Sanral ‘is accountable to Dipuo Peters’

2014-09-17 14:14

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The national roads agency has said it could not make a presentation to the Gauteng e-tolls assessment panel because it was accountable and responsible to the shareholder – Transport Minister Dipuo Peters.

However, the South African National Roads Agency Limited, said it had sent an eight-page letter to Gauteng premier David Makhura prior to the start of the 15-member panel’s hearings and also requested a meeting with him before he set up a review panel.

“Perceptions that we were not prepared to enter into dialogue are therefore unfortunate,” acting board chair Dudu Nyamane said.

The panel has been established to assess the socioeconomic effect that the Gauteng tolling system has had on motorists.

The public discussions are taking place at the Orlando Community Hall in Soweto.

Sanral was reportedly told by ANC officials not to attend the hearings. Peters has distanced herself from the panel and downplayed the role of the review.

“We do not take instructions from any political party as was recently reported in the media but from the shareholder and the relevant legislation governing Sanral. We are an implementing agency of government,” said Nyamane.

“We took a pro-active step and communicated our position on this matter.

“We also requested an audience with the premier to understand his position and exchange views on how, together, we can address the challenges of funding road infrastructure without it being at the expense of social infrastructure.”

She said the user-pays principle was a fair one that had made it possible to improve vital Gauteng roads.

Sanral’s road network was recognised world-wide as one of the best internationally, she said.

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