Cost of living in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Summary of cost of living in Pietermaritzburg

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: R 30,551
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: R 13,348
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.
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List of prices in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Current as of Aug 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district R 63
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) R 53
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 33
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 12
12 eggs, large R 28
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 16
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 47
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 17
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes R 17
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 15
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 80
2 liters of coca-cola R 17
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 10
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area R 9,298
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area R 6,056
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,169
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area R 8,246
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area R 4,374
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio R 524
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) R 392
40” flat screen tv R 5,928
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) R 1,487
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 54
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 37
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) R 742
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) R 526
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) R 1,118
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes R 924
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 292,476
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 14
Monthly ticket public transport R 680
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) R 206
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) R 47
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) R 184
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) R 367
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) R 35
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 23
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 44
4 rolls of toilet paper R 27
Tube of toothpaste R 14
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city R 80
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 275
2 tickets to the movies R 117
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 699
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert R 451
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 34
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 21
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 15
Ipad wi-fi 128gb R 11,795
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 2.10
1 month of gym membership in business district R 489
1 package of marlboro cigarettes R 39
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 105 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: August 13, 2020

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