Cost of living in Newcastle, South Africa

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 100
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R 52
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 65
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 14
12 eggs, large R 24
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 37
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 44
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 18
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 13
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 24
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 98
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 11,808
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R 9,222
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,350
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R 9,500
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R 4,500
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R 967
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) R 483
40” flat screen TV R 5,500
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,250
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 59
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 17
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R 1,067
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) R 813
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,100
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,100
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 150,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 10
Monthly ticket public transport R 226
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 88
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 150
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) R 220
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R 46
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 30
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 35
4 rolls of toilet paper R 22
Tube of toothpaste R 17
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 77
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 417
2 tickets to the movies R 113
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 288
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 750
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 48
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 20
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 22
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 2.00
1 month of gym membership in business district R 447
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R 24
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 38 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: January 10, 2018.

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