Sanral blasted for ignoring toll dispute

2011-10-12 16:31

Cape Town - The City of Cape Town has voiced disappointment at Sanral's refusal to acknowledge that there is a dispute over the proposed tolling of roads on the N1 and N2.

The city said a decision by the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to proceed with a construction schedule could result in potentially reckless expenditure, with the process now subject to legal review.

"It is unacceptable that Sanral is proceeding with a construction schedule for the second quarter of next year," the city said.

"[This was done] in the face of the city's decision to apply to the court for an interim interdict to stop this process going ahead without adequate consultation and input from the city and affected parties."

Any expenditure that Sanral undertook now, with the project being subject to legal review, could result in potentially reckless and wasteful expenditure, the city said.

Sanral named Protea Parkways Consortium (PPC) as its preferred bidder for the N1-N2 Winelands highway toll project on Tuesday, despite the legal challenge by the city over the project.

It estimated the project would cost around R10bn.

The city has applied to the Western Cape High Court to declare whether there is a dispute with Sanral over the introduction of the toll road.

Sanral intended starting construction of proposed toll roads on the N1 and N2 in February.

In a statement, the agency said construction of the 175km project would take around three years.

The project is to increase road capacity, improve safety and offer cost savings in terms of lower vehicle running costs and less time spent on the road, it said.

The city has declared a dispute with the department of transport, but Sanral has denied that a dispute exists.

The matter will be heard in the Western Cape High Court on December 6.

  • BoerinBeton - 2011-10-12 16:40

    Really SANRAL stop it now!!!Build the roads with tax money not with fee structures!!!

      James Weather - 2011-10-12 16:47

      We will RIOT !!!!!!!!!!

      mario88 - 2011-10-12 18:05

      This bloody ANC government is nothing more but a bunch of highway robbers. Go to hell suckers. We will get our country back from your crooked hands!!

      Jakes - 2011-10-12 18:10

      Forget SANRAL, a referendum on secession of the Western Cape is long overdue.... Come on Helen!!

      za101 - 2011-10-12 21:19

      nazir ally is arrogant man

      Den - 2011-10-15 18:56

      Maybe a full audit into the management of SANRAL personal accounts and assets. Then we could see why the billion Rand tenders are awarded when not needed.

  • lmapheto - 2011-10-12 16:43

    I am very proud of the City of Cape Town despite the leadership there...that is if what you are against is sincere at all...if the government will continue doing things as if the general public does not exist we gonna have a problem...atleast people of Cape Town have leardership...Gauteng people i suggest you do the same because surely you cant prove that you have been consulted with the new tolling systems in the JHB highways...i pledge my support to the City...nothing for us without us...

      ZACommentator - 2011-10-12 16:59

      'despite their leadership' why do you not like their leadership if you like what they are doing? Is it a colour thing?

      Heidi - 2011-10-12 17:04

      Imapheto, not despite but because of the leadership...

  • mac-sdi - 2011-10-12 16:43

    Cadres will not have their way with the Cape. Their stupid tolls and huge bonunses for Sbu Ndebele. We are a sovereign state. Respect CT - 2011-10-12 16:54

      Well said

      cerveza - 2011-10-12 18:51

      @Anthony - by that logic you might as well tell the white people to get out as well as there was no white people there before the Koisan. And what about the white people that have crossed the Visrivier 2 centuries ago, should they also leave? If the DA has no more opposition in the Cape who/what will prevent then to become what the ANC has become?

  • - 2011-10-12 16:47

    "The project is to increase road capacity, improve safety and offer cost savings in terms of lower vehicle running costs and less time spent on the road, it said" - HOW??? they are mainly taking our existing roads and merely sticking up toll booths to make money off us?? As far as I am concerned toll roads should only be made up of NEWLY CONSTRUCTED roads, giving us the current roads as our alternatives. Tolling the roads already in place means nothing and gives us very little alternatives. This is just yet another money making scheme when we are already stretched paying for those very roads in our license fees, petrol and other taxes!

      chris.debeer1 - 2011-10-12 17:19

      This is where my Pal Malema should step in the Capitalist ARE STEALING a national asset that was build with tax money!!! Set up a Toll Company and Rape us with stuff we ALL paid for. Do not nationalized what u did not build!!Stop giving this imperialst capitilist our assts two tax us again after we paid for it!!!

  • fireman - 2011-10-12 17:18

    The Gauteng toll road system is money wasted. No one is going to pay toll fees and Sanral haven't got a hope of effectively managing the system. It has been a excercise in gross stupidity by a jumped up organisation thinking they can make some extra money on roads already paid for by the tax payer. Well done Sanral.......

      vasti - 2011-10-12 18:22

      and the government wants to do the same with the road from Port Edward to Durban. We have an existing toll road and it's paid for. A new toll road will be build to transkei from Port Shepstone and the existing toll Road will have new toll booths from park rynie to Durban as well as several on/off ramps. Indian and Chinese buddies?

  • Hennie - 2011-10-12 17:23

    At least there is hundreds of alternative routes in joburg. You can avoid driving on highways there, but Cape Town only has a few routes in and out of the city. It would prove a traffic disaster should they try to toll Cape Town roads as heavily as joburg. This country is becoming too expensive to live in. Soon we will rank close to Hong Kong and Tokyo. I guess our government is just looking for new ways to bleed us dry and divert cash into there own pockets.

  • DEVILS SON - 2011-10-12 17:29

    either we go libya on this government, or dont get e tags and lets bankrupt them

      DEVILS SON - 2011-10-12 17:32

      as it stands when jhb tolls start i cant afford to eat, therefore i will have to resign and do things the government deems illegal

      B4UGO - 2011-10-12 19:23

      what would that be? WORK hahaha

  • Trevor - 2011-10-12 17:48

    ANC Government has become arrogant and it's slowly turning into a dictatorship, the route ALL African states go...

      Nox - 2011-10-12 18:18

      Why not leave Africa if that's how you feel.stop whinning and act.Leave our ANC alone.Whites only love if DA was in power.Never shal again a white person be a president in Africa.

      mario88 - 2011-10-12 19:37

      @NOX. Shut up as...le. It is our country. you go to hell dork.

  • aman - 2011-10-12 17:55

    Can't the DA get a court order to prevent them from continuing until after the matter is heard? - 2011-10-12 18:00

      Wakey, wakey. It's not up to the DA as a party to take the matter to court. That is the responsibility of the relevant local authority, in other words, City of Cape Town. This is what the council has done. The last line of the report says: "The matter will be heard in the Western Cape High Court on December 6."

  • greencat - 2011-10-12 18:04

    how the hell are people supposed to move out of CT on the roads inland? is Ct being punished for not being an ANC led province?

  • s r - 2011-10-12 18:07

    it is simply the ANC's way of messing up and doing everything possible to setup a well-run DA city for failure, that's all!

  • A View - 2011-10-12 18:20

    So less time on the road. How will this be possible if speed limit is to be reduced by the same people. These guys are shear genius.

  • alansmart223 - 2011-10-12 18:59

    Just making another opportunity to fleece and steal more millions. Wonder how the tenders for sub cons will be handled.. if at all

  • letsee - 2011-10-12 19:52

    There may be reasons and interests we don't know about.

  • lorry2 - 2011-10-12 21:54

    Mmmmm, I think I will be using Baden Powell instead of the N2 and Ocean drive\Koeberg Rd\M7 instead of the N1, there are alternative routes. The sad thing is that the poor will be the ones that suffer. Typical ANC!!!

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