Transport and infrastructure in South AfricaOur listing of the primary kinds of transport compares the infrastructure of South Africa with the average of all countries in Africa. The main traffic and transport routes are in good condition, but do not reach the level of the leading industrial nations.
In terms of the length of its rail network, South Africa ranks 47th in the world with 0.35 meters per inhabitant. In total, the rail network is 20,986 kilometers long.
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Road trafficThe network of roads and highways has a total length of 750,000 km. For each of the country's 59.31 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 12.65 meters. This puts South Africa in 40th place in the global ranking. However, it is also important to note the country's population density, which is very low at around 49 inhabitants per km². Like this, disproportionately long distances generally have to be covered to reach the more remote parts of the country.
With an average of 13426 traffic fatalities per year (2012 - 2019), road traffic in South Africa is considered quite dangerous. This corresponds to around 4.3 accident fatalities per 23.9 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 5.9 in the European Union as a whole and 17.1 worldwide.
In South Africa, traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road, i.e. people drive in the right-hand lane and overtake on the left. Oncoming traffic comes toward you on the left side. Here you can also find an overview of all countries with left-hand traffic.
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||750,000 km||12,645.70 km||615.21 m|
|Railroads||21,000 km||353.84 km||17.21 m|
|Waterways||0 km||0.00 km||0.00 m|
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||3,002,100 km||2,239.70 km||99.00 m|
|Railroads||88,600 km||66.09 km||2.92 m|
|Waterways||50,100 km||37.35 km||1.65 m|
Data sources used• Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
• Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
• CIA Factbook
• OECD Statistics
• Wikipedia (german)