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Municipality explains Newcastle’s dysfunctional streetlights

Municipality explains Newcastle's dysfunctional streetlights
"The Newcastle Municipality is aware of the problem, and a plan has been put into place to address the issue."

Of late, Newcastle residents are finding themselves contending with pitch-black neighbourhoods due to streetlights being off.  

Speaking on the subject, Ward Councillor Matthew Shunmugam stresses it is not an isolated incident restricted to one specific area. “Most suburbs are affected by the problem. I get complaints about it daily, and the matter has been raised.” Additionally, he says the municipality has assured the matter will be addressed.

Municipality Head of Communications confirms the statement, Mlungisi Khumalo, who states, “The Newcastle Municipality is aware of the problem, and a plan has been put into place to address the issue.”

Looking at the matter’s cause, Khumalo points out the installation of fibre cables throughout the suburbs impacted the town’s infrastructure in various ways—with the functionality of the streetlights being the most evident. It is this set-up; municipal teams are now addressing throughout the community’s suburbs.

As the Newcastle Municipality addresses the problem, SAPS Corporate Communications and Liaison Officer, Lizzy Arumugam, highlights a safety aspect one needs to be aware of, “This is especially problematic when people drive at night. Motorists should be vigilant when stopping at stop streets. Also, avoid keeping valuables on your car seat when driving.”

Arumugam further urges community members to practise caution when returning home after nightfall—due to potential lawbreakers taking advantage of the darkness and hiding outside yards.

To report streetlights which are not working in your suburb, Newcastillians can visit the Newcastle Municipality’s website and acquire the necessary contact information.

Click here to go through to the municipality’s site: Newcastle.gov.za

Share your thoughts on the matter in the comment section below.

Authors: Quinton Boucher

Edited: Calvin Swemmer

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4 Responses

  1. DON’T DISH UP SHIT!!! NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE TO REPAIR THE STREET LIGHTS!! IF THEY WERE REPAIRED WHEN THEY WERE PUT OUT OF COMMISSION BY THE CABLE LAYERS, ALL THE LIGHTS WOULD BE BURNING RIGHT NOW!!! TRY ANOTHER EXCUSE!!

  2. It has nothing to do with fibre cables, some lights have not been working for years but nothing is being done about it!! Reporting it gets you nowhere!!

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