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Cost of living 2018 in South Africa

Hello everyone,

As per our annual tradition, we invite you to share your experiences and tell us more about the average prices of products and services in your town/city/area, so that we have updated information regarding cost of living and inflation in South Africa.

Thanks to your contribution, future expats in South Africa will be more informed and will be able to refine their budget and better prepare for their big move.

How much does it cost to rent an apartment or a house in South Africa?

How much does it cost to buy an apartment or a house in South Africa?

How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)?

How much do you pay for basic food items such as rice, bread, and pasta?

What is your monthly budget for groceries?

How much does it cost to see a doctor/dentist/physician/specialist in South Africa?

How much do you pay for health insurance per month?

How much does childcare cost on average per month?

What is your child's schooling budget per month?

How much does it cost to fill up your car’s fuel tank?

How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc., per month?

How much do you pay for your internet and phone subscription?

How much do you pay for your lunch pack on weekdays?

How much do you pay for an espresso coffee?

How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?

How much does a gym membership cost in South Africa?

Thank you for sharing your experience.

Priscilla

All costs depend very much were you life: Joburg, Capetown are the most expensive. I live in Durban, KZN.
One can find 2 bedroom app. from 5  - 10.000/-R, depending on area and standard.
To buy, since month its a buyers market, 2 bedroom house : R 1 mio up.
Electricity / water R 500.- plus pm
Hardly any public transportation, you need a car, ( smallest car R 110.000.- )
Petrol R 14.- / l
car insurance: my small Hyundai I 10, 400.- pm
monthly grocery R 2.000.- plus
Internet/ tel. R 700.- pm 
espresso R 20.-

I live in Johannesburg, I pay accomodation R10000 for a 2 bedroom apartment in a slightly affluent area. R1000 For electricity, R300 for water and refusal removal, R1000 for unlimited data connection, R890 for cable TV, R4900 car insalment plus R1800 for petrol. Groceries R3000 to be safe and comfortable throughout yhe month. Where I stay one can buy for R1.5 mil upwards

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