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2017-02-22 11:07

WORST TRAFFIC: Cape Town is ranked as the worst traffic in SA, according to TomTom. Image: iStock

Johannesburg – Cape Town has once again topped the list as SA's most heavily-congested city, reports TomTom in its 2017 Traffic Index.

The report details the worst traffic congestion in South Africa.

Johannesburg has experienced a 3% increase in traffic congestion since 2015 and currently sits at a congestion level of 30%. Traffic congestion has worsened in Cape Town by 5%, to a new average level of 35%.

READ: Traffic woes - Joburg praised for reducing congestion 

Most congested cities in South Africa: Overall daily congestion level 

1 Cape Town 35%
2 Johannesburg 30%
3 East London 29%
4 Pretoria 26%
5 Durban 22%

Image by TomTom

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6 heavily congested SA cities: Click on the images below for the full report

Cape Town

  • Congestion level: 35%

  • Average travel time: 42min/day

  • Morning peak: Monday

  • Evening peak: Tuesday, Wednesday


  • Congestion level: 30%

  • Average travel time: 47min/day

  • Morning peak: Monday

  • Evening peak: Wednesday


  • Congestion level: 18%

  • Average travel time: 18min/day

  • Morning peak: Monday, Tuesday

  • Evening peak: Monday


  • Congestion level: 2%

  • Average travel time: 62min/day

  • Morning peak: Monday

  • Evening peak: Friday


  • Congestion level: 62%

  • Average travel time: 32min/day

  • Morning peak: Monday

  • Evening peak: Friday

East London

  • Congestion level: 29%

  • Average travel time: 32min/day

  • Morning peak: Monday

  • Evening peak: Monday, Thursday

Johan Jonck, Arrive Alive, said: "Motorists in these cities would easily admit to the frustrations of heavily congested traffic. The Arrive Alive website has shared advice on some safety techniques for safer driving in heavy traffic as well as some suggestions to avoid the rage.

"Keep in mind that you should not get angry sitting in heavy traffic as you are part of the congestion! With some careful pre-planning some of this can be avoided and with the right mindset you may be able to share roads responsibly and safely!"

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