Please note that this a user to user forum, and Adobe are less likely to heed anything you say here than if you contact them directly. Having said that, it seems weird that you can't get the student discount if the standard priced version is available there. It's probably just Adobe doing it's usual trick - as many large software sellers do - of pricing or making software available according to "local market structure" ie what it feels like charging or making available.
I am sorry that we don't currently offer student/teacher memberships in some countries, including South Africa.
I will share your feedback with our Education team.
It's been four years and I would really like to know what the educational team's response was. I was looking for a student membership online, as I am studying animation, so getting access to after effects and photoshop would be really beneficial and quite necessary. I found a post that related to my situation of wanting to purchase the student membership for the variety of software available but some regions aren't offered this discount. Although the "creative cloud complete for individuals" is available for $49.99/m. There is no exception to the full price if you live in one of these unlucky places, as if only select regions are of value. The software adobe offers is expansive but also expensive. Especially for a student. I can't believe that there was no acknowledgement/change in four years. It honestly just seems like a "f#ck you" to all your customers that this affects.