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ANC rethink on tolls encouraging - DA

2012-06-26 17:40

Johannesburg - The DA has welcomed the ANC's rethink on toll roads as "encouraging", after the ANC in Gauteng proposed that a fuel levy increase be considered as an interim measure to fund improvements on the province's roads.

The Times
newspaper reported on Tuesday that the provincial ANC had also suggested a "once-off" contribution from companies which make "super-profits" in the province.

This was contained in the Gauteng ANC's discussion paper on public transport and infrastructure, which is to be debated at the policy conference in Midrand this week.

The Gauteng ANC had also proposed that the government's pension fund be used for infrastructure development.

The SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was incurring mounting debt after the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria halted e-tolls in Gauteng in April in favour of the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa).

The court granted an interdict preventing Sanral from levying or collecting e-tolls pending the outcome of a judicial review.

Permanent solution

The Democratic Alliance welcomed the rethink.

"However, what is missing from their thinking is that the tax on fuel must be ring-fenced," DA MPL Neil Campbell said.

"They advance the suggestion as a 'temporary' solution, but if it can work temporarily it can work permanently."

Campbell said if the ANC was serious about abandoning e-tolls then the government had to stop the e-toll collection contract and withdraw from an expensive Constitutional Court challenge.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has applied to the Constitutional Court to set aside the order made by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, arguing that Judge Bill Prinsloo had ignored the principle of separation of powers.

The Constitutional Court will hear arguments in the case on August 15.

Comments
  • Irene - 2012-06-26 18:04

    cANCer can swivel. I WILL NOT PAY. Finished and klaar. Come and arrest me. Come on .....

  • IcemanGP - 2012-06-26 18:15

    So whats happening with the levy money they collect now? Where is that going?

      africanwolf - 2012-06-26 18:24

      Social grants

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-06-26 18:33

    Increase the fuel levy for what? To fill fat cat pockets? I think a breakdown of exactly how much money the state already gets on the fuel taxes and levy's not even to speak of licenses and fines be made before they do any such thing we the true paying public are sick and already bankrupted by all the taxes .

      Riebens - 2012-06-26 19:18

      This has been done so many times. Google is your friend, and if you don't know how to google, here is a link. http://www.sasol.com/sasol_internet/frontend/common/flash/petrol_price.html

      Al - 2012-06-27 00:52

      @Riebens, Very nice link thanks, but I do not believe that this is what gieljam was refering to. gieljam is asking, if you look at your link you will see that the very last item shows the tax on fule at 197c/l, what government does with this money. In the below Url you will find a report dating back to 2008 and it states at around page 21 Section 6 that SA used approximately 20 billion litres of Petrol and Diesel in 2007. If we then round your Url off you 200c/l or R2 / lt. Govenment revenue from this tax is 40 Billion Rand per year. http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:pfTfBEsMDHAJ:www.sapia.co.za/_literature_86491/Petrol_and_Diesel_in_South_Africa_and_the_impact_on_air_quality,_November_2008+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk So gieljam is to me asking what is the government doing with the 40 Billion Rand they get each year from the fuel tax levy, if they are not spending it on our highways. But I have a question for hopefully someone to solve for me. In the below Url you will see that AA states that the "Reef" already pays more for Petrol than the Coastal areas. Why can an extra levy be added to the current "Reef" levy to pay for our highways? http://www.aa.co.za/content/59/fuel-pricing/

  • nicolas.whipp - 2012-06-26 18:39

    Fuel levy? Great...add more pressure on us please, as we love the feeling. Maybe decrease the ANC's politicians salaries...

      africanwolf - 2012-06-26 18:50

      Or just decrease the number of politicians :)

  • Frank - 2012-06-26 19:16

    Demo model gantry,s state of the art tolling system for sale hurry while stocks last

  • Gerda Malherbe - 2012-06-26 19:36

    Its got nothing to do with race, idiot. Its got to do with corruption, incompetence and tenderpreneurs. Our revered ANC politicians

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-06-26 20:41

    And who forced them to rethink,us tax payers and road users so lets stick together again and again and dont forget government must serve us not us serve them.

  • ThaboShakuNews24 - 2012-06-26 22:01

    ANC new policy "Listening to the voters"

  • Zakhil - 2012-06-27 10:36

    I still say use the structures for advertising billboards.

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