MTN South Africa has announced an exciting public-private partnership with the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) that aims to tackle the challenges posed by load-shedding on South Africa’s roads.
Through this initiative, MTN, in collaboration with the JRA, will be providing backup power to all traffic lights in Soweto that are situated near our MTN base stations. During loadshedding, our reliable backup power systems will kick in, ensuring uninterrupted power supply to traffic lights. This move is set to significantly alleviate delays and frustrations experienced by Soweto residents and commuters, especially on key “traffic corridors” leading towards highways.
Charles Molapisi, MTN SA CEO, commends the JRA for their commitment in swiftly implementing this project, emphasising the power of collaboration between the private and public sectors to positively impact citizens’ lives.
Acting CEO for the JRA, Zweli Nyati, highlights the importance of efficient traffic flow at peak times, expressing the aim to enhance road safety, minimise congestion, and create a seamless driving experience for all road users by ensuring stable power supply to traffic lights.
MTN’s vision for the future is even more promising! We’re actively working to create “traffic corridors” in loadshedding by powering traffic lights with electricity generated from our base stations. A prime example is the corridor from Flora Clinic along 14th Avenue towards the N1 highway, extending to our MTN head office. This endeavor will ensure smooth movement onto and off the N1 highway at the 14th Avenue intersection.
MTN is eager to extend this solution to other parts of Gauteng and the entire country by collaborating with municipalities. Strong public and private partnerships like these have the potential to make a significant and positive impact on the lives of South Africans.