Motorists continue to bear the brunt of Gauteng Transport MEC’s reluctance to maintain street lights along sections of the provincial roads network – particularly the Atlas Road off-ramp in Benoni.
Late last week, yet another serious accident took place at the intersection of Atlas and Elgin roads.
The Atlas Road off-ramp is a part of the provincial roads network.
For six years, this off ramp and provincial roads leading to and from it have been a nightmare for residents of Bonaero Park, Brentwood Park and neighbouring suburbs due to street lights not being maintained.
Whilst we have asked questions of MEC’, Ministers and Gauteng Provincial Departments, and have received tepid answers – there has been no action to actually resolve the problem.
The answer to my last question to MEC Vadi can be summarised as follows:
· That the maintenance agreement between the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport and SANRAL for the maintenance of lights on provincial roads has still not been signed as they are still finalising the legal aspects of the agreement;
· The lights have still not been repaired due to challenges of sourcing material, masts damaged during accidents, switches stolen and substations damaged.
I, like the residents of Bonaero Park am tired of excuses.
Whilst the Department experiences delays in finalising agreements and sourcing materials, people are losing their lives and being seriously injured in accidents and hijackings.
It is the MEC and his department who are responsible for this maintenance.
Graham Gersbach MPL
DA Constituency Head – Bronberg
060 556 4346