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We want a solution: Motlanthe

2012-07-20 17:39

Johannesburg - The best possible solutions needed to be explored for the implementation of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP), Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said in Johannesburg on Friday.

"There should be no overburdening of poor people with added cost," Motlanthe said in opening remarks at a meeting between the inter-ministerial committee on the GFIP and the Congress of SA Trade Unions.

However the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), which oversees the project, needed capital to fund its operation.

There were grey areas requiring attention and a solution needed to be found that was acceptable to the citizens of Gauteng, said the deputy president.

Sanral was one of the best agencies government had, and if the state had a "bottomless pot" of funds it would make South Africa's road infrastructure the best in the world.

One of the problems facing the agency was ensuring its credit worthiness was sustained, Motlanthe said.

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, speaking after Motlanthe, thanked the government for the opportunity to discuss the GFIP.

He said the trade union federation understood that roads needed to be paid for.

"We accept we can't just walk away from that commitment."

However, Cosatu had concerns regarding the project.

The committee, chaired by Motlanthe, on Thursday met several businesses and representatives from Business Unity SA, the SA Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa), the Road Freight Association, and religious leaders.

On March 7, Cosatu held a nationwide strike against e-tolling and labour brokering. On April 26 an agreement was reached in a meeting between the African National Congress and the union to delay the implementation of the project by a month.

On April 28 the North Gauteng High Court granted an urgent interdict, brought by Outa, to stop implementation of the tolling system, so that a full court review could be carried out to decide if it should be scrapped.

Comments
  • Paulnicomp - 2012-07-20 18:05

    Motlanthe must also realize that taxpayers finances are also not a bottomless pot. He also needs to realise that taxpayers are tired of paying tax and receiving nothing in return.

      brian.exmachina - 2012-07-20 19:10

      Ja no look. Motlanthe's words are quite funny considering I just read that 61.5% of active credit South Africans have missed at least one payment, 46.4% have missed 3 ore more and now have bad credit records, and 55% spend more than they earn. It doesn't take a genius to see why people took a stand against the e-tolling: they freaking HAD to. No choice there, it's that or sink. http://www.fin24.com/Economy/Millions-trapped-in-debt-spiral-20120720

      oneant.kasinski - 2012-07-20 22:56

      "(if sanral had a) "bottomless pot" of funds it would make South Africa's road infrastructure the best in the world" - who knows... if your first attempt resulted in a bumpy, warping, R20 billion lane addition and a few bridges, perhaps the next R20 billion will see us at least have less chipped windscreens and worn tyres from your endless resurfacing of, what is starting to look to me like, the WORST road in the world.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-22 03:58

      Its the same with everything, like kids who never learn until they burn their fingers! This country for some weird reason seems to think it can always succeed where the best in the world have failed. Next to be on the list of failures of monumental proportions is our attempt at communism.

  • eddy.deepfield - 2012-07-20 18:08

    The best possible solutions needed to be explored for the implementation of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP), Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said in Johannesburg on Friday. .... Its a bit late now, you are all ready too far down the road. You are the elected government if you do NOT KNOW how to govern resign and hand over to those who do know. Increase fuel tax, now that advice will cost you nothing.

      henk63 - 2012-07-21 08:27

      There is a fuel tax already, intended for road maintenance. But they spend that money elsewhere and no-one knows where. It probably just goes into state coffers from where it can be looted at will, together with our other taxes.

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-07-20 18:10

    "There should be no overburdening of poor people with added cost" Then can you please explain why, with current system that you are fighting to protect in the Constitutional Court, we should have to pay R 20 billion for gantries and a further R 30 billion annually in collection fees, when is fact a % of the petrol levy to fund the roads would cost next to nothing to operate??

      Richard - 2012-07-20 18:29

      Spot on, Nicholas...

  • jacob.mphatswe - 2012-07-20 18:28

    This is exactly what it means to be a statesman,engage in democratic deliberations.Thank you Sir Motlanthe.

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-20 19:41

      With all due respect to Motlanthe and all the other deliberators. We have too much deliberating and applying of minds and study groups and investigative committees. Nothing get DONE! A rubbish decision was made based on the naive assumption that people would simply pay. As usual they did not do their homework nor did they listen or learn from similar attempts at this model around the world (all failed). Just one week this year I'd like to hear about govt (local, regional or National) actually doing the job they are paid to do. Every time they take their salaries, it's theft.

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-07-20 18:29

    The solution is really, really easy. Use the taxes already collected to pay for the roads instead of stuffing it into your back pockets. It's called theft. If you cANCer cells stopped doing this, there'd be plenty of money to go around and not just for roads. Thieving b@astards!

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-20 18:48

    It seems the ANC believes that the state's coffers are bottomless, so it is natural that other entities will think so too. It's time everybody realized that the coffers are now empty, there's no such thing as a free lunch and to get anywhere in life requires hard work, sacrifice, the will to succeed and respect for our fellow human beings. If the ANC had this respect for fellow human brings they would not betray the trust of those who voted them into power.

  • jacques.shepperson - 2012-07-20 19:13

    But you give away 2bn to the IMF... I must be missing something here...

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-20 19:46

      The money contributed to the IMF is money we are required by international law to have, in international currency, in order to be able to trade with other countries. No money, no trade allowed. It's a loan, not a donation, at a better rate of return than the account it was sitting in. Regardless of where it goes, according to IMF rules and Reserve Bank rules, that money can never be used for internal funding.

      henk63 - 2012-07-21 08:35

      @lacrimose - I'm not so sure that money was paid for any real purpose. If you ask me, it was grandstanding and an effort to catch the limelight.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-22 04:16

      Believe me, this lot will find some way of getting that money for "internal" funding.

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-07-20 20:29

    Milk the middle class again.

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-07-20 20:43

    I fail to understand how the poor feature here - many use those unreliable metrorail crafts. Those who can afford, use taxis and buses - and those are exempted from tolling. So who are the 'poor' spoken about by Vavi and lately Motlanthe? Is it Malema-speak for those of us wanting to keep the comforts of our cars whilst not wanting to...

  • Thabo@Shaku - 2012-07-21 00:09

    Solution: Dismantle gantries because they are wasting electricity!!

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-22 03:59

      Dismantle government beacuse they are wasting our country!

  • Zama - 2012-07-21 05:59

    Big decision like this it needs the public to vote for it simple unless someone close to you Motlante must eat on this to like Vavi. How much you sad you will give him? My solution is to still the cables and metals from those things and sell them then pay the bill. Just live us out of this sh**t, I thank you

  • Andrew M - 2012-07-21 07:24

    On wonders if this toll system had been a private enterprise project would the government go to the same trouble to support this toll. Maybe it is because government pension funds were utilized and therefore need to be recovered. What ever the case in the end taxpayers will be footing the bill.

  • alan.ingram.355 - 2012-07-22 09:18

    you can do what you like to get extra funds,. but the E-toll are never going to happen !!

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