Sandton Central’s traffic signal backup power initiative surges ahead with support from Sasol, Growthpoint, and Nedbank

Sandton Central’s traffic signal backup power initiative surges ahead with support from Sasol, Growthpoint, and Nedbank
Elaine Jack, District Improvement Manager of SCMD

The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) and Sandton Central Management District (SCMD) have made significant strides in their pioneering initiative of connecting traffic signals to independent power systems, ensuring seamless operations amidst prevalent loadshedding. The ongoing project, the Traffic Signal Backup Power Initiative, is now gaining even more momentum as leading corporate names such as Sasol, Growthpoint Properties and Nedbank, have actively adopted intersections within the Sandton precinct.


Starting with two intersections adopted by Investec in May, the innovative traffic solution has now been expanded to include intersections at Rivonia Road and Fredman Drive (Nedbank), Grayston Drive and Fifth Street (Growthpoint), as well as Katherine Street and Pybus Road (Sasol). In addition, Sasol will soon extend its support to include the Albertyn and Weirda Road East intersection.


The increased support of the initiative stems from the project’s positive impact on traffic flow and the overall business district environment. An additional six corporate adoptions are currently in line to be connected and tested in the coming weeks, a testament to the traction the initiative has garnered in the community.


Elaine Jack, District Improvement Manager of SCMD, says that the project’s progress is encouraging. “The rapid momentum that the Traffic Signal Backup Power Initiative has gained has been truly inspiring as leading businesses within Sandton continue to join forces to tackle the common challenge of loadshedding and its effects on the district. This project’s positive impact is already evident, with improved traffic flow and a safer, more vibrant business district. The tremendous support we’ve seen reinforces what can be achieved through meaningful collaboration. This is not just about keeping the lights on; it’s about keeping Sandton moving forward.”


Senior Vice President of Sasol Business Services, Grace Nndwammbi noted that “as part of a team enabling growth and driving sustainable value creation within Sasol, we are very proud to be part of the Sandton Central Management District (SCMD) and Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) initiative. Solutions work when in partnership with important stakeholders. Partnerships between the corporates and public enterprises ensure we keep the wheels of industry moving forward contributing towards sustainable economic growth for all”.


Paul Kollenberg, Head of Asset Management: Offices for Growthpoint, says, “As more and more tenants are returning to Sandton, it is important that we keep the traffic flowing, even during load shedding. Growthpoint is happy to contribute to this initiative and to help to ease access to businesses and amenities in the area.”


Howard Rauff, Nedbank’s Head of Corporate Real Estate says “Nedbank is committed to engaging, exchanging ideas and strategies, and partnering on initiatives aimed at lessening the impact of the ongoing energy crisis on our economy, businesses, and society at large. We are pleased that this partnership with Sandton Central and Johannesburg Roads Agency will ensure optimal efficiency and functionality in a financial and business district that contributes significantly to our country’s economy. “


JRA Acting CEO Zweli Nyathi says the JRA is excited about the initiative’s fast expanding footprint. “The city is benefitting economically as improved traffic signal reliability decreases congestion, increases productivity and also improves safety from fewer accidents at previously dead intersections due to load shedding.” Nyathi is encouraging other organisations to partner with the Johannesburg Roads Agency in improving the reliability of traffic lights during loadshedding.

The Traffic Signal Secondary Power Initiative enables the continued functioning of traffic lights during loadshedding by utilising a secondary power connection to the nearest adjacent property, powered by the property owners’ own backup systems. In doing so, the initiative exemplifies a cooperative effort towards addressing the challenge of ensuring safe and efficient traffic flow for Sandton’s motorists during loadshedding.