Cost of living in Johannesburg, South Africa

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 90
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R 56
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 40
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 15
12 eggs, large R 34
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 19
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 60
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 82
2 liters of Coca-Cola R 16
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 9
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R 12,520
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R 8,713
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,203
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R 9,498
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R 5,790
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R 674
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) R 579
40” flat screen TV R 6,025
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,322
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 77
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 34
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R 782
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) R 600
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,130
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,126
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 313,482
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 13
Monthly ticket public transport R 765
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 133
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 55
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 262
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) R 414
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R 44
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 29
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 48
4 rolls of toilet paper R 22
Tube of toothpaste R 13
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 134
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 265
2 tickets to the movies R 129
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 687
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 484
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 48
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 25
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 25
iPod nano 16GB R 2,898
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 1.76
1 month of gym membership in business district R 521
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R 38
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 2,193 prices entered by 214 different people.
Latest price update: January 22, 2017.

Joburg position in our World Ranking

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1st
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