Traffic blockage in Cape Town costs the city R2.8 billion every year as the disappointment of individuals, merchandise and ventures to arrive at their goal in time prompts lower work development, loss of efficiency and diminished appeal for speculation.

This is as indicated by a report by the vehicle directorate, which said 95% of open vehicle clients in Cape Town were in the low-to medium-pay gatherings, wherein transport costs were assessed to represent up to 45% of month to month family unit use.

A well-working public transport framework is key to tending to exacerbate clog and giving the inhabitants of Cape Town evenhanded access to monetary chances. In any case, if open vehicle enhancements are not actualized, the city faces the danger of both intensifying clog and further requirements on the capacity of lower-pay gatherings to get to financial chances.

Leader of the Cape Council of Business and Industry, Geoff Jacobs, stated: “There is no uncertainty that traffic clog during morning and evening times of heavy traffic is horrifying. Worker times are frequently over an hour by engine vehicle, even to and from close by rural areas.”

It is far more awful from remote rural areas. Barely any businesses would energetically set up workplaces in places that make such circumstances for their staff. Jacobs cautioned of the effect traffic clog had on the nearby economy. Void places of business mean less rates payable. Brutal driving occasions mean no new places of business in the city… what’s more, less future rates payable.

Staff show up later than expected and need time to recuperate until they can work, prompting wasteful aspects, poor client assistance, stress-related ailment, increasingly days off taken, etc. Organizations needing to draw in the best accessible ability need to pay more to pull in and keep them. The expenses are regularly covered up, yet they are there.

In 2017 KPMG discharged a report titled, ‘The financial matters of heavy traffic’, specifying how much time South Africans spend in rush hour gridlock and the amount it cost the economy. The report found that Cape Town was the most vigorously blocked city in the nation, trailed by Johannesburg and East London. There was a straightforward answer for blockage, put resources into public transport, not more lanes for traffic.

Mayco member for economic opportunities and asset management James Vos said: “There is no denying the impact of traffic congestion on the economy due to the extended time individuals spend on commuting.

Mayco member for transport Felicity Purchase said: “The City of Cape Town’s longer-term vision is to develop an integrated, efficient, safe and affordable public transport system that includes urban rail, bus services, minibus taxis and all other forms of public transport modes.”

By Noni Nchwe

Source: IOL News