Addresses come in many forms as they have a variety of uses. In our paper we illustrate the need for standardized addresses in South Africa by describing scenarios where standardized addresses are required, or where standardized addresses would improve the current situation. We present the eleven address types described in the current draft South African address standard (SANS 1883), which has been developed under the auspices of the South African Bureau of Standards. We go on to show that these address types represent an all-encompassing description of an address in South Africa. The address types have to accommodate the current situation where there are no mandated authorities that assign standardized addresses according to a set of guidelines, and we provide a critical evaluation of this situation. Our contribution is threefold: illustrating the need for standardized addresses, showing that there is an all-encompassing description for an address in South Africa, and describing the potential negative impact of the current lack of mandated authorities on unambiguous address specification and the benefits that address standardization would bring.