Bay motorists will soon see the light

2015-05-13 06:00

DARKNESS due to faulty bulbs and rusted lamp posts along Settlers Freeway will soon be a thing of the past, the municipality says.

Municipal spokesperson, Mthubanzi Mniki, said maintenance was under way on all the lamp posts, starting from the Deal Party entrance, and would be completed along the route towards the Summerstrand entrance.

“The municipality is replacing the old lamp posts with new ones, fixing electrical faults and replacing the fused bulbs,” Mniki said. “The project will be completed within this financial year, ending June 30.

“We take the safety of motorists seriously,” electricity and energy portfolio chairperson, Andile Mfunda, said.

“It is our duty as the electricity and energy directorate to maintain the infrastructure we already have and build more. Our maintenance plans form part of our plans to position Nelson Mandela Bay as one of the destinations of choice for both economic development and tourism.”

Mfunda said the municipality was committed to lighting up all of the city’s busiest roads and highways.

Mniki said the municipality also called on motorists to exercise patience and tolerance towards the workers on site, as failure to do so might lead to accidents. “Workers can be seen working on the street lights during working hours, with clear signs warning motorists as they approach.”

Mfunda said the electricity and energy directorate had bold plans to improve the way the municipality used electricity, considering the challenges facing the national grid run by Eskom, from whom the municipality buys electricity.

“An announcement will be made at a press conference to announce the plans,” he said.

“For now, as an immediate priority, we want to improve lighting on our highways and streets in residential areas. We are aware this will go a long way in improving safety and security. However, it must be said that cable theft along some of the roads in secluded areas and vandalism affecting our street lights in residential areas remain a challenge,” Mfunda said. – REPORTER

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