Residents still in the dark about street lights

2015-03-11 00:00

WHILE some Pietermaritzburg ­residential roads have street lamps burning throughout the day and night, other roads have been without lights for over four months.

The Witness’s Facebook was flooded with complaints and stories of how certain areas around Pietermaritzburg were in complete darkness at night while others said street lamps were on throughout the day.

People have described the absence of street lights as extremely dangerous and the constant burning of street lights on other roads as a waste of resources.

Facebook comments poured in from unhappy and concerned locals, one of them Priscilla Apollos.

Her comment read: “Pailmen Drive, Eastwood is out. I phoned to report it and they told me they would sort it out. It’s now four months later, and I am still waiting. Sad sad sad.”

Another local, Julie Foxon-Meiklejohn, also commented to complain about there not being street lights in Park Lane.

“No lights whatsoever in Park Lane — quite scary at night time. I’m not sure why there have never been any installed there.”

Another resident, Trevor Maartens, posted he had reported the lights being out on Pilot Road, Scottsville repeatedly and “nothing had been done”.

But comments have also come in about street lights remaining on all through the day.

“Bisley near Southgate Spar burning has street lights burning 24/7,” commented Buhle Karen Shezi.

Another local commented and said the street lights in Bernard Road, Allandale, would burn right through the day, but switch off at night when people needed them most.

Msunduzi spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said it was important residents continue to report issues with street lights so the municipality could keep track and fix the problems as soon as they were able to.

From their investigations, Madonda said the problem in Brixham Road in Orient Heights had been fixed and municipal workers were already working on the street lights in Upper Hesketh.

As for Edgehill Road in Athlone, Madonda said there had been a cable fault, and workers were busy attending to it.

“Those that are burning during day are being identified and will be attended to.

“Other problems affecting street light circuits are the ongoing excavation by communications contractors who damage cables during excavations, cover cables and not report them,” said Madonda.


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