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With congestion worsening in Cape Town, members of the public will look to services such as those provided by Golden Arrow and Sibanye for transport needs. With congestion worsening in Cape Town, members of the public will look to services such as those provided by Golden Arrow and Sibanye for transport needs. Rodger Bosch

How Capetonians are fighting the traffic

Mar 13, 2017

Spending precious time in traffic is a tedious business. As the congestion hots up again this year in the bustling central city, CityLife talked to Capetonians about what they like and dislike about their daily commute, and its impact on their pocket.

Driving from Parklands
Bomkazi Mafuya uses her car to get to the CBD from Parklands. In a month she uses one tank of diesel, which costs about R750. “Traffic is bad from Parklands to Table View side but it depends on the time you leave the house. It’s about an hour for a 21km distance.”

Minibus from Rosebank
Busisiwe Hoho stays in Rosebank and hails a minibus taxi to get to town. She spends a maximum of R280 per month. “There are days when traffic is a bit hectic from Observatory when coming to work and going back. It’s always heavy until Observatory. I walk to my place – it’s just four minutes away.”

Golden Arrow from Khayelitsha
Mziwothando Mazwi lives in Khayelitsha and works in Roeland Street. He relies on Golden Arrow to get him to the CBD every day, an hour trip on average which costs him R540 per month. “I leave the house at 07:25 get a 7:30 bus and get to work at 08:45 if there is no traffic. The N2 is generally safe.”

Scooter from Sea Point
Christy Morcos uses a scooter for daily activities between Sea Point and the City Bowl, so she doesn’t have to ride very far. Her trips are usually between 10 and 20 minutes costing a monthly average of R450 for fuel and maintenance. “I try to think on behalf of other drivers and keep good distances between my bike and other vehicles. Exposure to the elements is never exactly comfortable, but I have extended my wardrobe to suit different weather situations.”

Train from Kenwyn and Eerste Rivier
Paul Bell has had no problem with using Metrorail’s South Central Line to get from Kenwyn to work in Greenmarket Square for the past four years. The train ride is approximately 30 minutes long and a monthly ticket costs him R280. “I have never felt unsafe, and it’s perfect to catch a snooze or watch an episode of your favourite series.” Kenneth Motsoari travels from Eersterivier to town by train on Metrorail’s Northern Line. A monthly ticket costs R420 for the two daily train rides that cover almost 80 km. “The trains are always overloaded and hardly ever on time” he says.

MyCiTi from Melkbos
Julian Jacobs comes to the Foreshore with a MyCiTi bus from Melkbosstrand, which costs him R500 per month. It takes the bus an hour to reach the CBD despite high congestion on parts of the route. “It’s relatively safe, and at the station I come from there is at least two security staff visible. From a comfort point of view it’s definitely better than taking a train, but every second day the buses are late.”

Cycling to Ndabeni
Steve Smith often rides his bicycle from the City Bowl to Ndabeni. A one-way trip is 14 km and it takes him 35 minutes. It’s also cost effective, with an inner-tube listed as a possible monthly expense (R60 each). “Where there is a cycle path, pavement, or side street, I stick to those. Capetonian motorists, however, often ignore cycle paths and tend to either park on them or use them as another lane to drive in,” he says. 

Last modified on Monday, 13 March 2017 09:37
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