Cost of Living in South Africa: Latest Comparisons

South Africa can be relatively on the cheap side when compared with some other countries in Africa. Among African countries, Luanda which is the capital of Angola is the most expensive city for expats to live in. It is quite difficult to determine what the cost of living in South Africa can be as living costs largely depend on an individual’s spending habit, taste and to a great extent, where you are coming from.

If you have a large appetite for luxury products then your living costs can be way up the roof. One of the best ways to decide what your living cost could be is to check through the major grocery stores like Woolworths, Pick n’ Pay or Checkers which have stores across South Africa, compare their prices online with what your budget is on a normal basis and see what difference it might make.

It may also interest you to know that in South Africa, both Johannesburg and Cape Town (the most pleasant and lively places in South Africa) have a comparatively lower cost of living with respect to most other developed and busy cities across Africa and the world. It is a general thing that if you are coming from a country whose currency has a higher purchasing power, you would have a sense of the cheaper cost of living.

Latest Cost of Living in South Africa

Based on Numbeo.com’s latest survey, the following represents the average range of cost of living in South Africa

Restaurants  mean
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 110.00 R
80.00
 to
150.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 450.00 R
320.00
 to
600.00
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 55.00 R
48.00
 to
70.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 55.00 R
18.00
 to
35.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 30.00 R
24.00
 to
45.00
Cappuccino (regular) 23.84 R
20.00
 to
30.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 12.05 R
9.00
 to
17.00
Water (0.33 litre bottle) 9.44 R
7.00
 to
15.00
Markets  mean  Range
Milk (regular), 1 liter 13.49 R
11.00
 to
20.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500 g) 12.55 R
9.00
 to
15.00
Rice (white), (1 kg) 19.76 R
12.00
 to
28.00
Eggs (12) 23.80 R
17.20
 to
35.00
Local Cheese (1 kg) 91.23 R
69.00
 to
110.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 kg)

 

 

Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat)

64.45 R

 

 

 

84.13 R

45.00
 to
85.95
60.00
  to
120.00
Apples (1 kg)

 

 

 

Banana (1kg)

20.47 R

 

 

 

16.81 R

15.00
 to
28.00
12.00
  to
25.00
Oranges (1 kg) 20.57 R
12.00
 to
30.00
Tomato (1kg) 18.20 R
13.00
 to
28.00
Potato (1kg) 16.54 R
10.00
 to
30.00
Lettuce (1 head) 13.46 R
10.00
 to
19.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 14.54 R
10.00
 to
20.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 55.00 R
40.00
 to
75.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 17.57 R
12.00
 to
30.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 26.61 R
17.00
 to
45.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 40.00 R
35.00
 to
45.00
Transportation mean  Range
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 15.00 R
10.00
 to
25.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 500.00 R
300.00
 to
800.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 20.00 R
10.00
 to
35.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 10.00 R
8.00
 to
14.00
Taxi 1-hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 50.00 R
40.00
 to
100.00
Gasoline (1 litre) 13.46 R
12.75
 to
14.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car)

 

 

 

Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car)

262,500.00 R

 

 

 

 

269,820.75 R

180,000.00
 to
310,000.00
208,500.00
  to
300,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)  mean  Range
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85 m2 Apartment 1,063.44 R
600.00
 to
2,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.73 R
1.00
 to
3.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 813.14 R
500.00
 to
1200.00
Sports And Leisure  mean  Range
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 450.61 R
250.00
 to
700.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 93.39 R
50.00
 to
200.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 72.00 R
60.00
 to
90.00
Clothing And Shoes mean  Range
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 692.26 R
499.00
 to
900.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, …) 455.00 R
300.00
 to
700.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,096.51 R
800.00
 to
1,500.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,079.24 R
600.00
 to
1,800.00
 
Rent Per Month  mean  Range
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 5,805.76 R
3,500.00
 to
10,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 4,764.94 R
3,000.00
 to
7,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 11,208.83 R
6,500.00
 to
20,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 9,663.70 R
6,000.00
 to
15,000.00
Buy Apartment Price  mean  Range
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 12,270.92 R
6,000.00
 to
25,000.40
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 10,369.35 R
7,000.00
18,000.00
Salaries And Financing  mean  Range
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 16,479.11 R
10,000.00
 to
20,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 10.52
9.50
 to
12.00
Childcare mean Range
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,645.37 R 1,500.00

to

4,000.00

International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 57,423.74 R 28,000.00

to

96,000.00

These data are based on 13847 entries in the past 18 months from 1245 different contributors. Note that there are a lot of factors that affect the cost of living, therefore, these figures are not bound to remain the same over time.

Source: Numbeo.com survey

See Also: South Africa Tops The List of Cheapest Countries In The World To Live In

Emeka Chigozie
Emeka has a keen interest in tech, entertainment, and politics. He likes to stay up to date with global news when he is not thinking about future trends in tech.
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