- Cost of Living
- South Africa
- Egypt
- Comparison

##
Cost of living in
**South Africa**
compared to
**Egypt**

Currency:

Food | + 27% | |||
---|---|---|---|---|

Food in South Africa is 27% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district | R 107 (E£ 132) | E£ 141 | - 7% | |

Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) | R 57 (E£ 70) | E£ 68 | + 2% | |

500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast | R 41 (E£ 50) | E£ 39 | + 29% | |

1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk | R 15 (E£ 18) | E£ 14 | + 27% | |

12 eggs, large | R 33 (E£ 41) | E£ 22 | + 90% | |

1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes | R 18 (E£ 22) | E£ 10 | + 114% | |

500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese | R 63 (E£ 77) | E£ 32 | + 142% | |

1 kg (2 lb.) of apples | R 21 (E£ 26) | E£ 25 | + 5% | |

1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes | R 20 (E£ 25) | E£ 7 | + 281% | |

0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket | R 17 (E£ 21) | E£ 21 | + 0% | |

1 bottle of red table wine, good quality | R 89 (E£ 109) | E£ 154 | - 29% | |

2 liters of Coca-Cola | R 17 (E£ 21) | E£ 12 | + 67% | |

Bread for 2 people for 1 day | R 11 (E£ 14) | E£ 6 | + 135% | |

Housing | + 117% | |||

Housing in South Africa is 117% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area | R 15,885 (E£ 19,555) | E£ 8,155 | + 140% | |

Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area | R 10,142 (E£ 12,486) | E£ 4,746 | + 163% | |

Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat | R 1,431 (E£ 1,761) | E£ 893 | + 97% | |

Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area | R 10,871 (E£ 13,383) | E£ 5,582 | + 140% | |

Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area | R 6,785 (E£ 8,353) | E£ 3,486 | + 140% | |

Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio | R 917 (E£ 1,129) | E£ 591 | + 91% | |

Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) | R 654 (E£ 805) | E£ 274 | + 194% | |

40” flat screen TV | R 5,651 (E£ 6,957) | E£ 6,271 | + 11% | |

Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) | R 1,553 (E£ 1,912) | E£ 3,100 | - 38% | |

Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) | R 86 (E£ 106) | E£ 88 | + 20% | |

Hourly rate for cleaning help | R 76 (E£ 93) | E£ 92 | + 1% | |

Clothes | + 5% | |||

Clothes in South Africa is 5% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) | R 824 (E£ 1,014) | E£ 935 | + 8% | |

1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) | R 692 (E£ 852) | E£ 801 | + 6% | |

1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) | R 1,285 (E£ 1,582) | E£ 1,927 | - 18% | |

1 pair of men’s leather business shoes | R 1,331 (E£ 1,638) | E£ 1,205 | + 36% | |

Transportation | + 50% | |||

Transportation in South Africa is 50% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new | R 286,498 (E£ 352,693) | E£ 461,730 | - 24% | |

1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas | R 14 (E£ 18) | E£ 5.38 | + 230% | |

Monthly ticket public transport | R 639 (E£ 786) | E£ 323 | + 143% | |

Personal Care | + 58% | |||

Personal Care in South Africa is 58% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) | R 68 (E£ 84) | E£ 37 | + 124% | |

1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) | R 199 (E£ 246) | E£ 80 | + 208% | |

Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) | R 426 (E£ 525) | E£ 256 | + 105% | |

1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) | R 49 (E£ 60) | E£ 51 | + 18% | |

Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) | R 32 (E£ 39) | E£ 52 | - 24% | |

Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) | R 53 (E£ 65) | E£ 47 | + 37% | |

4 rolls of toilet paper | R 28 (E£ 34) | E£ 20 | + 72% | |

Tube of toothpaste | R 17 (E£ 21) | E£ 20 | + 8% | |

Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city | R 145 (E£ 179) | E£ 65 | + 174% | |

Entertainment | - 2% | |||

Entertainment in South Africa is 2% cheaper than in Egypt | ||||

Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub | R 344 (E£ 423) | E£ 336 | + 26% | |

2 tickets to the movies | R 164 (E£ 202) | E£ 128 | + 57% | |

2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) | R 853 (E£ 1,050) | E£ 701 | + 50% | |

Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert | R 584 (E£ 719) | E£ 506 | + 42% | |

1 cocktail drink in downtown club | R 62 (E£ 77) | E£ 93 | - 17% | |

Cappuccino in expat area of the city | R 28 (E£ 35) | E£ 38 | - 9% | |

1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) | R 30 (E£ 37) | E£ 55 | - 33% | |

iPad Wi-Fi 128GB | R 8,834 (E£ 10,875) | E£ 11,085 | - 2% | |

1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) | R 1.79 (E£ 2.21) | E£ 4.10 | - 46% | |

1 month of gym membership in business district | R 569 (E£ 700) | E£ 717 | - 2% | |

1 package of Marlboro cigarettes | R 41 (E£ 51) | E£ 34 | + 49% | |

TOTAL | + 45% |

These prices were last updated on August 16, 2018.
Exchange rate:
1.231
EGP
/
ZAR

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#
Cost of living in
**South Africa**
is
**45% more expensive than**
in
**Egypt**

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