Centurion streetlights reduces crime

Ward councillor Ina Strijdom and the ward’s PRO, Machtilt de Beer at the construction site of the high mast light.

A Centurion was overjoyed for keeping the streetlights on for the past six months in certain parts of her ward.

Ina Strijdom, a ward 66 councillor in Centurion, had been battling to have new streetlights installed in certain parts of Lyttelton and Valhalla that were dark and known as smash-and-grab hotspots.

Strijdom said complaints about crime had drastically been reduced since the lights were installed.

No fewer than 75 streetlights were installed to brighten up these neighbourhoods.

The project was initiated in March with an expectancy of completion within a few weeks.

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The project however, was divided into three phases due to budgetary constraints.

This formed part of a new streetlights project approved by the metro.

The installation of the lights provided jobs to 13 people under the extended public works programme (EPWP) and a community liaison officer.

Strijdom said she was very excited about the prospect of dark streets in her ward being lit up after a long wait.

The first of the three projects brought light to the Old Johannesburg Road towards Eeufees Road.

A total of 15 new streetlights were installed in this area, which Strijdom said was notorious for smash and grab crimes.

“The road also narrows from a double lane on the Eeufees side to single lanes towards Valhalla,” she said.

“There had been quite a number of serious road accidents on this road as well.”

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She said this was a provincial road which had not been properly maintained by the relevant government departments over time.

In an attempt to make the road safer for commuters, Strijdom requested the metro to install these new streetlights.

The completion of this part of the Old Johannesburg Road was the third and final phase of the project.

The first phase included the new installations in Old Johannesburg Road from Wierda Road to the Swartkops Air Force Base.

The second phase was from the air base past Paul Kruger and Snake Valley roads.

On this project, a team of three unemployed EPWP workers were employed with the contractor.

The second project was the completion of the Snake Valley Road up to the N14 cross-over. Thirty new streetlights were installed in this road. Strijdom said this was another provincial road in a poor state.

Five EPWP workers were employed with the contractor on this project.

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One of the councillor’s dreams to have streetlights at the Tshwane South College, known as the Tek base, also became a reality.

Strijdom said this was a dark and secluded street at night.

“Cable theft, smash and grabs and other crimes are common in the area,” she said.

A total of 30 streetlights were installed from the traffic circle in Selborne and Trichardt roads to the N14 crossover.

Another five EPWP workers would work with the contractor on this project.

More light was spread when darkness lifted off the End Street low water bridge in Lyttelton.

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Strijdom had been fighting since the beginning of the year for the installation of lights in this area.

“Clamping down on the smash-and-grabbers has been one of my missions,” Strijdom said.

“At last I got the high mast light I have been fighting for.”

The 30m high mast light was tested with generator power before being installed to see if all the globes were working.

“I trust Centurion residents will be happy with this upgrade to the Clubview area,” she said.



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