Francistown City Council (FCC) has projected to work on an estimated budget of P4 640 750 to maintain both streetlights and traffic signals on a routine basis during the forthcoming 2018/19 financial year. Giving a summary of income and expenditure when presenting the 2018/19 budget estimates in the council chambers last Wednesday, the city’s Finance Committee chairperson Zibanani Benfield said there is need to keep the city bright. “This vote (of P4 640 750) caters for the repair and routine maintenance of streetlights and traffic signals by the City of Francistown Council’s maintenance crew together with private contractors,” Benfield told the special full council session. According to Benfield, the country’s second largest city has seen an increase in the number of streetlights and traffic signal junctions, as a result of the recently completed rehabilitation of the Francistown-Tonota road. The government rehabilitated the 26km Francistown-Tonota road at a tune of close to a billion pula into a four carriageway in order to curb traffic jam during peak hours in the morning and after hours. “With the project’s liability period scheduled to be complete before the end of 2018, an increase in the number of streetlights and traffic signal junctions has been realized,” Benfield, who is a civic leader for Botsalano ward, explained in the council seating. Benfield said it is against this backdrop of an increase in the number of streetlights and traffic signal junctions that resulted in the budget for maintenance of street and traffic lights increasing by P1 340 710 when compared to last financial year’s vote. “A further increase in the number of streetlights is expected with the completion of the Phase I of streetlight reticulation at Gerald Estates’ Block 5 and 6 locations,” she said. She said the country’s second largest city will also replace a MOVAC3 controllers which were made out-of-date by the manufacturer in 2013 and therefore acquiring their spares is currently proving to be difficult hence the proposed idea to procure new ones for replacement purposes.