Strike action over e-tolls on the cards

2011-02-18 12:32

Johannesburg - The Congress of SA Trade Unions in Gauteng is planning a strike and stay-away over the imminent introduction of additional toll fees in the province, it announced on Friday.

"The PEC [provincial executive committee] has resolved to fight tooth and nail this system called toll gates," said provincial secretary Dumisani Dakile at a media briefing.

The announcement of the tolling system in South Africa's economic powerhouse sparked a public outcry - consumer groups and unions said the poor would be the hardest hit.

Dakile announced a "programme of action" to deal with the e-toll system, to be implemented later this year.

Cosatu in the province would submit a Section 77 or strike notice to the National Economic Development and Labour Council on February 28.

Negotiations would then unfold.

It would call for a public march on March 12, a mass demonstration on all Gauteng highways on March 19 and a public meeting on March 26.

The federation would also call for a stay-away on April 8.

'Disastrous impact'

"We will also engage with the department of roads and transport, the premier and also within the alliance to reverse the ill-informed decision without consulting our people," he said.

Dakile said Cosatu in the province approached its alliance partner in the province, the ANC, in November last year to be briefed on the tolling system.

"They also responded that they had never been briefed," he said.

The ANC and Cosatu then approached the department of transport in the province and were then updated on the implementation of the tolling system.

"They did not consult with Cosatu or even the ANC itself," he said.

However, he added that the Gauteng ANC's response to the tolling system fell short of rejecting it entirely. The ANC's provincial secretary David Makhura has described the likely impact of the tolling system as "disastrous".

Turning to Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele's comments on the system - urging people who did not like it, to use public transport - Dakile said Ndebele should experience public transport for a month to give him a "better understanding" of the hardships faced by most South Africans.

"The trains are always late and in some instances do not arrive at all.

'Public transport not reliable'

"The introduction of the Gautrain in the province will not resolve the crisis, nor is the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system capable in its current form to address such a crisis," he said.

"Gauteng does not have a public transport system that is reliable, safe or affordable."

Earlier this month, the SA National Roads Agency announced that motorists could expect to pay 66 cents a kilometre before discounts when travelling on the 185km Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.

Motorists who purchased the e-tag system would pay 49.5 cents a kilometre, while medium-sized vehicles with the e-tag system will be charged R1.49 a kilometre. Heavy duty vehicles with an e-tag will be charged R2.97 per kilometre.

Motorists would get further discounts depending on when they used the highway and on whether they were frequent users.

Users of the 185km system would not have to stop at a traditional toll booth, but drive under gantries, fitted with electronic equipment as well as cameras, which photograph the vehicle's number plate and measure its size.

Gantries are positioned between 5km and 14km apart - an average of 10km.

  • jeremy - 2011-02-18 12:45

    For once, Cosatu has my full support. Viva Cosatu! I hope they manage to achieve at least a reduction in the extortionate toll fees announced last week....

      chris. - 2011-02-18 13:20

      No reduction! They'll just put it up again, the government must choose, tolls or the fuel levy, they can't have both, doesn't matter if they only charge 1c per Km thats still double charging!

      1stcase - 2011-02-18 13:51

      Asking for a reduction is exactly what they expect. It’s the same tactics used by ESKOM , they requested a huge increase to test the waters. They stated the same excuses such the upgrade is long overdue and someone have to pay whether they like to or not,. After the outcry it was dropped to their original demand and people said at least they reduced it.Bull.these guys Know that at no matter what price they pitch people will have a problem.

      Johann - 2011-02-18 14:02

      if you offer them some of the loot they will al so go quiet!

      rammstein.f4n - 2011-02-18 14:03

      This is excellent news. Good work Cosatu.

  • Steven - 2011-02-18 12:50

    This is a strike I can support. As long as it doesn't end up violent. But (and there is always a but) why is COSATU only now getting upset and wanting to strike? Why did they not "engage" in "debat" much earlier? The introduction of the toll roads has been on the cards for more than a year! Though the cause is valid, I think the action is just to show Government their power and not out of true protest towards the toll roads.

      wattalotokak - 2011-02-18 14:28

      I wish they get violent to the degree that they trash the toll-gates hehehehe

      Peter - 2011-02-18 21:23

      Me Too. I will go as far as the egyptions and park a few cars on the highway to block it so that we bring the Province to a standstill. If we do not win this battle then we must just forget the whole thing and we will never achieve a thing in SA. This is not necessary and is daylight robbery to all.

      valleeboi - 2011-02-19 03:04

      Prices were not spoken about up until now. These tolls are not necessary. Why should tolls be put up when those same roads have roadworks for 10 years and are not even up to international standard. If you can't sort out the roads don't think putting tolls will solve this problem. This dumb toll system will cause our economy to fall and the consumer will suffer. This all boils down to greed. Some idoits made the government greedy by offering them a percentage of earnings. If this government is not greedy this country will prosper!!

  • philomatix - 2011-02-18 12:51

    Economic progress occurred when Europe overturned the practice of toll gates, ferry-men, gate keepers etc.. free trade resulted and prices of goods became more affordable. These tolls will push up the cost of living and strangle our economy I support Cosatu in this issue

  • jono46 - 2011-02-18 12:52

    This would be the 1 and only time i would support COSATU, FFF YOU SANRAL!!!

  • Ritmas Xitsavi - 2011-02-18 12:53

    100% behind cosatu this time!!! sbu ndebele must go to hell and stop saying useless thing like use public transport--trians are late and not reliable and taxi's are always fighting each other and innocent people loosing life--let him sbu ndebele use taxi from soshanguve to jkhb every day for a full months and he can comment after that

  • daboss247365 - 2011-02-18 12:55

    Doesnt matter what happens, even if they succeed in stopping tolls (Unlikely) then we have one of 2 scenario's - the work is done so costs must be paid, they will be taken from tax, they will be levied onto the fuel price n gauteng, or they will be attacked & a cycle of ciolence will start, costing tax to fix. Leave the dam gates, maybe make the tolls smaller but without them, there will be a big shortfall. Also, I look forward to teh stayaways, some of the peasantry using the freeways can be done without.

      Tbot - 2011-02-18 13:04

      Me think the public should have been consulted before approval of this toll system. Who ever approved this must be brought to book and how the sadc cars flowing on the our roads are going to pay for these tolls.

      wattalotokak - 2011-02-18 14:30

      what gets me is that NOW that they are finished EVERYONE is bitching and moaning! Why did no one ever say anything WHILE THEY WERE BEING BUILT??? It stinks I tell you! I tried to voice my opinnion, but no one wanted to hear about it! - 2011-02-18 14:45

      Very typical of South African's. We wait until everything's in place and then start screaming. - 2011-02-18 17:41

      Well it was all a bit vague and I think the majority of people are taking exception to the exorbitant prices.. Only now do we have the full picture..

  • Tbot - 2011-02-18 12:55

    People lets all unite black and white and fight these toll fees and by they way if we are one and united no 1 will break us.Please the race card is not welcome and lets all stand together and SAY NO TO TOLL FEES. These sadc cars that are flowing on our roads how they are going to pay for these tolls then what? Away with milking us the working class away.

      infidel - 2011-02-18 14:16

      i am in full support of Tbot... maybe a black and white strike action will go a long way to get us all working and supporting each other. NO TO TOLL FEES !! If we all stick together and we can win this and then win a lot more battles against poor service delivery. COSATU we back you, here is a chance to help unite us.

      cynthiasteyn0 - 2011-02-18 16:27

      I'm in!!! We stand together on this one!

  • TBOOZE - 2011-02-18 12:56

    eish these BMW's and Range rovers cost .so we hv 2 cm up wit smthing 2 generate money

      Mark - 2011-02-18 13:58

      What language you writing dude? There should be a law against murder of a language like that!

      moiraine - 2011-02-18 20:41

      lol mark, that is the language of the youth. TBooze - you have a very good point.

  • Maurits - 2011-02-18 12:56

    It’s not only the poor people that are going to be hit hard, it will be everyone! Food, fuel and basically everything else are transported on our highways. So price hikes are inevitable :(

  • Han Solo - 2011-02-18 13:00

    Hell yeah!!! Finally! I'm there! I'm gonna be protesting along with everyone else! If any of you are there, I'm the one with the blaster and the wookie. Come over and say Hi!

  • MuAfrica - 2011-02-18 13:06

    Viva Cosatu. I support Cosatu 100%. I will join the march and also the stay away. It is going to cost me R 1260/month without e-tag and with e-tag R 945/month. They want us to sponsor the politicians/tenderpreneurs' flashy Range Rovers, Mercs and BMWs. It cannot be allowed to happen.

  • Keith - 2011-02-18 13:08

    Count me I will join!1

  • Chandre Ilze Abrahim - 2011-02-18 13:16

    We've become such a complacent society- we should break down the toll "things". I'm joining that strike.

      Brendon - 2011-02-19 11:48

      Its because of all the flouride pumped into our drinking water. And im being 100% honest.

  • kingswing69 - 2011-02-18 13:18

    i might even join them with the strike

  • Gemstone - 2011-02-18 13:20

    First the rugby world cup, then the soccer world cup, now Tollgate to unite a nation. We unite against extortion. VIVA SOUTH AFRICA!

  • Chandre Ilze Abrahim - 2011-02-18 13:22

    We've become such a complacent society. We should break down those toll gates... I'm joining that strike.

      Tbot - 2011-02-18 13:31

      Lets break them down I support that.

      hemant230778 - 2011-02-18 14:02

      Would you want to be reduced to a common vandal? And now getting off my high horse, yes I feel like doing the same.

      wattalotokak - 2011-02-18 14:32

      Vandals had it right sometimes hehehe! I reckon break the shitty gates down and let them recover costs from their insurances...!

  • WillF - 2011-02-18 13:24

    Hell yes i'm in. We need Tshirts and banners and cultural weapons. I know someone who owns a hardware store - we can all carry pick axe handles. Yep I'm all fired up coz this has gone too far. And let's face it the Egyptians, Tunisians and Bahranians have lit a spark for the complacent man on the street. Complacency is dangerous.

  • Stephen - 2011-02-18 13:25

    This now an issue we can all stand together and support, give me the date and i am there. its time we whities also started to show our dissatisfaction otherwise we will get stood on all the time.

  • Monica - 2011-02-18 13:30

    I wonder who was responsible for the feasibility study on the toll gates. You are forcing more poverty onto the people of South Africa. I am sure there is one big "fat-cat" behind this!

      nibbie - 2011-02-19 13:29

      Is it feasable to extract more money from the already overburden tax payer? Who cares, but let's give it a go anyway!! If memory serves me correctly, some yers ago they wanted to put up a toll gate between Klipriver & Xavier. The Courts ruled that it was illegal to toll existing roads, has the law changed?

  • sipho766 - 2011-02-18 13:31

    This is a strike that should be supported and indeed Viva COSATU. The level of arrogance displayed by the Minister and SANRAL CEO is unbelievable. Unfortunately it just add to the emerging culture of non-consultation and entitlement. Clearly the good Minister and CEO live in their own world and they do not take a cue from developments in the middle east. If its war they want, ride on

      Tbot - 2011-02-18 13:40

      This is war and I we are going to win it.

      Han Solo - 2011-02-18 13:56

      Lock 'n load! Man the turrets and fire up the converters!

      Granny - 2011-02-18 16:27

      Every single motorist in Gauteng should take part in this - give them a show of defiance the likes of which they've never seen before.

  • DW - 2011-02-18 13:31

    Just get a false number plate and away you go....or no number plate at all, like so many in GP

  • Stanton - 2011-02-18 13:31

    Im in on this strike , I am also gonna strike , never striked in my life but this one is so so so worth It

  • Andrea - 2011-02-18 13:36

    Right on - I will march and toi toi as well.....either the fuel price comes down or the tolls are abolished, they can not have both!

  • My Name is.. - 2011-02-18 13:36

    Once again a stupid idea thought up by someone that hasn't really thought in to this or otherwise has been promised a nice fat "bonus" for getting this pushed through and approved.. Little does that idiot realise that his bonus will then have to be spent on his day to day living because he has just made everything increase in price!! The people making decisions for this country are a joke! Wonder how long it is before we fall in to a dictatorship for the next 30 years!

      jevoixtout - 2011-02-18 15:08

      DICTATORSHIP = AFRICAN DEMOCRACY. We are already there.

  • Eternity - 2011-02-18 13:38

    Why are people only waking up about this now? I remember almost a year ago there was an email going around explaining the over head tolling system. The amounts might have been different but if people or an organisation like COSATU or the ANC wanted to know more they could have started communications about it months ago!

      WillF - 2011-02-18 13:43

      @Eternity - we are faced with the problem now and we are going to deal with it. What they said and what was done months back makes no difference. There was objection and there were many forums where they were advised not to do it. They came under huge flack when it was openly discussed o the radio. Where were you?

      chris. - 2011-02-18 13:57

      When the public consultations were held the word in the media was that 2 lanes would be tolled and 2 lanes would be free, they've moved the goalposts!

      jeremy - 2011-02-18 14:05

      People are waking up to this now because the toll fees are a lot higher than originally envisaged. There was a promise that the toll fees would be a max of 50c a kilometre - and everyone assumed they would be less than that - particularly with an e-tag. The announcement of 66c/km has outraged everybody!

  • Sir Richard - 2011-02-18 13:39

    will reversing down the highway on your way home give you a credit?

      Dave - 2011-02-18 20:38

      Maybe if we all switch lane direction for the day the damn gates will fuse big time

  • mullervince - 2011-02-18 13:40

    Calling on all non union members to join this fight. Lets show the ANC how a strike by non union members will cripple this country. Enough is enough. The gravy train must stop now.

  • psydomx - 2011-02-18 13:41

    Where does the stealing from the people end???

  • alanstein - 2011-02-18 13:43

    I believe the toll fees should be reduced. I have travelled on the N3 south to work for 21 years already. The traffic coming from the East Rand,Vaal Triangle and the south of Johannesburg has increased tremendously over the years.The traffic coming towards Jhb is always bumper to bumper. I cannot imagine how these new roads will speed up travelling time. The other thing is that the tolling system should be introduced once all the roadworks are complete. There is absolutely no chance that all the roadworks will be complete by midyear. I sincere hoppe that the barriers will be removed from the N12 in the Edenvale to Benoni section. I was nearly out driving in that area a few weeks back.I also think that the toll fees should be reduced to half.

      2c - 2011-02-18 14:36

      And like Escom, as soon as everybody is registed they hike up the fees, and you're stuck. Think man. NO TOLLS!

      Oryx_ZA - 2011-02-18 14:38

      my highway by allendale went from 3 lanes to 6 lanes....even if it is bad now...imagine what it would be like with out the upgrades?

  • truthteller - 2011-02-18 13:44

    up yours too Sbu Ndebele the same finger you showed us we can show you too

  • Fanie - 2011-02-18 13:44

    COSATU het die keer my volle ondersteuning

      2c - 2011-02-18 14:37

      En myne

  • emohex555 - 2011-02-18 13:51

    When and where? I will be there in full support- thanks Cosatu!

  • JudithNkwe - 2011-02-18 13:52

    I'll join you COSATU!

  • WhiteEagle - 2011-02-18 13:56

    For once we will have a united cause at last.

  • regbroekmann - 2011-02-18 13:57

    Presumably, we as taxpayers have already paid for the highways. If what is required are funds for maintenance, then a fair estimate of costs over time divided by the number of user kms would give a basis for a fee. I don't object to reasonable road management.

      wattalotokak - 2011-02-18 14:36

      ...which is normally funded by the petrol price...! WHY the toll-gates then???

      Oryx_ZA - 2011-02-18 14:36

      Taxpayers only paid for a portion, the rest was raised in bonds from SANRAL, which was a significant proportion.

      masterjane007 - 2011-02-18 18:33

      And if the ANC did not put the tax money in their backpockets, there would have been more tax money paid towards it, sweetheart.

  • ThaTruth - 2011-02-18 14:01

    The Toll Gates will only work in favour of non tax paying taxi's. More road deaths with taxi's having free reign...I'm all for a two week stay-away.

  • Zakhele - 2011-02-18 14:10

    Our President Zuma is a flop and an ass. We all need consolidate our efforts to drive Zuma out of the office. The man is out of depth. It's a matter of time before a lot of our fellow ANC members and Comrades see that Zuma is leading the country astray. The man is a standard 4 graduate. What do we expect from him? He was put there by those who wanted to use him to achieve their aims. Remember the saying that, 'If you want to control people you must deny them education', which is what the Labour Party does in Britain. They tell British not to go to school and that's why they are so submissive to James Cameron and his predecessor Gordon Brown. Ndebele, who do you think you are? We will blow the bloody toll systems with hand grenades. We will make it mess up and read wrong data nonstop. We will use it to set up a high voltage electric cloud to chock the speeding black cars you normally see travelling to Pretoria in the afternoons. Those big white painted structural members will come down trembling. It is slowly dawning on the South Africans that we are getting nowhere with this joke and loose cannon and lutanic called Jacob Zuma. People, do you really want to solve the nonsense going on in the ANC? Easy: We need fire the whole incompetent bloody Zuma lot, now. I can image taxi drivers shooting the bloody toll systems and they accidentally activate the bomb planted by thugs who are after SBV cars. The whole bloody toll system wasn’t well thought through. It is going to become a safe heaven for the cars hijackers, chemicals and flammable liquid tankers bombers. Anybody who wants to cause mass harm will go plant his/her little device in these beautiful member structures. Congratulations for making N1 unsafe to drive in. There is a saying that says, ‘never send boys to do a men’s job’. Right now we have a boy occupying our office.

      Valis - 2011-02-18 17:05

      Brilliant comment!

      lldoidge - 2011-02-18 18:23

      It's David Cameron and he is Conservative and not Labour!

  • Riaan Odendaal - 2011-02-18 14:13

    Whoo Hooo, let's go, let's go, let's go. Viva the people of Gauteng.

  • Jelly - 2011-02-18 14:28

    There is a first time for everything, thus I will be joining Cosatu's strike on this issue even if I am not a member of their organisation. Publish the date and time of the strike in ALL local papers in Gauteng and you will be amazed at how many people will pitch. I personally will gather every whitie I know to join as well:-)

  • Madelane - 2011-02-18 14:28

    I for a change fully support Cosatu with this strike and I certainly hope all the comments on this article translate into feet in the strike. Perhaps if there is enough of a hue and cry these truly stupid politicians will be more careful with there ongoing milking of the taxpayers for their own benefit and start to realise that we South Africans are sick and tired of their endless bungling and wasteful expenditure on nonsense.

  • jacobs.marius - 2011-02-18 14:29

    Hell yeah! I'm there! Maybe this strike will unify us all like the SWC did! Haha!

  • Ni-hao - 2011-02-18 14:33

    South Africans, its time to unite. Break down these stupid toll booths and lets move on. Don't forget to get some money for the metal at the scrap yard. And if the useless police want to stop you then you all know what to do. Imagine that policeman is the tollgate.

  • Oryx_ZA - 2011-02-18 14:34

    People, please wake up. Would you rather spend 4 hours a day in traffic, or only spend 2 hours, even 1 hour in traffic, but pay 66c a km. I agree is an additional cost, but it means that i can work for those extra 2 hours. Hell I will even come out richer. Where do you think the money came from to pay for this???? What you guys should be fuming about is why our municipal roads have fallen into such a shocking state, even though your tax money goes to paying for that. At least with the toll gates, i can see exactly where my money goes. Our national roads are world class. Our municipal roads are 3rd world. I have spent over 1.5k in the last year for tyre repairs and replacements...which equates to over 2000km on well surfaced pot hole free roads. That’s once the upgrades are complete of course.

      masterjane007 - 2011-02-18 14:37

      You obviously earn so much money that an additional 2 - 3 thousand rand a month for toll fees mean nothing to you. Feel free to pay for my toll fees.

      Oryx_ZA - 2011-02-18 14:41

      there is no such thing as a free lunch....where do you think this money comes from?

      Zakhele - 2011-02-18 14:44

      I don't have extra R950/month I am going to have to pay for these fact political bastards. Bring down the bloody structural gantries! We don't even need go strike, all we need is blow the bloody things down.

      masterjane007 - 2011-02-18 14:51

      From the huge amount of taxes I already pay each month! Or at least that is where it is supposed to come from, but instead it is being used to buy big cars and mansions and holidays and parties. Once again I invite you to pay my toll fees if you have so much money of your own available. Believe me, I already work 13 hour days and spend an additional two hours a day on the road, but my pockets are only that deep. They certainly have not grown a couple thousand rands worth overnight so I can miraculously afford this new tax. Where you get the idea that our national roads are world class, I certainly do not know either - maybe you just have never driven on roads elsewhere in the world and are making silly statements that are not based on any realy knowledge or research. Like I said: if paying yet another tax that you know only some of us will actually pay does not bother you then you can always set up a little fund where the rest of us can get the money from.

      ir8m8 - 2011-02-18 14:56

      then why do i pay taxes, oh yes sorry i forget, its so that the money can be mis-appropriated on sushi bars...if the fiscal was properly administrated and open to public scrutiny and ministers and the like were held accountable for it, then maybe i would buy into your rhetoric, but we all know that the fat-cats just want more and we have to pay for it. Besides i have used the roads a couple of times now and at no time has it actually been a convenience to me, Maraisburg is still a bottle neck, Malibongwe will take you 45min to get off. People still drive abusively and i would so say even more so, the luxary cars think they have more carte blanche to be bullies...

      chris. - 2011-02-18 14:59

      The money should come from the exorbitant PAYE, VAT and fuel levies that we all pay and get absolutely nothing in return for!

      Oryx_ZA - 2011-02-18 16:32

      Our National roads...i am talking N1 to cape town, N12 to Durban are world-class...and you pay for those roads when travelling to those destinations..I am British, been to America, Canada. I have a good idea. This tolling system concept is being implemented internationally. Countries in europe, America and Japan have all implemented similar systems. But all you people who are supporting COSTOTU are missing the point. They are protesting the government’s plans here...what about our failing in education, those fat salaries. They are the very people who want 20% salary increases while employees in the rest of the world are happy to have a job, consequently killing any competitive edge we have with other developing nations. I do not earn a fat salary by a long shot, but I see the big picture. I refuse to spend most of my time in traffic, and I am glad that some intuitive are coming up to resolves these problems, problems that are only going to get worse but I understand that these solutions come at a cost. If you are so concerned about the cost, Why don’t you consider car pooling, using the Gautrain or other types of transport...i really hate to break it to you...oil at $102...the toll gate fees are going to be the least of your cost...but like most South Africans, you would you prefer to sit on your arse and complain and join the call to “burn these things down”.

      Oryx_ZA - 2011-02-18 16:44

      Considering you only spend two hours on the road every i seriously doubt your 2 - 3k cost on the toll gates considering you only spend 2 hours on the raod a day....look at this and try again....

      masterjane007 - 2011-02-18 17:45

      Oryx, my sweetheart, I will be driving through nine of these tollgates, costing me R2 444.00 per month. I leave home at between 05:30 and 06:00 in the morning, hence I do not have to sit in traffic and it takes me about 40 minutes to get to work. In the evening it usually takes me a little longer. Given that you have no idea who I am or where I work, I would suggest you not make silly comments about my daily driving. Once again, I invite you to pay my R2 444 per month for me if money is not an issue for you. Insofar as your comments regarding the "high standards" of our highways are concerned, that really is irrelevant to this issue, however, I am even more convinced that you have no clue about good roads if you think the N1 to Cape Town is a brilliant road compared to huge, flat highways in Europe. But as I say, that is besides the point.

      masterjane007 - 2011-02-18 18:12

      Insofar as you suggest that I use public transport I would be overwhelmed with joy and delight if you can point out to me what decent, reliable public transport I have availalbe to use on my trip from the outskirts of Fourways to Boksburg every day? Let me guess: you are going to suggest I get onto an unroadworthy taxi driven by an unlicenced criminal? or will your suggestion be that I renegate on my lease and find a new house? Or will it be for me as a white person to try and find a new job? You have already defined yourself as an egocentric rich kid who would gladly pay more and more money whilst your brothers in government stick my tax money, that was supposed to be used for the roads, in their backpockets, hence I would not attempt to make you understand what life is like for normal people who do not have the luxury of being picky or choosy when it comes to jobs and routes to work. There are many people who earn below R5 000 per month and have no other choice but to drive miles to work every morning. They will be even worse off than me. I might actually be able to afford my R2 444 per month given that I fall in the slightly higher income bracket, but I am by no means happy about it. I would rather leave the money in the ditch for a poor kid than give it to these people. Do you honestly think this toll system will actually work? Do you think fees will be deducted and invoiced correctly? If you do, you really do need to catch a wake-up.

      lldoidge - 2011-02-18 18:28

      You're British! Say no more!!!! Your pounds go far in this country. We earn rands and pay in rands!

      moiraine - 2011-02-18 20:59

      @Oryx - you have travelled so you are clearly aware of the public transport system in other countries. In my area in London there was an outcry because the buses were halved. Instead of having one every 3 minutes in peak traffic they made it one every 6 minutes and from every 10 to every 20 minute in off peak. I would be happy to take public transport then. It is not quite the same in this country. Here, if I want to take public transport I have to walk 3kms to the bus stop and there is one every hour, it is a 45 minute bus trip and then I have to walk another 1km to work. Alternatively I can take 3 taxis from the bus rank. There is no one else I know who travels from close to me to my work otherwise I would be happy to carpool. It is easy to say take public transport but where is it and it works out just as expensive as petrol. We are in a depression, most people are living from paycheck to paycheck and cant afford anything more than they already pay. I drove the N3 from Durban to Jhb not so long ago and didnt think it was any great shakes and the N2 from Durban to PE is certainly not that great at all. Having said that I agree that they are much better than the municipal roads.

      Johan - 2011-02-18 21:13

      We do not expect to travel for free on the roads. We pay our taxes we pay the levy on fuel (around R2.43 a litre) we pay licences fees every year and yes we pay toll fees on our national roads. We also pay property taxes and then we pay vat on everything we buy. After all these taxes and levies I believe I have about 45% left of my salary. And you still want to come and tell me you think it’s fair to pay an extra 66c per kilo to get to work. Please do me a favour and come stand in front of the people the day of the strike and tell them that

  • 2c - 2011-02-18 14:41

    I can feel it in my bones. The adrenalin is pumping. UNITE againt the Tolls. What ever it takes. Enough is enough. I am milked dry! VIVA UNITY!

  • 1stcase - 2011-02-18 14:45

    I for one would not surpport the strike if its organised by Cosatu.They are lying, the guy said that he was briefed yet they waited until now when people are complaining.As for him to state that the ANC was also not briefed is another lie, is the Minister not an ANC EXEC.Who gorverns GP, the ANC. ITS ELECTION TIME.

  • ir8m8 - 2011-02-18 14:47

    Where Exactly is my Political party in this whole mess, why exactly will i be wasting my vote on DA this comming Election!!!!

      aidhinwiyat - 2011-02-18 14:55

      when last did you phone for information the DA will be there

      chris. - 2011-02-18 14:57

      I feel ya Ir8m8, I wrote them an email 3 days ago and asked what they were doing about this and haven't even had the courtesy of a reply! Seems the DA has turned into a new temperence movement, more worried about closing pubs than the real issues! Any parties looking for a voter are welcome to bring their manifestos to me....

      lldoidge - 2011-02-18 18:30

      The government don't take any notice of the DA anyway. But they will if everybody gets behind COSATU. The DA and it's members will be there as well.

  • pensioner - 2011-02-18 14:52

    This is one time that I will support Cosatu. As a pensioner, there is no ways that I can afford the toll fees but also the after effect of price rises which will result when companies recoup the costs of their transport.

  • aluwaninone - 2011-02-18 14:54

    This is one strike that white people will join

  • De - 2011-02-18 15:04


      rammstein.f4n - 2011-02-18 15:07

      No, don't stone them. Rather support them.

  • masterjane007 - 2011-02-18 15:05

    "Gauteng does not have a public transport system that is reliable, safe or affordable." is what one official said. Indeed. And furthermore, there IS no public transport where I stay! How the hell am I supposed to get to the nearerst Gautrain station? And how the hell am I supposed to get from the station where I get off to my work? You have just spent millions of my and my fellow taxpayers' money on redoing the highways and adding new lanes and now you want to force us off the new expensive highways? Are you mad? I have calculated that my monthly tollfees just to get to work and back, excluding all other travel, will be R2 444.00 a month. I'd like to see my boss give me that increase.