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Sanral needs support, says transport dept

2012-05-10 21:51

Johannesburg - The SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) board needs space and support after the resignation of its CEO Nazir Alli, the transport department said on Thursday.

"The board must be given space and the necessary support as they work towards ensuring that Sanral continues to deliver quality road networks to the people of South Africa," said spokesperson Tiyani Rikhotso in a statement.

Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said: "We assure taxpayers, relevant stakeholders, the board of Sanral and staff of our unqualified support for the agency during this period and beyond."

On Tuesday, Sanral announced Alli's resignation.

Media reports suggested he was the "fall guy" for problems encountered in getting the public to accept the introduction of toll roads in Gauteng.

These included a court interdict granted in favour of the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance to stop the start of electronic tolling.

Engineering executive Koos Smit would act as CEO when Alli vacates the post in June.

Rikhotso said the department commended the board of directors for providing "leadership and clarity" following Alli's resignation.

"They will within a reasonable period of time undertake a thorough process of finding a suitable candidate to steer Sanral forward."

He also extended the department's gratitude to Alli for his contribution to the success of Sanral.

The SA Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) also appreciated Alli's work, spokesperson Marie Ashpole said in a statement.

"Although there is as yet no explanation for his decision, an astute and highly competent, motivated and technically sound civil engineering and business manager deserves credit for his contribution towards creating a world-class rating for the national roads..."

Alli was a long-standing member of Saice, and a recipient of the Institution's transport division chairman's award for excellent service to the industry.

Comments
  • Mark - 2012-05-10 21:56

    Get rid of SCAMRAL. They are simply a duplication of an existing government department.

      Mark - 2012-05-10 22:39

      Yes Leonard, good idea. Quite hard to turn a gold mine into a deep pit, wouldn't you say?

      sally.lewitt - 2012-05-10 23:19

      @Rustic.. Think gold mine, think Aurora mine, that's wasn't so difficult to turn into a pit..

      Mark - 2012-05-10 23:34

      Ah, I have been shown up again!

      eric.vanvuuren - 2012-05-11 08:13

      They are trying to humanise sanral. You know showing us the people that are involved in this scam as professionals instead of criminals. At the end of the day the issue still stands on the fact that they tried an are still trying to rape the citizens of this country.

      eric.vanvuuren - 2012-05-11 10:42

      This should be used to unite all the colour of SA finally we have a common enemy.

  • David - 2012-05-10 22:04

    Sorry SCAMRAL, you will get neither support nor sympathy from South Africans.

      camp.j - 2012-05-11 07:56

      How can these guys expect support? Support is a two way street, in return the public should have received transparency. Unfortunately it's going to be a mammoth task to gain support after this debacle. Like you say SCAMRAL!

  • marina.poniatowska - 2012-05-10 22:15

    Support in the form of toll money???

  • Vaughan - 2012-05-10 22:19

    Quality roads, ha ha ha. Good one...

      Nomsa - 2012-05-10 22:28

      pot holes next 30 km and.

      koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-10 23:32

      Where are these 'quality' roads they are talking about? When government thieves die they turn into heroes. Seems that the same thing happens when ceo's resign.

      Jan - 2012-05-11 00:53

      Long standing member of Saice - Marie Ashpole stop "Licking A%%"

  • SA - 2012-05-10 22:35

    CLOSE IT DOWN AND USE THE TAX WE ALREADY PAY TO BUILD AND MAINTAIN OUR ROADS

      eric.vanvuuren - 2012-05-11 08:16

      Why do that. The money is allready earmark for re-alocation of wealth.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-05-10 22:53

    We don't need middle man sanral, government step up. Don't buy E tag!

  • koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-10 23:33

    They can use the gantries for support.

  • Grace - 2012-05-10 23:38

    Shame!!! Where Was the support for people who wouldn't be able to afford to get to work and their kids to school? My sympathy lies with the insects electrocuted on those pretty blue/purple lights

  • koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-10 23:54

    Guess who is giving the thumbs down. Scamral employee - thumbs up Government pensionfunder - thumbs down

      sally.lewitt - 2012-05-11 00:22

      Exactly!! Why the \hush hush\ on the Government pension Funds that was so FREELY used, but very little people know about this?? \r\nSomeone or some heads are seriously going to roll like a snowball off a steep mountain top, then the avalanche is going to hit like a tonne of bricks... !

  • valcooperRSA - 2012-05-10 23:56

    Oh please it is so easy to pass the buck.....scamral and etolling should never have been an option.....that was a system set in place to make big bucks for the already corrupt people involved......so suck on it......

  • Phillys - 2012-05-11 00:01

    you need support? buy yourself a playtex bra!!!

      Koos - 2012-05-11 03:27

      Stormers springs to mind. Lot of support but no cup. :)

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-11 00:02

    I want to know how a catering company gets to benefit from e-toll. So much for the cost per km. they had lots of hands stretched out saying "gimme".

  • ThaboShakuNews24 - 2012-05-11 00:43

    Santral needs support in the form of High Court Order to scrap the etolls!

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-05-11 05:41

    In old SA we drove on the left side of the road...in new SA we drive on what is left of the road!!!

      Michael - 2012-05-11 10:26

      Ha Ha very good!!!

  • Carry - 2012-05-11 06:16

    SCAMRAL ARE GOING TO GET THE SAME SUPPORT FROM THE PUBLIC THAT IT GAVE US ....................... NOTHING !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Carry - 2012-05-11 06:19

    ANY GOVERNMENT IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT TO DO ANY SERVICE UPGRADE AT THE EXTRA COST TO THE TAX PAYER, ESPECIALLY IF THEY THEMSELVES HAVE SQUANDERED THE MONIES TO DO SO - IS ON THE ROAD TO A GOOD HIDING. THE anc AND SCAMRAL WILL NOT LISTEN .......... SO THEY MUST FEEL THE WRATH OF A PEOPLE BETRAYED BY GREED, FRAUD AND BAD GAOVERNANCE.

      Keith - 2012-05-11 09:37

      Why you Shouting ;p

      Michael - 2012-05-11 13:06

      @Keith - 'cos he can! B T W, where is Poliodronki and BlacksoSquat? I'm missing them!

  • Warwick - 2012-05-11 06:46

    sanral, an anc sanctioned organization - read my lips, GET KNOTTED. Your deployed cadres have been shown up for their lack of vision, their corruption and incompetence. Kiss my etollie. Just fold sanral, your time is up.

  • clinton.bowden1 - 2012-05-11 06:47

    "Although there is as yet no explanation for his decision, an astute and highly competent, motivated and technically sound civil engineering and business manager deserves credit for his contribution towards creating a world-class rating for the national roads..." World Class ? Did you notice how they have been warping in areas such as Rivonia offramps? That's not world class, that's was short cuts taken which mean along 185km of our roads have been built on shortcuts and whats worse is when it rains, they don't drain.

  • Joseph - 2012-05-11 06:53

    One thieve out close it down before one more thief comes aboard

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-11 06:58

    The new meaning of SANRAL. Smit And Nazir Realizing All's Lost. That's why Nazir hi tailed it out of there and Smit now needs support. No support from me my friends.

      Michael - 2012-05-11 13:07

      You have very strange friends!

  • Rob - 2012-05-11 07:22

    Stick your tolls where the sun don't shine

  • terence.wessels - 2012-05-11 07:32

    If they want support the thieving Tits should get a wonderbra

  • branden.hart - 2012-05-11 07:42

    "He also extended the department's gratitude to Alli for his contribution to the success of Sanral." WHAT SUCCESS?????? It FAILED and put the Countries ratings at RISK, along with wasting MILLIONS in legal fees that could have been used build houses, schools or supply water to townships. CHOP!

  • Phelamanga - 2012-05-11 07:45

    Absorb it into the Public Works Department, where it actually belongs, and pay the people government salaries. We need to get government working for the people, not other people working for the people. Did we vote for bureaucrats sitting in offices eating KFC?

      Peter - 2012-05-11 08:00

      When Scamral upgrades a toll road, like they are doing on the N2 South Coast of Kwa Zulu Natal, they impede the traffic, make you wait for up to 20 minutes AND WAIT FOR IT, they are still charging the NORMAL TOLL FEE for an unsafe, slow, dangerous and unmade road!!! What a lekker business!! Shut half your services down but still cvharge full price. Absolute thievery

  • Victor - 2012-05-11 08:02

    Fix the road between newcastle and memel and memel and vrede !!!!!!! get rid of all the bomb craters. Sanral should have rather spent the money on upgrading the railway system so they can get all these overloaded trucks of our roads which are not designed to take the loads that they are carrying !!!!!!

  • Willem - 2012-05-11 08:06

    I think it is the transport department that do not have creditability.

      Koos - 2012-05-11 08:41

      I know it is the whole government that do nat have creditability.

  • Billy - 2012-05-11 08:20

    shouldnt scamral then return the money they stuffed into their back pockets? the public didnt want this in the first place.

  • Carry - 2012-05-11 08:47

    HOW DOES THIS GOVERNMENT EXPLAIN THIS TO THEIR CHILDREN AND SUPPORTERS : "WE MISAPPROPRIATED ALL THE FUNDS FOR THE ROAD REPAIRS - SO I AM SORRY TO SAY THAT FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIVES YOU WILL BE PUNISHED AND PAY E-TOLL FOR THE USE OF THESE ROADS". SUPPORT FOR THIS ?????

  • trevor.roberts.148 - 2012-05-11 11:26

    If SANRAL is taking over the role of providing new roads in SA on a toll basis. I presume government is going to stop the taxation of petrol and diesil. Also,road fund licences will no longer be necessary as the ANC will receive all it's funding from SANRAL.

  • Carry - 2012-05-11 12:16

    SCAMRAL HAVE NO SHAME...........

  • glenyso2 - 2012-05-11 12:54

    Sanral is supposed to be a "business" or going concern- you dont get support, you get up and get going or you go under. As fas as I'm concerned if they need support TRY A GANTRY ON THE FREEWAY, there are pleanty to choose from!!!!!!!!

  • Michael - 2012-05-11 13:00

    So, these jerks need support - and who is going to support me 'cos I am taking severe financial strain at the moment (and possibly until I push daises)! ! !

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