The famous Investec icon might have some relation to the Zebra crossing, but the new Traffic Signal Secondary Power Initiative will see the international banking and wealth management group take to the streets and keep the lights on at Sandton’s intersections.
- Sandton Central Management District District (SCMD), Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) and Investec announced the Traffic Signal Secondary Power Initiative at a briefing held in Sandton.
- The new initiative will see traffic lights at major intersections in Sandton Central operate throughout loadshedding utilising generator power sourced from adjacent building owners.
- Investec is the first property owner in Sandton Central to participate in this initiative and hopes many others will get involved.
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In an effort to curb the ongoing frustration and risks associated with non-functioning traffic lights at intersections in Sandton, the private sector has once again stepped in to assist – this time with the Traffic Signal Secondary Power Initiative.
Our work on this project will give some much-needed relief to motorists and ensure Sandton’s roads are safer for everyone. The initiative is a wonderful example of what can be accomplished when key stakeholders join forces to tackle the city’s most pressing issues, and we feel privileged that our contribution will make a positive difference for Sandton’s road users.
// Sandton Central Management District District (SCMD) Improvement Manager, Elaine Jack
As the first property owner participating in the Traffic Signal Secondary Power Initiative, Investec’s generator resources will power the intersections at Grayston Drive and Rivonia Road, and Grayston Drive and West Road South in addition to powering its own buildings during load-shedding. Roadworks to connect these two busy intersections are already underway.
We are encouraged by the number of businesses who are joining hands with the JRA to improve the City’s traffic mobility during loadshedding. I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to Investec as one of the first corporate citizens to share their resources with all City of Joburg road users to ensure better safety and uninterrupted traffic flow on Grayston and Rivonia.
// Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) Board Chairperson Charles Cilliers
The Traffic Signal Secondary Power Initiative entails a redesign of the signal wiring to allow for a secondary power connection to the nearest adjacent property, which will be undertaken by the JRA. Participating property owners then facilitate the necessary connection to their own backup power system, whether solar, generator or UPS, so that traffic lights can function when loadshedding kicks in.
Investec is constantly striving to have a lasting positive impact on the communities where we operate. We are therefore very pleased to participate in the Traffic Signal Secondary Power Initiative. Going forward, during loadshedding, Investec’s generators will power two critical intersections in Sandton, ensuring continuous operation of the traffic lights and alleviating congestion.
// Investec Group Chief Operating Officer, Stuart Spencer
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