Cost of living in Polokwane, South Africa

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 40
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R 47
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 29
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 14
12 eggs, large R 30
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 18
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 53
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 30
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 17
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 16
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 58
2 liters of Coca-Cola R 17
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 10
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R 5,667
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R 5,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,067
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R 3,250
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R 2,750
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R 800
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) R 1,000
40” flat screen TV R 6,933
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R 2,600
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 95
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 19
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R 1,000
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) R 693
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,219
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,000
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 226,500
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 13
Monthly ticket public transport R 280
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) -
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) -
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) -
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) -
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 34
4 rolls of toilet paper R 2.00
Tube of toothpaste -
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city -
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 400
2 tickets to the movies R 138
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 160
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 400
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 60
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 20
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 25
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB R 12,999
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district R 100
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R 38
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 66 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: November 04, 2017.

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