Cost of Living in Johannesburg

Summary about cost of living in Johannesburg:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 130.00 R 80.00-180.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 500.00 R 400.00-650.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 54.50 R 45.00-60.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 25.00 R 20.00-35.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 35.00 R 25.00-40.00
Cappuccino (regular) 26.29 R 20.00-30.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 14.39 R 12.00-20.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 11.12 R 8.00-15.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 61.04 R 45.42-87.06
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 12.54 R 8.50-15.42
Rice (white), (1 lb) 9.13 R 6.80-11.77
Eggs (regular) (12) 30.48 R 24.00-42.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 47.59 R 36.29-68.04
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 34.37 R 27.22-45.36
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 45.12 R 31.75-68.04
Apples (1 lb) 10.42 R 6.80-14.97
Banana (1 lb) 8.43 R 6.80-11.34
Oranges (1 lb) 11.34 R 5.90-18.14
Tomato (1 lb) 9.58 R 6.80-13.61
Potato (1 lb) 8.40 R 4.54-13.61
Onion (1 lb) 7.91 R 5.44-12.70
Lettuce (1 head) 15.48 R 12.00-20.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 15.75 R 12.00-20.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 70.00 R 50.00-90.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 18.39 R 11.00-27.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 28.05 R 15.00-45.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 45.00 R 38.00-50.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 30.00 R 18.00-56.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 733.50 R 458.00-1,200.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 20.00 R 15.00-25.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 17.70 R 12.87-40.23
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 100.00 R 50.00-150.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 59.88 R 54.24-63.44
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 300,000.00 R 210,000.00-350,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 288,095.74 R 230,000.00-324,600.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,254.37 R 700.00-2,361.11
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.55 R 0.80-3.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 954.56 R 700.00-1,500.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 543.29 R 350.00-800.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 160.12 R 50.00-300.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 87.50 R 75.00-120.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 3,534.60 R 2,000.00-5,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 71,290.00 R 30,000.00-100,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 788.22 R 550.00-1,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 462.44 R 300.00-750.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,134.12 R 800.00-1,500.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,164.83 R 750.00-1,600.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 6,911.48 R 4,500.00-10,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 6,046.38 R 4,000.00-8,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 13,348.21 R 8,000.00-22,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 11,473.47 R 7,500.00-15,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,354.52 R 790.60-2,322.56
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 969.82 R 673.54-1,393.53
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 17,914.62 R
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 10.51 10.00-12.00

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Last update: October 2019
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13 Comments so far

#Anonymous on Aug 23, 2019 :
Is kuazulu natal safe? Thinking of moving to empangeni, how is cost of living there?
#sudha bhise on Jul 25, 2019 :
Johannesburg power company hit by a ransomware attack
#Kyle White on Feb 02, 2019 :
Anyone knows the minimum salary needed to live on your own?
#Liberty-Jane on Jan 30, 2019 :
Don't worry Sandy honey, $1400 is sufficient to live well in here. Your monthly pension converts to about 19 000 South African Rands. To put this in perspective: 60% of PRIVATE pensions pay out less than R4000, 30% pay out between R4000 and R10 000 and only less than 10% pay between R10k and R25k. See what I mean? There's enough to live well.

(Not so keen on Rosettenville due to crime, but hey no place is perfect).

I so recommend you make the move. Don't let the news headlines deter you, this place has heart, history and hospitality.
#Sandy on Dec 10, 2018 :
I live in the USA my retirement is $1400 per month us dollars. I have a lady friend in Roseentenville. What is the cost of living like.
Will $1400 a month make it.?

Sandy p
#avinash kushwah on May 24, 2018 :
Please provide me fair estimate of living standard in Durban with good living and food.
#Paddy on Feb 02, 2018 :
You should rather not choose to stay in CBD. It gets rough. The surrounding areas are nice if you can afford it, though... Place like Parkhurst, Fourways, Sandton, Midrand.
I'd recommend a minimum of R10000 - R20000 for comfortable living- it'll get you an ok apartment, ok food, and transport cash assuming you are traveling between 20 and 50 km per day... Along with enough cash for a fair bit of adventures each month.
#Robert Waters on Oct 10, 2017 :
South Africa has one of the world's highest Gini coefficients and also one of the world's highest unemployment rates.
Many, many people in the formal economy earn less than R5000 (USD350) per month. Some earn less than R2000. But plenty of people earn more than R10,000 per month and some earn more than R100,000 per month.
Consequently the range of prices for similar goods needs to vary enormously in order that all members of the population can live.
For example, you can go into a cheap bar in Johannesburg and buy a 750ml bottle of beer for R15, then walk 200m up the street into a bar and pay R50 for a 500ml glass of beer.
Accommodation can vary from, say, R700 per month for a room in Soweto, to R25,000 per month for a two-room apartment in Melrose Arch.
Transportation varies from around R8 for a 5km trip in a combi taxi (a minibus that seats around 15-20 people) to R25 for the same trip in the Gautrain to R150 or more for a metered taxi.
Rich locals' and expats' children may attend schools costing in excess of R100,000 per year while poorer locals may not even be able to afford government school fees of less than R1,000 per year.
#sachin on Jul 20, 2016 :
Rent(full furnish) = 3500-4500 R
Food (Veg.)= 2500 R
(non Veg.)= 3000 R
Transport = 1000 R
above amount is enough for living in johannesburg, so you can calculate your saving.
#Sharma on Jul 20, 2016 :
if you earn more than 10000R per month, it is enough for food and apartment in johannesburg for a couple.
#Zaland on May 17, 2016 :
the exchange rate asof today 17 may 2016 is 15.66 rand for 1 dollar. 100 dollar is abt 1600 rand. Times dollar by 16 to get rand
#Zaland on May 17, 2016 :
With 1500 dollar you can live and feed yourself. You can get an apartment for 4000 rand in a modest apartment and live off the other 4000 easily. if you find a n apartment that is betwwen 3000-3500 it is even better. it would not be near city though.
#Misi on Nov 13, 2015 :
Someone please what is the equivalent of R to a $ USD urgent thanks...