C-date - Review
Conclusion: South Africa’s best casual dating service in our opinion. If you’re looking for a place where you can discreetly arrange casual liaisons, this is our top recommendation. Much loved by women who can use the service for free.
C-date at a glance:
- Find a classy casual service that really works. Leader in class
- Women date for free
- Stay safe and secure
- Enjoy simple functionality
- To really get the most from the service men do have to pay
- No mobile app (although mobile functionality)
Our recommendation for more success
Don’t take our word for it. Try it for yourself! It takes seconds to register with C-date, get into the product and see how many suitable people there are online. Worth trying, before you make any decisions on whether to buy the premium service or not
Once you upgrade to Premium Membership you will find that you have exclusive access to the women on the site. All the women can communicate with you freely, but only the paying men can do so.
- 100 contact requests in our test profile
- 32 resulting conversations
- 3 out of 10 requests get an answer.
Contact ratio C-date
1. C-date South Africa review: overview
South Africa’s top casual platform, C-date fills an important and ever growing niche. Its provides a really classier more executive place to arrange dates and get togethers online. It’s a really well constructed platform for finding like-minded people and especially popular with women.
We have conducted some tests on C-date South Africa so that you can get an idea of how effective it is.
2. C-date South Africa Practical Test
The C-date South Africa user test is based on thorough usage and exploration of C-date. To produce a complete overview of the service we set up a profile on the platform and made use of it like an ordinary user (man looking for woman). We then looked at all the features and initiated some first communications.
In addition, we had a look at C-date South Africa’s reputation, going through customer reviews to understand how ordinary users feel about the product.
First impressions of C-date South Africa
From the get go, a few characteristics of the service are clear. Firstly, that it is a site targeted at the erotic and casual segment of the show. Then, that it has a stylish and up-market atmosphere and thirdly that it concentrates on putting you in touch with people who are wanting the same sort of meet ups as you. The approach of the firm is summarized by the line in the header of the registration pages “Meet singles looking for Love and Fun”. This is a catchy statement and reflects the reality that a lot of singles are out looking for both these things.
Picture: Match list C-date
Early on in the registration, one is prompted to choose the types of rendezvous that you are hoping for. Is it ’Watching’ or ‘Something longer term’, for example. This idea goes right through the site and you are requested, in different ways, to declare a) what type of person you are and b) what type of adventure you are after.
Member no. Test
To acquire an idea of the amount of members online, we undertook an interaction score. Dating sites come in umpteen disparate shapes, but the most meaningful matter for the punter is how many conversations he or she gets involved with. How many folk get in touch and how many people react to communications. Our activity count creates a value against this all-important assessment for every dating service we evaluate. C-date South Africa did fairly well in this test. There were a lot of members online and it looked like a respectable distribution of users across the region.
C-date South Africa profiles
The profiles we viewed during our test were well suited to our expectations. It was easy to find women who were interested in similar things and who, in conversation, were fairly happy to arrange dates and get togethers. One disappointment was that many of the profiles did not have photos initially visible. However, many of the women were willing to release their pictures to us when we asked them. The women we saw were all pretty attractive, but then we may have just been lucky in this.
Are Scammers a problem in C-date SA?
Scammers are a problem for all dating services and often the test is not whether they have an issue, but how severe it is. Our impression of C-date South Africa was positive. C-date runs a pretty robust routine of profile checking and most of the profiles looked authentic.
3. Functions and profiles on C-date South Africa
The focus of the C-date site is on choice and discretion. There are lots of different opportunities to express what and who you are after and to control who sees your information.
The C-date site is an easy one to make a start with. You can be registered within 5 minutes and they you’re free to start making first communications. All you really need it an e-mail address and a good profile picture. In order to communicate effectively you then need to – if you’re a man – pay for the Premium service.
Having completed the registration process, you will see that the member area is quite plain. No fancy gimmicks or swiping. We like this. It is an adult site with a clear purpose and it provides everything that is necessary, without too much noise.
Photo release on C-date puts you in charge of your photos. When you put up pictures into your profile, you have the option to tick or untick a box to decide if you want these photos to be public or not. If not, then you can release the pictures to individual members, once you have swapped some messages with them.
Picture: Picture Upload - C-date
My Erotic Type
To make it easy for customers to express themselves about their sexuality, the feature 'My Erotic Type' is part of the profile section. With this you can find an image that suits you from a big selection of images (bananas, chocolates, handcuffs etc). Pick five to make visible to your matches.
Picture: My erotic type - C-date
As C-date is a causal service, it does concentrate on the sexual side of dating and offers its customers matching by sexual preference. If you are into lingerie or playing games, you can say so in the Sexual Preferences and you should get matched with people who are into similar stuff.
Picture: Sexual preferences - C-date
4. User Friendliness C-date South Africa
Customer service quality is an important issue with dating sites. The extent to which sites address and solve the worries and problems their customers have, differs massively between sites. How simple is it to speak to customer services? How promptly do they handle customer enquiries. Does the company run automatic rebilling of subscriptions?
Contacting Customer Services on C-date South Africa
The site has a good FAQ section that answers a lot of procedural questions well. If you e-mail customer services they respond to your enquiry in fairly decent time (48 hours). There doesn't seem to be any phone service available. This is fairly standard for dating services. Taken overall a reasonable if not stella customer service function.
Look and feel of C-date South Africa
C-date looks and feels like service that you would be happy to embark upon a adult adventure on. It is styled somewhat like a lounge and the emphasis is on the gently erotic rather than sexually explicit imagry. It's also an easy site to use and understand and doesn't overload its product with lots of features or toys.
Picture: Registration pages - C-date
The C-date South Africa mobile app
C-date does not have a mobile app, but it does have a mobile friendly version that makes it easy to use on a smart phone or tablet browser.
5. Is C-date South Africa worth the money?
The large majority of dating websites start with a free taster of their product, but to use the service properly and really communicate with other users you have to pay for Premium Membership. C-date South Africa is no exception and to talk with your contacts, you have to pay a fee. We are not going to quibble with the need for this. Customers will always have to pay up if they want to use a quality service. Rather, we focus on how C-date South Africa comes out on a ‘value for money’ calculation. Is it reasonably priced overall?
Looking at it from this perspective, C-date looks like good value for money. The offer is fairly unique and classy. An executive service, yet coming in at a price point that is very competitive. On top of this, it has some really good introductory offers.
Benefits of C-date South Africa’s paid for service
- Read/Send messages
- See full profiles and pictures
- Save contacts and messages
- A 6 months subscription costs ZAR 299 per month (50% cheaper per month than the 1-month option)
- A 3 months subscription costs ZAR 399 per month
- A 12 months subscription costs ZAR 199 per month
*these prices were current at the time of writing, but may change
We advise you go for the six month offer. It’s a significant initial cost, but you’ll be able to settle down and take your time to use the service well.