- Cost of Living
- South Africa
- Egypt
- Comparison

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

Currency:

Food | + 53% | |||
---|---|---|---|---|

Food in South Africa is 53% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district | R 102 (E£ 154) | E£ 130 | + 18% | |

Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) | R 57 (E£ 86) | E£ 64 | + 35% | |

500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast | R 41 (E£ 62) | E£ 39 | + 61% | |

1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk | R 14 (E£ 22) | E£ 14 | + 58% | |

12 eggs, large | R 31 (E£ 47) | E£ 23 | + 104% | |

1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes | R 18 (E£ 28) | E£ 11 | + 149% | |

500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese | R 62 (E£ 94) | E£ 31 | + 204% | |

1 kg (2 lb.) of apples | R 21 (E£ 32) | E£ 23 | + 42% | |

1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes | R 19 (E£ 28) | E£ 7 | + 325% | |

0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket | R 16 (E£ 24) | E£ 19 | + 23% | |

1 bottle of red table wine, good quality | R 84 (E£ 127) | E£ 165 | - 23% | |

2 liters of Coca-Cola | R 16 (E£ 24) | E£ 11 | + 124% | |

Bread for 2 people for 1 day | R 11 (E£ 16) | E£ 9 | + 77% | |

Housing | + 184% | |||

Housing in South Africa is 184% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area | R 15,301 (E£ 23,161) | E£ 8,157 | + 184% | |

Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area | R 10,345 (E£ 15,659) | E£ 4,341 | + 261% | |

Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat | R 1,340 (E£ 2,028) | E£ 800 | + 153% | |

Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area | R 11,293 (E£ 17,095) | E£ 5,846 | + 192% | |

Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area | R 7,071 (E£ 10,703) | E£ 2,823 | + 279% | |

Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio | R 944 (E£ 1,429) | E£ 609 | + 135% | |

Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) | R 675 (E£ 1,022) | E£ 273 | + 274% | |

40” flat screen TV | R 6,393 (E£ 9,678) | E£ 6,617 | + 46% | |

Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) | R 1,648 (E£ 2,494) | E£ 2,819 | - 12% | |

Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) | R 80 (E£ 120) | E£ 82 | + 47% | |

Hourly rate for cleaning help | R 50 (E£ 76) | E£ 37 | + 105% | |

Clothes | + 24% | |||

Clothes in South Africa is 24% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) | R 759 (E£ 1,149) | E£ 864 | + 33% | |

1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) | R 646 (E£ 979) | E£ 791 | + 24% | |

1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) | R 1,285 (E£ 1,945) | E£ 1,781 | + 9% | |

1 pair of men’s leather business shoes | R 1,209 (E£ 1,831) | E£ 1,319 | + 39% | |

Transportation | + 57% | |||

Transportation in South Africa is 57% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new | R 280,496 (E£ 424,584) | E£ 486,100 | - 13% | |

1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas | R 14 (E£ 21) | E£ 4.76 | + 332% | |

Monthly ticket public transport | R 623 (E£ 943) | E£ 393 | + 140% | |

Personal Care | + 109% | |||

Personal Care in South Africa is 109% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) | R 55 (E£ 84) | E£ 40 | + 111% | |

1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) | R 215 (E£ 325) | E£ 76 | + 326% | |

Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) | R 402 (E£ 609) | E£ 244 | + 150% | |

1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) | R 49 (E£ 74) | E£ 54 | + 38% | |

Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) | R 27 (E£ 40) | E£ 45 | - 10% | |

Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) | R 49 (E£ 75) | E£ 39 | + 89% | |

4 rolls of toilet paper | R 26 (E£ 40) | E£ 16 | + 154% | |

Tube of toothpaste | R 16 (E£ 24) | E£ 19 | + 26% | |

Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city | R 141 (E£ 214) | E£ 52 | + 312% | |

Entertainment | + 76% | |||

Entertainment in South Africa is 76% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub | R 337 (E£ 511) | E£ 316 | + 61% | |

2 tickets to the movies | R 153 (E£ 232) | E£ 124 | + 87% | |

2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) | R 769 (E£ 1,164) | E£ 440 | + 165% | |

Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert | R 560 (E£ 848) | E£ 487 | + 74% | |

1 cocktail drink in downtown club | R 61 (E£ 92) | E£ 97 | - 4% | |

Cappuccino in expat area of the city | R 27 (E£ 40) | E£ 36 | + 12% | |

1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) | R 28 (E£ 42) | E£ 63 | - 33% | |

iPad Wi-Fi 128GB | R 9,177 (E£ 13,891) | E£ 11,870 | + 17% | |

1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) | R 2.76 (E£ 4.17) | E£ 0.22 | + 1805% | |

1 month of gym membership in business district | R 543 (E£ 822) | E£ 580 | + 42% | |

1 package of Marlboro cigarettes | R 39 (E£ 60) | E£ 32 | + 84% | |

TOTAL | + 85% |

These prices were last updated on February 18, 2018.
Exchange rate:
1.514
EGP
/
ZAR

This comparison is based on abundant and consistent data. It is based on 10,829 prices entered by 1,039 different people.

#
Cost of living in
**South Africa**
is
**85% more expensive than**
in
**Egypt**

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