Online maps offer alternatives for Joburg traffic chaos

2013-12-10 11:01
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - As the memorial service for former South African president and global icon Nelson Mandela gets underway, road users may face hurdles as traffic grinds to a halt in Johannesburg.

Traffic tracking on both Google Maps and TomTom Live Traffic showed the M2 west bound with heavy delays as motorists looked for routes toward the FNB Stadium where the memorial service will be held.

The Soweto Highway would have granted easier access to the stadium precinct, but it is one of the many closed roads near the area.
TomTom Live Traffic data reports that tailbacks on the M2 to be in the order of 2km long and several Twitter users posted images of the motorcade of US President Barack Obama stuck in traffic on the way to the stadium.

The online mapping applications could also be useful to road users who wish to avoid the worst of the traffic chaos on Tuesday.

Metrorail has offered free transport to the stadium via all major Gauteng stations, but reports have emerged that some commuters are stuck due to a power failure.

Johannesburg metro police chief superintendent Wayne Minnaar said that it is advisable that mourners use public transport as no private cars would be allowed near the FNB Stadium.

Roads that have been closed include the Nasrec Road, Soweto Highway and Rand Show Road.

- Follow Duncan on Twitter
Read more on:    google  |  tomtom  |  nelson mandela  |  johannesburg  |  internet

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Key Accounts - IT

Southern Shore Recruitment
R15 000.00 - R25 000.00 Per Month

Sales Representative- Knysna

George - Knysna
George Employment Consultants
R15 000.00 Per Month Per Month

Audit Senior / Bookkeeper to Trial Balance

Cape Town Southern Suburbs
Placement Point (Pty) Ltd
R15 000.00 - R21 000.00 Per Month

Property [change area]

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.