- Cost of Living
- South Africa
- Egypt
- Comparison

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

Currency:

Food | + 32% | |||
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Food in South Africa is 32% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district | R 109 (E£ 139) | E£ 145 | - 5% | |

Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) | R 59 (E£ 74) | E£ 71 | + 5% | |

500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast | R 42 (E£ 53) | E£ 39 | + 36% | |

1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk | R 15 (E£ 18) | E£ 14 | + 30% | |

12 eggs, large | R 34 (E£ 43) | E£ 22 | + 97% | |

1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes | R 18 (E£ 23) | E£ 11 | + 121% | |

500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese | R 64 (E£ 81) | E£ 33 | + 143% | |

1 kg (2 lb.) of apples | R 22 (E£ 28) | E£ 26 | + 7% | |

1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes | R 20 (E£ 26) | E£ 7 | + 293% | |

0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket | R 18 (E£ 23) | E£ 21 | + 8% | |

1 bottle of red table wine, good quality | R 90 (E£ 115) | E£ 156 | - 26% | |

2 liters of Coca-Cola | R 17 (E£ 22) | E£ 12 | + 76% | |

Bread for 2 people for 1 day | R 12 (E£ 15) | E£ 6 | + 149% | |

Housing | + 118% | |||

Housing in South Africa is 118% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area | R 15,018 (E£ 19,057) | E£ 8,380 | + 127% | |

Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area | R 9,634 (E£ 12,224) | E£ 5,100 | + 140% | |

Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat | R 1,375 (E£ 1,745) | E£ 913 | + 91% | |

Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area | R 10,865 (E£ 13,786) | E£ 5,889 | + 134% | |

Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area | R 7,178 (E£ 9,108) | E£ 3,880 | + 135% | |

Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio | R 822 (E£ 1,043) | E£ 604 | + 73% | |

Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) | R 656 (E£ 833) | E£ 251 | + 231% | |

40” flat screen TV | R 5,832 (E£ 7,401) | E£ 6,122 | + 21% | |

Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) | R 1,487 (E£ 1,887) | E£ 2,985 | - 37% | |

Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) | R 87 (E£ 111) | E£ 101 | + 9% | |

Hourly rate for cleaning help | R 94 (E£ 119) | E£ 88 | + 36% | |

Clothes | + 4% | |||

Clothes in South Africa is 4% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) | R 819 (E£ 1,039) | E£ 907 | + 15% | |

1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) | R 621 (E£ 788) | E£ 790 | - 0% | |

1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) | R 1,301 (E£ 1,651) | E£ 1,891 | - 13% | |

1 pair of men’s leather business shoes | R 1,311 (E£ 1,664) | E£ 1,119 | + 49% | |

Transportation | + 48% | |||

Transportation in South Africa is 48% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new | R 297,172 (E£ 377,082) | E£ 459,253 | - 18% | |

1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas | R 15 (E£ 19) | E£ 5.73 | + 230% | |

Monthly ticket public transport | R 710 (E£ 901) | E£ 435 | + 107% | |

Personal Care | + 59% | |||

Personal Care in South Africa is 59% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) | R 73 (E£ 92) | E£ 37 | + 148% | |

1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) | R 198 (E£ 252) | E£ 79 | + 219% | |

Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) | R 447 (E£ 567) | E£ 314 | + 81% | |

1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) | R 50 (E£ 63) | E£ 51 | + 24% | |

Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) | R 33 (E£ 42) | E£ 52 | - 19% | |

Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) | R 53 (E£ 67) | E£ 48 | + 41% | |

4 rolls of toilet paper | R 28 (E£ 35) | E£ 21 | + 70% | |

Tube of toothpaste | R 18 (E£ 22) | E£ 21 | + 8% | |

Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city | R 139 (E£ 177) | E£ 70 | + 151% | |

Entertainment | - 4% | |||

Entertainment in South Africa is 4% cheaper than in Egypt | ||||

Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub | R 339 (E£ 430) | E£ 323 | + 33% | |

2 tickets to the movies | R 166 (E£ 211) | E£ 131 | + 61% | |

2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) | R 854 (E£ 1,083) | E£ 693 | + 56% | |

Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert | R 541 (E£ 687) | E£ 524 | + 31% | |

1 cocktail drink in downtown club | R 61 (E£ 78) | E£ 104 | - 25% | |

Cappuccino in expat area of the city | R 29 (E£ 36) | E£ 42 | - 13% | |

1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) | R 30 (E£ 38) | E£ 56 | - 32% | |

iPad Wi-Fi 128GB | R 8,109 (E£ 10,289) | E£ 10,206 | + 1% | |

1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) | R 1.98 (E£ 2.51) | E£ 4.68 | - 46% | |

1 month of gym membership in business district | R 581 (E£ 737) | E£ 831 | - 11% | |

1 package of Marlboro cigarettes | R 42 (E£ 53) | E£ 36 | + 46% | |

TOTAL | + 44% |

These prices were last updated on October 18, 2018.
Exchange rate:
1.269
EGP
/
ZAR

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#
Cost of living in
**South Africa**
is
**44% more expensive than**
in
**Egypt**

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