Cape tolling plans shelved - report

2012-03-28 12:01

Cape Town - Plans for tolled highways in the Western Cape have reportedly been shelved by government, following widespread opposition.

According to Business Report on Wednesday, the proposed Winelands Toll Road Project will not go ahead after the national government realised there was a lack of support from all sectors.

"We see no priority in the [tolling of] the R300, N1 and N2 in Cape Town… it can't be a priority," Deputy Transport Minister Jeremy Cronin told the newspaper.

The provincial government of the Western Cape and City of Cape Town strongly opposed the planned tolling.

The City took the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and transport department to court in a bid to block the imposition of tolling in the province.

The Western Cape decision comes amid massive public opposition to the implementation of electronic tolls to finance the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project. However, Cronin said he believed this has to go ahead as the upgrade cost R20bn and needs to be paid for.

The ANC and Cosatu met this week to discuss their impasse over the Gauteng e-tolling, saying only that the talks were "fruitful".

  • francois.roux1 - 2012-03-28 12:11

    They mustn't just shelve it, they must burn the plans and blow the ashes away in a strong South Easter...

  • Fredster - 2012-03-28 12:13

    I am sure that the implimentation will be more "fruitful" to the government

      Nosiphom - 2012-03-28 12:30

      Not to government, but to some beneficiaries.

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-03-28 12:25

    Also evidence that the WC municipality is doing its part for the people.

  • Thabang - 2012-03-28 12:32

    hello,we dont need tolls.

      itcrackpot - 2012-03-28 12:45

      Yeah right, and we don't need "t r o l l s" either. You ROCK Western Cape goverment. Take Francois Rox's advise. Now watch the relocation.

      Oom - 2012-03-28 12:46

      One of these days they will put a toll on the oxygen we breathe.

      Rob - 2012-03-28 14:12

      @Oom - We already have it, it's still in it's infancy but it is known as a Carbon tax.

  • inxsive - 2012-03-28 12:42

    so they can scrap the toll for the capies. but for the poor jhbers,ag its alright. screw the rich gp. whole bunch of corrupt money swilling thiefs ie. politicians.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-03-28 12:47

      The difference is that the WC municipality did its part to care for the people, the GP municipality don't take action unless they are pushed to take action. GP works for the salary, WC works for the people

  • nishaatf - 2012-03-28 12:47

    Well im happy that it wont be emplimented as yet in Cape Town , i for sure wnt be able to affrod it , i take all those three main road to work and back home , so you Jeremy Cronin for looking after us

      Angle - 2012-03-28 13:37

      Hi Nishaatf, Jeremy Cronin’s not looking after you; it was his ministry of Transport that tried to install the tolls. The DA in the City of Cape Town were having none of it – they flatly said no – and with the support from the DA in the Western Cape the ANC government, the national ministry of Transport, realised there was no way they were going to win. Thank the DA not the caviar communist Jeremy Cronin.

  • nishaatf - 2012-03-28 12:56

    I love my WC , but beside that the E - tolling is just anther way to rip us from the last money we have , SO weather u have money or not , every1 will be suffering becos of it ,

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  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-03-28 13:05

    Thank you residents, Cosatu, DA and all involved.

  • justin.pretorius - 2012-03-28 13:22

    I see the GEPF is behind this e-toll system - very scary

      grant.hide - 2012-03-28 18:45

      The Government Pension Funds, yip. Splashing the cash into the tolling as a risk free investment as the government had assured it without consulting the public.

  • Johnathon - 2012-03-28 13:28

    Only a matter of time before Johannesburg Tolling Project also goes up in a cloud of smoke and dust. Why should one province be favoured over another. Just ignore all toll payments completely and totally, and the Goverment will be forced to eat humble pie, and shelve this e-toll abomination forever. The Goverment must never forget, that all built roads were paid for by the tax payer many years ago. They have no right in the world to now claim these long existing roads for themselves . All they have done over 18 years of rule, it stick public taxes into their bulging back pockets, and allow the immaculate road infrastructure of the past, to degenerate into vehicle destroying potholes, and rutted, breaking up asphalt surfaces. How dare they now come with this arrogant, authoritarian, ludicrous, tolling cash cow of theirs, to re-fill the pig’s trough they have ravenously slurped dry over the years of miserable misrule.

  • EddyDeepfield - 2012-03-28 13:28

    The provincial government of the Western Cape and City of Cape Town strongly opposed the planned tolling. ...... Why did the ANC administration of Gauteng and Jhb not strongly oppose the Toll road like the DA have done in the Cape. Follow the money and you will find that the government pension funds have shares in SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral).

  • Rob - 2012-03-28 14:11

    "The provincial government of the Western Cape and City of Cape Town strongly opposed the planned tolling" - as compared with the provincial government of Gauteng who were only too happy to exclude and ignore the publics objections and concerns... Well done WC government. +1 Vote to you.

  • Ringo - 2012-03-28 15:19

    Alli Vadi and their forty thieves......they must all be investigated,how much of the 20billion did they take,i wonder!!

  • loane.ledwaba - 2012-03-28 15:34

    I don't know why its our problem that they spent 20bn to upgrade the roads or whatever!we already pay taxes at ridiculous taxes!we don't have money left over

  • minijere - 2012-03-28 16:16

    May be we must look @ it in this way, let's implement the western cape refugee e-tolling so that the refugees from eastern cape would have to pay in order to get into the western cape

  • Kay - 2012-03-28 16:43

    vote DA in Gauteng

  • Luviwe - 2012-03-28 19:13

    Gauteng is used as a testing ground so as to roll the tolls nationally. Now the focus will be on ANC controlled provinces in cllusion with councils. These people are self serving. The brunt of these tolls will be felt by the working class and the poor they claim to represent their interest. Cost of tools wiil be passed on to the consumer I promise you. I'm considering to be a refugee to the Western Cape. I think those citezens have got the real government. Thirty schools built in one financial year, that is more than the EC government had built since it started to govern. Lucky you Western Capers.

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