City going to court over Winelands tolls

2013-03-25 18:25

Cape Town - An application to halt construction of the N1-N2 Winelands toll highway project in Cape Town will be heard in May, a city official said on Monday.

Transport and roads mayoral committee member Brett Herron said the urgent interdict application had been set down for 16 May and 17 May in the Western Cape High Court.

"Despite the best efforts of the city’s legal teams, the SA National Roads Agency Limited [Sanral] has thus far not provided the people of Cape Town with a full understanding of the financial implications of this massive project," he said.

Sanral served the city with a notice on 6 March indicating that it intended resuming the project.

"As a result of this notice, it is necessary for the city to proceed with its interdict application to prevent the conclusion of the concession contract, as well as the commencement of the project pending the hearing of the review application," he said.

The city previously filed an urgent interdict application in November 2011.

Sanral agreed at that stage to take no further steps towards implementing the project pending the review application yet to be decided upon by the Western Cape High Court.

It had also committed to provide the city with 45 days notice of its intention to start working on the project.

Herron said Sanral agreed not to conclude a concession agreement before 1 June 2013.

Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mona previously said negotiation of contracts was a time-consuming and lengthy process.

"Only after the appointment of a concessionaire, and once funding has been secured, can the necessary works under the project be carried out."

He said Sanral was willing to engage with the city on the matter.

Although Sanral respected the city's right to approach the court when it felt aggrieved, Sanral would also exercise its constitutional right in this respect, he said.

The proposed concession route along the N1 extends from west of the R300 interchange through to Sandhills.

The N2 portion of the proposed toll road concession extends from west of the R300 to Bot River.

According to a diagram on Sanral's website, 106km of the N1 and 70km of the N2 would be tolled should the project go ahead.

A notice of intent on its website stated that Sanral would consider an "open road toll" system as used in Gauteng, where remote sensing devices were positioned on gantries and on vehicles.

The project was authorised by the environmental affairs department and a record of decision was issued in September 2003.

After considering appeals against the project, the department gave a revised record of decision in 2008.

  • Mzwandile Jola Dlamanzi - 2013-03-25 18:37

    Stakeholder consultation! Why do the same mistake they did in GP. Even the city dont have enough details.

      Dewald P Montgomery - 2013-03-25 19:04

      One difference - in Gauteng the ANC sat back and said "Have your way with them motorists". In the Western Cape the DA will fight from the start.

      Koos van der Merwe - 2013-03-26 05:02

      They must be stopped. This thing that this cANCer government just does what it wants must stop. We are already paying 2 times over for the same thing and to make it 3 times over is just criminal but worse in the end it is the so called “people that is supposed to govern” that will suffer the most. How much can this f’ing government still take from us? Isn’t it enough that 40%-60% of your income already goes to Mr. “money stealing” government!

      Henry-Ian Van Den Berg - 2013-03-26 06:55

      Busy with a national tour of SA and what a shocker to see the true state of our nation. Well done for the WC for being ways ahead and above all the rest!!!

      Carel Coetzee - 2013-03-26 10:16

      It wasn't a mistake. They've done it on purpose.

  • Charl Christian Christensen - 2013-03-25 18:38

    En so f@k hulle net voort. Never mind die besware teen Gauteng se e-tolle.

  • Getafix - 2013-03-25 18:38

    Show em Cape-Town!! What must i do? take a loan to travel? They cannot ram thru what the people dont want. They took what was not thers (20 billion Pension funds and secured a deal that has sa rands go to another country, and now this, hold them accountable.

      Tony Baxter - 2013-03-26 12:56

      Will it be possible to use the old roads and leave the new toll roads empty? Do Capetonians have the resolve to follow this plan through?

  • davy.botha - 2013-03-25 18:43

    There is no logical reason why this tilling should happen except for another means of generating incoming, but to the benefit of who. I think the only winners here are the concession holders and operators that will bag a handsome payday. When a system is working good with the normal maintanance methods why want to change it to something so controversial unless somebody somewhere has something to gain?

  • Freddy Schwarz - 2013-03-25 18:44

    If they Need more Money for the road maintenance in SA why not making a disc, which can be bought at any shop or Petrol Station, for 1 year at R100 per motorist!! And for that you can use all the roads in SA!! How stupid to build this toll stations for million of rands,are this People so stupid??!! Sure the motorist would gladly pay this 100 bucks for one year!!! Theres has been 2009 more than 9.5 Mio vehicle on the roads = that would ad up to 900 Mio rand, we would have luxury roads! Fred

      heinrich.etsebeth - 2013-03-25 19:11

      @Alfonso: You already pay this... it is called a vehicle registration fee and is included in the license disc you renew for your vehicle every year. I am not paying twice for the same thing.

  • Cleo Jacobs - 2013-03-25 18:48

    They just need an excuse to get cash to pay off the toll gates in GP...

      Dewald P Montgomery - 2013-03-25 19:05

      They don't. The e-toll plans for Cape Town, PE, Bloem and Durban were on the cards right from the start. That's what we SAID during the few post-consultations. That's WHY we said USE A FUEL LEVY of 2c per liter. Then the Cape Townians said "Ooh, eh eh, we are not going to pay for Gauteng's roads." Forgetting that NOT helping Gauteng fight against it, will pave the way for the Cape to GET THEM too.

  • Jack - 2013-03-25 18:49

    Brett, I'm sure Wayne of OUTA will love an affidavit establishing premeditated, serial racketeering by Scamral and fellow travellers, for the upcoming court case. A hope for public apology from Judge Vorster for ensuring so well that justice stayed blind is not realistic.

  • Thanduxolo Galada - 2013-03-25 19:07

    This Vusi Mona was in Jacob Zuma's Schabir Schaik/Bulelani Ngcuka trial. Former City Press, disgraced for "shenanigans was the publication in the City Press, of the accusation that Ngcuka was apartheid spy, during the Hefner Commission, Mona was utterly, and utterly satisfyingly, dismantled by advocate Kessie Naidu while under cross examination."

  • Elmarie Viljoen Neff - 2013-03-25 19:12

    All about the money!! Makes me so angry that this goverment can do what they want because no one says anything and if there is a strike about it, they care even less!!! FFS

  • Adrian van der Merwe - 2013-03-25 19:54

    The arrogance of SANRAL!!!

  • willem.dehaan.94 - 2013-03-25 20:02

    It is not only the City that does not want the toll roads! We, the tax paying, fuel levy paying Cape motorists also do not want it. We say the roads are OK, just keep them in decent repair! These tolls are nothing but robbery. SANRAL go home - we don't want you here!

      jeremy002 - 2013-03-26 06:58

      Actually we do need the roads, just pay for them out of the existing levy on the petrol price. No tolls.

  • drohan.vandenberg - 2013-03-25 20:21

    PAYE, Import tax, value added tax, fuel levy, capital gains tax, tire tax, co2 tax, sin tax, vehicle licensing fees, tv license, profit on electricity and water, property tax. Great that leaves us 30 cents to the rand in our pockets on average. Then the government complains there is not enough money. Now toll fees because the ANC is corrupt and mismanages the funds.

  • Percy Ferrao - 2013-03-25 20:25

    I wish the government would explain the R26bn that goes missing every year before they begin implementing more taxes. I guess people will still keep voting for these useless corrupt dictators!

  • Francois Schoeman - 2013-03-25 20:34

    i take it wine is going to go up then if the tolls go ahead???? hehehehe

  • Warwick Railton - 2013-03-26 06:47

    Disband sanral and jail that nazi alli scum bucket.

  • nawhal.majietarmien - 2013-03-26 09:23

    haai no man, this cant be happening in Cape Town, just for this I will vote DA Again

  • Carolina Jean Wallace - 2013-03-26 10:02

    There are a lot of elderley as well as poor people living in the Botrivier area.For all their shopping and medical care they have to go ver the mountain to Somerset West.This will also have a negative effect on the farming community. It is a case once again of the fatcat cANCers getting richer and the poorer getting poorer.All the money that was suppossed to be for power,roads,schools and medical went into their pockets and now the rest of us suckers must pay the costs.

  • Daphne Endersby - 2013-03-26 10:26

    I would be prepared to pay a toll to bypass Somerset West and all the traffic congestion and traffic lights but as long as the N2 is routed through Somerset West tolling that section is unreasonable and will only add to delays at peak times. If a toll road cuts journey time and saves fuel then it is delivering value to the users. However there should always be an alternative route option and I don't see one for the N2. The city must take lessons from the Gauteng toll road debacle and fight Sanral with everything its got to stop this from happening in the Cape.

  • Sharon Crouse - 2013-03-26 11:43

    This is going to be crushing to Cape Town business. It virtually cuts of the thriving businesses of Somerset West and Stellenbosch from the rest of Cape Town. It also means that everytime we take our husbands to the airport for business trips we will now have to pay tolls there and back. Fat cats get fatter ...and we just get really "Fed up".

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