Cost of living in Johannesburg, South Africa

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 86
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R 52
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 54
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 14
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 90
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 13,627
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R 8,560
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,254
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R 9,289
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R 5,733
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R 766
Internet 8MB (1 month) R 606
40” flat screen TV R 5,728
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,401
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 92
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 34
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R 752
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) R 567
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,130
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,185
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 306,677
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 13
Monthly ticket public transport R 976
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 126
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 46
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 252
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) R 398
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R 42
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 31
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 53
4 rolls of toilet paper R 22
Tube of toothpaste R 14
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 133
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 277
2 tickets to the movies R 130
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 759
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 506
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 28
iPod nano 16GB R 1,553
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 1.83
1 month of gym membership in business district R 564
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R 39
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 2,919 prices entered by 273 different people.
Latest price update: July 24, 2016.

Joburg position in our World Ranking

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