- Cost of Living
- South Africa
- Egypt
- Comparison

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

Currency:

Food | + 46% | |||
---|---|---|---|---|

Food in South Africa is 46% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district | R 107 (E£ 153) | E£ 140 | + 9% | |

Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) | R 57 (E£ 81) | E£ 66 | + 22% | |

500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast | R 41 (E£ 58) | E£ 40 | + 46% | |

1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk | R 15 (E£ 21) | E£ 14 | + 49% | |

12 eggs, large | R 32 (E£ 46) | E£ 20 | + 123% | |

1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes | R 18 (E£ 26) | E£ 12 | + 111% | |

500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese | R 63 (E£ 90) | E£ 31 | + 191% | |

1 kg (2 lb.) of apples | R 21 (E£ 30) | E£ 24 | + 25% | |

1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes | R 20 (E£ 29) | E£ 7 | + 348% | |

0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket | R 17 (E£ 24) | E£ 21 | + 15% | |

1 bottle of red table wine, good quality | R 93 (E£ 133) | E£ 155 | - 14% | |

2 liters of Coca-Cola | R 16 (E£ 24) | E£ 12 | + 103% | |

Bread for 2 people for 1 day | R 12 (E£ 17) | E£ 8 | + 96% | |

Housing | + 155% | |||

Housing in South Africa is 155% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area | R 15,286 (E£ 21,865) | E£ 7,936 | + 176% | |

Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area | R 10,103 (E£ 14,451) | E£ 4,501 | + 221% | |

Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat | R 1,397 (E£ 1,998) | E£ 968 | + 106% | |

Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area | R 10,937 (E£ 15,644) | E£ 5,298 | + 195% | |

Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area | R 6,620 (E£ 9,468) | E£ 3,027 | + 213% | |

Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio | R 953 (E£ 1,363) | E£ 582 | + 134% | |

Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) | R 660 (E£ 944) | E£ 270 | + 250% | |

40” flat screen TV | R 5,953 (E£ 8,515) | E£ 6,044 | + 41% | |

Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) | R 1,677 (E£ 2,399) | E£ 2,902 | - 17% | |

Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) | R 86 (E£ 123) | E£ 85 | + 45% | |

Hourly rate for cleaning help | R 57 (E£ 82) | E£ 101 | - 18% | |

Clothes | + 19% | |||

Clothes in South Africa is 19% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) | R 805 (E£ 1,152) | E£ 906 | + 27% | |

1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) | R 660 (E£ 945) | E£ 774 | + 22% | |

1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) | R 1,310 (E£ 1,874) | E£ 1,914 | - 2% | |

1 pair of men’s leather business shoes | R 1,325 (E£ 1,895) | E£ 1,495 | + 27% | |

Transportation | + 66% | |||

Transportation in South Africa is 66% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new | R 283,477 (E£ 405,483) | E£ 458,002 | - 11% | |

1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas | R 14 (E£ 20) | E£ 5.00 | + 295% | |

Monthly ticket public transport | R 608 (E£ 870) | E£ 323 | + 170% | |

Personal Care | + 87% | |||

Personal Care in South Africa is 87% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) | R 64 (E£ 91) | E£ 43 | + 111% | |

1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) | R 230 (E£ 329) | E£ 81 | + 306% | |

Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) | R 421 (E£ 603) | E£ 260 | + 132% | |

1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) | R 48 (E£ 69) | E£ 60 | + 15% | |

Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) | R 30 (E£ 43) | E£ 53 | - 19% | |

Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) | R 52 (E£ 74) | E£ 46 | + 62% | |

4 rolls of toilet paper | R 27 (E£ 39) | E£ 19 | + 104% | |

Tube of toothpaste | R 17 (E£ 24) | E£ 20 | + 23% | |

Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city | R 143 (E£ 204) | E£ 58 | + 250% | |

Entertainment | - 30% | |||

Entertainment in South Africa is 30% cheaper than in Egypt | ||||

Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub | R 344 (E£ 491) | E£ 312 | + 58% | |

2 tickets to the movies | R 159 (E£ 227) | E£ 130 | + 75% | |

2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) | R 846 (E£ 1,211) | E£ 713 | + 70% | |

Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert | R 583 (E£ 835) | E£ 469 | + 78% | |

1 cocktail drink in downtown club | R 63 (E£ 90) | E£ 100 | - 10% | |

Cappuccino in expat area of the city | R 27 (E£ 39) | E£ 38 | + 2% | |

1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) | R 28 (E£ 40) | E£ 56 | - 28% | |

iPad Wi-Fi 128GB | R 9,360 (E£ 13,389) | E£ 12,204 | + 10% | |

1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) | R 1.82 (E£ 2.60) | E£ 21 | - 88% | |

1 month of gym membership in business district | R 572 (E£ 818) | E£ 707 | + 16% | |

1 package of Marlboro cigarettes | R 40 (E£ 57) | E£ 33 | + 77% | |

TOTAL | + 45% |

These prices were last updated on May 28, 2018.
Exchange rate:
1.430
EGP
/
ZAR

This comparison is based on abundant and consistent data. It is based on 10,237 prices entered by 1,040 different people.

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

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