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 57
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 70
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 77
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 14,469
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R 9,620
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,213
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R 10,208
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R 6,772
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R 777
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) R 639
40” flat screen TV R 6,190
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,557
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 77
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 31
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R 769
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 1,194
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,072
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 311,876
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 13
Monthly ticket public transport R 556
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 58
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 178
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) R 385
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R 49
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 28
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 50
4 rolls of toilet paper R 24
Tube of toothpaste R 15
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 126
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 298
2 tickets to the movies R 138
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 633
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 481
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 55
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 26
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 26
iPod nano 16GB R 3,021
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 2.09
1 month of gym membership in business district R 514
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 Benoni 116
2nd Johannesburg 114
3rd Pretoria 114
4th Cape Town 110
5th Orkney 105
6th Port Elizabeth 101
7th Durban 93

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

  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Cape Town costs R 8,000 (about 6 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Potchefstroom costs R 5,500 (about 14 hours ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Bloemfontein costs R 15 (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Johannesburg costs R 8,500 (1 day ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Cape Town costs R 40 (1 day ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Cape Town costs R 700 (1 day ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Cape Town costs R 2.00 (1 day ago)
  • Ipad air 2, 64gb in Cape Town costs R 12,000 (1 day ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Cape Town costs R 45 (1 day ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Cape Town costs R 30 (1 day ago)