South Africa is the most populous country in Africa with an estimated population of 200 million people according to the United Nations survey in 2017.
The country is regarded as the giant of Africa in respect to its massive population.
Furthermore, it’s been recorded that South Africa has the largest economy in Africa with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 375.77 billion US Dollars as of 2017.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics of South Africa, GDP is the market value of all commodities (goods & services) produced within a country at a given period.
This article focuses on the retail prices of commodities in South Africa. The items are grouped according to every day purchased goods on the market. Read on to find out their prices.
Commodity Prices on South Africa Market
Commodities available in the South Africa market are endless. There are various sectors of the economy where these commodities are traded. Some of them include the agricultural industry, the fashion industry, and the consumer products industry.
Food Commodity Prices in South Africa
Food Stuff Prices
- 50kg of Rice (A bag of rice): R$ 666-R$ 851
- Half Bag Rice: R$ 278-R$ 370
- Apples (1kg): R$ 37-R$ 45
- Banana (1kg): R$ 400-R$ 600
- Oranges (1kg): R$ 200-R$ 700
- Tomato (1kg): R$ 200-R$ 500
- Potato (1kg): R$ 300-R$ 800
- Onion (1kg): R$ 250-R$ 500
- Lettuce (1 head): R$ 200-R$ 400
- Yam (A tuber of yam): R$ 700-R$ 1000
- Garri (A paint rubber): R$ 500-R$ 700
- Beans (A derica): R$ 300-R$ 370
Beverages Prices in South Africa
- 400g Powdered Tin Peak Milk: R$ 43- R$ 49
- 900g Powdered Tin Peak Milk: R$ 69-R$ 82
- 500g Refill Powdered Peak Milk: R$ 950- R$ 45
- 380g Refill Powdered Three Crowns Milk: R$ 800- R$ 37
- 400g Powdered Tin Loya Milk: R$ 800 – R$ 37
- 400g Refill Powdered Loya Milk: R$ 750- R$ 900
- 500g Refill Milk Coast: R$ 700 – R$ 800
- 500g Powdered Tin Dano Milk: R$ 900 – R$ 37
- 900g Powdered Dano Milk: R$ 62- R$ 63
- 500g Refill Powdered Dano Milk: R$ 800 – R$ 37
- 500g Tin Milo: R$ 37- R$ 45
- 900g Tin Milo: R$ 71 – R$ 74
- 500g Cocoa Beverages Milo Refill 500g – R$ 950 – R$ 1, 000
- 500g Refill Bournvita: R$ 850 – R$ 950
- 500g Plastic Bournvita: R$ 950 – R$ 37
- 900g Plastic Bournvita: R$ 60-R$ 67
- 500g Refill Ovaltine: R$ 850- R$ 950
- 500g Plastic Ovaltine: R$ 900- R$ 1000
- Coffee Nescafe Gold Blend: R$ 60 – R$ 67
- 50g Coffee Nescafe Classic: R$ 550 – R$ 600
Domestic Commodity Prices in South Africa
Home & Kitchen Appliances Prices in South Africa
- Toasting Machine: R$ 130-R$ 167
- Electric Blenders: R$ 185-R$ 370
- Manual Blenders (Small Size): R$ 700
- Manual Blenders (Large size): R$ 111-R$ 185
- Electric Cookers (1 Burner): R$ 111-R$ 148
- Electric Cooker (2 Burner): R$ 130-R$ 259
- Electric Bulbs (White Bulb): R$ 250-R$ 500
- Electric Light Bulb (Yellow Bulb): R$ 100-R$ 150
- Spoons & Forks: R$ 63-R$ 74
- A set of Stainless steel Pots: R$ 333-R$ 777
- Aluminium Pots + Kettle: R$ 241-R$ 333
- Electric Kettle: R$ 93-R$ 130
- Juicers: R$ 222-R$ 370
- Mixers: R$ 592-R$ 851
- Gas Cylinder 12kg (Brand New): R$ 296-R$ 370
- Gas Cylinder 3kg (Brand New): R$ 185
- Yam Pounder: R$ 1,110-R$ 1,739
- Gas Cooker 4 Burners: R$ 555-R$ 740
- Gas cooker 4 Burners + Oven: R$ 1,628-R$ 3,663
- Gas cooker 2 Burners: R$ 222- R$ 370
- Grilling machine: R$ 9000-R$ 851
- Microwave Ovens (11L): R$ 333
- Microwave Ovens (37L): R$ 814-R$ 888
- Umbrellas (Fancy with Casing): R$ 130-R$ 185
- Umbrellas (Regular): R$ 700-R$ 74
- Raincoat: R$ 130- R$ 185
- Rain Boots: R$ 130-R$ 185
- Liquid Soaps for Washing: R$ 400-R$ 800
- Home Theaters Sound System: R$ 999- R$ 2,590
- 5 HP Air conditioners: R$ 2,960- R$ 3,330
- 1 HP Air conditioners: R$ 2,590- R$ 2,960
- Water Dispensers: R$ 1,295- R$ 1,665
- Washing Machines (7.8kg Single tub): R$ 1,110
- Washing Machines (6kg Front Loader): R$ 3,330
- Washing Machines (4.3kg Single tub): R$ 740
- Washing Machine Front Loader + Dryer: R$ 6,660- R$ 8,880
- 42″ LED Television: R$ 4,699- R$ 6,290 (Goes up to R$ 11,100- R$ 25,900)
- 42″ Smart Television: R$ 6,660-R$ 9,250
- 32″ Smart Television: R$ 3,885- R$ 4,440
- 32″ LED Television: R$ 1,850- R$ 3,663
- Table Top refrigerators: R$ 1,036
- Refrigerators (1 Door): R$ 2,590- R$ 3,330
- Refrigerator (Double Doors): R$ 2,590- R$ 28,379
- Deep Freezers: R$ 2,220- R$ 9,250
- Ceiling Fan(High Quality): R$ 518- R$ 1,110
- Ceiling Fan (Normal Quality): R$ 3500- R$ 296
- Standing Fans: R$ 259- R$ 296
- Rechargeable Standing Fans: R$ 629- R$ 851
- Pressing Irons: R$ 148- R$ 222
Consumer Products (Electronics)
- Wired Head Phone: R$ 93- R$ 111
- Wireless Head Phone: R$ 130- R$ 222
- Wired Ear Piece: R$ 300
- Wireless Earpiece: R$ 93- R$ 222 (For Apple it can go up to R$ 1,924)
- Clippers: R$ 104- R$ 259
- Hair dryers: R$ 106- R$ 130
- Electric Hair Straightening Brush: R$ 130- R$ 222
- Hair Stretcher: R$ 104
- Electric Tooth Brush: R$ 93
- Wrist Watches: Depending on Taste; Goes From R$ 74- R$ 18,500
- Smart Watches: R$ 185- R$ 555
- Hair Removal Device: R$ 93- R$ 111
Computer and Accessories
- 16-inch Laptop: This can go from R$ 2,590-350,000
- Macbook Laptop: R$ 12,950- R$ 1.5M
- Desk Jet Printer: R$ 407- R$ 481
- Laser Jet Printer: R$ 2,220- R$ 3,996
- Photocopy Machines: R$ 7,030- R$ 9,250
- External Mouse: R$ 200- R$ 500
- External Keyboards: R$ 1500- R$ 130
- USB Cables: R$ 150- R$ 300
- HDMI Cable: R$ 56- R$ 111
- Laptop Chargers: R$ 148- R$ 185
- Laptop Batteries: R$ 148- R$ 444
- 32GB Flash Drives: R$ 148- R$ 222
- 64GB Flash Drives: R$ 185- R$ 296
- 8GB Flash Drives: R$ 74- R$ 148
- SD Card: R$ 74- R$ 130
- Lap top Bags: R$ 259- R$ 851
Daily Commodity Prices in South Africa
Beauty & Personal Care
- Close Up Toothpaste: R$ 250-R$ 300
- Colgate Toothpaste: R$ 300-R$ 400
- Oral B Toothpaste: R$ 350-R$ 500
- Nivea Body Lotion: R$ 56-R$ 93
- Pears Baby Lotion: R$ 350
- Male Hair Cream: R$ 100- R$ 200
- Female Hair Cream: R$ 400- R$ 37
- Natural Organic Cream (Hand Made): R$ 185- R$ 296
- Body Cream: R$ 56-R$ 185
- Dettol Large (Anti Germ Liquid): R$ 93
- Dettol Medium (Anti Germ Liquid): R$ 56
- Dettol Small (Anti Germ Liquid): R$ 93
- Average Bathing Bar Soap: R$ 100-R$ 500
- Average Liquid Soap: R$ 37-R$ 74
- Nail Polish: R$ 150- R$ 200
- Make-up Brushes (A set): R$ 259- R$ 370
- Cosmetic Products (This is Dependent on Taste & Brand): R$ 130- R$ 370
This is just a list of some of the everyday commodities that we buy or use as we go on our daily lives.
The prices here are the ranges at which they are available in several cities in South Africa like Johannesburg, Durban, Port Harcourt, Benin, Kano, Kaduna, Jos, Calabar, Ibadan, and so on. The prices vary depending on the market value which could be due to scarcity or forces of demand and supply.
Useful Details on Commodity Prices in South Africa
The country’s economy has been heavily influenced by the oil sector over the years but the recent shrank in the oil prices made the country’s oil sector drop by 2.9 percent while the non-oil sector rose by 2.3 percent after expanding 1.5 percent in the second quarter of last year.
Although South Africa is seen as an oil-producing state, it is also an agrarian country with a total land area of about 910,768 kilometers square.
About 33.02% of this area is arable land and 3.14% is suitable for agriculture. The various agricultural commodities in the country include peanut, cocoa, palm oil, corn, cassava, sorghum, millet, yam, potato, rubber, and rice.
The Central Bank of South Africa (CBN) is responsible for the surveillance of domestic and international commodity production and prices with a view of providing policy advice to the federal government.
Every commodity produced or service rendered can be framed on prices and quantity relation. Almost all economic transaction has a price tag. This reflects on how the prices of a particular producer can be a cost of another. Therefore, the price of a commodity is a reflection of other prices.
One will agree as a single commodity or service usually has more than one price at a point in time.
In addition, through CBN’s commodity surveillance, prices are usually studied in the following three forms: producer prices, wholesale prices, and retail prices.
In conclusion, these commodity prices and other factors are what the National Bureau of Statistics, Central Bank of South Africa, and other international bodies consider when calculating the GDP of any country.
South Africa, is a middle income, mixed economy, and an emerging economy. It is gradually expanding in the manufacturing, agricultural, financial, service, communication and technology, and entertainment sectors.
The country is currently ranked as 27th in the world for nominal GDP and the 22nd in the world in terms of purchasing power parity.
Currently, the GDP of the country has been heavily boosted by agriculture, which generates about 21.6%, while the industry sector generates about 18.3%, and services about 60.1%. This is to conclude that the services rendered in South Africa are a major commodity which is a result of the high population of the country.