No mention of dangerous Delmas road in mayor’s speech

One of the intersections that are dangerous to road users.

Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga made no mention of any upgrades to the “dangerous” Delmas R50 in his annual state of the capital address last week.

The road has seen numerous accidents due to speeding as well as a lack of visibility for motorists attempting to access it from two side roads.

Last year, a team of Tshwane officials held an inspection and found there was a need for traffic calming measures on the road. The team included transport MMC Sheila Senkubuge, ward councillor Reyaan Uys and DA MPL Fred Nel.

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Uys said the road was not under the metro’s jurisdiction.

However, a written submission was made to the provincial legislature almost a year ago, requesting the road be attended to urgently.

In a response to this submission, the MEC for transport Ismail Vadi said the project would be included in the 2018/19 budget year.

Uys said no other updates were provided regarding when upgrades would begin.

In his speech, Msimanga highlighted other projects on which the metro was working. This included creating a safe and reliable public transport system as well as a state-of-the-art road infrastructure network.

The Rainbow Junction bypass – a Tshwane rapid transport project – is also “well on track”, he said.

This project is expected to be completed by the end of the current financial year.

In October 2017, the city of Tshwane took over bus service operations from AutoPax in Mamelodi. It was part of the metro’s plan to provide transport services to high-density areas.

“Our vision is to have a capital city with reliable and efficient public transport service, which will eventually lead to less congestion,” said Msimanga.

On the provision of electricity, Msimanga said there were projects in place that would ensure that about 700 households would be connected to the grid in Mamelodi extension 11; Atteridgeville extension 11; Fort West extension 4; Ga-Rankuwa Zone 14; Pienaarspooort; Olievenhoutbosch extension 60 and Zithobeni extension 9.

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“In Mamelodi extension 5, about 74 households have been connected and over 200 households in Melusi extension 2 now have electricity.”

Electricity theft, faulty meters, negligence, tampering with meters and unmetered consumption of electricity have cost the Tshwane metro R1-billion, Msimanga revealed.

Councillor Reyaan Uys, residents Lucas de la Rey, Annelie Büchler and spokesperson of transport Justus de Goede at the intersection which joins the R50 Delmas road.

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