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2013-11-07 17:21

JAMMED IN TRAFFIC : Johannesburg continues to be SA’s most congested city though Cape Town has a staggering 92% congestion during peak traffic compared to Jozi’s 79%. Image: AFP

Satnav specialist TomTom has released its Congestion Index for the second quarter South Africa 2013  (April - June). South Africa 2013. Find out which of our cities has the worst traffic and how the country fares against the rest of the world!

Satnav specialist TomTom has released its Congestion Index for South Africa 2013. The report analyses traffic in major cities in SA such as Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town.

According to TomTom: "On average, commuters around South Africa are spending 3.5* days a year stuck in traffic."

The report shows that Jozi drivers are the most frustrated behind the wheel due to a 45-minute addition to their daily commute during peak periods. T

Image gallery: 2013 SA traffic congestion index


Capetonians have 37mins added to their journey, while Durbanites spend an extra 29mins in traffic.

The Congestion Index captures data from vehicles globally. The overall congestion level for South Africa is at 24%, meaning travel time is increased by an average of 24% during heavy traffic. According to TomTom: "100% congestion would be double the amount of travel time."

The top 10 most congested cities were:
1 Moscow
2 Istanbul
3 Rio de Janeiro
4 Warsaw
5 Palermo    
6 Marseille
7 Sao Paulo
8 Rome
9 Paris
10 Stockholm

This is how SA’s cities compare:
20 Johannesburg - 31%
35 East Rand North - 28% (Midrand, Tembisa, Kempton Park)
45 Cape Town - 27%   
67 Pretoria - 23%
95 Durban - 20%
106 East Rand South - 18% (Boksburg, Benoni, Brakpan, Springs)


Daan Henderickx, manager of TomTom South Africa, said: “We are seeing a clear pattern which shows that congestion levels rise in South Africa as migration levels from rural areas and towns to cities is increasing rapidly.

“The traditional responses to tackling congestion, like building new roads or widening existing ones are no longer proving effective. The way traffic is managed needs significant change.”


TomTom’s data details the best and worst days to travel during the week.

The most congested day in Johannesburg was April 19 2013. The worst times to travel were Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons, the best Friday mornings and Monday afternoons.

Cape Town’s morning peak traffic increases to 92% and the most congested day in the city was June 3 2013. According to TomTom, the worst days to travel are Monday mornings and Friday afternoons, while the best times to travel are Friday and Wednesday mornings and Monday and Wednesday afternoons.

The most congested day in Durban was 19 April 2013. Durban echoes Cape Town for the best/worst travel times with Monday mornings and Friday afternoons being the busiest. The best times to travel are Friday mornings and Monday afternoons.


In October 2013, TomTom launched a range of new devices in South Africa as the company focuses on emerging markets. The company's range of GPS sports watches are targeted primarily at runners, cyclists and swimmers.

Click here to find out more about TomTom's latest products.

*According to TomTom: “The figure of 3.5 days that South African’s are stuck in traffic per year was calculated based on the total average amount of hours spent in traffic during peak hours from Monday to Friday, across six South African cities, divided by 24 hours.

“This figure equates to 3.5 full days in traffic. If we divide this figure by an 8 hour working day, the total number of working days stuck in traffic amounts to 10 days, on average per year for South Africa (these figures will differ per city calculated on an individual basis).”
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