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Cape Town declares dispute over toll roads

2011-08-16 17:18

Cape Town - The City of Cape Town has declared a dispute with the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) over the tolling of "important" roads in the city.

The city said in a statement on Tuesday that a formal letter had been written to Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele to inform him that an intergovernmental dispute had been declared with Sanral over its plans to toll the N1 and N2 between the city and the Cape Winelands.

"The city is opposed to these plans and has declared the dispute in terms of the Intergovernmental Relations Framework, Act 13 of 2005 as it believes that both the Environmental Impact Assessment and Intent to Toll processes were flawed and that Sanral has not addressed the city's concerns," the statement said.

The city said the socio-economic impacts of tolling had not been adequately assessed and were not considered by the Minister of Environmental Affairs when he granted an environmental authorisation for the tolling of the N1 and N2.

Traffic to be diverted

The "broad impact" on the metropolitan road network had not been assessed and viable alternatives to tolling had not been considered.

The tolling on the N1 and N2 is likely to divert traffic onto municipal roads which will impact on the capacity, operation and maintenance required on these roads.

This will stretch the city's limited budget for road maintenance and construction as Sanral has not committed any funding to cover the increased maintenance costs, the city said.

"The city's policy on the provision of road tolls indicates that tolling should not be used as a means of funding road construction and maintenance within the city's boundaries because it is not cost effective and is inequitable," the statement said.

Last resort

Mayoral committee member for transport, roads and storm water drains, Brett Herron, said the city had been left with little choice but to declare an official dispute, as all repeated attempts to engage Sanral regarding this matter had failed.

"As the authority that will be directly impacted by this proposed tolling, the city commented extensively during all the phases of both the Environmental Impact Assessment and Intent to Toll public participation process and engaged with Sanral at various intergovernmental meetings held during 2010 to raise our concerns," he said.

"We also tried to engage them on a number of occasions this year in attempts to resolve our dispute.

Sanral refused to discuss the city's concerns and indicated that they are only willing to explain their policies and strategies.

"Our letter to the minister is our last attempt at resolving this dispute before taking legal action."

Sanral was not immediately available for comment.

Comments
  • GT - 2011-08-16 17:29

    It is absolture b88sh9t that after the MASSIVE fuel taxes & other road taxes we pay, that the government wants to slap tolls on the most profitable EXISTING roads in the country. The middle class is taxed to hell, businesses have mountains of red tape and costs added by government and they wonder why no jobs are being created. Does the middle class need to riot or just turn off the tap before the fat cats open their eyes?

      MetEishYa - 2011-08-16 17:39

      GT, they are planning to toll virtually every major route throughout the country especially those near cities!!

      MetEishYa - 2011-08-16 17:39

      GT, they are planning to toll virtually every major route throughout the country especially those near cities!!

      James Weather - 2011-08-16 18:43

      Well done DA you make us proud !!!!! Sanral F off !!!! Not on our watch !!!!

      James Weather - 2011-08-16 18:43

      Well done DA you make us proud !!!!! Sanral F off !!!! Not on our watch !!!!

      RFreeThinker - 2011-08-16 18:53

      Don't forget about tourists. With the Rand so high and the Euro/Dollar/Pound so low, the financial crisis, now tourists to SA will also have to fork out extra cash. Makes coming here seem too expensive.

      RFreeThinker - 2011-08-16 18:53

      Don't forget about tourists. With the Rand so high and the Euro/Dollar/Pound so low, the financial crisis, now tourists to SA will also have to fork out extra cash. Makes coming here seem too expensive.

      Snoopy88 - 2011-08-16 19:52

      Yep they are scraping the bottom of the barrel... and now we are going to cover their failure at public health care too. Isn't it just the perfect situation? The economically active part of the population - ie the tax-paying minority who's vote can't seem to make a difference are the ones who foot the bill for the poor majority who are only to happy to keep the ANC in power for the crumbs that might come their way. And if you think its just whites heading for Australia.. ha ha.. Plenty of skilled black South Africans in Ireland and the UK, etc.

      Snoopy88 - 2011-08-16 19:52

      Yep they are scraping the bottom of the barrel... and now we are going to cover their failure at public health care too. Isn't it just the perfect situation? The economically active part of the population - ie the tax-paying minority who's vote can't seem to make a difference are the ones who foot the bill for the poor majority who are only to happy to keep the ANC in power for the crumbs that might come their way. And if you think its just whites heading for Australia.. ha ha.. Plenty of skilled black South Africans in Ireland and the UK, etc.

      chris.debeer1 - 2011-08-16 20:06

      I AGREE with Malema the roads belong to us the people they are not to be Tolled by these White Imperialist Pigs-Ooops Its not them stealing a National assets Its Comrades Ag OK go Ahead

      chris.debeer1 - 2011-08-16 20:06

      I AGREE with Malema the roads belong to us the people they are not to be Tolled by these White Imperialist Pigs-Ooops Its not them stealing a National assets Its Comrades Ag OK go Ahead

      gmw - 2011-08-16 21:17

      Tis latest scheme to raise maney by the government is just another way of funding their corrupt ways. Joe public is beingh taxed to death!!! I once once upon a time an ANC supporter but unfortunatly have seen their duty ugly ways.

      gmw - 2011-08-16 21:17

      Tis latest scheme to raise maney by the government is just another way of funding their corrupt ways. Joe public is beingh taxed to death!!! I once once upon a time an ANC supporter but unfortunatly have seen their duty ugly ways.

      Rhowen - 2011-08-17 07:54

      Well done DA

      DW - 2011-08-17 08:21

      GT it is almost impossible to turn off the tap. How do you withold taxes if it is deducted off your salary, added to every single thing that you buy etc? So I guess it is time to riot. In my opinion, the South African middle class is not ready to go over to this step, but the time WILL come. And when it does, the ANC government wont know what hit them. The cash cow's milk is rapidly drying up. When we cant feed our kids any more, then they will see an explosion that they never saw coming - and I am not only talking about whites.

  • Turoc - 2011-08-16 17:30

    Go DA!!! At least CT is a City with some balls to challenge the ANC and its cronies like SANRAL. We pay TAXES to fix and maintain our roads - there is NO NEED for ANY toll if the ANC government could just stop its cadres from STEALING our tax money in the first place!

      Bob - 2011-08-16 17:32

      100% !!

      Bob - 2011-08-16 17:32

      100% !!

      cliffarc - 2011-08-16 19:08

      - This is proof of clear thinking from a DA party that uses it's brain, to consider all the factors, instead of screwing up and expecting taxpayers to pay up. The Anc circus will never come close to the administration skills of the DA.

      cliffarc - 2011-08-16 19:08

      - This is proof of clear thinking from a DA party that uses it's brain, to consider all the factors, instead of screwing up and expecting taxpayers to pay up. The Anc circus will never come close to the administration skills of the DA.

  • beicime - 2011-08-16 17:33

    South Africa is being "raped" by ANC policies and incompetence. One may think that only the rich and whites are affected but poor blacks will also pay the price since the costs of everything the people purchase will be adjusted to the more expensive transport system in place.

  • morecats - 2011-08-16 17:40

    It just shows what a bit of common sense and a set of balls can do! The impact study done by the ANC a couple of years ago when I was still living in the Overberg, they were planning to divert the traffic from the N2 through Kleinmond and over the pass past Rooi Els to Gordons Bay as a alternative route. I attended several meetings and voiced my concerns in no uncertain terms on this harebrained scheme but never received any straight answers. Good for Zille and the DA to take the fight to these jackasses!

  • Doug - 2011-08-16 17:43

    Does Sbu Ndebele think he is God. Time 2 bring this boy down to size!

  • SaintBruce - 2011-08-16 17:43

    I wonder why the Gauteng Provincial Government and the Cities of Tshwane and Johannesburg did not approach this issue the same way as they surely are going to have the same issues ? Oh - I forgot, they are ANC controlled and therefore do not look after the interests of their local people! Why am I not surprised that ONLY the DA have some guts to stand up to the bullies?

  • Doug - 2011-08-16 17:44

    Well done to the DA led Cape Town in standing up 2 the uneducated sticky fingered anc.

  • De - 2011-08-16 17:53

    Good show Capetown!!!!! lets we as Gauteng and Capetown stand as one and have a no pay strike as we can not go on to just pay and pay and pay

  • les - 2011-08-16 17:54

    The people in Cape Town are educated enough to interact with Government, where as we in Joburg have copper thieves to sort that issue out. LOL

  • pothead - 2011-08-16 17:55

    give that woman a BELL'S - she's got balls................!!!!!!!!

  • pianist - 2011-08-16 18:04

    Prior to 94 the roads in SA were maintained well and there was sufficient revenue generated by road accident fund/petrol levies etc. I cannot understand this seeming obsession with tolling - seems like government has a LARGE hole to fill somewhere or are needing large funding for some new deep pockets.......

      RFreeThinker - 2011-08-16 18:50

      They need the extra cash. It's funny because GOLD is so expensive and the RAND is so high but they still need extra cash. I guess some connected people want to buy some houses in St Tropez.

      RFreeThinker - 2011-08-16 18:50

      They need the extra cash. It's funny because GOLD is so expensive and the RAND is so high but they still need extra cash. I guess some connected people want to buy some houses in St Tropez.

      Fed-Up - 2011-08-16 22:24

      Because idiots took over! What is worse is that before 1994 apart from looking after roads education was better, universities, health, and that was WITH sanctions, puppet homelands bleeding us dry, a war in Angola, cheap electricity and billions spent in policing the townships and having to pay extortion prices for oil as there was an embargo - what was the common factor then and now? Whites ruled then, idiots rule now! Makes you think - doesn't it. SA is going the same route as the rest of Africa and what do they have in common? Ooops I might be accused of being a racist very soon.....

      Fed-Up - 2011-08-16 22:24

      Because idiots took over! What is worse is that before 1994 apart from looking after roads education was better, universities, health, and that was WITH sanctions, puppet homelands bleeding us dry, a war in Angola, cheap electricity and billions spent in policing the townships and having to pay extortion prices for oil as there was an embargo - what was the common factor then and now? Whites ruled then, idiots rule now! Makes you think - doesn't it. SA is going the same route as the rest of Africa and what do they have in common? Ooops I might be accused of being a racist very soon.....

  • JohnyBlue - 2011-08-16 18:13

    I am thinking about emigrating to Cape Town... Where can I apply for citizenship to this wonderfull country?

      ronheidtmann - 2011-08-16 18:34

      You may only apply for South African citizenship and naturalisation if you have stayed in south Africa for 5 years on joint visas, 3 years without leaving South Africa and renouncing your current citizenship, then you may apply at Home Affairs which takes a year to process.

      ronheidtmann - 2011-08-16 18:34

      You may only apply for South African citizenship and naturalisation if you have stayed in south Africa for 5 years on joint visas, 3 years without leaving South Africa and renouncing your current citizenship, then you may apply at Home Affairs which takes a year to process.

      southSA - 2011-08-17 01:54

      Yeah you should. Where are you from?

  • TinaM - 2011-08-16 18:14

    Way to go Cape Town! Show those SANRAL buggers whats what!

  • Cheryl Muir - 2011-08-16 18:19

    Burn the toll gates ...GOVT SHOULD SPEND LESS OF WARSHIPS AND WAR JETS AND PERSONAL CARS AND LEASES FOR POLICE PREMISES . WHAT DO WE PAY TAXES FOR BEKI CELE'S HAT COLLECTION?????

  • Mandla - 2011-08-16 18:29

    The thinking of the City of Cape Town is very much welcome given the fact that these toll road system will have a negative impact on the lives of the general poor public which SANRAL and the ANC do not see. This shows us that the DA led governmant is compitent.As for the Gauteng Governmant they are only interested on how they can get tendars from the project,thats bad and incompitent at the same time.Cape Town is pertitioning before the system is even implimentend thats good and being in advance of the systems.Well done DA keep it up and put more heat into the kitchen so that those who can not stand it will go out.I do not support the DA but i do support the idea brought forward by a positive thing governmant of Cape Town.

      RFreeThinker - 2011-08-16 18:49

      Why don't you support the DA? Do you not think that a strong opposition is important in a democracy?

      RFreeThinker - 2011-08-16 18:49

      Why don't you support the DA? Do you not think that a strong opposition is important in a democracy?

      Babba x - 2011-08-16 19:22

      @ RFree Thinker. It's a race thing. ANC supporters follow blindly even into the the fiery pit....

      Babba x - 2011-08-16 19:22

      @ RFree Thinker. It's a race thing. ANC supporters follow blindly even into the the fiery pit....

      Priester - 2011-08-16 19:22

      @Mandla your comment is very accurate and I agree 100%. Not supporting the DA is your choice and it encourages me to think that after all there are ANC supporters with reasoning in the ANC. It is good for our country to have a good opposition and we do need people like you who can think rationally. The question now is will you keep voting for the ANC even if they don't deliver on their promises? There are other parties to vote for should you decide to change. You don't have to vote DA but in the interest of our country it is important to vote for the party that actually delivers on its promises.

      Priester - 2011-08-16 19:22

      @Mandla your comment is very accurate and I agree 100%. Not supporting the DA is your choice and it encourages me to think that after all there are ANC supporters with reasoning in the ANC. It is good for our country to have a good opposition and we do need people like you who can think rationally. The question now is will you keep voting for the ANC even if they don't deliver on their promises? There are other parties to vote for should you decide to change. You don't have to vote DA but in the interest of our country it is important to vote for the party that actually delivers on its promises.

      daaivark - 2011-08-17 08:09

      I agree with Priester. I like your stance, Mandla. Support of a party does not make one blind to it's faults. One can support a party in principle, while disagreeing with certain issues. Else politics would be so boring anyway. I wish more SOuth Africans thought the way you do.

      daaivark - 2011-08-17 08:10

      Babba x. Your comment is inane, to say the least.

      Spaffy - 2011-08-17 09:05

      @ Daaivark, Actually Babba's comment is not far of. I know of a lot of workers at my work who disagree with the way this country is run but will still vote ANC because they will not vote for a white party. Perhaps if the DA took on a black leader...?

  • Clint - 2011-08-16 18:38

    I recently went to Durban and had to pass 4 toll road totalling over R80.00 one way. I though I was travelling through France as they have as many tolls there. The difference though is that SA cannot compete with first world countries as we are not as rich as them. The only people who will benefit from this is some government department who already have exorbatent salaries. Sorry to say but I think we are going in the wrong direction here. Let's not forget who runs this country. WE THE PEOPLE!!!!!

      RFreeThinker - 2011-08-16 18:47

      Your money is supporting the cadres. You should be proud. Desmond Tutu is also proud of u.

      RFreeThinker - 2011-08-16 18:47

      Your money is supporting the cadres. You should be proud. Desmond Tutu is also proud of u.

  • RFreeThinker - 2011-08-16 18:46

    Shouldn't TELKOM (TELSCUM) also be forced to license their vehicles in Cape Town since all their cars use GP plates? They pay their cheaper fees to the ANC cadres in JHB but damage our beautiful, virginal, Cape Town roads.

      chingon - 2011-08-17 01:32

      @RFreeThinker sorry you lack facts. True Telkom has many faults ...... but it does not own the vehicles, they are supplied/hired(whatever) from Debis Fleet Management.

  • Babba x - 2011-08-16 19:18

    SANRAL is a law unto themselves and somebody is getting tich from it. Wonder what stake the ANC has in thisr

      Marcell - 2011-08-17 03:09

      There must be a shaik somewhere. Do we know if Sbu sold his thank you benz?

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-16 20:50

    I wan to move to Cape Town! Helen does n't take crap from the corrupt,incompetent ANC! Their greed extends their grasps like only a comrade's can.

      southSA - 2011-08-17 01:48

      You should ja. We live a "lekker lewe" down here... Crime and poverty is not such a problem like up country.

  • John Paul - 2011-08-16 22:20

    Ndebele, Jesus loves you, Ndebele, Your mother loves you, Ndebele, Your father loves, Repent, Mampara, repent, Repent, Ignorant, repent, Repent, Negligent, repent, Repent, Liar, repent, Repent, Thief, repent, Repent, Baby Killer, repent, Repent, Genocider, repent! Okai, stop the bus, how can you say all that? Lets have a look: Ndebele is Ignorant that the Failed Communist Countries like the USSR, China, Vietnam, Cuba, etc, employed Central Control Economies ( CCE ), with full and total nationalisation. Negligent - as the head of an organization, it is his duty to be fully informed of the economic history of total disasters of CCE. He does not know that Gorbachov announced reforms away from nationalization – in the early 1980’s! He is a Liar, because he had to return the proceeds of his corruption activities. Thief, he has stolen the PEOPLES money – that is how bribery and corruption works. Baby Killer, as a member of the ANC – Abortion Murder Genocide, is guilty of the Genocide of 800 000 black babies in government hospitals! Genocider, as a member of the ANC – Abortion Murder Genocide, is guilty of the Genocide of 5 Million Aids sufferers which were refused medication. Repent, Mampara, Repent!

  • southSA - 2011-08-17 01:46

    @Snoopy88 Just too let you know here in Sydney all major highways are tolled and will cost you about 40$ to go to the city. South Africa is just going where others are already at. The grass is not greener is Australia. They have lots of issues to. I would never live here I'm just here temporary. Cape Town is so much better. Can't wait to go home.

  • Duracel - 2011-08-17 07:45

    Well done. If SANRAL is not prepared to talk take the next step. I just wish that the Gauteng Local Government had the same foresight to protect their voters and those who will ultimately suffer due to increase prices on consumer goods. The poor who are also voters.

  • Hennie - 2011-08-17 07:59

    Looks like Johannesburg is the sleepy city this time round?

  • Happygas - 2011-08-17 08:00

    time to refuse to pay more,indirect tax

  • shmangle - 2011-08-17 08:28

    Yip, maybe Gauteng government should have done this too, BEFORE embarking on the project.

      cava1 - 2011-08-17 08:39

      The end result will be more businesses moving to Cape Town, away from the badly managed Gauteng.

  • Robbie - 2011-08-17 09:52

    Tolling is unconstitutional... when is someone going to take it to the Concourt?

  • Falcovrod - 2011-08-23 17:35

    This is only the beginning, they will continue and increase as far as they can. This is a typical ANC/ Communist regime running. It will only stop once this beautiful country falls like in zimbabwe and then even they will try all they can. This is the only means to fund the corruption. Look at the people that got caught for corruption, they are still getting paid, the big houses being bought for government personnel, millions being wasted on an empty rented building, etc, yet we have millions without work and decent meals and yet these fools keep on voting for them...

  • Salvation - 2011-08-23 17:58

    Imposing a 'secondary' taxation on an existing road is NOT ON. Kick them out or the people will remove their monitoring equipment or alternatively will simply not pay their fee. Time for an independant Western Cape with it's own currency, the US Dollar will be ok for a start?

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