Ever since the pandemic, citizens all over the world had to adapt to the “new norm”, with many still working from home. And while things on the roads in South Africa’s biggest cities settled down ever since March 2020, new data revealed that some new patterns have emerged.
Data from the traffic navigation company TomTom shows that enough people are returning to work in Johannesburg and Cape Town to show a change in traffic data.
Data compiled between 2019, 2020 and now revealed that Capetonians are sleeping in for an extra hour, unlike those in the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg.
Phillip de Wet for Business Insider South Africa writes that in 2019, Cape Town’s peak congestion would be at 07:00 on weekday mornings, TomTom shows. That is standard; while afternoon traffic varies between them, peak use at 07:00 is typical for Bloemfontein, East London, Pretoria, Durban, and Johannesburg.
“The other cities have maintained that 07:00 peak with the return of more traffic. But, for Cape Town, the peak is now at 08:00,” the publications states.
It looks like afternoon data also changed, with peak congestion more likely to be at 17:00 (as in other cities) than at 16:00, as was sometimes the case pre-pandemic. That suggests Capetonians are still spending roughly the same amount of time at work, slightly less than people in other cities, just starting an hour later.
Data is still somewhat lower than 2019. TomTom’s traffic index, which aims to help create a congestion-free world, also shows that Cape Town and Johannesburg’s congestion levels ultimately decreased by 9% from 2019 to 2020.
Previous data from a SleepCycle survey also found that Capetonians spend a bit more time in bed than do people in other cities. They also tended to go to bed a little later, and get up considerably later than those in other places, nearly 40 minutes later than the average in Pretoria.
Data at the time showed that those in the City of Gold usually wake up at 06:20, while Capetonians tend to get up at 06:43.
On average South Africans app users spend some 7 hours and 20 minutes in bed, going to bed at 23:00, and waking up at 06:20.
After app users rated their mood when they woke up, Sleep Tracker data showed that Pretoria users are South Africa’s morning people, rating their mood at almost 70% (100% is ecstatically happy), while Joburg residents were grumpiest (61%).