The City of Mbombela is struggling with traffic management issues due to financial woes.
The Council for Scientific and industrial Research (CSIR) released a report stating that the municipality should have at least 492 traffic officials.
Traffic services are essential in maintaining order on the roads, but in Mbombela, the Department is severely under-staffed.
The municipality has a total of only 33 traffic officers, responsible for at least four towns.
Mbombela merged with the Umjindi Municipality an exercise many said will compromise service delivery.
The municipality intends to employ 23 additional officers by the end of year.
David Shabangu from Mbombela Municipality says:
“We are looking at increasing the number of traffic officers by 2019. So we will gradually be increasing the number of traffic officers. It is a challenge we have a huge area to cover. It does not necessarily mean we have to hire 400 traffic officers. I don’t think it’s practical for a municipality of our size giving our salary bill it will not be practical.”
The municipality is pinning its hopes on the newly established Mpumalanga Traffic Training College. It envisaged that graduates will help mitigate the shortages.