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Cost of Living in South Africa

The Cost of Living in South Africa

Once you have made the decision to immigrate to South Africa, it might be beneficial to you if you have a better idea of what things are going to cost you when you get here. There is always the chance that you could run into someone who might try to take advantage of the fact that you are foreign, where they try to charge you more than you should be paying.


Going out to restaurants

It all depends on what type of dining experience you are looking for. Having a three course meal in an upmarket restaurant will cost you about R350.00 for two people and a meal for two in an inexpensive restaurant will only set you back about R80.00.

Buying Groceries for your Home

Cooking your own food at home is always better than going out to eat, especially because of the fact that you know exactly what is going into the food you are about to eat. It will cost you in the region of R13.50 for 1kg of apple, bananas or oranges. You can pick up a loaf of white bread for under R10.00 and a litre of regular milk for around R8.50.


We all like to relax now and then with an ice cold beer or a nice glass of wine. You can get your hands on a mid-range bottle of wine for roughly R50.00, a beer (castle, black label etc) will cost you about R12.00 per 500ml bottle and you can buy a packet of cigarettes (Camel or Marlboro) for more or less R32.00.

Getting around

How you are going to get around will depend on whether you have your own car or not and where it is that you intend going. A return ticket from the city of Bellville to Cape Town central is going to cost you about R24.00, taxi fare per kilometre is on average about R10.00 and a litre of petrol (gasoline) will cost you just under R14.00

Other Monthly Expenses

Having electricity, water, garbage removal etc will cost you money like any other country, but is relatively cheap. You will most likely end up paying around R985.00 per month for these services. The Internet is going to cost you about R700.00 per month for a 6 Mbps line and making a call from a prepaid cell phone will cost in the region of R2.00 per minute, depending on the network that you choose to use.

So there you have it! This is just a basic breakdown of the cost of certain items. How much your visa will cost you to get to South Africa is another story all together. A representative from NWI will be able to assist you further with regards to the cost and processes involved with securing the type of visa that you want to apply for.

by Robbie Ragless

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