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Value of 1979 South African Rand today

R100 in 1979
R3,319.05 in 2022

The inflation rate in South Africa between 1979 and today has been 3,219.05%, which translates into a total increase of R3,219.05. This means that 100 rand in 1979 are equivalent to 3,319.05 rand in 2022. In other words, the purchasing power of R100 in 1979 equals R3,319.05 today. The average annual inflation rate between these periods has been 8.49%.

Inflation timeline in South Africa (1979 - 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 1979-2021 2,909.27%
Cumulative inflation 1979-today 3,219.05%
Avg. Annual inflation 1979-2021 8.44%
CPI 1979 4.38
CPI 2021 131.71
CPI 2022-09 (latest official data) 143.67
CPI today 145.27

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 1979 and 2021, use the corresponding CPI values:

Value2021
=Value1979 ×
CPI2021/CPI1979
=R 100 ×
131.71/4.38
R3,009.27

To obtain the equivalent value today (present value), plug in the CPI for today, which is estimated as 145.27:

Valuetoday
=Value1979 ×
CPItoday/CPI1979
=R 100 ×
145.27/4.38
R3,319.05

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 42 years between 1979 and 2021 and the average inflation rate was 8.443%. Therefore, we can resolve the formula like this:

Value2021
=PV × (1 + i)n
=R100 × (1 + 0.08443)42
R3,009.27

South Africa inflation - Conversion table

Initial Value Equivalent value
R1 rand in 1979 R30.09 rand in 2021
R5 rand in 1979 R150.46 rand in 2021
R10 rand in 1979 R300.93 rand in 2021
R50 rand in 1979 R1,504.64 rand in 2021
R100 rand in 1979 R3,009.27 rand in 2021
R500 rand in 1979 R15,046.37 rand in 2021
R1,000 rand in 1979 R30,092.73 rand in 2021
R5,000 rand in 1979 R150,463.65 rand in 2021
R10,000 rand in 1979 R300,927.3 rand in 2021
R50,000 rand in 1979 R1,504,636.52 rand in 2021
R100,000 rand in 1979 R3,009,273.03 rand in 2021
R500,000 rand in 1979 R15,046,365.16 rand in 2021
R1,000,000 rand in 1979 R30,092,730.31 rand in 2021
Cumulative inflation From 1979 3,219.05%
Avg. annual inflation From 1979 8.49%
CPI 1979 4.38
CPI today 145.27

Value of Rand over time (by year)

Period Value
1979 100
1980 113.66
1981 131
1982 150.18
1983 168.65
1984 188.09
1985 218.74
1986 259.54
1987 301.49
1988 340.02
1989 390.11
1990 445.97
1991 514.36
1992 585.73
1993 642.64
1994 700.09
1995 760.86
1996 816.81
1997 887.04
1998 948.07
1999 997.2
2000 1,050.44
2001 1,110.33
2002 1,215.76
2003 1,284.8
2004 1,275.91
2005 1,302.23
2006 1,344.48
2007 1,427.53
2008 1,571.35
2009 1,684.73
2010 1,753.63
2011 1,841.3
2012 1,946.71
2013 2,059.32
2014 2,185.55
2015 2,284.79
2016 2,434.93
2017 2,561.16
2018 2,676.85
2019 2,787.15
2020 2,876.61
2021 3,009.27
2022-09 3,282.56
Today 3,319.05

All available years

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