These are the best times to leave home for work in Johannesburg and Cape Town

Congestion and the amount of time we waste just sitting in traffic is real issue in South Africa.

Lightstone who is one of South Africa’s leading analytics and data companies, has released an analysis on how the population density in prevalent Johannesburg and Cape Town suburbs is directly affecting drive time during peak hours.

With the help of tracker, they created patterns that were analysed. They certainly do not reflect exact travel times, but they will offer a rough estimation, reports Businesstech.

Data used was collected from May to August 2017.

Drive time to Sandton CBD

To get from Pretoria to Sandton usually takes about 37 minutes according to Google Maps.

The analysis shows leaving at 05:00 would take 45 minutes to reach Sandton. If you leave home at 06:15 and you can spend a whopping 75 minutes in traffic.

(Below graph below display the data evaluated between 05:00 to 09:00 during weekdays)

If you leave the southern suburbs en route to Sandton CBD at 07:00, your travel time will tally up to around 70 minutes. This decreases to 40 minutes if you leave at 08:45.


Drive time to Cape Town CBD

Peak time in Cape Town begins 15 minutes earlier than Johannesburg. Travel time from the northern suburbs to the city centre varies from over an hour at 06:00 to 37 minutes if you leave at 08:00.

While Kuilsriver is located 26 km from Cape Town and Durbanville is 29 km from the city centre, the drive time for the latter is 16 minutes faster.


This unfortunately only benefits those that have the privilege of Flexi-hours of course.

The City of Cape Town has increasingly encouraged employers to offer flexible or even work-from-home options to help ease the peak traffic problems.

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