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Value of 1975 South African Rand today

R100 in 1975
R4,960.95 in 2022

The inflation rate in South Africa between 1975 and today has been 4,860.95%, which translates into a total increase of R4,860.95. This means that 100 rand in 1975 are equivalent to 4,960.95 rand in 2022. In other words, the purchasing power of R100 in 1975 equals R4,960.95 today. The average annual inflation rate between these periods has been 8.66%.

Inflation timeline in South Africa (1975 - 2022)

The following chart depicts the equivalence of R100 due to compound inflation and CPI changes. All values are equivalent in terms of purchasing power, which means that for each year the same goods or services could be bought with the indicated amount of money.

All calculations are performed in the local currency (ZAR) and using 6 decimal digits. Results show only up to 2 decimal digits to favour readability. Inflation data is provided by governments and international institutions on a monthly basis. Today's values were extrapolated from the latest 12-month rolling average official data.

The following table contains relevant indicators:

Indicator Value
Cumulative inflation 1975-2021 4,575.63%
Cumulative inflation 1975-today 4,860.95%
Avg. Annual inflation 1975-2021 8.72%
CPI 1975 2.82
CPI 2021 131.71
CPI 2022-04 (latest official data) 138.4
CPI today 139.75

How to calculate today's value of money after inflation?

There are several ways to calculate the time value of money. Depending on the data available, results can be obtained by using the Consumer Price Index (CPI) formula or the compound interest formula.

Using the CPI formula

When we have both the start and end years, we can use the following formula:

Valuet =Value0 ×
CPIt/CPI0

To obtain the values equivalent in buying power between 1975 and 2021, use the corresponding CPI values:

Value2021
=Value1975 ×
CPI2021/CPI1975
=R 100 ×
131.71/2.82
R4,675.63

To obtain the equivalent value today (present value), plug in the CPI for today, which is estimated as 139.75:

Valuetoday
=Value1975 ×
CPItoday/CPI1975
=R 100 ×
139.75/2.82
R4,960.95

Alternative: Using the compound interest formula

Given that money changes with time as a result of an inflation rate that acts as compound interest, we can use the following formula: FV = PV × (1 + i)n, where:

  • FV: Future Value
  • PV: Present Value
  • i: Interest rate (inflation)
  • n: Number of times the interest is compounded (i.e. # of years)

In this case, the future value represents the final amount obtained after applying the inflation rate to our initial value. In other words, it indicates how much are R100 worth today. There are 46 years between 1975 and 2021 and the average inflation rate was 8.7179%. Therefore, we can resolve the formula like this:

Value2021
=PV × (1 + i)n
=R100 × (1 + 0.087179)46
R4,675.63

South Africa inflation - Conversion table

Initial Value Equivalent value
R1 rand in 1975 R46.76 rand in 2021
R5 rand in 1975 R233.78 rand in 2021
R10 rand in 1975 R467.56 rand in 2021
R50 rand in 1975 R2,337.82 rand in 2021
R100 rand in 1975 R4,675.63 rand in 2021
R500 rand in 1975 R23,378.16 rand in 2021
R1,000 rand in 1975 R46,756.32 rand in 2021
R5,000 rand in 1975 R233,781.62 rand in 2021
R10,000 rand in 1975 R467,563.25 rand in 2021
R50,000 rand in 1975 R2,337,816.23 rand in 2021
R100,000 rand in 1975 R4,675,632.46 rand in 2021
R500,000 rand in 1975 R23,378,162.31 rand in 2021
R1,000,000 rand in 1975 R46,756,324.62 rand in 2021
Cumulative inflation From 1975 4,860.95%
Avg. annual inflation From 1975 8.66%
CPI 1975 2.82
CPI today 139.75

Value of Rand over time (by year)

Period Value
1975 100
1976 111.02
1977 123.4
1978 137.14
1979 155.37
1980 176.6
1981 203.54
1982 233.33
1983 262.04
1984 292.24
1985 339.86
1986 403.27
1987 468.44
1988 528.3
1989 606.12
1990 692.93
1991 799.18
1992 910.07
1993 998.5
1994 1,087.76
1995 1,182.18
1996 1,269.12
1997 1,378.23
1998 1,473.06
1999 1,549.39
2000 1,632.11
2001 1,725.17
2002 1,888.97
2003 1,996.25
2004 1,982.44
2005 2,023.33
2006 2,088.97
2007 2,218.02
2008 2,441.48
2009 2,617.64
2010 2,724.69
2011 2,860.9
2012 3,024.68
2013 3,199.64
2014 3,395.78
2015 3,549.97
2016 3,783.25
2017 3,979.38
2018 4,159.14
2019 4,330.5
2020 4,469.51
2021 4,675.63
2022-04 4,913.31
Today 4,960.95

All available years

Today's value of south african rand by year:

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