The increasing traffic in Vorna Valley, particularly at the intersection of Seventh Road and Harry Galaun Drive, has become a significant safety concern for pedestrians, as motorists show a disregard for road rules, putting lives at risk. Elsje Naicker, a resident in the area for the past 13 years, highlighted the dangers posed by peak-time traffic, with taxis manipulating roads without adhering to traffic regulations. Pedestrians, including schoolchildren, face hazards as vehicles climb pavements meant for walking. Naicker expressed her concerns about the escalating disregard for rules and safety in the region, highlighting the need for urgent action before a tragic incident occurs.
Among the proposed solutions is installing boulders or bollards along walkways accessible to motorists. Naicker’s wish for the festive season is to see boulders cemented down to enhance pedestrian safety. Ward 132 councillor Annette Deppe has raised concerns with the Joburg Road Agency (JRA) about the need for boulders or bollards in Harry Galaun. While some bollards were installed, the agency faces limitations in covering the entire road’s length. JRA spokesperson Musa Makhalima clarified that the depot has no right to install boulders on the sidewalk, suggesting concrete bollards instead.
In response to the safety issues, the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) is conducting sporadic law enforcement and monitoring in the area. JMPD spokesperson Xolani Fihla acknowledged and stressed that addressing drivers’ behaviour problems requires traffic law enforcement. The JRA will assist with bollard installations once ongoing service delivery programs are completed. Despite the challenges, the community’s call for enhanced safety measures reflects the pressing need to address the disregard for road rules and ensure the well-being of pedestrians in Vorna Valley.
Picture: Facebook / Vorna Valley Residents Association (VVRA)
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