Starting an Internet cafe business in South Africa

An internet café is a place where one can surf the internet and email friends and family. Users pay a fee, usually per hour or minute. Internet Cafés have blossomed in South Africa because of broadband availability. Nevertheless, there is still not enough access to the internet in remote and impoverished areas of South Africa.

List of other services you can also offer in an internet cafe

  • Sell airtime
  • pay DSTV
  • Sell Prepaid Electricity
  • multiplayer gaming
  • photocopying and printing services

Equipment needed to start an internet cafe business


  • Computers:

You need high quality desktop machines that can handle high volumes of web browsing all day, every day. But you also need to keep prices down. Get quality computer brands cheap by buying refurbished – these are renovated computers which function like brand new but sell at cheap second hand desktop prices.

1. halfpricecomputers is offering internet cafe computerThe Internet Cafe Bundle Deal includes 5 x Dell Optiplex 380 machines & 5 x monitors. CORE 2 DUO 2.93GHZProcessor, 2GB RAM, 300GB Hard Drive, Windows 7 Professional Operating System find out more

2. Qstore is also offering internet cafe computers

Bundle includes: x5 Dell Optiplex 755 Desktops , x5 19″ Monitors, Includes Keyboards, Mouse and Power Cables

Perfect for call centres, internet cafes and start ups, Dell Optiplex 755 Desktop

Specifications: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 2GB RAM Memory, 160GB Hard Drive, Intel GMA HD Graphics Card, DVD-ROM, Win XP OS & FREE 19” MONITOR

Quality Tested and Approved, Includes Free 19” Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse and Power Cable, 6 Months Carry-In Warranty, Excludes Delivery – Delivery done nationwide at small cost, Pay with EFT or Card. Finance and Layby now also available. find out more

Web Cams (As many people use cafe’s for chatting)

where can you find webcams

1. Webcams at Game Store

2. Webcams at cashcrusaders

The following can be found in any of these recomanded stores ( game store, cash crusaders, computer coporation )

  1. Gigabit Router
  2. Gigabit Switch
  3. CAT6 Ethernet Cable
  4. Surge Protectors for each cubicle
  5. Scanner
  6. Printer/Photocopy
  • software

To start an Internet Café business you need to be sure to have a good internet cafe software, you may also consider using the following softwares:

CyberCafePro free Internet cafe software

MyCyberCafe – Internet Cafe Software

Internet security:

You will also need to update your untivirus regulaly. You will also have to install anti-spamware and a good firewall program.

Recomanded untiviruses


Internet service provider: a good internet service provider to offers your customers high speed internet access.

List of internet service providers:

The following packages will require you to get a telkom landline rental

1. Telkom Business ADSL packages

2. MWEB ADSL Packages

3. Afri Host ADSL Packages