The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) and Sandton Central Management District (SCMD) have achieved a remarkable milestone in a significant step toward improved traffic jams in the Sandton Central precinct. Thanks to their collaborative initiative, over 85% of traffic lights in Sandton Central now remain functional during load-shedding periods.
This groundbreaking partnership has garnered support from major corporate entities, including Investec, Nedbank, Growthpoint, and Sasol, showcasing a diverse and widespread participation from the Sandton Central community.
Over the past six months, businesses in the precinct have powered an impressive 90.5% of traffic intersections, totalling 29 out of 32, ensuring an uninterrupted traffic flow during load-shedding. This success reflects the positive outcomes achievable when the public and private sectors come together for a common goal.
Zweli Nyathi, Acting CEO for JRA, emphasised the partnership’s significance, calling it a beacon of hope and highlighting its substantial benefits to both entities and the public. Councillor Kenny Kunene, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Transport, praised the initiative for minimising the disruptions caused by load-shedding on road users’ everyday lives.
The powered traffic lights contribute to smooth traffic flow and enhance safety by reducing criminal activities that might occur at dead traffic signal intersections. Elaine Jack, District Improvement Manager of SCMD, expressed gratitude to the landlords and JRA for their support in making Sandton Central more accessible and dynamic.
The swift and robust response from businesses and landlords underscores their commitment to the community’s well-being. This initiative improves the overall traffic situation and enhances Sandton Central’s reputation as a safe and pleasant business hub. The success of this collaboration serves as a testament to the positive outcomes achievable through joint efforts in the public and private sectors.
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