Cost of living in Johannesburg, South Africa

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Food
Lunchtime menu in the business district R 98
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R 51
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 34
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 12
12 eggs, large R 28
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 17
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 47
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 21
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes R 19
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 15
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 10
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R 12,490
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,235
Internet 8MB (1 month) R 638
40” flat screen TV R 6,597
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt R 1,543
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 93
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 20
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R 713
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) R 510
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) R 841
1 pair of leather business shoes R 1,045
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 262,161
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 13
Monthly ticket public transport R 575
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) R 140
Personal Care
Medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, ...) R 61
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R 47
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 25
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 37
4 rolls of toilet paper R 24
Tube of toothpaste R 14
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 102
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 291
2 tickets to the movies R 121
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 606
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant including wine and dessert R 531
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 47
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 23
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 24
iPod nano 16GB R 1,977
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 0.99
1 month of gym membership in business district R 445
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R 36
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 5,028 prices entered by 431 different people.
Latest price update: May 22, 2015.

Joburg position in our World Ranking

the world
136th
out of 189
africa
3rd
out of 6
south africa
2nd
out of 4

Cheapest and most expensive products in Joburg compared to other cities:

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