Tuesday, 25 October 2016 09:15
16.13 km
Wind Direction
3.89 km/h
Updated 4/18/2021 04:32:50
Maintenance in Progress, information may not be accurate!

We recently shared some information about the traffic congestion in the south peninsula. Three years of road-works are scheduled to start on Kommetjie Road and Ou Kaapse Weg, meaning that the congestion to and from the South Peninsula of Cape Town is not going to improve in the short term. 

Residents of the South Peninsula have been very active on social media with complaints of congestion, safety and the huge amount of time to commute "over the mountain".  People have been asking about alternatives and trying to find solutions. 

Most people are aware that Chapman's Peak Drive offers an alternative route to and from the south peninsula - albeit a paid one!  Needless to say many locals and residents complain about the cost.  At R42 per journey per direction for a light motor vehicle (2016), travelling on #Chappies 10 times per week adds up to R1,680 every 4 weeks! That's a lot of money - spare cash that most households in the south peninsula will struggle to fork out every month.  We understand! Quite honestly as Capetonian Residents ourselves, we would all struggle with a monthly cost of that nature.

However, not everyone is aware of the Frequent User Programme offered by Chapman's Peak Drive though.  It's a simple concept of a progressive discount.  In simple terms the more you drive the cheaper it gets... so if you Drive More you Save More. As a registered Frequent User, 10 trips over #Chappies per week, will cost R656 per month.  For even more savings, you get additional discounts with a preregistered Wild Card - the same 40 trips will cost R517.50 per month.  Both options are significantly cheaper than the standard toll tariff - more than R1000 of savings!

Cost is a factor but one also needs to address the cost of safety. Opponents of #Chappies and its toll argue that Chapmans Peak Drive is not safe, as a "rock might fall on your head". The safety record on Chapman's Peak Drive speaks for itself, with not a single fatality or serious injury in 13 years.  Toll money helps maintain the drive which includes and prioritizes the safety of its users.

The third cost is that of time. What is your time worth and how important is it to you to have time for family, friends, exercise or relaxation? 

Co-create reckons that an average South African wastes R7,100 annually sitting in traffic. We are pretty sure that Cape Town's south peninsula commuters are probably above the South African average in terms of how long they sit in traffic, but we don't know if there are any stats to prove it. Many have argued that driving #Chappies is a longer route, but we think that those times have changed with the increase of traffic on Ou Kaapse Weg. Needless to say, the duration of a journey via Chapman's Peak or Ou Kaapse Weg varies according to time of day, but in morning peak traffic from the South Peninsula into town, the time is almost identical.  The distance from the south peninsula to Cape Town CBD varies by 3km depending on the route selected.

  • Longbeach Mall to Cape Town via OKW is 34km
  • Longbeach to Cape Town via Chappies and KloofNek is 37km
  • Longbeach Mall to Cape Town via Chappies and Constantia Nek is 37km.

The fourth and final point of observation regarding factors that influence your choice of whether to pay a toll fee and use Chapman's Peak Drive compared to the route over Ou Kaapse Weg is that of sanity. An arguable emotional state, but it is hard to counter with a more beautiful or scenic option as a daily commute. Chappies is frequently on "The most beautiful drives in the world" lists. This is a road on people's bucket lists and it could be your Daily Commute! The endless shades of ocean blue and sky, coupled with mountain energy, scenic vistas and ever-changing natural processes - is a privilege and a gift that we should appreciate experiencing for around R600 per month! The drive lends itself to a calming and soothing state of mind and in many instances Chappies is inspiring its magnificence. It's a personal choice but one that we personally would prefer on arrival at the office or at home after a long day. 

We face choices in life every day, and the choice to use Chapman's Peak Drive versus Ou Kaapse Weg as a daily commuter route to or from the South Peninsula of Cape Town, is one that each individual and household needs to decide for themselves. R500 - R700 per month for a daily commute is still a lot of money.  Commuting anywhere in the world costs money, in London for example, a ONE-DAY, Zone 1-6, anytime Travelcard is £17.20 (That's R300 for one day of travel!).  Where we spend our hard earned money and what we spend it on is a personal choice - but it's important to make an informed choice.

#DriveMoreSaveMore on Chapman's Peak Drive - register as a frequent user by visiting the Toll Plaza during office hours and complete the registration form.  Decide on pre-paid top-up or credit card payment options.  Your details will be loaded on the system immediately and off you go, ready to start saving on one of the most beautiful roads on earth.

Chapman’s Peak Drive Toll Plaza Office Hours:

The Toll Plaza is open Monday - Friday from 08h00 - 17h00 for registration as a Frequent User.
Address: Toll Plaza, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay, Cape Town
Plaza Tel: 021 791 8220

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About Chapman's Peak Drive

  • Chapman’s Peak Drive toll road winds its way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay on the Atlantic Coast on the south-western tip of South Africa. Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world.

    Chapman’s Peak Drive is affectionately known as #Chappies.