Residents still waiting for sign

Leon Brynard from the Vredekloof CID at the dangerous intersection at Mushet Street.
PHOTO: Desirée Rorke
Desirée Rorke
After nine months residents in Vredekloof are still waiting on the City of Cape Town to make right on a promise to safeguard a dangerous turn at an intersection in the neighbourhood with a traffic sign.
This intersection at the corner of Lanzerac and Mushet Crescents poses a grave risk to motorists and children playing in the area.
Resident Coen Van Greunen in August told TygerBurger that accidents had taken place here before and that his biggest fear is that a children on bicycles might get hurt here.
The Vredekloof City Improvement District (CID) in February applied for a traffic sign to be installed here.
The City informed the CID that the turnaround time for such a request would be between 90 and 110 days.
When nothing had transpired by the end of August the CID turned to the media for help and in a subsequent article in TygerBurger the City apologised for poor communication with the Vredekloof community.
City spokesperson Luthando Tyhalibongo stated that the City did budget for traffic signs in the current book year and he assured residents that the necessary traffic intervention will take place within four months.
However, by last week, according to chair Leon Brynard the Vredekloof CID had still not received feedback from the City about when the sign will be erected.
“Residents had to read in the TygerBurger that the City did in fact budget for this traffic sign and that the process would be finalised within four months, yet we heard nothing from the City, and the sign has still not been installed,” says Brynard.
“The four-month period is now almost up and we are holding thumbs that it will transpire.”
After TygerBurger sent a second media inquiry about this issue to the City last week, this response was received on Friday.
“The transport planning and network development department has approved the requested stop street at Mushet Crescent.
“A layout plan has been sent to the roads infrastructure management department for implementation and the local depot has advised that they will implement before the end of next week, if all goes as planned”.
However, Brynard says the local depot had no knowledge of this.
“It seems that the City only says these things to lull us. A woman from the City showed up here on 11 November saying that she was there investigate the erection of the stop sign. She admitted to me that it was the first time someone visited the street. This also happened after we turned to TygerBurger for the second time. A 90 to 110 day process took more than 250 days, and I’m sure that if we did not turn to the media for help, it still would not have been done,” says Brynard.
Desirée Rorke @Dezzierorke


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