New high mast lights for Hankey

2016-07-07 06:00

JUNE ended on a bright note for residents of Hankey when two new high mast lights were unveiled in the area.

Ward 9 councillor Xolisile Persent switched on a new light at Centerton while ward 13 councillor Vuyelwa Matodlana did the honours at Weston.

Infrastructure portfolio councillor Patrick Kota said the lights were two of seven new high mast lights that were put up across Kouga during the 2015/2016 financial year at a cost of more than R2 million.

The other five lights were switched on at Sea Vista in St Francis Bay, Ocean View at Jeffreys Bay and the Humansdorp communities of Vergenoeg, the Old Golf Course and Gill Marcus earlier this year.

An eighth light is still to be erected at Patensie.

Kota said the municipality had prioritised the installation of high mast lights in these communities in order to improve the safety and security of residents.

“Experience has shown that high mast lights are one of the most effective means of lighting areas where vandalism is rife. It is not that easy for vandals and criminals to break these lights, as they tend to do with traditional street lights,” he said.

The ward councillors thanked the municipality on behalf of their communities.

“This section of Centerton used to be pitch-dark at night,” said Persent. “We are very grateful to the municipality for listening to the pleas of the community and making internal funding available for a new high mast light.”

Matodlana said Weston residents also appreciated the increased sense of safety the light would bring.

“We would like to thank Kouga for its contribution towards making our communities safer,” she said.


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