Cost of living in Cape Town, South Africa

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Food
Lunchtime menu in the business district R 99
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R 47
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 37
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 12
12 eggs, large R 29
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 13
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 54
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 17
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes R 15
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 16
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 80
2 liters of Coca-Cola R 16
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 8
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R 15,587
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 783
Internet 8MB (1 month) R 685
40” flat screen TV R 7,069
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt R 1,512
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 104
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 24
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R 691
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) R 526
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) R 950
1 pair of leather business shoes R 1,029
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 289,473
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 13
Monthly ticket public transport R 402
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) R 116
Personal Care
Medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, ...) R 36
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R 36
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 23
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 43
4 rolls of toilet paper R 25
Tube of toothpaste R 11
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 136
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 262
2 tickets to the movies R 123
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 682
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant including wine and dessert R 517
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 51
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 22
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 24
iPod nano 16GB R 2,384
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 1.64
1 month of gym membership in business district R 362
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R 34
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 3,979 prices entered by 380 different people.
Latest price update: May 27, 2015.

Cape Town position in our World Ranking

the world
131st
out of 189
africa
3rd
out of 6
south africa
2nd
out of 4

Cheapest and most expensive products in Cape Town compared to other cities:

the world
3rd
the world
4th
africa
0th
africa
0th
africa
0th
africa
1st

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