Every day we begin our office conversations by bitching about traffic in Joburg. We don’t know how lucky we are, apparently. According to the recently-released 4th annual global traffic index for 2013 report from GPS maker TomTom, it’s the Mother City which is the most congested in South Africa.

The report said that Cape Town’s traffic congestion is at 27%, which surpassed Johannesburg’s 25% – which was the most congested in 2012.  Some interesting data by the report revealed that traffic congestion on the main roads have spilled over to secondary roads, resulting in commuters spending an unbelievable average of 10 working days a year stuck in traffic.

“Traffic congestion is nothing new, and continues to be a global challenge. The traditional responses to congestion, such as building new roads or widening existing ones are no longer proving to be effective. Real time traffic information can help drivers find the quickest shortcut on their journey, and assist governments to make smarter decisions to improve traffic flow for their cities,” said Daan Henderickx, country manager of TomTom South Africa, in a press statement.

And you know that shortcut that you have been taking? Well, it turns out that it can actually add time to your journey, instead of shortening it. The company found that shortcuts drivers take to avoid traffic can add up to 50% on to their travelling time.

SA is also the only country in the world where traffic is at its worst on a Monday morning, while the rest of the world sit in the most traffic on Tuesday mornings.

SA had an overall congestion level of 21%, and the most congested cities with their congestion level and global rank are:

  1. Cape Town, 27%, 33rd
  2. Johannesburg, 25%, 48th
  3. East London, 22%, 65th
  4. Pretoria, 22%, 73rd
  5. Durban, 18%, 98th
  6. Bloemfontein, 12%, 134th

But if you think South Africa has it bad with congestions levels in the mid to lower 20s, then think again. On a global scale, Moscow is the worst city to be in, with 74% of their roads becoming a huge parking lot:

  1. Moscow 74%
  2. Istanbul 62%
  3. Rio de Janeiro 55%
  4. Mexico City 54%
  5. São Paulo 46%
  6. Palermo 39%
  7. Warsaw 39%
  8. Rome 37%
  9. Los Angeles 36%
  10. Dublin 35%
[Source – TomTom, Image – file]
Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.