Media statement: WC Cabinet to use remote controls for traffic lights
Premier Helen Zille announced today that as an alternative to using blue lights, members of the Western Cape Cabinet will each receive a remote-control device to change the traffic light (or robots) from red to green as they approach.
Premier Zille’s directive comes after several cabinet ministers complained that because they are not permitted to use blue lights in the province, they were late for most of their meetings.
After consulting various IT professionals and Minister of Transport and Public Works Donald Grant, who has signed off on the project, Premier Zille obtained permission to issue the traffic light remote control.
The remotes will be issued by next week Monday.
Members of the public are urged to approach every traffic light with caution as they may change at any stage if a Minister is approaching.
“It basically works like your TV remote control. As you approach the traffic light, you can just change it from red to green, all at the click of a button,” said Premier Zille.
“None of our Cabinet Ministers will ever be late. It’s part of our good governance strategy,” Premier Zille added.
Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde added that the remote controls were “part of our commitment to be an innovative government".
“When we visit Gauteng and those other provinces, blue light convoys are a bit much. They are loud and disruptive. But in the Western Cape, we’ll be quiet about it. Just a click of a button and we can go through to our meetings with no delay,” said Minister Winde.
“We would like to thank the Premier for this great idea,” he added.