Cost of living in Bhisho, South Africa

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 160
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R 50
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 30
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 18
12 eggs, large R 21
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 10
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 40
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 19
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 25
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 13
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 45
2 liters of Coca-Cola R 15
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 12
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R 15,000
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R 7,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 2,500
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R 25,000
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R 10,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R 1,500
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) R 372
40” flat screen TV R 3,346
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,000
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 90
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R 1,200
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) R 900
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,331
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 800
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 253,047
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 13
Monthly ticket public transport R 200
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 382
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 80
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 150
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) R 300
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R 47
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 31
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 50
4 rolls of toilet paper R 25
Tube of toothpaste R 15
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 100
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 280
2 tickets to the movies R 66
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) -
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 314
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 500
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 30
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 15
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 2.50
1 month of gym membership in business district R 311
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R 31
These prices are lacking data. It provides a decent estimate, but they are not yet reliable. They are based on less than 10 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: September 23, 2018.

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