Cost of living in Cape Town, South Africa

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 93
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R 50
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 39
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 13
12 eggs, large R 32
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 16
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 55
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 19
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 13
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 15
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 83
2 liters of Coca-Cola R 16
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 10
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R 15,979
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R 9,630
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 816
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R 11,320
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R 6,606
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R 561
Internet 8MB (1 month) R 659
40” flat screen TV R 7,096
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,422
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 86
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 35
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R 801
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) R 536
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,110
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,061
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 291,084
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 13
Monthly ticket public transport R 306
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 107
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 50
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 282
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) R 404
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R 35
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 23
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 48
4 rolls of toilet paper R 24
Tube of toothpaste R 15
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 162
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 286
2 tickets to the movies R 122
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 761
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 493
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 52
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 24
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 26
iPod nano 16GB R 2,366
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 2.33
1 month of gym membership in business district R 533
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R 35
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,454 prices entered by 163 different people.
Latest price update: May 02, 2016.

Cape Town position in our World Ranking

the world
226th
out of 270
africa
4th
out of 8
south africa
3rd
out of 5

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