Call to put brakes on Katdoring speedsters

Community worker and chairperson of Agents for Change, April Engelbrecht at the intersection of Katdoring and Spine roads.

Residents are calling for speed enforcement cameras to be installed at the intersection of Katdoring and Spine roads in Eastridge.

According to residents, speeding and accidents are commonplace in the area.

The camera on this road was installed in June 2015. The most recent accident took place on Thursday July 27 where a bus hit a man on the corner of Katdoring and Spine roads.

Community worker and chairperson of Agents for Change, April Engelbrecht, who has been lobbying for speed cameras on both sides of the road, said he has sent letters and emails to councillors Eddie Andrews and Solomon Philander.

Mr Engelbrecht and a group of concerned residents went to Community Safety MEC Dan Plato’s office last month to table their grievances.

Richard Coleman, spokesman for Cape Town Traffic Services, said each application received was treated on merit according to City policy. He said the City’s Traffic Services Department would place the application on the Camera Review Committee agenda where it would be investigated and reviewed, after which feedback would be provided.

According to residents, the existing speed camera is not working, which Mr Coleman attributed to vandalism.

He said the City’s Traffic Service was investigating the matter and was currently engaging with the service provider to determine a way forward.

Mr Colman said residents’ request for speed cameras at Katdoring Road and Paulsberg Street should be submitted to the local sub-council for consideration.

But sub-council chair Sheval Arendse said the City could not extend the cameras on Katdoring Road or Paulsberg Street as speed-reducing measures had already been implemented there and two cameras had already been installed on nearby Spine Road.