Cape Town not most expensive city

The beautiful sands of Camps Bay are an iconic sight – Image: Pexels – Taryn Elliott.

Cape Town move over, it’s more expensive to live in Gauteng

South-Africa’s most expensive cities revealed, and it’s not what you think. The cost of living in Cape Town is cheaper than Jozi.

Cape Town not most expensive city

The beautiful sands of Camps Bay are an iconic sight – Image: Pexels – Taryn Elliott.

With the national state of disaster finally lifted and restrictions almost completely a thing of the past, South Africans are sure to make good of the many public holidays ahead. Maybe a holiday in Cape Town?

Just think. Lazy days on the beach, drinks at gourmet restaurants and bars, or staycations in and around your city.

But before you start planning that much-needed getaway, you might want to take a look at the latest data released on the most expensive cities in the country.


When planning a holiday or getaway to the mother city, one would be forgiven for thinking you’ll be visiting the most expensive city in the country.

According to capetownetc, one of the most common associations people have with Cape Town is that it is costly. In fact, it’s become somewhat of a personality trait.

But, as recent data has shown, this might not be the case. Cape Town might not be as expensive as all thought.


A recent report released by Statista, titled “Most Expensive Cities to Live in Africa as of 2022”, compares the cost of living in different African cities.

Dakar, in Senegal, was listed as the most expensive city to live in Africa, and the Senegalese capital obtained an index score of 50.87, followed by Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia, with 50.49. Morocco and South Africa both have multiple cities listed in the report.

Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban are all featured on the list.

The cost of living index for some African cities is based on the terms of consumer goods prices. What shocked most was that the top city in South Africa with the highest cost of living in Africa is Johannesburg with a 44.87 index score. Pretoria sits in second place at a 42.76 index score while Cape Town stands proudly in the third spot with a 40.98 index score. Just a shortfall behind the mother city is Durban with an index score of 40.33.

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Dakar in Senegal (50.87), Addis Ababa in Ethiopia (50.49), Abidjan in Ivory Coast (47.06) and Harare in Zimbabwe (45.69).

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