Cost of living in Johannesburg, South Africa

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 109
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R 59
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 41
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 15
12 eggs, large R 36
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 19
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 69
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 22
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 22
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 18
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 95
2 liters of Coca-Cola R 17
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 11
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R 14,588
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R 10,129
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,318
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R 11,355
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R 7,359
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R 796
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) R 640
40” flat screen TV R 5,853
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,538
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 78
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 90
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R 792
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) R 644
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,331
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,346
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 303,066
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 15
Monthly ticket public transport R 1,038
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 205
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 78
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 218
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) R 454
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R 49
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 34
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 56
4 rolls of toilet paper R 28
Tube of toothpaste R 18
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 152
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 365
2 tickets to the movies R 169
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 1,077
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 533
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 61
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 30
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 30
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB R 8,496
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 1.51
1 month of gym membership in business district R 607
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R 42
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 2,978 prices entered by 251 different people.
Latest price update: October 19, 2018.

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