REVEALED: Which SA city has the best drivers, healthiest people

JOHANNESBURG - The results are in and South Africa’s most active and best driving city has been revealed.

Cape Town leads the pack in healthy living and better driving.       

According to the Road to a Healthier South Africa, released by Discovery Vitality, Capetonians exercise the most and are the nation’s safest drivers – and there is a correlation between the two.

The report presents insights on the physical activity levels and driving behaviour of over half a million Vitality members in Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria.

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"There are two main behaviours causing significant illness and deaths among South Africans. One, how we drive. Two, how much we move," said Head of Vitality Wellness, Dr Craig Nossel.

"The statistics are staggering. More than five million deaths could be avoided each year if people moved regularly.

"More than 1.25 million people die in road accidents every year – that’s 3,425 people a day. Added to this, between 20 and 50 million people suffer non-fatal injuries, and many become disabled. But, we can improve these statistics,” he continues. 

How are the main metropolitans doing in the race to drive well and move more? 

From data collected over 2016, 2017 and 2018: 

  • Cape Town fares the best in physical activity and driving behaviour across South African cities. They tracked the most gym visits, steps and completed outdoor activities. 
  • When it comes to physical activity, Pretoria and Johannesburg are in close second and third place, followed by Durban and Port Elizabeth. Bloemfontein is at the back – 35% behind Cape Town’s lead and also tracked the lowest numbers of gym visits, steps and outdoor activities. 
  • When it comes to better driving, Durban fares the worst nationally – with their driving behaviour measuring 11 percent below the winning city, Cape Town. Cape Town is followed in order by Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Johannesburg and Pretoria. 
  • On the physical activity statistics, Cardiologist and President-elect of the South African Heart Association, Dr David Jankelow, says, “Inactivity has not improved since 2001. In addition to being important in disease prevention, movement is also key to healing. Cardiac patients, for example, used to be kept immobile for a long time. Today, we know that getting them active is probably the most important thing. Exercise is a surprisingly simple antidote to lifestyle-related illnesses. It may, in fact, be more important than medicine when it comes to sustaining good health.”