Johannesburg

Johannesburg is the second largest city and capital in South Africa. It is the capital of Gauteng, the wealthiest province in South Africa. Many visitors come to Johannesburg to experience the unique, diverse city.

Benefits of living in Johannesburg:

The activities range from shopping, to exploring museums, to visiting memorials and playing golf. Johannesburg is a golfer’s paradise with more golf courses in the city than you could imagine. Just within the 10km radius of Sandton, the suburbs of Johannesburg, there are 15 courses. If you factor in year-round sunshine and a boombing economy, it’s no wonder why Johannesburg is filled with golf enthusiasts. Just outside the city in the wider Gauteng region, you will find plenty of golfing estates with challenging courses and stunning scenery.

South Africa’s famous Sun City is only a two hour drive away.  There’s even a safari for nature lovers not too far out from the city. However, safaris and golf are not the only outdoor activities. There are BBQ’s (Braii’s) and if you are feeling adventurous, you can kayak with the crocodiles and hippos in the Jukskei River, one of the largest rivers in Johannesburg.

How will you find the time to enjoy this beautiful city? Throughout the year there are over 20 public holidays in South Africa.  According to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, all workers must get paid time off for any public holiday that falls on a working day. If the workplace agrees to work on a public holiday, the employer must be paid for that day. A public holiday can also be exchanged with another workday by agreement.

Johannesburg offers everything from pavement dining to five-star gourmet cuisine. In the summer, book an outdoor table to appreciate the fine weather. With South Africa is also well-known for their delicious array of wines.

Getting around the city is simple. You can call for a private taxi service (UBER), drive by car, or choose the South African rail travel which is another convenient way to see many beautiful parts of the country. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this amazing city!

Cost of living in Johannesburg, South Africa

Food
Lunchtime menu in the business district R 98
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) R 52
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast R 36
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk R 12
12 eggs, large R 27
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes R 17
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese R 51
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples R 21
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes R 18
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket R 16
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality R 78
2 liters of Coca-Cola R 16
Bread for 2 people for 1 day R 9
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area R 12,253
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas …) for 2 people in 85m2 flat R 1,257
Internet 8MB (1 month) R 666
40” flat screen TV R 6,196
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt R 1,580
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) R 95
Hourly rate for cleaning help R 20
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) R 732
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, …) R 512
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) R 928
1 pair of leather business shoes R 1,037
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new R 284,250
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas R 13
Monthly ticket public transport R 1,015
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) R 132
Personal Care
Medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, …) R 55
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, …) R 45
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) R 26
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) R 42
4 rolls of toilet paper R 24
Tube of toothpaste R 14
Standard men’s haircut in expat area of the city R 110
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub R 293
2 tickets to the movies R 123
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) R 623
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant including wine and dessert R 522
1 cocktail drink in downtown club R 49
Cappuccino in expat area of the city R 23
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) R 23
iPod nano 16GB R 2,046
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) R 1.00
1 month of gym membership in business district R 529
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes R 36

These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 5,629 prices entered by 480 different people.

Latest price update: July 21, 2015.

Joburg position in our World Ranking

the world 128th out of 198
Africa 2nd out of 7
South Africa 2nd out of 4