- Cost of Living
- South Africa
- Egypt
- Comparison

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

Currency:

Food | + 34% | |||
---|---|---|---|---|

Food in South Africa is 34% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district | R 109 (E£ 138) | E£ 142 | - 3% | |

Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) | R 59 (E£ 74) | E£ 69 | + 8% | |

500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast | R 41 (E£ 52) | E£ 39 | + 35% | |

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

12 eggs, large | R 34 (E£ 42) | E£ 21 | + 99% | |

1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes | R 19 (E£ 23) | E£ 10 | + 131% | |

500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese | R 63 (E£ 80) | E£ 32 | + 152% | |

1 kg (2 lb.) of apples | R 22 (E£ 28) | E£ 25 | + 12% | |

1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes | R 20 (E£ 25) | E£ 7 | + 275% | |

0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket | R 18 (E£ 23) | E£ 22 | + 4% | |

1 bottle of red table wine, good quality | R 90 (E£ 114) | E£ 146 | - 22% | |

2 liters of Coca-Cola | R 18 (E£ 22) | E£ 12 | + 79% | |

Bread for 2 people for 1 day | R 12 (E£ 15) | E£ 5.81 | + 158% | |

Housing | + 113% | |||

Housing in South Africa is 113% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area | R 14,974 (E£ 18,903) | E£ 8,190 | + 131% | |

Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area | R 9,832 (E£ 12,412) | E£ 5,267 | + 136% | |

Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat | R 1,323 (E£ 1,671) | E£ 908 | + 84% | |

Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area | R 10,900 (E£ 13,760) | E£ 6,098 | + 126% | |

Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area | R 7,098 (E£ 8,961) | E£ 3,794 | + 136% | |

Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio | R 772 (E£ 974) | E£ 610 | + 60% | |

Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) | R 644 (E£ 814) | E£ 235 | + 246% | |

40” flat screen TV | R 5,749 (E£ 7,258) | E£ 6,021 | + 21% | |

Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) | R 1,461 (E£ 1,845) | E£ 3,030 | - 39% | |

Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) | R 86 (E£ 109) | E£ 102 | + 7% | |

Hourly rate for cleaning help | R 98 (E£ 124) | E£ 91 | + 36% | |

Clothes | + 6% | |||

Clothes in South Africa is 6% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) | R 818 (E£ 1,033) | E£ 874 | + 18% | |

1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) | R 615 (E£ 776) | E£ 761 | + 2% | |

1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) | R 1,303 (E£ 1,644) | E£ 1,831 | - 10% | |

1 pair of men’s leather business shoes | R 1,281 (E£ 1,617) | E£ 1,123 | + 44% | |

Transportation | + 44% | |||

Transportation in South Africa is 44% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new | R 300,689 (E£ 379,593) | E£ 444,807 | - 15% | |

1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas | R 15 (E£ 19) | E£ 6 | + 220% | |

Monthly ticket public transport | R 664 (E£ 838) | E£ 435 | + 93% | |

Personal Care | + 51% | |||

Personal Care in South Africa is 51% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) | R 71 (E£ 90) | E£ 37 | + 142% | |

1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) | R 198 (E£ 250) | E£ 75 | + 234% | |

Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) | R 449 (E£ 567) | E£ 351 | + 61% | |

1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) | R 49 (E£ 62) | E£ 60 | + 3% | |

Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) | R 34 (E£ 42) | E£ 49 | - 14% | |

Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) | R 53 (E£ 67) | E£ 48 | + 40% | |

4 rolls of toilet paper | R 27 (E£ 34) | E£ 25 | + 37% | |

Tube of toothpaste | R 17 (E£ 22) | E£ 19 | + 18% | |

Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city | R 140 (E£ 176) | E£ 70 | + 152% | |

Entertainment | - 3% | |||

Entertainment in South Africa is 3% cheaper than in Egypt | ||||

Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub | R 337 (E£ 425) | E£ 320 | + 33% | |

2 tickets to the movies | R 169 (E£ 213) | E£ 133 | + 60% | |

2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) | R 823 (E£ 1,040) | E£ 728 | + 43% | |

Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert | R 531 (E£ 670) | E£ 524 | + 28% | |

1 cocktail drink in downtown club | R 62 (E£ 79) | E£ 95 | - 17% | |

Cappuccino in expat area of the city | R 29 (E£ 37) | E£ 42 | - 12% | |

1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) | R 31 (E£ 39) | E£ 41 | - 3% | |

iPad Wi-Fi 128GB | R 7,887 (E£ 9,956) | E£ 9,559 | + 4% | |

1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) | R 1.91 (E£ 2.41) | E£ 4.68 | - 49% | |

1 month of gym membership in business district | R 566 (E£ 715) | E£ 787 | - 9% | |

1 package of Marlboro cigarettes | R 42 (E£ 53) | E£ 37 | + 42% | |

TOTAL | + 43% |

These prices were last updated on December 14, 2018.
Exchange rate:
1.262
EGP
/
ZAR

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#
Cost of living in
**South Africa**
is
**43% more expensive than**
in
**Egypt**

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