Cost of living in South Africa – 2018

On March 16, 2018 / by Sherone Lewis / Leave a comment

Cost of living in South Africa – 2018 (2)

Are you moving to South Africa? Do you know how much money you will need to maintain your current standard of living? Find out what is the real equivalent in South Africa of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation

It’s not surprising that the cost of living in South Africa is a main concern for many people looking to emigrate. Anyone who is considering emigrate wants to know that they’ll be able to maintain – or better – their lifestyle. Here’s everything you need to know about the cost of living in South Africa


Your salary will depend on your location, industry, qualifications and experience. Johannesburg offers the highest salaries, followed by Pretoria, and Cape Town. To get an idea of average salaries in South Africa, do a search on PayScale for your occupation


You can choose to either rent or buy a property when you move to South Africa. A lot of people who emigrate to South Africa choose to rent, while looking around for somewhere to buy. Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban are South Africa’s largest cities; here is the average rental price in each city for a 1-bedroom apartment

Cape Town – R10 694
Johannesburg – R6 972
Pretoria – R4 777
Durban – R4 680


South Africa has a public transport system but it is not as developed, or reliable, as its European counterparts. As such, many South Africans choose to drive. With Uber becoming very popular, many South Africans in major cities make use of this option too. New or used cars are easy to find. There are hundreds of dealerships countrywide as well as many online autotraders


South Africa offers a wide selection of internet service providers, each with its own price and service offerings. Some of the prominent ISPs include Telkom, MWEB, and Afrihost

If you’re looking to to compare prices of appliances, phones, furniture, and much more to delve deeper into the cost of living in South Africa, PriceCheck would be a great website to have a look at. Numbeo is a great site to check average grocery prices in South Africa. The site allows you to do city comparisons

We hope this gives you a bit of an understanding of the cost of living in South Africa. If you need any help with making the move to South Africa, make sure you contact us today!

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