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Port Elizabeth street lamps burn bright 24 hrs a day

Sep 10, 2015
Port Elizabeth street lamps burn bright 24 hrs a day

While Eskom, government and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality have often called on residents and businesses to save electricity, especially during this time when the power utility has been struggling to keep the power on, quiet a number of Port Elizabeth's street lights have been left burning brightly 24 hours a day for several months now.

Several readers have written to RNews saying that they do not understand why the street lamps in their neighbourhoods must remain shining during the day.

One reader, who said that the street lights in Haworthia Drive, Calendula Drive, Alysum Crescent and Dahlia Street, in Malabar, Port Elizabeth, were burning 24 hours said his numerous efforts to get the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality to come and fix them had failed.

RNews is also aware of plus or minus twenty lamps in St Georges Park, in Central, Port Elizabeth, as well as a few lamps along some streets, that have been burning during daytime over the past few months.

Could it be that the municipality’s control management system - which is designed to tell the lights when to turn on and off – is faulty? Or perhaps that each lamp needs to be checked and fixed individually?

How much could the municipality be losing through these lamps - in electricity bills and replacements? Is the municipality aware of this problem? Are they fixing it or planning to fix it?

We do not have answers to these questions as efforts to get comment from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality proved fruitless.

Residents and business owners are still urged to report faulty lights that they see by calling 0800 20 50 50.

Images: CLEARLY BURNING BRIGHT DURING THE DAY... Lamps in St Georges Park, Port Elizabeth.