Cape Town sees red on R7.7million bill for traffic light theft and vandalism

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By Robin-Lee Francke 13h ago

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Cape Town – Vandalism and the theft of its traffic lights are not only costing the transport authority money, but also residents, the city of Cape Town said.

In a statement on Tuesday, he said over the past month that the transport directorate spent around R7.7 million on repairs to electrical and road signage infrastructure that had been vandalized or stolen at city intersections.

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The affected intersections are Blaauwberg Road and Janssens Avenue, Blaauwberg and Koeberg Roads, Giel Basson Avenue in and around Burgundy Estate, Potsdam Road near Dunoon, the Plattekloof Road / N7 interchange and the Malibongwe Drive / N7 interchange.

Felicity Purchase, Mayco transport member, said the violence as well as theft and vandalism of infrastructure cost not only the city, the provincial government and the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral), but also to residents, including children.

She said that whenever a traffic light is damaged by the violence that accompanies protest action, they must find money to replace it, as broken signals have a severe impact on road safety.

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The money usually comes from future projects, which means projects are delayed and communities are robbed.

“In addition, the safety of our residents is also compromised and the roads become congested, causing huge delays and frustration for our residents and motorists.

“In some areas, intersections are repeatedly vandalized, putting additional pressure on our already depleted resources. Each rectification activity takes several days to complete, ”Purchase said.

She said there were sometimes delays in repairing the traffic infrastructure as some of the signals belong to the Western Cape government and the two spheres of government must work together to find the best way to rectify the situation.

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“In addition, Eskom provides electricity at certain intersections. All of these factors impact the time it takes to complete repair work or replace stolen infrastructure, ”Purchase said.

She urged residents to take all of these factors into consideration when frustrated with traffic light repairs.

Residents have also been urged to report any suspicious activity or when they witness the theft and / or vandalism of infrastructure.

African News Agency (ANA)

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