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Ndebele orders halt to toll road projects

2011-10-23 15:43

Johannesburg - The minister of transport, Sibusiso Ndebele, has instructed the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to halt all road projects processes related to the tolling of national roads.

He is of the view that consultative processes should be allowed to take place to offer concerned parties an opportunity to share their views on the toll road programme.

While he believes that the country requires good road infrastructure to meet its economic growth targets, he says this shouldn't put a huge financial burden on the shoulders of consumers.

He says while the first phase of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Plan has delivered good road infrastructure, it was an expensive exercise that has drawn sharp views from the public.

"All spheres of government should be part of a consultative process with all affected parties, consumers in the main. Good infrastructure is a necessity for a better future for our country, but this requirement must not leave our people even poorer," says Ndebele.

The cabinet recently appointed a task team that includes Ndebele and the Pravin Gordhan, the minister of finance, to look into the issue of toll roads.

Ndebele says all these processes, including a consultative processes initiated by the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, should be allowed to reach their logical conclusions to ensure that all parties concerned and their respective views are brought on board.

Comments
  • nspaynter - 2011-10-23 18:12

    I never want to return to the old apartheid regime and the old Nat government, but in those days they built beautiful highways and also the railway infrastructure without a heavy payment burden on the public. perhaps if the present government did not spend so much money on renovating presidential houses, riding in luxury cars and looking after their own, we might be able to afford to spend money on the infrastructure that benefits all South Africans.

      Reshan - 2011-10-23 18:56

      The problem is there's so many under the table deals by the time we get down to building there's barely any money left...

      cecilhstephens - 2011-10-23 21:07

      Fat cats are collecting and there is Fu**all to show for it, the average road in SA is in desperate need of future planning and up-grading and we are burdened with road taxes in every drop of fuel that we pay for which is where ????, in every cent that we pay for our vehicle licence and I agree with nspaynter we are the fat cow that these Fu***rs keep taking for granted and been screwed because we have to get back and forward to work again to keep the CORRUPT GOVERNMENT IN PERSONAL POCKET MONEY in taxes from Salaries,petrol to tyres for our vehicles, but take a look at our National key points and you will immediately see that since 1994 no attempt has been taken to do any planning or maintenance and they are now running on breakdown crises and throwing stone at the previous apartheid Government, what a joke !!!!

      sosm1 - 2011-10-23 23:38

      @nspaynter that's a good comment!!

  • Willem - 2011-10-24 07:42

    The roads cost 3 times more than they should have because of BEE. The tolling system is the most expensive to run in the world It was discontinued by the British who used to have it. Why can the department of transport keep on making disastrous decisions and stay in power? The argument is going to be that we need to pay now for these roads, how is the question. There is also some really shoddy workmanship which already needs fixing. The N12 is such a disaster area, I wander what that road cost insurance companies in accidents as their is not a day without a major accident on that road.

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