E-toll decision welcomed

2012-04-29 12:52

Johannesburg - Business Unity SA (Busa) on Saturday welcomed the decision by the High Court in Pretoria to put the controversial e-toll system on hold with immediate effect.

"More time is needed to properly address the regulatory and cost implications of the e-toll system," Busa's deputy chief executive Raymond Parsons said in a statement.

He said Busa hoped that the time will be used to engage constructively with key stakeholders on the concerns which arose around the implementation of e-tolling.

"Further engagement by the department of transport and Sanral on this matter is needed to ensure that the final arrangements were more broadly acceptable."

Judge Bill Prinsloo on Saturday granted an urgent interdict, brought by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa), to stop the launch of the system, so that a full court review could be carried out to decide if it should be scrapped or not. "I make the following order... the first respondent [SA National Roads Agency] is interdicted and restrained from levying and collecting tolls," he said. Prinsloo said that while he realised Sanral would suffer huge financial losses, members of the public would also suffer hardship of the controversial project went ahead.

  • Raul - 2012-04-29 13:21

    The only reason why the government postponed the e-toll for a month was that they new they were going to lose the matter in court. That's why they were so worried in the meeting with COSATU and were constantly leaving the room to check on the matter.Perhaps they also hopped that Judge Prinsloo would also postpone it for a month. They were wrong. An investigation should now take place into the whole matter. This could be another "arms deal" were some people in government were supposed to benefit for personal gain. I would not be surprised!

      Zengfuey - 2012-04-30 09:15

      No, it is another poor attempt to save votes for the upcoming elections. I just think voters will need physical proof of a workable plan and transparency this time around.

  • Sechaba - 2012-04-29 13:21

    lol, where is Jimmy Manyi, President of BMF, I almost paid R500 to join that rubbish in 2008.

      Jenny - 2012-04-29 14:27

      WHY did you almost pay? Are you crazy? If we start caving in, one by one, they will win! We need to stand together and refuse to pay.

      Len - 2012-04-29 23:55

      @Jenny. He was referring to joining BMF, and not buying an e-SNAG

      Zengfuey - 2012-04-30 09:13

      Manyiing on his words.

  • Jenny - 2012-04-29 14:25

    The government has lost touch with reality and with the people. The public cannot afford this additional burden along with rising electricity, food prices, petrol... Really don't know how to make ends meet anymore. Sanral have not lost millions by postponing the issu - they've never had the income from tolls, so how could they have "lost" anything? Anyway, I can't afford to pay and so even if this extortion continues with tolls, I won't (and can't) pay.

      Len - 2012-04-30 00:00

      @Jenny. We will have to pay for this. The issue in my view, is not whether we should pay or not. It is agreed that we will pay somehow. The issue for me is the preposterous amounts going to the administration. Why do we need a R20b monster to finance R15b? Also, why are they not willing to tell us the true extent of the project and why it was necessary to get 84.88% foreign ownership of the collections agency? One of the stupid arguments used by economists is why should someone in Limpopo finance tolls in Johannesburg they will not use. Each time I drive through Limpopo, Mpumalanga and other parts of the country and I see infrastructure development, I know 40% of the money comes from Gauteng. If they were to finance their own projects, there would be no service delivery in poorer areas. Yes, we have to eventually pay and yes SANRAL loses out on the source of income i.e. tolls. However, there are other far cheaper options like levies or increase in license fees.

  • Master - 2012-04-29 14:51

    FOB Price: US $14900-15900 / Unit 1.Seats:(36+1)(2+2 Lay) and 65 passengers 2.battery:380v 400ah lithuim iron with 250km distance per charge 3.max speed >80KM... Found this for sale on the net in 3 minutes so roughly R128000.00 each why are we battling to get a transport system going and they are electric so no pollution with 20 billion spent on the e toll we could of had thousands of these buses running around j/berg at quarter the cost we live in a society that spends money rather than saves it can no one in our government( Google electric buses for sale ) Fuel Type: Electric

      Len - 2012-04-30 00:01

      Problem: We have electric trains and when there is no power, they get torched for being late

  • les.cunningham1 - 2012-04-29 14:52

    So what's happened to the R17bn invested by the Sanral shares???? Another story on it's way!!!

      Vytjie - 2012-04-29 15:06

      1 km of road cost them R100 million rands to built. I would love to sea the breakdown structure for that.

  • Toofaan - 2012-04-29 15:13

    Pravin Ghordan has just revealed just what his worth is (in other words : Nothing). Between him and this Ali guy (Sanral) messing up, we can only hope that this deck of cards crumbles. After the dust settles, I also hope that the beneficiaries of this scheme are exposed and kicked out of their lofty positions. Probably too soon to push for something like this, but thanks to OUTA, the cracks are actually visible for once (even Cosatu seems to finally be on the peoples side rather than just a stooge).

  • George - 2012-04-29 16:12

    Looks like dear Raymond is still hopeful of resurrecting E-Tolling. For someone who contributed zilch to confronting what was patently a corrupt government (and business??) caper the value BUSA brings to the discourse must be seriously questioned.

  • Wundehbar1 - 2012-04-29 18:46

    It is unfortunate that it had to take a court interdiction to make the government listen to the people of gauteng. What happened to "the people shall govern"? In truth the ANC led regime is no different to the apartheid regime in that they both unilaterally make decisions without consultation, which contravenes section 118 of the Constitution. The eToll system is implemented by the current regime in order to feed their ugreed by lining their pockets and leaving gauteng citizens even poorer. The very same eToll routes were built with taxpayer's money and yet they claim them as though they were built with private money, why should we pay for infrastructure that was built with our own money (taxes)?. The time has come for regime change, some people have become too comfortable and arrogant forgetting who actually holds power. Let's vote for change, economic growth, equa opportunities, better life based on the will of the people. Let's fight this corrupt regime by replacing it in Gauteng. Aluta continua! SKay

  • Warwick - 2012-04-30 07:59

    It's the clowns running the circus with ring master Nazi Ali calling the shots. To the press, Expose the corruption befoe they gag you and all this will collapse like a stack of cards. It's unworkable and we'll make it ungovernable.

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