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Petrol and Electronics in SA: Not so Cheap

Steve from Canada writes in, asking how expensive petrol and electronics are in South Africa. Well, Steve, if I’ve done my sums right, petrol, which currently costs about R6.50/litre, rings in at about $3.75 CAD a gallon. (For the U.K., R6.50 is about 50p.) The price is state-controlled, and fluctuates each month, on occasion by as much as R.35.

Electronics like digital cameras and laptops, meanwhile, cost about 1.5 to 2 times what they do in North America or the U.K. In other words, relatively (for N. America), and very!