Cost of living in Johannesburg, South Africa

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 87
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R 53
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 39
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 13
12 eggs, large R 31
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 18
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 56
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 21
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 20
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 14
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 84
2 liters of Coca-Cola R 17
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 9
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R 13,270
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R 8,463
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,220
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R 9,317
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R 5,802
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R 721
Internet 8MB (1 month) R 612
40” flat screen TV R 5,498
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,391
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 97
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 28
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R 732
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) R 543
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,119
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,173
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 308,277
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 13
Monthly ticket public transport R 1,133
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 132
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 46
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 186
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) R 402
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R 43
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 30
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 51
4 rolls of toilet paper R 23
Tube of toothpaste R 15
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 134
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 277
2 tickets to the movies R 125
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 782
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 516
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 51
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 24
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 26
iPod nano 16GB R 1,553
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 1.91
1 month of gym membership in business district R 545
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R 38
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 3,264 prices entered by 297 different people.
Latest price update: May 26, 2016.

Joburg position in our World Ranking

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