Progress made in Helderberg streetlight project

City of Cape Town Councillor Beverley van Reenen last week visited the site in Strand where the City is replacing older Mercury Vapour luminaires with energy efficient LED luminaires.

The City of Cape Town says their Light-emitting diode (LED) streetlight project in the Helderberg area, is making steady progress.

The project, which started in 2017 in Strand Beach Road, has been replacing older Mercury Vapour (MV) luminaires with energy efficient LED luminaires.

According to the City, since July 2021, more than 735 LED luminaires have been installed in the area by the City’s Electricity Generation and Distribution teams.

The LED refurbishment project, is a metro wide project and funding is allocated annually for these lighting upgrades.

Thus far, the City’s teams completed the installation of LED streetlight luminaires in Heldervue, Mission Grounds in Sir Lowry’s Pass, Jameson and Rusthof.

The next phase of the project will commence in the Van der Stel and Faure Marine areas over the coming weeks. The City allocated R1,9 million towards the LED project for the current financial year.

On Thursday March 3, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy and Climate Change, Councillor Beverley van Reenen visited the area to see the work being completed.

“As a caring City, we must continue ensuring residents across the city have secure and sufficient street lighting. LED luminaires also provide a number of benefits to residents and we look forward to carrying out the project across the metro.

“LED luminaires provide improved lighting, it requires less maintenance and only needs to be replaced every 25 years. The equipment also has an almost zero failure rate.

“It is also more environmentally friendly. Work continues across the metro and we thank our teams for their hard work. We also remind residents to be our eyes and ears and to assist us in protecting our electricity infrastructure.”

Residents can report damage to municipal electrical infrastructure by sending an SMS to 31220 or an email to, and anonymous tip-offs about illegal activity, such as illegal connections or unlawful occupations, that are taking place; that has happened or is still to happen can be reported by calling, 021 480 7700.