Cost of living in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 55
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R 51
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 36
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 11
12 eggs, large R 26
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 17
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 48
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 19
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 16
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 15
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 84
2 liters of Coca-Cola R 16
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 11
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R 9,346
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R 5,874
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,025
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R 8,725
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R 4,400
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R 305
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) R 500
40” flat screen TV R 6,645
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,575
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 58
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 60
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R 770
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) R 508
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,140
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,026
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 273,333
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 13
Monthly ticket public transport R 719
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 137
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 47
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 184
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) R 351
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R 35
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 23
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 50
4 rolls of toilet paper R 31
Tube of toothpaste R 13
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 84
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 268
2 tickets to the movies R 107
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 402
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 492
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 54
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 25
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 16
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB R 15,000
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 2.14
1 month of gym membership in business district R 466
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R 39
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 64 prices entered by 6 different people.
Latest price update: October 16, 2018.

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