Solar-powered robots for PMB

2012-12-07 00:00

FUNDING of R30 million from the Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department (Cogta) will see Msunduzi Municipality embarking on a number of projects, including an urban renewal project, which involves the beautification of the city.

The deputy municipal manager for infrastructure services, Thokozani Maseko, told the council yesterday that the first task was to install solar-powered street lights, followed by solar-powered traffic lights.

The street and traffic lights would have batteries for back-up. Should the batteries fail for any reason, the electricity grid would kick in to keep the lights on.

This is viewed as a way to save electricity.

Maseko said this was not a new concept because it had already been used in Johannesburg, eThekwini and Mangaung.

Democratic Alliance caucus leader Bill Lambert yelled: “Oh, even in Mangaung this is used too.”

Municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi said R11 million from the fund would be used to install the lights.

He told the council that the municipality had applied for funding from the department for the renovations and improvement of the fresh produce market.

The project entails short-term repairs, maintenance and upgrading, which will cost R15 million.

He said R4 million would be used for the replacement of transformers.

“This is part of the Independent Development Trust [IDT] to improve the ageing electricity infrastructure, and already work is being done at the Northdale substation,” he said.

Nkosi said a council resolution should be obtained accepting the grant funding.

The department would allocate the money based on monthly progress reports on each project, said Nkosi.

The progress reports should also include status reports on the number of jobs created in each project.

A condition of the funding was that the municipality needed to include these projects in its Integrated Development Plan and be part of its mid-year review budget, which should be at the end of next month.

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