High mast light brings relief to Jan Niemand Park residents

Francis Smit standing at the border of the field. Photo: Kayla van Petegem

The high mast light in Jan Niemand Park has been repaired, to the relief of locals.

Resident Francis Smit said the light in Voetpadnek Street was switched on for the first time since the beginning of the year on Monday evening.

“We are ecstatic that the light was finally fixed,” she said.

“Now we can see what is going on around us.”

She said the next step was cleaning the field, situated at the back of their homes.

The field bordering Angelo, Tortelduif, Suikerbekkie streets, and Stormvoël Road has become the home of vagrants and constant illegal dumping.

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“This field has been a thorn in the side of many residents for the past year due to illegal dumping.”

Smit said trucks have been dumping building rubble there daily for the past 13 months.

“After dumping, they set their rubbish alight,” another resident Cassie du Preez said.

“It is trucks from various companies.”

According to Du Preez, the illegal dumping was now attracting other problems.

“On a windy day, you cannot keep up with cleaning up because of all the garbage that is blown to our properties. Illegal dumping is becoming worse on a daily basis.”

Resident Johan Barnard suggested the veld and a nearby stream should be completely closed off.

“The vagrants use the field to escape authorities because it is very overgrown. I have also seen some of them sleeping there,” he said.

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“If the field is closed off, they would have nowhere to go, and the stream would flow freely without being contaminated.”

Barnard also complained about a foul smell coming from the field.

Rekord previously reported that the residents had claimed that a working high mast light helped to keep criminal elements away.

“When the high mast light was erected about two years ago, crime in the area seemed to decrease,” Smit said.

Resident Alta, who did not wish to give her surname, said: “When the light was off, it was pitch dark here at night. We can’t see a thing. The high mast light shone on all our properties and we could see what was going on around us,” she said.

Tshwane metro had not responded to questions by the time of going to print.

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