Residents of the Mother City certainly have much to boast about, surrounded by beautiful mountains and beaches. But what happens when that image is a tad distorted?
Traffic. A word which is used more and more frequently by Capetonians. Commuters in Cape Town spend, on average, 49.1 hours in traffic.
Motorists rely heavily on radio to predict their daily routine. Whether it entails driving to work or dropping off children at school, at a certain time of day the traffic nightmare affects these drivers in some way.
Taking this into consideration, part of the city’s plan is to implement special video-equipped traffic wardens to alleviate congestion, wheels24 reports.
“Four months ago, the City of Cape Town and the Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID) introduced six traffic wardens funded and managed by the CCID into the CBD footprint, primarily to alleviate afternoon traffic congestion, but also to deal with non-moving traffic violations in the CBD” wheels24 adds.
Manager of CCID Safety & Security, Muneeb Hendricks says: "The pilot project ran until the end of June this year and was rated as so successful that we have now signed a contract with the City until June 2018, with an option to renew providing it continues to make an impact.”
9 most congested cities in SA: Average hours spent in congestion; 2016 world ranking
1 Cape Town (49.1 hours - global rank 33)
2 Johannesburg (46.8hrs; 44)
3 Durban (30.2hrs; 158)
4 Pretoria (28.1hrs; 191)
5 Pietermaritzburg (19.8hrs; 384)
6 Port Elizabeth (19.1hrs; 401)
7 East London (17.7hrs; 437)
8 Bloemfontein (16.1hrs; 470)
9 Vanderbijlpark (4.9hrs; 1013)
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%