Cost of living in South Africa

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 97
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R 58
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 41
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 14
12 eggs, large R 30
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 18
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 72
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 20
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 18
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 15
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 79
2 liters of Coca-Cola R 16
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 10
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R 14,646
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R 9,943
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,218
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R 10,393
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R 6,769
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R 771
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) R 689
40” flat screen TV R 6,325
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,701
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 80
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 26
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R 764
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) R 645
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,242
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,144
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 301,883
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 13
Monthly ticket public transport R 590
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 60
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 195
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) R 383
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R 51
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 28
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 48
4 rolls of toilet paper R 24
Tube of toothpaste R 15
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 122
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 300
2 tickets to the movies R 141
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 603
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 488
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 57
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 26
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 25
iPod nano 16GB R 3,039
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 1.80
1 month of gym membership in business district R 520
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R 38

Map of Cost of Living in South Africa

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This map shows only the top cities in South Africa. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

The color of each marker corresponds with the Cost of Living in the city. Red markers show more expensive cities, green ones show cheaper cities.
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in South Africa

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Pretoria 115
2nd Benoni 114
3rd Johannesburg 110
4th Cape Town 102
5th Orkney 99
6th Port Elizabeth 94
7th Durban 92
8th Noorder-Paarl 84

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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Recent Prices Added

  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Johannesburg costs R 899 (about 9 hours ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Cape Town costs R 15 (1 day ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Johannesburg costs R 250,000 (1 day ago)
  • 40′ flat screen tv in Johannesburg costs R 6,000 (1 day ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Johannesburg costs R 30 (1 day ago)
  • Utilities (studio), monthly for 1 person in 45 m2 in Johannesburg costs R 450 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Johannesburg costs R 8,000 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Johannesburg costs R 12,000 (1 day ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in Johannesburg costs R 800 (1 day ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Johannesburg costs R 13,000 (1 day ago)