Cost of living in South Africa

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 108
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R 57
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 42
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 14
12 eggs, large R 33
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 18
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 63
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 22
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 20
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 17
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 88
2 liters of Coca-Cola R 17
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 12
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R 15,332
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R 9,953
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,426
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R 10,782
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R 6,994
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R 847
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) R 654
40” flat screen TV R 5,786
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,551
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 87
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 94
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R 822
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) R 655
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,299
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,299
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 287,039
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 15
Monthly ticket public transport R 661
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 69
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 202
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) R 444
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R 50
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 33
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 53
4 rolls of toilet paper R 28
Tube of toothpaste R 18
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 140
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 344
2 tickets to the movies R 164
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 844
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 541
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 60
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 28
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 30
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB R 8,553
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 1.85
1 month of gym membership in business district R 572
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R 41

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 Potgietersrus 149
2nd Pretoria 116
3rd Johannesburg 105
4th Carletonville 102
5th Cape Town 94
6th Orkney 91
7th Polokwane 87
8th Durban 86
9th Port Elizabeth 81
10th Noorder-Paarl 78
11th Bloemfontein 74

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.

Are you moving to South Africa? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

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Recent Prices Added

  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Johannesburg costs R 1.00 (1 day ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Johannesburg costs R 30 (1 day ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Johannesburg costs R 500 (1 day ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Johannesburg costs R 1,200 (1 day ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Johannesburg costs R 160 (1 day ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Johannesburg costs R 120 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Johannesburg costs R 16 (1 day ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Johannesburg costs R 700 (1 day ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Johannesburg costs R 1,200 (1 day ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Johannesburg costs R 500 (1 day ago)