Ten working days lost to traffic jam

South Africa's new car sales outstrip any other African country, with Egypt coming in second in Naamsa'a statistics. (Oupa Nkosi, M&G)

South Africa's new car sales outstrip any other African country, with Egypt coming in second in Naamsa'a statistics. (Oupa Nkosi, M&G)

Its annual traffic index, which uses road data collected from TomTom users around the world, shows that South Africans spend an average of 10 working days a year waiting in traffic. 

To reach the total productivity figure the June 2014 report used Statistics South Africa’s calculation that workers earn an aver- age of R14 911 a month.

The country has an overall congestion level of 21%, the report said. Cape Town is the most congested city, overtaking Johannesburg, which topped the list until 2013. Out of 160 cities worldwide, Moscow topped the chart as most congested city, followed by Istanbul and Rio de Janeiro.

According to statistics supplied by Naamsa, South Africa’s new car sales outstrip any of its African competitors, the closest being Egypt.

Last year it sold roughly half the number of vehicles sold in South Africa (332 000). Next was Algeria at 181 000 followed by Morocco at 131 000.

Nigeria, which has overtaken South Africa with the biggest gross domestic product on the continent, sold only 26 400 new cars last year.

 
Thalia Holmes

Thalia Holmes

Thalia is a freelance business reporter for the Mail & Guardian. She grew up in Swaziland and lived in the US before returning to South Africa.She got a cum laude degree in marketing and followed it with another in English literature and psychology before further confusing things by becoming a black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) consultant.After spending five years hearing the surprised exclamation, "But you're white!", she decided to pursue her latent passion for journalism, and joined the M&G in 2012. The next year, she won the Brandhouse Journalist of the Year Award, the Brandhouse Best Online Award and was chosen as one of five finalists from Africa for the German Media Development Award. In 2014, she and a colleague won the Standard Bank Sivukile Multimedia Award. She now writes and edits for various publications, but her heart still belongs to the M&G.      Read more from Thalia Holmes

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