City Power and City of Johannesburg have a mandate to deliver services to the communities of the city, one of these service deliverables is public lighting. The Community of Buccleuch, situated on the northeast of Woodmead has been living without this important service for a long period of time. Argyle, Nola and Stirling Avenues, Denise and Elizabeth Roads, Huckleberry Street and Jo Anne Lane have been deprived of this service for more than twenty years. It is under these circumstances that the Community of Buccleuch submitted a formal request to City Power for an intervention to provide public lights in the afore-mentioned streets.
The Project involves installation of one hundred and thirteen (113) street lights that are 9.2 meters long, fitted with energy-efficient light diode (LED) luminaries and stringing of aerial bundle conductor (ABC) cable. ABC is made of aluminum and has little or no value to cable thieves. It is also known for being tough, not easily cut and has a steel core. It also does not easily snap when a vehicle collides with a pole it is connected to. City Power has allocated R2m for the execution of this project and is earmarked to start at the beginning of next month (November) and be finished at the end of December 2019.
The status before the start of the project
Argyle, Nola and Stirling Avenues, Denise and Elizabeth Roads, Huckleberry Street and Jo Anne Lane are currently dark and unsafe at night due to them being deprived of public lights. While public lighting is neither a panacea for prevention nor reduction of crime, people who live in an area that are well-lit feel safer and statistics show that there is a marked decrease in incidents of crime. Research shows that in a daylight or lit area, accidents are 3 to 6 times likely to happen
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