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Service level agreement between City and SANRAL to keep traffic signals green<p>Council has endorsed this temporary agreement for a period of 180 days, on an agency basis with the intention to conclude a long-term agreement during this time.</p><p>'This is an excellent development that will allow the City and SANRAL to work together. It shows our commitment and readiness to proactively assist on behalf of another organ of state to ensure that service delivery continues. This initiative will allow the City to repair and maintain traffic signals on the SANRAL road network. It took some time to formulate the agreement as it was subjected to legal scrutiny from both parties and underwent a Council approval process. However, I am elated about the outcome. The collaboration means that the two parties prioritise the safety of residents and motorists and are working towards a common goal – to keep Cape Town moving,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Mobility, Councillor Rob Quintas. </p><p>It is important to understand that roadways making up the public road system in the Cape Town municipal area are owned by one of the three road authorities, namely the City of Cape Town, Western Cape Government (WCG) and South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL). Each authority is responsible for the maintenance of its roads and the associated roadside infrastructure, including traffic signals, and the costs.  </p><p>'The City of Cape Town previously took responsibility for the maintenance and operation of all traffic signals within the boundaries of the City, including those that fell under the jurisdiction of SANRAL. This has now changed, and the City has concluded that the maintenance of these traffic signals are no longer part of their mandate. We are therefore pleased about the signing of the SLA, and look forward to entering into a longer term agreement with the City of Cape Town. When we as Government work together, with a common interest of serving our road users, we can offer our people a better service,' said Randall Cable, SANRAL's Western Region, Regional Manager.</p><p><strong>The following roads fall under the jurisdiction of SANRAL:</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>R300 between the N2 (including the Swartklip Interchange) and N1 (including the Stellenberg Interchange)</li><li>N1 from the Old Oak Interchange northwards </li><li>N2 between the R300 and the R102 (Somerset West); and again east of the foot of Sir Lowry's Pass Road</li><li>N7 from the Melkbostrand Interchange northwards</li></ul><p>Despite the divided ownership of roads, the City and SANRAL want to provide the road user with a seamless service under which all roads and signals are maintained and managed to a high standard.</p><p>The City of Cape Town has four traffic signal maintenance depots, as well as contractual agreements for the supply, installation, alteration and repair of traffic signals. </p><p>Signal faults are predominantly reported to the City's Transport Information Centre from where they are dispatched to the Signal Operations unit of the Urban Mobility Directorate's Transport Network Management section. The Signal Operations unit has the facilities to investigate signal faults using an established remote management system and report any hardware issues to the relevant maintenance depot. </p><p>'I am happy to say that as part of this agreement, our officials have already fixed the traffic signals at the interchange of Hindle Road and the R300 which have been out for months after it was damaged during a protest action. The signal controller and connection pillars were burnt and signal heads and lanterns were vandalised. Underground cabling has also since been stolen. </p><p>'The repair works required the installation of new signal heads, connection of underground cabling, new connection pillars and a new traffic controller. This signal was a huge frustration and safety hazard to our motorists and residents and we received many complaints about it, but we could not do anything as it was not part of our mandate. The signal is now fully operational. </p><p>'I also want to appeal to our residents to please refrain from destroying infrastructure when exercising their right to protest. The damages are costly to both the City and the residents. Every time a traffic signal is deliberately damaged, we have to use money that is allocated for other projects,' said Councillor Quintas. </p><p>Residents are encouraged to please report defective traffic signals to the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63. This is a 24/7 information centre and is toll free from a landline or a cell phone. Alternatively, residents can email <a href="mailto:Transport.Info@capetown.gov.za" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Transport.Info@capetown.gov.za</span></a></p><p>Residents are reminded to please include their name, contact number and the exact location of the traffic signal as this will assist with our response time. </p><p> <br></p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2022-08-03T22:00:00ZGP0|#9b45657f-dbaa-45e2-9e01-431e7fe1bc94;L0|#09b45657f-dbaa-45e2-9e01-431e7fe1bc94|Sanral;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#762de267-90ad-4660-8493-5085a227187c;L0|#0762de267-90ad-4660-8493-5085a227187c|Transport;GPP|#849c71d3-ed9d-4ce2-89f6-03e9c6f179ef;GPP|#ed82ebba-eb32-4b9a-99c9-da3e081869a610

 

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