Cost of living in Cape Town, South Africa

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Food
Lunchtime menu in the business district R 126
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R 49
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 37
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 11
12 eggs, large R 32
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 14
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 56
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 15
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes R 14
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 14
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 70
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 13,370
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 918
Internet 8MB (1 month) R 530
40” flat screen TV R 5,729
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt R 1,413
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 78
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 27
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R 624
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) R 473
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) R 931
1 pair of leather business shoes R 1,019
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 276,355
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 13
Monthly ticket public transport R 411
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) R 104
Personal Care
Medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, ...) R 51
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R 39
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 21
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 40
4 rolls of toilet paper R 21
Tube of toothpaste R 11
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 134
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 285
2 tickets to the movies R 106
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 579
Dinner out for two in Italian restaurant with wine and dessert R 536
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 43
Capuccino in expat area of the city R 22
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 21
iPod nano 16GB R 2,529
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 1.50
1 month of gym membership in business district R 469
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R 35
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 3,648 prices entered by 357 different people.
Latest price update: March 31, 2015.

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