New Cellular Phone Tower
New Cellular Phone Tower: Howard Fox said work on the tower, situated on the corner of Cambridge Street and Sheridan Road, started sometime in July. “When the notices went up for a new cellular mast installation, I objected to the first one in September 2014 and the second one in September 2015, both to the contractors and the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM), expecting to be one of many,” he said. Rikus van Vuuren (site acquisition manager) and Aubrey Boshoff (property manager), from Sky Coverage, said the company applied for a cellular tower to be built on the site last year. Boshoff and van Vuuren said Sky Coverage followed all the necessary legal avenues to inform the public of the cell phone tower, including sending letters to homes near the tower and putting up notice boards on the fence of the property in which the tower was planned.
“We (Sky Coverage) received no objections and no tribunal took place regarding our application,” van Vuuren said. “We are extremely concerned about the widespread, constant health risks associated with these masts, especially when they are in such close proximity. “Some reports say that coverage from cell towers is up to 50km and 35km if there are hills. I have walked the Suikerbosrand with no mast in sight and I had perfect reception all the way round,” Fox added. Boshoff responded with: “What many people don’t understand is: a new cellphone tower does not mean the signal strength needs to be increased, it is built to increase capacity for data transfer, which is now headed towards 5G (fifth generation mobile networks).”