Joburg Mayor vows to fix broken traffic lights

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba and transport mayoral committee councilor Nonhlanhla Makuba have launched interventions to tackle the traffic lights system and potholes.

There have been numerous complaints about traffic lights in the city that have been out for long periods of time.

Stephen Grootes spoke to acting spokesperson for Mashaba, Luyanda Mfeka.

The recent adjustment budget was allocated R6 million to directly deal with this problem or at least tackle the first initial problems.

Luyanda Mfeka, Acting spokesperson for the Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba

There are other problems such as power failures and the likes, so we are in discussion with City Power and Eskom to ensure that when power failures do happen we respond quickly to restore power.

Luyanda Mfeka, Acting spokesperson for the Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba

We have allocated about R88 million in total to begin dealing with the issue of potholes, because of the inclement weather we have seen a large increase in the damage that has been done to some of our roads.

Luyanda Mfeka, Acting spokesperson for the Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba

Mfeka says there are plans to introduce a 24 operation centre for complaints.

Take a listen to what is planned to fix these problems:

At the same time, the Johannesburg Roads Agency will also employ additional traffic signal technicians to make sure the agency improves traffic signals.

The agency's Darryll Thomas says, “One of our biggest problems in the challenges that we are addressing are those crosses where we actually had breaks in the cable and at some stage, over the years, we have gone underground and fixed the problem.

The joints haven’t always been perfect and now the chickens are coming home to roost, because now when it rains that’s one of our main causes for problems.”

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