Cost of Living in South Africa

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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: What is the cost of living in South Africa? Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in South Africa talk about the general living costs, the cost of housing and health insurance.

Housing Costs in South Africa

"Lower, but so is the quality of the house. No, central heating and very large single pane windows to give examples," added another person living in Johannesburg.

"Haven't lived in NZ for a while but compared to UK and Ireland and US where I lived it is much cheaper (except food) - I could never have the lifestyle anywhere else that I have here," explained one expat living in Cape Town.

"Housing costs are much lower than in the U.S. I do not know the average cost," said another in Johannesburg.

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