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: Again, the points mentioned above are not meant to scare you!

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.

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.

Always be wary of the signs of an internet dating scam.

We can all help keep each other safe by reporting dating scams.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.To answer your question: it depends on what you mean by legitimate.Are you looking for an adult dating site that caters to adult encounters or casual sex, that isn't full of scammers or fake profiles?There are many different options, ranging from 100% free dating sites to paid membership sites with monthly costs. Its worth noting that paid-for dating services deter scammers and fakes as the barrier to entry is a little higher.