Tshwane now second most expensive SA city to live in

Tshwane has overtaken Cape Town as the second most expensive city to live in. In an updated report of the most expensive and most affordable South African cities to live in, Durban has come out as the most affordable city to live in.

The Numbeo Cost of Living Index and the Expatistan Cost of Living Index, which have both been updated for October 2016, also reported that Tshwane has overtaken the Mother City, Cape Town, as the second most expensive city to live in.

In 2015, Cape Town was reported to be the second most expensive city to live in, but now has dropped to third place despite the city having the highest property and rental costs in South Africa. Rental expenditure in Cape Town accounts for almost a third (33.7%) of the city’s monthly expenditure.

Johannesburg has maintained its number one spot as the country’s most expensive city to live in among the five major metros. Port Elizabeth, which doesn’t feature on the Expatistan Cost of Living Index, was reported to be the third most expensive city to live in, according to the Numbeo Cost of Living Index. The reason for this is because of the city’s low average income level. Its average disposable income stands at R10 876, which is significantly below the country’s average, which is R16 508.

Out of the 128 countries that were ranked, South Africa is the 91st most expensive country in the world.

Here are the average salary rates and transport, rent, utilities and entertainment costs in each city: 

Johannesburg

Average salary: R19 651

Average rent for 1 bedroom apartment in city centre: R6 523

Average transport costs: R510

Average basic utilities: R1 045

Average meal for two: R450

Tshwane

Average salary: R19 259

Average rent for 1 bedroom apartment in city centre: R4 290

Average transport costs: R618

Average basic utilities: R987

Average meal for two: R400

Cape Town 

Average salary: R17 350

Average rent for 1 bedroom apartment in city centre: R8 529

Average transport costs: R330

Average basic utilities: R940

Average meal for two: R450

Durban 

Average salary: R15 933

Average rent for 1 bedroom apartment in city centre: R4 300

Average transport costs: R400

Average basic utilities: R1 116

Average meal for two: R400

Port Elizabeth 

Average salary: R10 876

Average rent for 1 bedroom apartment in city centre: R3 889

Average transport costs: R400

Average basic utilities: R837

Average meal for two: R400

Sources: Numbeo, Expatistan, Business Tech 

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