Cost of living in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 86
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R 57
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 38
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 16
12 eggs, large R 32
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 18
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 56
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 23
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 16
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 16
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 74
2 liters of Coca-Cola R 18
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 9
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R 10,585
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R 6,888
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 781
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R 7,127
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R 4,050
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R 380
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) R 752
40” flat screen TV R 5,259
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,424
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 99
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 118
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R 730
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) R 482
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,511
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,138
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 303,220
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 15
Monthly ticket public transport R 513
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 111
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 62
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 209
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) R 403
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R 46
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 34
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 50
4 rolls of toilet paper R 21
Tube of toothpaste R 14
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 108
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 297
2 tickets to the movies R 178
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 383
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 457
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 24
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB R 8,552
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 1.74
1 month of gym membership in business district R 411
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R 35
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 261 prices entered by 23 different people.
Latest price update: October 18, 2018.

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