Which SA city has the worst traffic?

It's a debate as old as time - does Cape Town or Johannesburg have the worst traffic?

While one has much longer distances to drive, the other has very few entry points into the city centre. 

But popular GPS tracker TomTom has updated their index for 2019 - and Cape Town has come out on top - or bottom, depending on how you look at it.

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Cape Town

Position: Out of a list of 416 cities, the Mother City ranks in 101st place with a 32% congestion rate, with a 1% increase from last year.

Least traffic day: The day with the least traffic was a Sunday on 11 August in 2019 with a 7% congestion rate.

Worst traffic day: The worst traffic took place on 25 October on a Friday - it was a weekend that the city experienced torrential rain with localised flooding. It had a congestion rate of 59%.

Best time to avoid traffic: According to TomTom, you can save five hours per year for a 30-minute commute if you travel before 07:00 on a Monday morning.

Time lost in rush hour per year: Six days and 10 hours.

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Johannesburg

Position: The City of Gold is 20 positions below Cape Town in 121st place, with a congestion rate of 30% - the same as last year. 

Least traffic day: Joburg only had 4% congestion on 26 December last year.

Worst traffic day: The traffic that killed Joburgers took place on Valentine's Day on a Thursday, with 60% congestion. This could have been due to Stage 2 loadshedding implemented on that day.

Best time to avoid traffic: You can save six hours per year for a 30-minute commute if you travel before 07:00 on a Monday morning.

Time lost in rush hour per year: Same as Cape Town - six days and 10 hours.

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Pretoria

Position: At position 207th, the Jacaranda City is 82 positions lower in 207th place with the same congestion rate as last year - 25%

Least traffic day: Another Sunday, 21 April had a congestion rate of 4%.

Worst traffic day: A 53% congestion rate was achieved also on 14 February - same as Joburg - probably also because of loadshedding.

Best time to avoid traffic: In Pretoria if you leave after 08:00 you can save up to six hours a year on a 30-minute commute on Mondays.

Time lost in rush hour per year: Five days and 11 hours.

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East London

Position: The Eastern Cape city is lower down in 249th place with 22% congestion rate, 2% more than last year. 

Least traffic day: Sunday August 11 only had a 5% congestion level.

Worst traffic day: 29 November, a Friday, had a congestion level of 38%. This was the day of Black Friday sales, which saw a lot of chaos in SA's cities, including East London.

Best time to avoid traffic: You can save eight hours per year by leaving before seven on a Monday morning.

Time lost in rush hour per year: Only four days and nine hours. 

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Durban

Position: Durban only has 19% average congestion in 314th place - but it has increased by 1%.

Least traffic day: This fell on Sunday 20 January with 4% congestion.

Worst traffic day: Monday on 11 November was the worst recorded, with a 37% congestion rate. This followed a weekend of heavy rains that caused road closures, including the M4 highway from Umhlanga.

Best time to avoid traffic: You can save six hours per year for a 30-minute commute if you travel before 07:00 on a Monday morning.

Time lost in rush hour per year: Four days and two hours.

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Bloemfontein

Position: The South African city with the least traffic, Bloemfontein only has 13% traffic congestion, although it went up by 1%.

Least traffic day: When everyone was probably on the coast, it only had a 2% congestion rate on 6 January.

Worst traffic day: With a very 31%, its worst day was 15 February on a Friday. The city experienced heavy rain and floods on this day.

Best time to avoid traffic: In Bloemfontein if you leave after 08:00 you can save up to five hours a year on a 30-minute commute on Mondays.

Time lost in rush hour per year: Just two days and 14 hours. 

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Top 10 cities around the world with the worst traffic

1. Bengaluru, Inda - 71%

2. Manila, Philippines - 71%

3. Bogota, Colombia - 68%

4. Mumbai, India - 65%

5. Pune, India - 59%

6. Moscow, Russia - 59%

7. Lima, Peru - 57%

8. New Delhi, India - 56%

9. Istanbul, Turkey - 55%

10. Jakarta, Indonesia - 53%

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