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Cost of Living in South Africa

Cost of living in South Africa is 38.92% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in South Africa is 57.45% lower than in United States (average data for all cities).
Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 120.00 R 80.00-150.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 450.00 R 320.00-600.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 55.00 R 49.00-70.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 25.00 R 20.00-35.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 33.00 R 25.00-45.00
Cappuccino (regular) 24.30 R 20.00-30.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 12.31 R 9.00-18.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 9.57 R 6.00-15.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 51.21 R 41.64-75.71
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 11.31 R 8.00-13.61
Rice (white), (1 lb) 8.92 R 5.60-12.25
Eggs (regular) (12) 25.92 R 18.00-36.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 42.34 R 31.75-54.43
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 30.14 R 22.23-40.82
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 40.33 R 29.48-57.61
Apples (1 lb) 9.44 R 6.80-13.15
Banana (1 lb) 7.77 R 5.44-11.34
Oranges (1 lb) 9.19 R 5.44-13.61
Tomato (1 lb) 8.14 R 5.44-12.70
Potato (1 lb) 7.52 R 4.54-13.61
Onion (1 lb) 6.82 R 4.53-11.34
Lettuce (1 head) 13.64 R 10.00-19.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 14.53 R 10.00-20.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 60.00 R 40.00-80.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 17.76 R 11.84-28.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 27.01 R 16.00-45.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 40.00 R 35.00-45.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 15.00 R 10.00-25.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 500.00 R 300.00-900.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 15.00 R 10.00-25.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 16.09 R 13.68-24.14
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 50.00 R 40.00-100.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 52.31 R 49.21-56.67
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 280,000.00 R 200,000.00-309,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 270,559.84 R 200,000.00-310,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,095.67 R 600.00-1,983.33
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.81 R 1.00-3.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 892.59 R 597.00-1,500.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 462.15 R 289.00-750.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 108.44 R 50.00-250.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 75.00 R 60.00-95.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,483.50 R 1,400.00-4,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 52,036.63 R 24,000.00-96,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 719.71 R 500.00-999.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 460.47 R 300.00-750.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,138.76 R 800.00-1,600.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,102.82 R 700.00-1,800.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 6,009.91 R 3,500.00-10,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 4,975.35 R 3,000.00-7,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 12,005.12 R 6,600.00-24,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 10,013.11 R 6,000.00-15,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,254.54 R 619.38-3,251.58
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,008.83 R 650.32-1,858.05
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 15,959.23 R
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 10.55 9.50-12.00

Prices in South Africa

These data are based on 15847 entries in the past 18 months from 1362 different contributors.
Last update: June 2018
Our data for each country are based on all entries from all cities in that country.
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By City in South Africa

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City
Cost of Living Index
Rent Index
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index
Groceries Index
Restaurant Price Index
Local Purchasing Power Index
Pretoria 45.64 14.05 30.75 35.26 40.73 81.90
Johannesburg 44.86 17.40 31.91 34.85 42.82 108.38
Cape Town 41.37 27.25 34.71 33.00 42.21 73.22
Durban 40.02 13.63 27.58 31.19 39.68 98.30
Port Elizabeth 39.43 11.52 26.27 31.34 36.21 70.56
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