Busa welcomes e-tolls task team

2012-05-05 17:00

Johannesburg - Business Unity SA (Busa) on Saturday said it welcomed the elevation of e-tolling issues to a top-level inter-ministerial task team headed by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

"It creates an important mechanism which could tackle the outstanding problems of the e-toll system in their totality," Busa spokesperson Raymond Parsons said in a statement.

On Friday Cabinet appointed a special committee to be chaired by Motlanthe to co-ordinate all work around the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.

Committee members included the ministers of transport, finance, public enterprises, performance monitoring and evaluation, and the director general in the presidency.

The committee would, among other things, move rapidly to ensure SA National Roads Agency Ltd's (Sanral) financial stability was not affected in any way.

It would also meet appropriate interested parties to find constructive solutions and consensus on the outstanding matters.

The team had already started researching alternative models for funding road construction and improvements.

Sanral had planned to introduce e-tolling in Gauteng on May 1. However, a court ruling issued on Saturday halted the e-tolling plans pending the outcome of a full court review.

Parsons said Busa hoped that interested parties from business and labour would have an opportunity to make submissions to the task team on the significant cost, regulatory and financing components of the e-toll system.

"Busa trusts that the time gained by the delay in the implementation of the system will be productively used by the major stakeholders to find practical solutions to the challenges that exist," he said.

  • koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-05 17:19

    Typical backward planning of the corrupt an incompetant thieves in government. We will not support tolls.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-05 17:31

      Why has this not been a top priority before now? Because they thought we would just roll over and cough up...

      George - 2012-05-05 18:02

      They still hope we can be manipulated to accept e-tolling. It's the communist way. They've not brought BUSA on board; cANCer's obedient lapdog since the day's of apartheid. Except they don't represent anyone except themselves. NO E-TOLL. DO NOT PAY FOR WHAT IS ALREADY YOURS.

      Jessica - 2012-05-05 19:37

      This is just a farce. No one will be found guilty and then they are going to nail us with tolls. They should appoint independent people to investigate. ANC finding against ANC ha ha ha now this is the best joke ever

  • zipho500 - 2012-05-05 17:27

    U can take it to the president,i still won't pay!

  • paulgerber969 - 2012-05-05 17:31

    no high profile business experts on the committee.Another cover up.

      Irene - 2012-05-05 17:36

      So true and especially with Motlanthe heading up the task team. What part of WE WON'T PAY don't they understand?

      Michael - 2012-05-07 09:52

      This guy is as crooked as the rest....... Its like asking the captain of the opposing team if he would like to ref????

  • Lacrimose - 2012-05-05 17:44

    We don't need more task teams and committees racking up expenses whilst they investigate. So here are the Cliff notes : #1 Road maintenance is mandatory instead of letting everything get to the all-fall-down stage. #2 Give the ministry of Transport a kick for failing to provide adequate public transport and insist he solves it in the next 12 months. #3 The e-toll process from beginning to end was undemocratic - no taxation without representation. #4 get the rail infrastructure sorted for business and industry and of course #5 stop squandering public funds on yourselves and start spending it on the infrastructure - which is the job you were hired to do

  • Rodney - 2012-05-05 17:52

    I hope jimmy manyi.., wil be there to learn how to do great work.

  • Gregory - 2012-05-05 18:06

    More cake eating experts, bring all their family along as consultants,

  • George - 2012-05-05 18:09

    If they persist with the e-toll philosophy, we will see a total breakdown of legitimacy of this government, if it hasn't reached that point already. The Mandela legacy has long been squandered. Day by day the cANCer cadre are proving that they don't know how to respect and live in the freedom that was bestowed on them in the referendum. Society feels betrayed.

  • Florence - 2012-05-05 18:49

    A leopard will never change its sports. The committee is formulated by the same masterminds of the e-tolling system who had absolutely no intention to review their decision of milking us because their lifetime vision was abt to become real (lifetime wealth 4 their generations). What is it that is different to table now either than re-enforcing payments.

  • James Makondi - 2012-05-05 18:51

    I dont understand this every day news storie about tolls task, i mean its from car theft to hijack to house brake, now tolls, wat else is on the way, evry body try to make money, it doesnt matter how or wat they day to day jobs are, now they have to give all that up for paying on tolls, ag i just wish south africa would get a life,

      Lacrimose - 2012-05-05 20:01

      Democracy and freedom is hard work. Every citizen has to be vigilant. Making your mark is not the beginning and end of the deal. We hire these people to do a job. Like any employer, we need to be checking up on how they are doing, all the time. We can only have a life if we are vigilant and swift to express our dissatisfaction. We have the right and we need to understand and exercise that right. Every day.

  • Johan - 2012-05-05 18:51

    Too little too late. This cadre is also involved with the too late eishcom effort via the anc company. Mind you - have they also fingers in the pie here. I have never heard about them being audited with the results published. This cANCer guvvament wants to steal as much money as possible without the risk of not getting elected again!!!

      Lacrimose - 2012-05-05 20:16

      Yep they've tried once too often to get citizens to pay for their mistakes, abused our trust and totally disrespected our wishes. Time to remind politricksters who is really in charge. Change your vote or if you cannot bring yourself to do so, spoil your ballot.

  • robqb - 2012-05-05 20:29

    Is everybody happy that this committee is being made up of government? I would prefer to see a body made up of people who have nothing to gain out of this tolling. Again I ask, what is happening to our fuel taxes and licence fees?

      George - 2012-05-06 07:37

      For countless years government depts have underspent (or been forced to underspend) and had their money returned to Treasury who awarded multibillion contracts for questionable projects to questionable companies all the while raising our direct and indirect taxes in the face of billions of rands of government corruption. What's happened to the missing and the stolen billions. AG needs to audit the Treasury.

  • brainbowgold - 2012-05-05 21:55

    Check, Mutlanthe's pawn has been blocked.

  • raath - 2012-05-05 22:01

    Isn't the deputy president the wrong person to be heading this? What guarantees do we have that he will be objective and unbiased?

  • George - 2012-05-06 07:40

    Sunday Times reveals that cANCer companies stood to benefit directly from e-tolling. Government is an interested party and cannot pass any impartial judgement on e-tolling. It is stillborn, with no credibility. Highly advisable to can the project and dismantle the gantries before they become useful for more creative purposes.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-05-06 07:45

    Don't forget to co opt Jewliass Shabir and Jackie in the commit ee !! They will certainly have a few pointers for the incompetent pricks already serving!!

  • George - 2012-05-06 08:34

    According to Sunday Times, comical Ali of SCAMRAL is a serial scammer. Working not alone, but with government and corporate con artists. He tried to pull the same stunt on the N2 in the Wild Coast and was interdicted by the High Court. Why does this only come out now, media??

  • Jonny Lee - 2012-05-06 09:34

    Now the heroes will jump in to investigate, haha, U want to tell me no 1 knew about the etoll while it was busy being erected? smoke to make them look good while hiding all illegal evidence

  • John - 2012-05-06 12:06

    I wonder what the total expenditure on oil is in SA because I know that 25% of that is paid in taxes in other words what is 25% of our fuel bill worth which they are supposed to spend on roads

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-06 17:54

    So now the ANC hijacks the process? Bring in some red herrings? Hide some evidence? How convenient.

  • Jay - 2012-05-06 23:11

    Dear Raymond Parsons, WAKE UP! Kgalema is an ANC Cronie! He takes instructions from the CORRUPT ANC Party. How can YOU accept this Madness of the Thieves investigating Themselves? SANRAL must surely rank the 2nd biggest Corruption Case after the Arms Deal - still under investigation! This needs a NON GOVT Staffed Enquiry. It just never rains.... It SHOWERS..... I Rest My Case.

  • Muisie - 2012-05-07 09:08

    The thieves are policing themselves!!!

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