Nearly 7,000 car crashes on South Africa’s busiest roads

South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says it responded to over 40,000 incidents via its freeway management system, including as many as 6,900 crashes.

The data was published Sanral’s annual report for the 2014/2015.

The road agency’s freeway management system has already been deployed in Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal and Western Cape and is being expanded.

The South African national road network consists of  21,403km of roads.

The national and provincial highways managed by Sanral are in the process of being converted into “smart roads” through a freeway management system which includes CCTV cameras that relay the information to Traffic Management Centres and allow operators to detect crashes.


Gauteng’s freeway management system facilitated a coordinated response to about 16,000 incidents, including 3,500 crashes, in 2014/15.

Sanral said its on-road services, incident and medical response units, and light and heavy towing units responded to about 8,000 incidents.

The Gauteng route of the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) project includes portions of the N1, with extensions on the N4, N12, and N17


The KwaZulu-Natal freeway management system covers about 120km of the busiest sections of the N2 and N3 freeways.

Its traffic management centre also monitors the Tongaat mainline, the King Shaka ramp and the Mariannhill mainline toll plazas and helps manage vehicle queues during busy holiday periods.

Sanral said it aims to extend the network on the N3 between Camperdown and Cedara in the next reporting period.

The traffic management centre dealt with an average of 9,600 traffic incidents, including 1,100 crashes, in 2014/15.

Stationary, mostly heavy, vehicles accounted for about 55% of incidents, while about 22% were traffic congestion incidents.

About 12% of the incidents were crashes, of which more than 70% involved light vehicles in single or multiple vehicle collisions.

Most crashes occurred between the EB Cloete system interchange and Nandi Drive on the N2.

Cape Town

Cape Town’s freeway management system facilitated the coordinated response to nearly 15,000 incidents, including 2,300 crashes, during 2014/15.

The detection and accident clearance times continue to decrease – the average detection time during the reporting period was less than 2.5 minutes.

The Cape Town Freeway Management System (FMS) covers 155 km of the busiest freeways that fall under the jurisdiction of the City of Cape Town.

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Nearly 7,000 car crashes on South Africa’s busiest roads