Cost of living in Johannesburg, South Africa

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 87
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R 62
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 41
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 16
12 eggs, large R 33
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 19
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 65
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 71
2 liters of Coca-Cola R 15
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 10
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R 13,184
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R 9,737
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,320
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R 9,464
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R 6,551
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R 905
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) R 636
40” flat screen TV R 5,855
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,285
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 71
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 30
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R 726
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) R 518
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,181
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,021
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 321,471
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 13
Monthly ticket public transport R 762
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 189
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 57
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 209
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) R 432
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R 47
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 30
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 47
4 rolls of toilet paper R 26
Tube of toothpaste R 13
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 131
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 313
2 tickets to the movies R 139
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 671
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 478
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 53
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 26
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 24
iPod nano 16GB R 3,793
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 1.80
1 month of gym membership in business district R 468
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R 38
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 2,070 prices entered by 197 different people.
Latest price update: June 26, 2017.

Joburg position in our World Ranking

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185th
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1st
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