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Revision as of 01:59, 19 April 2016

Waze implements Throttling of edits when mass editing occurs.

If you mass edit:

  • You will not get credited for your edits.
  • You will not get any points for your edits.
  • You WILL be removed from the MapRaid immediately.
  • Possibly banned from editing altogether.

Please think quality not quantity.

Welcome to the Wiki for the South African MapRaid. The raid is scheduled to run from 30th April to 8th May.


The primary focus of this raid is to verify speed limits. You may find that other things need attention - feel free to give them some but remember the primary focus.


South Africa has nine provinces - each of these provinces will be a raid area. As some provinces are less developed than others you will have access to some of the others. Please keep to your province until you are satisfied there is nothing more to do there.

Lesotho and Swaziland are not part of South Africa. Please do not edit there.


Changing to ROW Server

For our US and Canadian visitors, South Africa falls under the World Server. In the upper right hand corner of the editor, where it says US & Canada, you can click it for a dropdown menu. To edit in South Africa, change to the World server, commonly known as the ROW (Rest of the World) server. The US & Canada server is commonly known as the NA Server.

Note: This option is not visible if you are in fullscreen.

Make sure you are set to Metric units under settings.


  1. Western Cape
  2. Eastern Cape
  3. Northern Cape
  4. Free State
  5. Kwa-Zulu Natal
  6. North West
  7. Gauteng
  8. Mpumalanga
  9. Limpopo

Local Hosts

Editor Timezone
elphix (PM) SAST (GMT +2)
LeighGr (PM) SAST (GMT +2)
Kuhlkatz (PM) SAST (GMT +2)

Speed Limits

South Africa uses the metric system (km/h), we drive on the left hand side of the road. The following is a ​general​ breakdown of what to expect with regards to speed limits in South Africa. These are by no means definitive - limits should be verified by streetview.

  • Freeways - 120km/h
  • Major Highways - 100km/h, sometimes 120km/h
  • Minor Highways - 80km/h or 100km/h
  • Primary Streets - 60km/h or 80km/h
  • Streets - 60km/h

Sometimes the municipal authorities try to get creative and have a speed limit in between the norm, 70km/h for example. We do not use 5 in our limits, they are extremely rare (i.e. 65km/h). Don’t trust average speeds for segments - South Africans like to speed.


South Africa has eleven official languages. Within Waze we keep it to English but you may get a response to a UR in another language. If this happens please try steer the conversation to English or ask elphix, LeighGr or Kuhlkatz to step in. All abbreviations are in English - please see the ​Acceptable suffix abbreviations​ in the ​South African Waze Wiki​ and change as required. I.e. change “Mahlomola Street” to “Mahlomola St”. Not many of the existing suffixes should be non-english, but if they are, the correct one can easily be looked up in the Acceptable suffix abbreviations​ table.

Locking Policy

Anything locked at L5 - please consult with a local champ before changing restrictions or geometry.

Road Type Lock Level
Freeway 5
Major Highway 4
Minor Highway 3
Primary Street 2
Streets 1


The preferred method of communication for the MapRaid is via Slack. If you aren't already a member of the Waze Map Raid Slack then please submit your information on this form:

Scripts and Addons

The normals scripts and addons used in other countries work in South Africa. Some notable examples inclue WME Toolbox and WME Color Highlights.

As the main focus for this raid is speedlimits we suggest you add the following:

Other Things

  • In an effort to standardise our road names please change hyphens, commas and other to parentheses.
    • “Curie Ave - R706” should be “Curie Ave (R706)”,
    • “M5 Southbound, Kromboom Pkwy” should be "Kromboom Pkwy (M5 S)"
  • Gas Station are to be locked at L4 or higher. If you’re not yet at L4, lock it as high as you can.
  • We find that sometimes junior editors add duplicate gas stations as points on an area place, this is incorrect. The point should be removed or converted to an area.
  • We are still in the process of changing our cardinal directions - if you see any please abbreviate them
    • E.g “N1 South” should be “N1 S”.
  • Many highway exits are missing their exit numbers, add them if you see them.
    • E.g “Exit 34: Harrismith”
  • Our traffic lights are called “robots” - I don’t know why.

Reference Links

  • South Africa Waze Wiki
    • Information and guidelines on local editing
    • Local Freeway and Major / Minor Highway naming conventions
  • Local Road Naming suffixes
    • Only the English convention is acceptable
    • If a suffix is non-English, you can look it up and change it e.g. "Str" or "Straat" (Afrikaans) should be changed to "St" for Street.
  • Waze MapRaid Wiki
    • General information about MapRaids