Mashaba: Cable theft major headache for city
The Johannesburg Roads Agency has identified 200 priority intersections where urgent repairs will be carried out.
JOHANNESBURG – The Johannesburg Roads Agency has assured motorists it will replace traffic light cables where faults have been reported, stressing that no area is being neglected.
The agency has identified 200 priority intersections where urgent repairs will be carried out.
R200 million has been allocated for the project, which will be rolled out over the next three years across the city.
The JRA managing director Sean Phillips says although theft and the vandalism of traffic light cables cause only 4% of all faults it results in traffic lights being offline for 10 days.
“We weren’t putting too much effort into that because it's only 4% of our faults, but the system has now made us realise that it’s the downtime that’s problematic.”
Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba says cable theft remains a major headache for the city.
“Members of the media and all residents of the city will have to assist us with this so there is serious commitment by all areas of government to make sure that we bring back the rule of law.”
Half of the faults detected with traffic lights are caused by only 10% of the intersections.
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(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)