Cost of Living in South Africa

Cost of living in South Africa is 39.24% lower than in United States (without rent, aggregate data for all cities).

Rent in South Africa is, on average, 59.69% lower than in United States.

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 120.00 R 80.00-280.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 550.00 R 400.00-850.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 60.00 R 50.00-75.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 30.00 R 18.00-45.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 40.00 R 25.00-50.00
Cappuccino (regular) 27.70 R 18.50-38.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 13.91 R 10.00-22.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 10.79 R 8.00-18.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 58.07 R 43.46-90.85
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 12.73 R 8.19-16.33
Rice (white), (1 lb) 9.84 R 5.90-15.88
Eggs (regular) (12) 29.75 R 16.00-48.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 48.77 R 35.83-70.76
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 32.71 R 19.05-54.43
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 47.28 R 31.75-72.57
Apples (1 lb) 10.68 R 6.80-14.06
Banana (1 lb) 9.50 R 6.35-15.88
Oranges (1 lb) 10.16 R 4.54-18.14
Tomato (1 lb) 9.35 R 4.54-13.61
Potato (1 lb) 8.33 R 3.63-14.51
Onion (1 lb) 7.82 R 4.54-13.61
Lettuce (1 head) 15.34 R 10.00-20.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 14.59 R 10.00-20.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 75.00 R 45.00-120.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 20.58 R 12.00-35.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 27.87 R 15.00-45.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 45.00 R 40.00-52.99
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 20.00 R 14.00-50.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 700.00 R 320.00-2,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 20.00 R 10.00-40.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 19.31 R 14.48-40.23
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 70.00 R 48.00-180.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 58.88 R 52.96-64.35
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 307,500.00 R 250,000.00-350,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 312,197.94 R 280,000.00-372,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,447.20 R 850.00-2,550.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.73 R 0.79-2.50
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 907.50 R 600.00-1,500.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 467.19 R 250.00-800.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 125.24 R 50.00-200.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 90.00 R 70.00-125.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,949.78 R 1,800.00-5,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 67,344.12 R 30,000.00-120,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 747.11 R 400.00-1,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 488.83 R 250.00-800.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,247.20 R 700.00-2,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,224.07 R 600.00-2,000.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 6,842.34 R 4,065.00-12,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 5,735.10 R 4,000.00-8,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 13,146.26 R 7,500.00-25,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 11,112.19 R 7,455.56-18,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,704.78 R 831.22-3,716.09
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,140.57 R 743.22-2,090.30
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 20,084.69 R
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 10.02 7.00-13.00

Prices in South Africa

This country had 12067 entries in the past 12 months by 900 different contributors.
Last update: February 2021
Our data for each country are based on all entries from all cities in that country.
Sources and References
  

By City in South Africa

Rank
City
Cost of Living Index
Rent Index
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index
Groceries Index
Restaurant Price Index
Local Purchasing Power Index
Johannesburg 46.96 17.17 32.96 36.49 43.10 70.26
Pretoria 45.38 13.63 30.46 35.66 38.93 75.79
Cape Town 43.45 25.06 34.81 36.87 39.12 68.88
Durban 40.85 14.01 28.24 32.85 34.56 61.81
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