Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has fi­nally seen the light

The Star Early Edition - - METRO WATCH -

THE CITY of Joburg has an­nounced that the City Power board has adopted a plan that will see a highly-ded­i­cated team take to the streets to em­bark on a street light main­te­nance cam­paign through­out the city.

With some 270 000 street lights across Joburg, our streets are be­ing left in the dark too of­ten, and the turn-around time for re­pairs is too slow, ac­cord­ing to Nico de Jager, the mem­ber of the may­oral com­mit­tee for en­vi­ron­ment and in­fra­struc­ture ser­vices.

“As such, in an ef­fort to en­hance the se­cu­rity of our res­i­dents and im­prove the turn-around time of re­pairs, I have asked City Power to pri­ori­tise the main­te­nance of this crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture.”

The new teams have been ca­pac­i­tated through the funds made avail­able in the cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture bud­get, which al­lows for the in­stal­la­tion of new lights, as well as the re­pair of ex­ist­ing lights.

“Through the al­lo­ca­tion of R195 mil­lion that was made avail­able in the main­te­nance bud­get for the 2017/18 fi­nan­cial year we will en­sure that street lights, es­pe­cially those around main trans­port routes, will be fixed faster and that the cor­rect pro­ce­dures are fol­lowed to en­sure that re­pairs last longer.

“We also ac­knowl­edge that a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of dam­aged street lights, es­pe­cially in our low-in­come, high-den­sity ar­eas through­out the city, are the re­sult of il­le­gal power con­nec­tions and van­dal­ism.”

City Power will be work­ing closely with the depart­ment of pub­lic safety and the Joburg metro po­lice depart­ment (JMPD) to po­lice the prob­lem and pre­vent such dam­age in the fu­ture.

“For this rea­son I have also com­mit­ted my­self to con­duct ad­di­tional po­lit­i­cal over­sight vis­its to en­sure that the plan is im­ple­mented timeously and that the fix­ing of street lights is re­al­is­tic,” De Jager added.

Res­i­dents are urged to as­sist with this cam­paign by re­port­ing bro­ken street lights to City Power at 011 375 5555, as well as any il­le­gal tam­per­ing with street lights to the JMPD on 011 375 5911.

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