October is Transport Month, so show your car or bakkie some love and give it the CREAM treatment! We are continually opening new branches and hope that we’ll soon be able to keep vehicles across South Africa cleaner and shinier than ever!
Transport is an integral part of the economy and at CREAM we’re proud to be doing our part to keep this industry going. To celebrate the eclectic mix of vehicles on our roads, ranging from imported sports cars to donkiekarre, here are a few interesting roads and transport-related facts:
- South Africa has the 10th longest road network in the world. The close to 750 000 km of road includes 459 957 km of gravel road and 131 919km of unproclaimed gravel road.
- The longest tarred and numbered road in the country is the N2 at the length of 2 255km. It starts in the docks in Cape Town and ends in Ermelo in Mpumalanga.
- The top 3 most dangerous roads in South Africa are the R71 in the Mankweng area in Limpopo, the R573 near Umhlanga and the N4 in the Nelspruit area in Mpumalanga. This is due to the high number of fatalities on these roads.
- The first Sir Lowry’s Pass (N2 near Cape Town) was built in 1830 to allow ox wagons to go over the summit. The present-day road was completed in 1984 and closely follows the route of the original pass.
- According to the latest Stats SA General Household Survey (2018), about 33,7% of South Africans travel to work by car, with 24% taking a taxi and 20,4% walking. The remaining 11,9% worked from home. This number will definitely look different in a post-Covid-19 world!
- The same survey found that 44,1% of people in Gauteng use taxis, the highest number in the country. The Eastern Cape was at 39,6%, followed by Mpumalanga at 37,5%.
- Trains are most commonly used in the Western Cape (5,8%) and Gauteng (5,3%).
- The most expensive toll gate in South Africa is Machado on the N4. Fees range from R96.00 for Class 1 vehicles to R554.00 for Class 4.
- There are a total of 47 e-toll gantries in Gauteng. They are situated on the N1, N3, N12 and R21.
- The Huguenot Tunnel is the country’s longest road tunnel at 3,9km. It was opened on 18 March 1988. Construction cost R125 million and the tunnel reduced the distance of the old pass by 11km.