be called also from a locked phone!



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