South Africa is at the southern tip of the continent of Africa. The climate is mostly semi arid but subtropical along the east coast, with sunny days and cool nights. English, Xhosa, Zulu and Afrikaans are predominant but there are 11 official languages. Almost all business is conducted in English. Most educated South Africans are multilingual. The main religions are Christianity, Islam and indigenous beliefs. The economy of South Africa is a two tiered economy; one rivalling other developed countries and the other with only the most basic infrastructure. It is therefore a productive and industrialised economy that exhibits many characteristics associated with developing countries, including a division of labour between formal and informal sectors and an uneven distribution of wealth and income. The primary sector, based on manufacturing, services, mining, and agriculture, is well developed. Expatriate business dress is mostly formal suits, but this can vary from industry to industry and area to area. National dress is also generally acceptable. The security risk for expatriates in South Africa is medium overall, but high near deprived urban areas. Risks include high levels of violent crime, high rate of murder, high rate of rape (adult, child and infant), carjacking, poorly maintained vehicles, erratic driving standards, corruption at all levels, interruptions to electricity and water supplies and violent protests (usually related to poor service provision). The currency of South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR). Banking is on a par with that of Western Europe and North America. There is a high incidence of credit card fraud and fraud involving ATMs. Private medical facilities are good, however the cost of treatment for expatriates can be high. There is a high prevalence of HIV. The population of South Africa is 55.6 Million (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 4.5% for South Africa as at May 2019. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for South Africa is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 45%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In South Africa, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): South Africa as at 1 July 2019 is low in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very Low 2) Clothing: Low 3) Communication: High 4) Education: Very Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Average 6) Groceries: Very Low 7) Healthcare: Average 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: High 11) Recreation & Culture: Low 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Low 13) Transport: Low South Africa is for example -32.8% cheaper than USA for groceries, 3.9% more expensive for household costs than UK, and 57.2% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for South Africa for an expat from Australia, is for example 10%, i.e. host location (South Africa) premium of 20% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. South Africa is ranked as a some hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in South Africa? Register subscribe to your home location and South Africa and run your personalised reports.