Animals council takes a swipe at Sanral

2012-04-17 13:37

E-toll tariffs will severely impact on the ability of the National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) to rescue animals, the council said today.

“We do not receive any funds whatsoever from national or local government and exemption from Sanral (South African National Roads Agency Limited) was denied,” NSPCA said in a statement.

Spokesperson Christine Kuch said accidents involving animals – overturned trucks carrying animals or vehicles with animals on board involved in accidents – did occur.

The council appealed for exemption in September but this was denied. It argued that the council was involved in “emergency issues” such as disasters, rescue missions, animal neglect and abuse investigations.

Kuch said rescuing and removing animals from highways was a means of effective accident prevention. “The NSPCA now finds itself in a position whereby we shall have no option but to use public funds to pay for our vehicles to be allowed onto freeways as we go to assist animals.

“It is ludicrous – if not downright immoral – that our hard-earned cash will be used for the purpose of paying tolls.”

Sanral gazetted new tariffs on Friday. It described an “alternate user” as someone “who does not have a valid and operational e-tag, is not registered with Sanral, and who is not a day-pass user”.

Yesterday, Sanral said alternate users would be charged R1.75 per kilometre, compared to the standard tariff of 30 cents per kilometre for registered users.

It said the higher fee was due to the need to recover costs, including invoicing and debt collection.

According to Sanral, 300 000 road users had bought e-tags at the beginning of this month.

The toll system officially launches on April 30.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.