What do extramurals cost in SA?
Feeling limited by the list of extracurriculars offered by your child's school? We look at the costs of dozens of options: from ballet and boxing to music and Mandarin.

The back to school rush often includes getting your head around which extracurricular activities would best suit your child (and your pocket!). 

And sometimes, a school may not offer the kinds of activities your child is interested in. 

But moving away from the school grounds to find suitable extra murals could mean racking up the costs. 

The cost of extramurals varies greatly and will depend on your child's age, level of expertise, whether he or she takes group or individual lessons and even where you live. The qualifications and experience of the instructor can also make a huge difference: you'll pay far less for piano lessons from a music student than from a renowned concert pianist, for example. Activities could also require extra costs for equipment, uniforms, competitions and exams.  

Below we give a range of fees, based on real examples across the country. Some activities require a once-off registration fee, which can range from R50 to R500 or even more.

Top tip: If your child is interested in a new activitiy, find out if she can take one free trial class. This way she can see if she's really interested and whether she gets along with the instructor. 

Also see: Back to school: calendars, extramurals, lift clubs

How do you stay on top of your child's extra mural activities? Checklists, schedules, apps? Tell usand we and we could publish your letter. Do let us know if you'd like to stay anonymous.  

Dancing and movement

  • Ballet: R500-R1,500 a quarter (about 45-60 minutes per week). Ballet companies: If your child shows potential and wants to take her ballet further, she may be able to join a ballet company like the Johannesburg Youth Ballet. There will be annual membership fees (in this case it's R2,000 a year).
  • Hip hop, funk and jazz, modern dancing and ballroom dancing: R230-R500 a month (50-90 minutes a week).
  • Tap dance: R380-R1,000 a month (about 60 minutes per week).
  • Gymnastics: R350-R470 per month (1.5-3 hours a week). Annual association fees payable to the South African Gymnastics Federation may range from R55-R475. 
  • Tiny Tumblers: Movement or "tumbling" classes for toddlers: R325-R500 a quarter (group class, once a week, at school premises).
  • Clamber Club for preschoolers: R400-R700 per quarter (group class, once a week, at preschool).
  • Ice Skating (Learn to skate): R30-R80 per lesson (skates excluded) or R36-R94 per lesson (skates included).
  • Synchronised ice skating: R100-R250 per month (60 minutes per week).
  • Figure skating: R180-R330 per hour.


  • Music for toddlers: R700-R1,100 per quarter (group classes).
  • Music lessons (instruments, vocals and music theory): R600-R1,000 a month (30 minutes a week) or R950-R1,800 a month (60 minutes a week).
  • Instrument hire: Violins (around R120), cellos (R240-R300), clarinets (R180-R300), saxophones (R280-R350), digital pianos (R200-R400). Consumables such as strings and reeds excluded.
  • Orchestras and choirs: R1,000-R3,000 a year for membership. This can (but doesn't necessarily) include camps and transport to and from concerts.

Also see: PRINT IT: Weekly extramural planner

Performance arts 

Water sport

  • Learn to swim: R400-R600 a month (30 minutes a week, group lessons).
  • Stroke correction and squad classes: R500-R900 a month (30 minutes a week, group lessons).
  • Water polo: R1,260-R1,800 a quarter (60 minutes per week). 
  • Lifesaving: R300-R1,000 per course. 
  • Surfing: R280 per child under 12 years (a one-hour lesson).
  • Stand-up paddling: R400-R500 for a two-hour private lesson.

Read more: Learning to swim


Read more: Sporty kids

  • Soccer: R100-R450 per month.
  • Soccer for preschoolers: R650 for a 6-week course.
  • Cricket: R400 a month (groups); R750-R1,850 a month (private coaching, 30-60 minutes a week).
  • Cricket for preschoolers: R350-R500 a month.

Read more: SA's top cricket schools 2015

  • Tennis: R180-R450 per month (30 minutes a week, group lessons) or R560-R210 a month (30 minutes a week, private lessons).
  • Tennis for preschoolers: R600 a quarter.
  • Golf: R240-R570 a month (60 minutes per week, group lessons).
  • Golf for toddlers (4-6 years): R150 a month.

Read more: SA's top junior golfers 2015

  • Baseball: R250-R400 a season (October to March). Club memberships are R40-R65 a month.
  • Horse riding: R640-R1,600 a month (45-60 minutes a week). 
  • Stabling / leasing a horse: R1,400-R3,000 a month.
  • Rock climbing: Around R400 joining fee plus R250 monthly.
  • Archery: R180-R300 per hour
  • Fencing: R250 a month (group lessons); R360-450 a month (one private lesson per week).
  • Chess: R150-R500 an hour (private coaching).

Also see: Extramurals: Being selective isn't deprivation

Martial arts and boxing

  • Karate: R300-R450 a month (60 minutes a week), plus annual affiliation fees of R200-R300. May include grading fees, though some academies require a R200 grading fee a few times a year.
  • Karate for preschoolers: R200-R260 a month.

Read more: Shihan Kenny and karate kids 

  • Mixed martial arts: R450-R550 a month (45 minutes, twice a week).
  • Boxing: R400-R500 a month (club membership, lessons included). Individual training can range from R20 a month (2 hours a week) to R300 an hour.

Arts and crafts

  • Art classes: R200-R600 a month. May (or may not) include basic art materials.
  • Art expression and therapy: Around R300 a month. These classes don't focus on mastering skills, but on expressing creativitiy and emotions regardless of artistic ability.
  • Pottery: R70-R120 per class (60-90 minutes). Includes material.
  • Calligraphy: R900 per course (6 weeks, 2 hours per week). Excludes material.

Scouts, guides and cubs

The first few weeks are usually free, until your child's investiture (the official induction as a scout). Membership fees vary from troop to troop, but can run from R1,200-R2,000 a year. There can also be a once-off annual fee that includes some equipment and uniform items.


  • Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho or Tswana classes for children: R580 per month (1 hour a week).
  • French for children: R2,160 for a 4-month course (90 minutes a week). Course material excluded.
  • Spanish for beginners (all ages): R3,190 for a 2-month course (24 hours). Course material included.
  • Mandarin (Chinese): R150-R250 per hour (private lessons).

Science and technology

  • Little Lab Coats: R180 registration fee plus R450 per quarter. Explore science through songs, stories and experiments. Includes a white lab coat.
  • e2 Young Engineers: R400-R550 a month. Enrichment programmes that use Lego to teach principles of science, technology, engineering, arts and maths.
  • Coding workshops: R650-R800 for 10 hours of tuition or R300 for a 5-hour workshop.  

Young entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurial and financial literacy skills for children (7-15 years): R250-R417 a month. Materials: R250-R475 (once-off). 

Read more: 12 money lessons that will set your kids for life 

Finishing school

Self-care, etiquette and social skills for teenage girls: R9,000 for a 2-day workshop.

Chat back:

How do you stay on top of your child's extra mural activities? Checklists, schedules, apps? Tell us, and we and we could publish your letter. Do let us know if you'd like to stay anonymous.  

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