The cost of living in Gauteng

The cost of living in Gauteng

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the cost of living in 133 cities around the world since the start of 2020.

Johannesburg skyline breakfast
Source: Pixabay - Johannesburg

Just how much does living in South Africa cost on average?  

According to the website Numbeo, utility bills cost around R1,200 per month. Utility costs cover water, electricity, gas, and waste disposal.

South African transport is said to be remarkably more affordable than other parts of the world, although most people use taxis. 

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Below are two graphs comparing cost of living in South Africa in comparison to other countries. 

The Economist Intelligence Unit 2010
The Economist Intelligence Unit
The Economist Intelligence Unit 2020
The Economist Intelligence Unit

Cost of living in South Africa: Johannesburg 

  • 51% cheaper than New York 
  • 48% cheaper than London 
  • 38% cheaper than Paris 
  • 42% cheaper than Tokyo 
  • 43% cheaper than Los Angeles 

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Worldwide Cost of Living (WCOL) index, which this year reports the prices of 138 goods and services in about 130 major cities as at September 2020, has risen by just 0.3 points on average over the past year.  

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