Cost of living in Soweto, South Africa

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district -
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R 31
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 14
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 15
12 eggs, large R 30
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 20
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 48
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 20
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 22
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 40
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 50
2 liters of Coca-Cola R 18
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 13
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R 11,367
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area R 3,500
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,784
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area -
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area R 8,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio -
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) R 300
40” flat screen TV R 4,553
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) R 800
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 58
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 25
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R 816
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) R 120
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) R 800
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 1,200
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 123,153
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 13
Monthly ticket public transport R 402
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 45
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 180
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) R 383
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) R 35
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 28
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 45
4 rolls of toilet paper R 23
Tube of toothpaste R 9
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 68
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 267
2 tickets to the movies R 100
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 400
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 30
Cappuccino in expat area of the city -
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 25
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 2.75
1 month of gym membership in business district R 300
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 less than 10 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: July 27, 2018.

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