Modes of transport

Quick Fact

More than fifty percent of the total number of learners , 67%, walk all the way to their educational institutions.

The National Household Travel survey (NHTS) is conducted by Stats SA on behalf of the Department of Transport. The National Department of Transport (NDOT) relied heavily on the annual October Household survey (now known as the General Household survey) for the information regarding transport. However, the transport questions in the OHS were limited to the main mode and the departure and arrival times of the home-based and work trips. When the OHS was discontinued in 1999, the General Household Survey continued to include questions on transport from 2002 onwards.

National Department of Transport decided to undertake the National Household Travel survey because there was a need to understand in more detail how and why people travel. The first NHTS was conducted in 2003 by Stats SA. NHTS 2013 is the second series of this survey.

The aim of this survey is to gain insight into the travel patterns and transport problems in the country which will provide the NDOT with information they will use for research, planning and policy formulation. The information will further assist transport authorities to effectively target where transport subsidies could be needed and granted. This information will also serve as a data source for the definition and measurement of Key Performance Indicators for land passenger transport, as required in terms of the National Land Transport Transition Act (Act No. 22 of 2000).

The survey covered land, air and water transport related travel. Land transport focuses on public and private transport and includes non-motorised transport such as walking all the way to one’s destination cycling or using animal-drawn vehicles. It encompasses travel related to education facilities, work, business and leisure for individuals. Household-level information was also collected about the demographic profiles of individuals, the socio-economic circumstances of households and general attitudes and perceptions about transport.

Business trips and Household access to vehicles

Media Invite: Large Sample Survey Reports

14 September 2015   Stats SA releases Large Sample Survey reports   The Statistician-General, Mr Pali Lehohla, will release the three following Large Sample Survey reports: 1. Electricity, Gas and Water Supply Industry (2013) – 10h00 The results presented in this publication were derived from the 2013 Electricity, gas and water supply industry large sample   read more »