Cost of living in Cape Town, South Africa

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 113
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R 57
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 43
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 15
12 eggs, large R 33
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 18
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 59
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 21
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 18
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 17
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 83
2 liters of Coca-Cola R 18
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 13
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R 18,408
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R 12,296
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,330
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R 12,825
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R 7,753
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R 740
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) R 594
40” flat screen TV R 5,636
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,420
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 101
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 54
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R 904
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) R 646
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,282
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,251
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 286,880
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 15
Monthly ticket public transport R 442
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 99
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 57
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 168
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) R 455
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R 49
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 33
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 49
4 rolls of toilet paper R 28
Tube of toothpaste R 17
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 150
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 308
2 tickets to the movies R 168
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 693
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 544
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 66
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 27
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 34
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB R 9,975
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 1.85
1 month of gym membership in business district R 585
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R 42
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,927 prices entered by 191 different people.
Latest price update: September 18, 2018.

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