“Traffic light outages are among the top frustrations for Joburg residents and visitors to our city. Up until now, we addressed issues of downed traffic lights by simply joining cables in the event of an electrical fault," said Mashaba.
“Each join in the cabling of a traffic light is an electrical weakness in the circuit. It makes it vulnerable to rain, electrical surges and lightening. The no-join policy launched today serves to reduce the high number of electrical faults over time for the most critical high volume intersections in the city,” the mayor said.
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“We will make Joburg’s traffic network more resilient to the impact of wet weather conditions. Lightning and electrical surges which contribute to signal downtime,” Mashaba said.
"There are a number of other challenges which need to be addressed to improve traffic signal performance in the city,” Mashaba said.Other challenges faced by the traffic network can vary from highly complex electrical technical issues to poor quality maintenance. Theft of cables and accidents at intersections which knock poles over, and damage the cables are also a problem.
“To date, weakness in the city transport network and infrastructure is one of the city’s top challenges. It is strangling our potential for economic growth. Under my administration, this will become a thing of the past.”