Global Property Guide

Financial Information for Residential Property Buyers


Currency +/- Value - South Africa Compared to Africa

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Angola $ 0.65
Sudan $ 0.64
Eritrea $ 0.63
CAR $ 0.59
Congo, DR $ 0.59
Djibouti $ 0.57
Seychelles $ 0.55
Liberia $ 0.55
Sao Tome & P. $ 0.55
Zimbabwe $ 0.51
Comoros $ 0.50
Kenya $ 0.48
Cape Verde $ 0.46
Namibia $ 0.46
Mauritius $ 0.45
South Africa $ 0.45
Guinea-Bissau $ 0.42
Botswana $ 0.42
Burundi $ 0.42
Ethiopia $ 0.41
Cote d'Ivoire $ 0.41
Togo $ 0.39
Gabon $ 0.39
Cameroon $ 0.38
Zambia $ 0.37
Mali $ 0.37
Senegal $ 0.37
Burkina Faso $ 0.37
Lesotho $ 0.37
Benin $ 0.37
Niger $ 0.37
Swaziland $ 0.36
Rwanda $ 0.36
Guinea $ 0.35
Ghana $ 0.35
Nigeria $ 0.35
Eq. Guinea $ 0.34
Sierra Leone $ 0.33
Mozambique $ 0.33
Chad $ 0.33
Tanzania $ 0.32
Uganda $ 0.30
Gambia $ 0.29
Mauritania $ 0.29
Malawi $ 0.28
Madagascar $ 0.27
Congo(Brazza) $ 0.27
Somalia $ 0.00
Reunion Is. $ 0.00

South Africa: Currency +/- valuation index

This is a cost of living indicator. The figure shows how much how much a bundle of goods and services costing US$1 in the US would cost in other countries (similar to The Economist's Big Mac Index).

To arrive at the figure, the Global Property Guide takes the difference between the IMF's nominal GDP figures, and their purchasing power parity GDP figures for the latest year available.

Note that currency undervaluation (as measured by PPP) is not a good predictor of future currency movements.

These cost of living indicators refer to data collected annually (for date of collection, see Data FAQ )

Source: calculated using figures from the IMF World Economic Outlook Database


South Africa does not publish official house price statistics, but ABSA Group releases good house price data. ABSA has a monthly house price index and quarterly property projections. General economics statistics are available from the Reserve Bank of Africa and the First National Bank (FNB). FNB releases quarterly economic forecasts as well.