Slow Cape Town traffic almost as long as a flight to Jo’burg

Written Yazeed Kamaldien

Traveling from Cape Town to Johannesburg by airplane is only six minutes longer than sitting through morning traffic in the Mother City.

That was proven yesterday when KFM radio presenters Liezel van der Westhuizen and Jeremy Harris challenged each other to see who could reach their destination first. The duo broadcast their journeys via the radio station and also their Twitter accounts.

KFM radio station presenter Liezel van der Westhuizen gives Cape Town traffic a thumbs down. Picture by Yazeed Kamaldien

KFM radio station presenter Liezel van der Westhuizen gives Cape Town traffic a thumbs down. Picture by Yazeed Kamaldien

Harris boarded an airplane at Cape Town International Airport heading to OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg at 6:39am. At the same time, Van der Westhuizen drove from Parklands suburb off the N1 highway and made her to the radio station’s office in Green Point, near the city centre.

Van der Westhuizen arrived at the radio station at 8:06am. Harris landed at OR Tambo at 8:12am. The radio station wanted to highlight how hectic morning traffic is for most of the city’s commuters who make their way into the city daily.

“People were complaining to us how bad it was to get into town in the morning. Someone said it would be quicker to get to Jo’burg than to drive to town in morning traffic,” said Van der Westhuizen.

That set off the traffic challenge and phone calls into the radio station to moan about bumper-to-bumper traffic.

“If we had an effective public transport system in place, this shouldn’t take so much time,” said one caller on the radio station.

Bus strikes, which ended this week, and endless road works on Cape Town’s streets and highways regularly delay Capetonians rushing to work each morning.

“It took 90 minutes to travel a distance of 10km,” said Van der Westhuizen after the traffic challenge.

The TV presenter traveled by car with KFM’s Ground Patrol presenter Terence Mentor who usually heads out into the city for various outside broadcasts for the radio station. She said she used to live in Blaauwberg, near Parklands, and sometimes cycled into the city to get to work.

“I cycled once a week. It took me just under an hour and I wasn’t traveling too fast because you don’t want to end up at the office all sweaty,” she said.

Van der Westhuizen said she has continued cycling to work as she has moved to the city centre.

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About Yazeed Kamaldien

Self-employed journalist and photographer from South Africa.

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