Fears of paid-parking rise in Joburg

2012-05-07 10:17

Johannesburg - The paid kerbside parking expected to start in some Johannesburg suburbs on 1 June, would harm businesses there, The Star reported on Monday.

It would cost R8 an hour to park in the streets of Rosebank, Roodepoort, Melville, Florida, Norwood and Fordsburg. This would increase to R8.50 by July 1.

Many of the businesses in these suburbs have slid into decline in recent years, and residents and business owners claimed the introduction of paid parking was going to chase customers away.

Although the system, run by Ace Parking, was set to be rolled out in three weeks, apparently not a single residents' association or councillor had been consulted, as required in terms of the contract.

Mike Clark, the director of Servest Parking, under which Ace Parking falls, confirmed the plan was to start implementation by June 1. He said it was the responsibility of the council to communicate the plans with residents and councillors.

  • Kala - 2012-05-07 10:28

    Here we go folks. Another well thought out money making scheme, improperly tendered without due consultation and all involved parties laying blame for the f-up at each others door. Shop on line=no toll fees, no parking fees

      Mattewis - 2012-05-07 10:53

      See the arrogance of Mikey too! "......the responsibility of the council to communicate the plans....."! No, Mikey! It is the responsibility of the council to consult with residents (read "get their permission") to obtain the go-ahead, and the answer is NO! I shop online, and it rocks! Generally better pricing, stock availability, and service!

      Trevor - 2012-05-07 11:01

      Next they will put a e-toll outside my driveway, this is criminal

      Greg - 2012-05-07 11:05

      Eish, too much bad news for Johburgers...this is getting a bit much!!

      Thoka - 2012-05-07 11:06

      @ Kala, put panties over your no plates. just a thought

      rbphiri - 2012-05-07 11:13

      If it's not the E-tolling financial molestation scheme it's the plague of the paid kerbside parking spreading rapidly in several municipalities, to the point where it becomes a serious financial epidemic that civil society fail to quarantine through public disobedience. This is truly going to be a burden on several businesses; I avoid shopping in the JHB CBD merely because of the paid parking there. Can someone please tell where to find quality vaseline, I need to brace myself for financial sodomy.

      Fussed - 2012-05-07 11:25

      To all tow trucks, Cover your number plate and tow them out of the groung.You can keep all the money or scrap value from them

      Goerge - 2012-05-07 13:21

      Fight back, don't pay your rates bill.

      Warren - 2012-05-07 13:59

      Soon they will e-internet tax us!

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  • Bryan - 2012-05-07 10:28

    Wow.. looks like just another way the ANC are trying to rape Mr taxpayer!!

      rbphiri - 2012-05-07 11:19

      I thought that my girlfriend would think of me as less of a man, if i had to reveal the secret I have been harbouring ever since I started working. But I summoned up the courage and told her that I have been raped ever since I started working, by a group of financial paedophiles known as the ANC.

      Sean - 2012-05-07 11:27

      @RPhiri, LOL. Good comment dude. But ya, this is a typical anc "lets do it first and think about if afterwards" solution. Another money making scam set for failure

      Jacqui - 2012-05-07 14:05

      RPhiri, you make me laugh.

      George - 2012-05-07 16:17

      Its the SCAMRAL mentality at work again. Call it the Son of SCAMRAL. The same cure must be implemented. Each suburb should initiate a citizens action committee to take on this assault on democracy and threaten court interdiction. DO NOT PAY the illegitimate parking tolls. Shops should boycott any client that pays for parking. I wonder what would happen if the bay numbers just disappeared one night. The tokoloshe can do things like that, aa the ancestors are very angry.

  • Phumi - 2012-05-07 10:28

    First it was e-tolling then this paid-parking! Sometimes one can't help to wonder if times were not little bit better when our oppressors where at the helm! This is an unjustified attempt and an informal attack towards the working and middle class! We should reject this move with contempt it deserves!

      Felix - 2012-05-07 10:38

      Oppressors/gangsters are still at the helm.

      Haan - 2012-05-07 11:25

      Good Kitty Felix.

      Fussed - 2012-05-07 11:53

      A new game to play, it's called Scrap value. Money or the box

  • mariuskowie - 2012-05-07 10:29

    Same people involved as with the tolling fiasco? Just asking...

      rbphiri - 2012-05-07 11:21

      Trust me some sweaty greedy political hand has a share in this cookie jar, we are the government's piggy bank

  • VaMbozha - 2012-05-07 10:30

    Whats left is to pay for walking in Joburg...

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-05-07 11:15

      Maybe they will charge you on shoe size and legs's

      rbphiri - 2012-05-07 11:21

      In the near future will be paying for oxygen.

      mihaip007 - 2012-05-07 12:31

      we may even have to pay for farting! lol

      Mike - 2012-05-07 17:29

      Well maybe we'll be taxed next for basking in the warmth of the Sun.

  • Martin - 2012-05-07 10:36

    and once again anc you wont get a cent from me. Am i supposed to dish out a hundred bucks to useless car guards as i move around during one day? There is always a way around everything, just means walking a little further.

      rbphiri - 2012-05-07 12:03

      Or shop after 6, that's when the parking guards are off their financial, forceful rape duty. But sadly most shops that people want to shop by close at this time. Public consultation from our politicians is merely a wet dream on our unstable water beds.

      mihaip007 - 2012-05-07 12:33

      I am SURE this is what Zuma had in mind of creating 1 million jobs! Get parking "taxpayer-rapists" with over-sized button consoles to give us parking tickets in the suburbs of Jhb! bloddy hell... NOTHING constructive in these people's veins...!

      Kala - 2012-05-07 15:46

      I have always wondered if you can sue a car guard if some one steals your car. You effectively pay him to look after your car. so if it's gone there must be some sort of compensation from the car guard. I know.... it will never happen

  • bobby.mykonos - 2012-05-07 10:38

    I've seen the impact of this system in Braamfontein and Parkhurst first hand. They chased away all of the informal carguards and replaced them with corporatised cash collectors. Drive through Parkhurst today and there are 3 people in reflective vests on each corner, and maybe 2 cars. People just stopped parking there and shopping there. We are meant to be promoting business not trying to milk it for every last cent. You are just forcing people to shop at the big malls while you kill the local businesses. Please stop. This is not job creation.

      rbphiri - 2012-05-07 12:06

      and than our butth0le government wonder why businesses fail to pay their taxes.

      mihaip007 - 2012-05-07 12:36

      Those 3 attendands per corner! Let's count all the corners throughout JHB and see if it falls with zuma's idea of job creation of 1 million vacancies LOL...! This country is run by un-intellectual mafia wannabies...! This country - is a sad story what is hapenning with this amazing country...

      Jerry - 2012-05-07 21:24

      Saw this in Kenya and thought it's stupid and open thieving by the Nairobi city council. So it will cost me R32 to drink at my favorite pub everyday. Guys we should do something before it's too late. Vote ANC out. So unfortunate DA is irrelevant

  • lungile.ndyibithi - 2012-05-07 10:40

    The ANC is loosing it now honestly. Why dont they come out and say the country has a financial problem, why make us pay for any and everything to fund the administration. Why not sustained and maintain if there is no money instead of putting forward a massive growth and development plan.

      rbphiri - 2012-05-07 12:04

      Hopefully they can lose it too in the next elections.

  • J-Man - 2012-05-07 10:41

    So News24 also watch Carte Blanche..

  • Frank - 2012-05-07 10:42

    Servest Parking needs to explain how they came to the conclusion to front ACE Parking for this contract. Servest has been known to bypass the legal requirements of contracts in the past and according to the Carte Blanche investigation, Mike Clark knew nothing of the illegal subcontracting contract with ACE Parking! Smelling another rat stench brewed up by JHB Metro, Servest and their BEE front company, ACE Parking......

  • Herman - 2012-05-07 10:42

    Well is it not time for another court action? Lets all stand together on this one like with e-toll

  • Sonja - 2012-05-07 10:43

    If "white" metermaids were sent to Soweto to to enforce curb paid-parking - im sure they would get out alive at 5pm. *just saying*

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-05-07 11:11

      Ag Sonja. We are talking of parking. To them it is just a very needed job and your comment is irrelevant to the topic.

      rbphiri - 2012-05-07 12:12

      What drugs are you on tinker bell? smoking fairy dust I see. As usual you always have to manifest the low level of your homosapien, empty cranium cavity. Your caveman thinking is truly lost in translation, until you figured how to make fire, don't comment. I'm suprised that a caveman has access to internet, what did Bill Gates visit you with his time travel machine?

      Jacqui - 2012-05-07 14:07

      Sonja, what has white meter maids got to do with it?.

      Barker - 2012-05-07 15:56

      Sonja the TROLL

  • jaco.fridaystreet - 2012-05-07 10:43

    And what exactly will happen to the money collected? Wat will it be used for? How much of the R8 goes to the supllier? Has this scheme been announced officially by the City and when & what are the details? Who are the shareholders of this company? Was there a public tender and who submitted tenders? How was the tenders adjdicated and by whom? Seems to me we need another OUTA-type of mass action to fight this ridicolous scheme!

      rbphiri - 2012-05-07 12:15

      Do you see that fat politician over there? Yes that mammoth looking politician with his zip undone, yes his here to rape us taxpayers, and yes the money goes to him. We paying to get raped.

      Jacqui - 2012-05-07 14:09

      It will be used to repay all the wrongfully collected money for electricity. It certainly won't be used to fill potholes.

  • Bzeng - 2012-05-07 10:43

    If we paying for public park, road and etc then why collect so much tax money from citizens.

      rbphiri - 2012-05-07 12:18

      It's a simple theory my friend, it's called financial lust and the government can't get enough. Do you see that fat ex-politician in the purple, barney the dragon like suit? yes you taxes laid the foundation of his R16m masion.

      mihaip007 - 2012-05-07 12:39

      actually it is starting to look more and more like a desperate way to get funds rom all of us! I wonder why.... hmmmm

  • Thoka - 2012-05-07 10:47

    WTF. who is coming up with all this B*llsh*t

      rbphiri - 2012-05-07 12:21

      That's a rhetorical question, I won't beat around the bush in fear of contracting syphilis; but we all know it's the anc. It's much easier to think of ideas of how to rape taxpayers, than using that woodwork cranium cavity to formulate ones that make life easier for citizens.

  • Rebecca - 2012-05-07 10:47

    more money into corrupt pockets, the country won't seee this money as it won't see the e-toll money! Straight in to the fat cats pockets who don't care about the country, ther poor or their people, just their next big BMW!!

  • spookhuis - 2012-05-07 10:49

    "JHB...this city screws you"

      Martin - 2012-05-07 10:57

      and doesnt even offer a reach around

      mihaip007 - 2012-05-07 12:40

      New York - the big Apple. JHB - the big SCAM!

  • lydonmcg - 2012-05-07 10:54

    I'm sorry, but anyone who lives in Gauteng that votes for the ANC come next elections is a self-loathing fool.

      Mayuri - 2012-05-07 11:58

      Thats so true. Why can't people see that the government is just want to milk its residents for every single penny to fuel their own greed???

  • Dennis - 2012-05-07 10:55

    Dear Joburg residents, there is alight at the end of the tunnel - VOTE DA !!! You are governed by who you voted for !!!

  • vinny.damoyi - 2012-05-07 10:56

    Jeez south africans are getting milked and milked and milked.squeezed for every extra cent.are is this coming to soweto as well?Hillbrow?i doubt it

      MSGRule - 2012-05-07 11:02

      if you milk a cow too much the milk dries up. All government milks the people some just do it slowly and continously. But these cANCer warrioirs want to milk the cow dead ASAP and to eat the meat till it is all gone. In 10 years from now they all going to sit around the tree thinking, what happend we had it so good, now is gone.

      George - 2012-05-07 16:41

      Our township compatriots have shown us what to do. That's why they are toll-free. Like them chase the criminals out of the community on pain of great discomfort. Stay vigilant. Protect what is yours

  • koo.doyle - 2012-05-07 10:56

    They can get f***ed, there is NO way I'm paying for street parking in my own neighbourhood. Bunch of crooks.

  • MSGRule - 2012-05-07 11:00

    cANCer is killing the country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No toll money yet let's milk the other t!t.

  • Marius Bloemhof - 2012-05-07 11:02

    Well gee wiz, does this not sound eerily familiar???

  • Mark - 2012-05-07 11:03

    Fck what next tax on sex?They have to make up where they r going to loose on tolls!

      maggsie - 2012-05-07 11:49

      what, you didn't hear? Government is introducing a 65% tax on all forms of contraceptives. May sound far fetched, but this government is capable of anything!

      Ridwan - 2012-05-07 13:42

      Its already there....You pay VAT when purchasing condoms....

  • Dhavandran - 2012-05-07 11:11

    the ANC is now getting desperate, gordhan will do everything in is power to empower his masters while the tax payer is bled to death. e-toll, pay street parking, dog tax,NHI,the list goes on....... on carte blanche the arrogant metro for JHB said that they have to pay the guards who monitor these parking bays, simple, no pay no guards to pay. the cherry on the top the bee company retains about 75% of the takings foe this service to the metro. smells fishy and the SCAMRAL SOB'S surfice again.

      zwelibanzi.msimango - 2012-05-07 11:41

      it seems like in South Africa we are restricted on driving our own cars because of de expencies that we pay when driving your own car. first we pay toll gates ,renew permits every year, e-toll now parking before including petrol incriment rates.

  • Grant - 2012-05-07 11:12

    R8 /hour ..thats ridiculous, by far the most expensive parking in the city . And even if you are there for 2 minutes you have to pay for parking. Waht do you get ,no cover ,no shade and just some tjoks in lumo gear harrasing you for money . Its another govt scam .Whats more 75% of the money goes to some nonsense company in Cape Town owned by ?Just park further away,walk and boycott and soon the business model will be bankrupt,not being able to pay its staff the system will collapse. Easy.

  • Zengfuey - 2012-05-07 11:12

    This system is in operation in the Western Cape town of Hermanus. It is because the Capeys did not complain much then. I refused to pay anything because in some places the notice boards were not in place. At one stage one of the walking paypoints wanted to charge me for 1 minute of parking. I told her to get lost. Anyways, they call it employment, but I think it is exployment (exploitation+employement)...the municipality of Johannesburg now thinks that they can implement it here. Time for another Protest Action by the ratepayers - What are they doing with our rates and taxes? Where are the initiatives to encourage certain areas in our city to start paying for service delivery and rates and taxes and lights and water????

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-05-07 11:26

      We do not pay for parking in the suburbs. As far as I know and experienced, we only pay in the City.(Cape Town city part itself and maybe related arias.)

  • Shamier - 2012-05-07 11:17

    I'll pay for the parking...on condition they can give an absolute guarantee that my car and person will be safe in those areas at all times...but they can' I wont.

      mihaip007 - 2012-05-07 12:44

      did you guys see the potholes they want to charge us for? LOL I think it also fixes the issues of potholes! Since we will park on top o them, we pay for it and the pothole is not visible, then the potholes are ALSO fixed LOL...

  • DrGonzoSA - 2012-05-07 11:23

    Another no brainer. I simply won't go to those areas. So no parking money from me, no revenue to the businesses in that area, no money to pay their staff. In business people do a thing called "market research". As usual there has been no consultation with anybody over this ridiculous idea.

  • ashne.segal - 2012-05-07 11:28

    Another e-tolling hair-brained scheme!

  • Hannes - 2012-05-07 11:32

    E-tol failed they must get money somewhere

  • kasamkelo - 2012-05-07 11:40

    Well this is already happening in JHB CBD and Braamfontein, I've seen people parking and leaving without paying but the worse these guys work with Metro police, you get a traffic fine for not paying. The system is a cheap money making scheme that tries to replace the parking bay machines - that's how it was introduced, now that they are failing to keep up with their staff salaries they want to extend it to other cities. In JHB they only posted notice posters that said we are going to pay for parking but there was no detailed info. Its about time; people should exercise their rights and fight these crooks who are taking advantage of the bay system.

  • Piet - 2012-05-07 11:42

    To the whiners who voted ANC. Please stop whining and get you tub of vaseline ready. You asked for all of this!

      kasamkelo - 2012-05-07 12:09

      Unfortunately crooks can be found under any government - there system was there before and these guys are just taking advantage of it.

  • Ronel - 2012-05-07 11:44

    @VaMbozha. No Man, don't you go and give them new ideas!

  • ToLife - 2012-05-07 11:50

    These E-Tolling, cANCer bastards think they are smart!!! Thinking we won't know that, one-way-or-another, YOU--->cANCer, have engraved it in your heads that the citizens are gonna pay for the mess you all created# sell your BMWs, have a holiday in ur own country for once, tone ur home security systems cheaper.....and pay your crime.

  • Bongani - 2012-05-07 11:57

    now that we have decided to refuse to pay for everything. We need outa to fight for us against paying in shoping malls. why should we be charged for shoping. i dont get that one.

  • Badger - 2012-05-07 12:01

    "Now Mr. Consumer, if you could just drop your pants and bend overa little? This won't hurt a bit, might even hurt me more than you"

  • Hilda - 2012-05-07 12:02

    Go ahead ANC, bleed us dry, more money for corruption

  • Pieter Erasmus - 2012-05-07 12:03

    this cANCer businesses of today are like water in your hands, you just can't control it. will always find a way to be part of a gravy train

      Luvo - 2012-05-07 13:17

      Tell me, are these parking facilities in any way related to the ANC or are you just waffling as usual????

      DrGonzoSA - 2012-05-08 10:25

      Can we see the tender process which led to the awarding of this project please? No? I wonder why not. Its the same ANC parasites as usual, that's why

  • Tshepiso.Vundla - 2012-05-07 12:09

    i wouldnt mind paying if they made sure my car was safe.... what are we paying for really

  • jim.dickson2 - 2012-05-07 12:16

    Not to forget the donations to the car guards standing around as well.

  • Rowan Cranston - 2012-05-07 12:17

    Just dont pay! Lets see if the Idiots will send a summons for R8. What a circus these money grabbing schemes have become!

      stanley.marries - 2012-05-07 15:11

      With some of these intellectually-challenged people incharged you should not hold your breath for too long...they will really summons you for R8 and than blacklist you! ai ai!

  • Gert - 2012-05-07 12:22

    Boycott the system. No parking on their roads--no income for ACE. No income for the small business---they go bang---no income or rent or rates paid by ousted shop owners. The areas go into decay and only big centres are supported. Bang goes ACE. BOYCOTT ACE. The municipality will also have less millions to squander.

  • sabongam - 2012-05-07 12:43

    Why don't we just surrender our entire salaries to the govt. evry month...Hell they get our taxes(income,wealth, inheritence,company, etc.etc) fuel levies,licence fees,soon to-be toll payments and now this. Almost everything of theirs(govt officials) is subsidised...Which means they pay for almost nothing from cars,accomodation,medical aid,parties and over and above that most of them still have companies which in one way or another have tenders that get revunue from whatever project is inititaed to get money from us poor citizens...Plus they still keep they fat salaries.F**& is this starting to look like a free-for-all piggy bank which will never run out? I'm gatvol...

      Gert - 2012-05-07 13:03

      Yes sabongam they tax us with everything and your little bit of extra money you were supposed to have is no more--no savings of any kind and you will spend less on entertainment and pleasure. Basically they are taking money away from the private sector and channeling it through anc administration as to have more control and that is part of their dictatorship dream (malema was right) ANC= african national Controllers.

  • Neville - 2012-05-07 12:43

    There has always been paid parking. They are called parking meters

      Gina - 2012-05-07 13:49

      A few differences: With a parking meter one can select the time you require parking for, and pay accordingly. Once a parking meter is paid for and installed, it does not require a monthly salary to continue working. A parking meter will not tell it's friends about your car being left next to the road nor will it keep an eye out for your return while it's friends break into it.

      stanley.marries - 2012-05-07 15:08

      Parking meters were phased out when apartheid ended. In which era are you living boet?..oeps..jy is nog in 1989!

      Neville - 2012-05-08 11:17

      Just saying that there is no need for this system.

  • Ridwan - 2012-05-07 13:33

    Here we go again!

  • brionyl.french - 2012-05-07 13:50

    This like the tolls will be stopped, we as the people can stop this!!! Its just about uniting... Greedy government already gets more money than 1st world countries, maybe they should take the salary cut required to fix this country instead of making us who make it run pay....

  • Zion - 2012-05-07 14:00

    While I am not from those areas I really sympathise with those that are subjected to this daylight thievery. Is the projected revenue from the tolls not sufficient to line the pockets fully. think of it as just another site for corruption. But, hell, R8-00 per hour is extreme robbery not even to mention R8-50 for the next hour.

  • Jacqui - 2012-05-07 14:04

    That e-toll money must come from somewhere.

  • ilan.arbel - 2012-05-07 14:26

    If the money collected from the parking fee's were to go DIRECTLY to the community involvedd, it IS a good idea.