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July 12th, 2017 by


South Africa’s roads can be a very dangerous place when it comes to travelling long distances. This has resulted in a high fatality rate on our roads due to disobedient and unqualified motorists.

On July 4, the Minister of Transport,  Mr Joe Maswanganyi, appealed to motorists to be vigilant while driving. This comes after a series of fatal crashes that have taken place around the country over the past week.

In conjunction with this, Maswanganyi has instructed the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) to verify the current number of unroadworthy and unregistered vehicles on the roads.

The reason for the majority of road accidents, according to the Maswanganyi still remains the human factor. The Minister has advised citizens to comply with the rules of the road and ensure that they are driving legally.

“South Africans, if you got your learner’s and driver license through dubious means know that you will soon lose it. It cannot be that people can escape with such impunity. Our people deserve the best and it is our duty to uproot these much-detested practices and get to the core of the causes of these carnages and fatalities” said Minister Maswanganyi.

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Disaster Zones

During the period of December 1‚ 2015 to January 11‚ 2016, there was over 1253 reported crashes. These predominantly took place over the weekend and were caused by people breaking the law‚ such as being drunk behind the wheel‚ overtaking dangerously and jaywalking.

But where do the majority of incidents take place?

This is the summary of the highest accident zones around South Africa during 2016.

Highest Fatality Routes In SA

  • The R61 in the Eastern Cape
  • The N3 in KwaZulu-Natal
  • The N4 in Mpumalanga and the North West
  • The N11 in Mpumalanga
  • The N12 in Gauteng‚ the North West and the Western Cape.

Highest Accident Routes In SA

  • The R40‚ N17 and R23 are high accident zones in Mpumalanga
  • The R33 in KwaZulu-Natal
  • The N73 in the Eastern Cape
  • The N7 in the Western Cape
  • The R102 in KwaZulu-Natal
  • The N1 spanning Limpopo‚ the Free State and the Western Cape.

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South Africa’s Road Traffic Statistics for 2016

  • According to the 2016 Road Traffic Management Corporation report, the N2 in KwaZulu-Natal was the most dangerous road in South Africa with 325 reported crashes.
  • Between the period of 1 January to 31 December 2016, there were a reported 11 676 cases of road traffic crashes with a horrific 14 071 fatalities.
  • However, the number of fatal crashes decreased during the Easter period by 11 from 197 over the same period the previous year to 186 in 2017.

2016 Fatalities By Province

Here is a list of provinces, from highest to lowest road traffic fatality rate for 2016:

Province Number Of Fatalities
KwaZulu-Natal 2 715
      Gauteng 2 700
      Eastern Cape 1 705
      Limpopo 1 644
     Mpumalanga 1 562
      Western Cape 1 260
     North West 1 084
 Free State 992
 Northern Cape 409

 

  • 25.6% of accidents take place on a Saturday between 17:00 and 21:00 each week.
  • 38.4% of crash victims are pedestrians.
  • 76.8% of victims are male.
  • 38.7% of accidents happen because of wet or slippery roads.

 

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20 Of The Most Dangerous Routes In 2016 

These are the routes that have seen more than 50 crashes take place during the course of 2016.

PROVINCE ROAD NAME TOTAL CRASHES VEHICLES NUMBER OF FATALITIES
FREE STATE N1 56 87 100
KWAZULU NATAL R102 88 114 103
WESTERN CAPE N2 116 147 128
EASTERN CAPE N2 260 391 333
EASTERN CAPE Gravel Road 61 62 63
NORTH WEST N4 62 89 78
KWAZULU NATAL N2 325 433 391
FREE STATE N8 54 81 70
KWAZULU NATAL N3 129 163 144
MPUMALANGA R40 70 92 94
GAUTENG N12 95 139 119
LIMPOPO R71 54 62 60
MPUMALANGA N4 141 221 191
LIMPOPO R37 53 73 62
MPUMALANGA R573 58 85 78
WESTERN CAPE N1 96 130 130
LIMPOPO N1 145 237 255
EASTERN CAPE R61 142 181 176
NORTH WEST N12 60 83 78
GAUTENG N1 93 136 101

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