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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 39.04
Rent Index: 14.76
Groceries Index: 31.96
Restaurants Index: 36.59
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 27.00
Local Purchasing Power: 117.00

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 95.00 R
65.00
150.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 350.00 R
250.00
450.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 50.00 R
45.00
50.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 22.00 R
15.00
25.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 21.00 R
19.00
34.00
Cappuccino (regular) 19.54 R
18.00
22.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 9.11 R
8.00
10.50
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 7.53 R
5.00
10.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 48.45 R
37.85
53.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 9.74 R
8.50
10.89
Rice (white), (1 lb) 7.11 R
4.54
11.34
Eggs (12) 20.56 R
17.00
24.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 34.93 R
27.22
40.82
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 27.10 R
20.41
34.02
Apples (1 lb) 7.41 R
5.44
9.07
Oranges (1 lb) 5.22 R
2.72
6.80
Tomato (1 lb) 6.52 R
4.54
9.07
Potato (1 lb) 5.38 R
4.08
6.80
Lettuce (1 head) 9.82 R
7.00
12.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 13.92 R
12.00
15.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 52.50 R
38.00
65.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 12.88 R
10.00
15.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 15.62 R
15.00
18.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 36.75 R
30.00
38.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 18.00 R
10.00
20.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 200.00 R
120.00
400.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 10.00 R
8.00
10.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 22.53 R
16.09
24.14
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 120.00 R
100.00
140.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 50.27 R
48.57
53.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 260,000.00 R
180,000.00
289,900.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,024.60 R
750.00
1,250.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.66 R
1.00
3.00
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 634.82 R
300.00
875.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 453.18 R
325.00
520.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 53.75 R
25.00
80.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 60.00 R
55.00
80.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 644.22 R
400.00
800.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 390.90 R
300.00
600.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 904.55 R
700.00
1,200.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 825.00 R
500.00
1,500.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 4,500.00 R
4,000.00
5,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 4,422.22 R
3,500.00
6,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 8,687.50 R
6,000.00
12,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 10,611.11 R
8,500.00
14,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 806.19 R
613.15
1,114.83
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 849.39 R
650.32
1,021.92
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 13,777.78 R
10,000.00
21,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 9.58
9.00
10.00

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Last update: August, 2015

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3 Comments so far

#A. on May 01, 2014 :
1. Taxi fares are typically advertised as R10—R16/km. This is what most scrupulous companies charge. There are only 3 of them – Eagle, mozzie Cabs and Zippy Cabs. The rest charge between R18 and R25/km. Although the Metro is supposed to regulate the meters, its not clear that this is the case. Eagle are probably the cheapest at around R11/km.


2. I found this advert for the Golf Trendline 1.4 . People in SA take cars seriously and buy much more than they can actually afford which may contribute to our second-hand market. I’m not sure if this is the same model used in the comparison:


http://www.vw.co.za/en/models/new-golf/trimlevel_overview.s9_trimlevel_detail.suffix.html/new-golf~2F1-4-tsi-trendline.html

3. I’m also somewhat sceptical about the price of Internet data. The tarrifs for the provider are available here http://www.telkom.co.za/sites/documents/AllAccessNotes/tarifflist_Aug1.pdf but are, typical of Telkom, indecipherable. In addition, uncapped accounts are usually subject to shaping and high contention ratios and some oversubscribed exchanges. The price quoted in the tariff sheet does not include data to the best of my knowledge – I believe this is charged separately.
#Lisa on Sep 18, 2013 :
For someone who is returning to Durban after 14 years in the UK, this is extremely helpful!
#buzigi on Dec 23, 2012 :
i really like south africa and for this christmas what i would request God is to allow entry in south africa and make alot of money and make it my next home of my life . Amen

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