Cost of living in Richards Bay, South Africa

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 170
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R 63
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 30
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 12
12 eggs, large R 29
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 19
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 54
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 21
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 19
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 25
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 127
2 liters of Coca-Cola R 16
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 12
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R 17,979
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R 7,376
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,932
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area R 8,952
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R 7,860
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio R 1,472
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) R 736
40” flat screen TV R 9,105
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,495
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 84
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 58
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R 1,985
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) R 608
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,496
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,415
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 316,653
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 14
Monthly ticket public transport R 443
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 53
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 94
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) R 414
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R 45
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 25
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 73
4 rolls of toilet paper R 29
Tube of toothpaste R 12
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 102
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 301
2 tickets to the movies R 76
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) -
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 473
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 48
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 26
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 19
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 2.58
1 month of gym membership in business district R 481
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R 36
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 105 prices entered by 7 different people.
Latest price update: April 29, 2017.

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