Irate residents shed light on street lights burning all day

2014-08-13 00:00

RESIDENTS are unhappy with street lights burning 24 hours a day.

Irate residents of Cyprus Way in ­Newholmes complained that street lights had been on day and night for three weeks, before they were eventually switched off yesterday.

“We are concerned because when we report the matter nothing seems to get done,” said a resident, Desmond Paul.

He said leaving lights burning was a waste of ratepayers’ money, adding municipal workers must have switched the lights off in the morning after residents complained for weeks.

The same problem was reported by Chase Valley residents.

A resident who asked not to be named said the problem started after the tree felling incident that left their neighbourhood without electricity for more than two hours last week.

The Witness reported an incident where an 11 kv cable was damaged, allegedly by municipal workers who were cutting down trees near Chase Valley Gardens.

Some residents were stuck inside their homes for more than three hours while waiting for the electricity department to switch off the power to a cable that had blocked their driveway.

“After that incident we have had 24-hour street lights and this is very costly to ratepayers,” he said. “At the end of the day, ratepayers will suffer by paying estimations to foot this bill,” he said.

The street lights were still on in Chase Valley Road, Twickenham Road and Silverdale Crescent during broad daylight yesterday.

Msunduzi spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said people do not report these matters, and if they did, they don’t keep their reference numbers so that they can follow up.

“We will be sending electricians to resolve the Chase Valley problem,” she said.

Streetlights burning during the day and general electricity problems should be reported to: 033 392 5098; 033 392 5096; 033 392 5029; 033 392 5000 or to the call centre on 0800 000 1868.

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