Province: Chappies toll delay disastrous

2012-05-29 13:53

Cape Town - A delay in the construction of the Chapman's Peak toll plaza would have disastrous consequences, the Western Cape High Court heard on Tuesday.

Lawyer Sean Rosenberg said an interdict by the Hout Bay Residents' Association and the Habitat Council to halt building activity would delay the completion date by a year, from July 2013 to July 2014.

Speaking on behalf of Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and Transport MEC Robin Carlisle, he said the delay would cost R9m, based on a loss of efficiency and escalation in building costs.

Construction company Murray and Roberts, a senior partner in concessionaire Entilini, might also be tempted to bow out of the deal.

"There is a good risk that their patience may run out and that they may cancel this agreement on the basis that interim relief was granted," he said.

Such a cancellation would cost the province in the region of R141m.

The other respondents in the matter are National Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa and the SA National Parks (SANParks).

Rosenberg argued that Molewa had been very quiet in the matter.

This suggested there were no grounds to say environmental authorisations had not been granted.

He said Molewa was in the best position to stop construction should she feel the correct procedures had not been followed.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-05-29 14:47

    Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and Transport MEC Robin Carlisle, should both know better, do they think that because they are DA they will be excused when the ANC were not, can they prove that the plan to toll this road was made know to the general public? irrespective of anything else I expect Western Cape residents to put up the same protest and interference that was seen in the Gauteng incident. Governments and municipalities have lost their moral compass and are confounding the very people their sole duty is to assist. Government does not dictate it enforces the will of the people, we don't care if the delay bankrupts the municipality or if it costs 9 million or 90 to delay. learn you place and accept your servant status. Helen you are fast losing any respect we may have had for you, you are proving yourself to be the same evil that the NP was.

      Harald - 2012-05-29 15:11

      Dude... not too sure on all the facts; but Chappies has always been a toll road, for decades. And, these agreements were made by Provincial roads under ANC control until last elections...

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-05-29 15:17

      This tolling system for Chapmans Peak was started under the corrupt ANC watch, while the ANC governed the Cape before losing all respect here. Maybe it is time for the DA to just shut the road down, 'finish and klaar', the whole operation has cost the tax payer far to much money with absolutely no returns to date at all, except for the top ANC elitist who are lining their pockets from so called BEE-deals for face value construction entities who then subcontract to the same old top companies. Chapmans Peak is a bottomless pit of expense. Money which could be put to far better use, than keeping open a road that has lost most of it's charm anyway. Just shut it down and say goodbye, and let nature do it's thing. The whole opperation and work done in keeping the crumbling mountain together is only delaying the inevitable anyway. This money will in future proof to be a major waste in Provincial capital. Use the money and build houses for the poor or increase the number of schools on the Cape's frontline villages which are absorbing more and more people and students who are migrating from the absolute 'shambolic' ANC governing shambles that the Eastern Cape has become.

      charl.coetzee1 - 2012-05-29 15:32

      I agree Glen. Allow the city to build what they require (security, maintenance facilities, security, ablutions)or close the road altogether. The proposed building is beautiful and has been designed to be as unobtrusive as possible. The City of Cape Town has gone a long way to try and make the road profitable and to keep it open. If the Houtbay residents keep on throwing tantrums like children we will have to take their toys away. Sincerely Cape Townian Rate Payer tired of paying for Chapmans Peak

      Jessica - 2012-05-29 15:54

      @ haralkd I use to live in the cape and the road wasn't for decades a toll road. It was only recently introduced. Capies we stand behind you like you stood behind us in our saga. If politicians think they can loot from us to enrich themselves think again. Time SA stand up and claim what's ours and demand services.

      Stefans - 2012-05-29 19:17

      "The toll road was started under the corrupt ANC". So why did the clean DA continue with it if it was a corrupt system. Is it acceptable then that the ANC started it that it must be continued by the DA. @ Glen, I do not see how the ANC elite are benefiting on that toll, or maybe you have mental issues that you confusing the elite in the DA and the ANC. I think your hatred for the ANC causes you to lose focus on the issue at hand here.

  • anton.dwl - 2012-05-29 14:49

    Robin is building a head office for him and his mates when he retires from politics to enter the business world with all his corrupt connections. DA=ANC.

      Senzo Mathebula - 2012-05-29 14:57


  • MattQ4 - 2012-05-29 14:57

    As a DA supporter I can honestly say that the toll road saga may well spell the end of my career as a voter. I certainly will never support the ANC... maybe the green party? It is now obvious to me that the DA is no different when the chips are really down, they are in it for money and power, nothing more. It is sad that one of the natural wonders of the world has been carved up for the personal gain of a few already wealthy individuals

      Alan - 2012-05-29 15:59

      Found on the Back of a Chappies wrapper : Did you know, toll roads ceased to exist in SA in 2012?

      Johan - 2012-05-29 17:50

      Please read up before commenting. The ANC started the project, they signed the contract, a very bad one at that! The DA improved the contract to save money and can't break contract as it would cost more than to build the building.

      Johan - 2012-05-29 17:59

      And have you not wondered why the ANC is not saying anything about this? I would have thought they would use any means to discredit the DA. It is because they can't critisize what they started!

  • johann.serfontein - 2012-05-29 15:01

    Why don't they get the company that does the parking fee collections in parkhurst to collect the tolls there with hand-held machines? The company is in CT and there are plenty of unemployed people living right by chapman's peak. That won't cost a cent in infrastructure spending...

  • Booswig - 2012-05-29 15:18

    Ai. It all boils down to money and greed. It is a pity that the DA is now following the ANC's lead.

  • Melusi - 2012-05-29 15:33

    My comment was also removed because its anti DA? news 24 is full of wankers!!! Delete that suckers!

  • WhyoWhy - 2012-05-29 16:02

    Grow-up and get over always making these issues about dirty ANC politics it is not just them that does it. The world over politics is a dirty business (I am not saying that is right). Take a broader world view and see how politics from any perspective gets dirty. It is not just the ANC that has questionable ethical practices. Take a long hard look at the government before 1994 and their personal land deals up the West Coast. We live in a capitalist world where unfortunately money and exploitation will always talk. At the end of the day we have a Tourist hotspot that if not managed correctly could kill off economic businesses at either end of the road impacting upon jobs, property value and other things. I must admit I was surprised at the size of the hole in the mountainside but that can be managed and made "green". The toll area does need a modern make-over and I would support that, just as long as there is transparency in process and personal or party benefits.

  • bronson.wright1 - 2012-05-29 20:21

    is there no end to the ANC's greed honestly

      John - 2012-05-30 12:36

      What has that got to do with the article dealing with the DA?

  • Brad - 2012-05-29 22:07

    E-Schools, E-Houses, E-Hospitals, E-Jobs, E-Food Noooooo E-Tolls!!!

  • Mbambo - 2012-06-06 12:07

    @ Brad, E-Schools, E-Houses, E-Hospitals, E-Jobs, E-Food Noooooo E-Tolls and also E-Spear!!.

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