Cost of living in Noorder-Paarl, South Africa

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 130
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R 50
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 34
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 12
12 eggs, large R 27
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 23
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 50
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 40
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 10
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 17
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 125
2 liters of Coca-Cola R 18
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 6
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R 4,850
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R 4,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,300
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R 5,350
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R 6,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R 1,100
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) R 499
40” flat screen TV R 3,000
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,850
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 70
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 59
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R 750
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) R 575
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,900
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,475
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 238,350
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 13
Monthly ticket public transport R 300
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 64
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 150
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 300
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) R 350
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R 30
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 22
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 30
4 rolls of toilet paper R 30
Tube of toothpaste R 11
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 93
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 275
2 tickets to the movies R 80
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 300
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 300
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 30
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 25
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 30
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB R 3,000
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 2.55
1 month of gym membership in business district R 275
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R 38
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 89 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: February 20, 2018.

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