City did not communicate - Jhb councillor

2012-05-09 22:17

Johannesburg - The rollout of a paid parking system in Johannesburg was not communicated to ward councillors at all, a councillor said on Wednesday.

"This is very typical of the city's communication procedure. We are never notified in good time. In this case, as far as I know, no ward councillor was ever notified," said Ward 117 councillor, Tim Truluck.

Earlier on Wednesday, the municipality said it met the required legal obligations when it established a paid-parking system.

"We issued notes to the public and businesses," Pieter de Klerk, the city's legal representative, told reporters.

"In Parkhurst, questions were raised if it [public consultation] was sufficient. We thought it was sufficient, but the community wanted more engagement," he said.

Truluck said the city's communication regarding paid parking had been extremely poor.

Rollouts in DA wards

"In some cases, I think the fact that we are DA councillors is part of the problem.

"We often find ANC councillors know about things and we don't. It's remarkable that the suburban areas where rollout is taking place are DA wards," said Truluck.

He said if the city had rolled the project out in "more suitable" areas first, the municipality would have been able to learn from the experience.

"In Rosebank's case, if rolled out properly, I do support it. In Parkhurst, as it stands now, I do not."

Truluck objected to there having been little public consultation, and believed the Johannesburg metro police were not the correct people to oversee the scheme.

"If they can't do it in Parkhurst over two months, I don't see how they can implement this city-wide."

Parkhurst Village Residents' Association chairperson Cheryl Labuschagne "vehemently" disagreed with the city's assertion that residents had been communicated with before the project's rollout.

No communications whatsoever

"There was no communication with our previous councillor Sharon Sabbagh. The contract was signed in 2009. There have been no communications whatsoever," she said.

Residents received notice of paid parking only the day before its implementation on January 5, she said.

"I have not heard a positive comment about it at all. In fact, people in Braamfontein have expressed huge reservations. In Parkhurst, there have been no positive comments that I've been aware of," said Labuschagne.

After welcoming submissions, the city had taken about six weeks to reply to the association's submission when the project was first rolled out.

The submission was turned down because "they had already entered into a contract", said Labuschagne.

The areas targeted for the paid parking system are: Braamfontein, Parkhurst, Rosebank, Roodepoort CBD, Sandton, Corlett Drive, Brixton, Emmarentia, Birnam, Melville, Florida, Norwood, Fordsburg, Parkview, Greenside, Craighall Park, Northcliff, Rivonia and Linden.

At the moment, tariffs are set at R8 an hour and R4 for 30 minutes.

No less than 74.8% of the revenue will go to service provider Ace Parking, and 25.2% to the City of Johannesburg. Money generated from fines will go directly to the city.

The system is scheduled to be introduced in most areas in June.

  • Sam - 2012-05-09 22:44

    Civil Disobedience is what we need. If every business owner, vendor, informal car-guard bands together and chases these guys off their street, Johannesburg Municipality might just get the message.

      George - 2012-05-10 03:01

      Now you're talking. All ACEs

      eric.vanvuuren - 2012-05-10 08:37

      Say it together people...CORRUPTION!!! These Maifudies need to fined more ways to milk the public. They are so hell bent on making the working class pay. Its all most funny if it wasn't so sad. Viva Revolution!!!

      Warren - 2012-05-10 09:27

      Every time we get the choice to vote I get excited as we are able to vote the corruption out of government and yet every voting period I am so disappointed with the country's decision.

      Kala - 2012-05-10 10:03

      Don't carry any cash on you. How are they going to make you pay without cash? Ask the parking attendent for the banking details so you can do an EFT. I think you all know what his answer will be. So you can now claim you intend to pay for the parking but Ace Parking have not made suitable payment arrangements. Secondly if the parking area is not 100% satisfactory yell out Consumer Protection Act and refuse to pay as is you right.

  • Christo - 2012-05-09 23:05

    Another corrupt thief scheme from a corrupt goverment. Govermnent you do not lisen to the people. It's toll thiefs, parking thiefs, electric billing jokers, corrupt SAP heads, massive corruption in the service department and I can go on with the list. The people of SA will soon wake up and do not believe in lairs anymore. Test them!!!

  • Oscar - 2012-05-10 00:17

    This is nothing less than legalised corruption. What is the motivation for the paid parking system, if it is to create revenue for the municipality why then is 75% of the revenue given to Ace Parking and only 25% to the municipality? This is the most inefficient tax in South African history. This seems more like a scheme where public money is stolen and channelled to an ANC crony for kickbacks under the pretence of collecting money for the municipality. A more efficient way would have been to increase the rates and taxes with a few cents if the revenue was really necessary for parking maintenance or something, the collecting mechanism is already there. Are the people that is responsible for these kind of decisions really this dumb and uneducated? It would seem that our current decision makers in government is nothing more than the general South African garden variety that are appointed in positions of power.

      Hugh - 2012-05-10 09:55

      I want to propose to council a window Tax. My to-be established company will measure the amount of natural light in your house and tax you accordingly. I'll give the guy who signs it off into law 20% of all profits.

  • Frank - 2012-05-10 00:24

    When Outsurance sponsored the points men there was a big deal about why nobody else had been included in the sponsor selection process ,so who else beside Ace was approached?

  • spookhuis - 2012-05-10 01:19

    Up your Ace Parking....

  • George - 2012-05-10 02:59

    E-Parking must go the same way as E-Tolling until the residents approve by popular majority. It's called democracy. Get rid of the city corrupters, especially JMPD; a real pox on Jo'burg.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-05-10 05:50

    What a CORRUPT LOT WE GOT!! Always looking how they can mug the motorist!! TIME FOR ANOTHER E-TOLL TYPE REVOLT!! F*CK EM!!

  • Daniel - 2012-05-10 06:18

    Ill just refuse to pay! ;)

  • Warwick - 2012-05-10 06:31

    e-toll all over again, when are these dipsh#ts going to learn? Tollgate, now parkgate? WTF?

  • Phelamanga - 2012-05-10 06:42

    It never ceases to amaze how the ANC can spend a lot of time scheming how to oppress the citizens of the country through taxation, but they cannot spend any time on how to use the resources they have to do the right thing - reduce wasteful expenditure, reduce their salaries and cut out useless people employed by them. It is time for the tightening of the belt by these bloated and expensive deployed cadres. It time to vote them out of office.Any contract that has to be done must be between the the people of the city, and not between the ANC and one of its affiliated companies. These people are making fools out of the citizens of the city. Shame on them.

  • pws69 - 2012-05-10 07:17

    Government and citizens are both wrong. Government because they think a small avert on page 46 is considered public notification. Citizens because they are generally so apathetic until the last second, and then wake up, because "suddenly" they realise it will hurt them. I'm a DA member, and it is easier to get a person to have an enema than get them involved in ward work. You can't complain while at the same time refusing to ensure at a minimum you make an effort to be informed, even if this means subscribing to a news letter or facebook group for your ward. Activism: a policy of taking direct and often militant action to achieve an end, esp a political or social one

  • Jason - 2012-05-10 07:49

    please stop rip us off ( rather make a team of street sweeps to clean the city up i would pay for that )so much litter all over worried about parking weak one

  • Hudayfah - 2012-05-10 08:19

    A flimsy 25 percent. How the hell is that in the interest of the city? This is more to do with emptying the publics' pockets and filling yours. Some politician probably has a share in the company.

  • Olivia - 2012-05-10 08:32

    RoodepoortCBD? Really now

  • eric.vanvuuren - 2012-05-10 08:40

    Future slogan - Have You killed a politician today?

  • Martin - 2012-05-10 08:42

    ace parking, you may as well move out. this wont end well, and someone will resign before the the end of next month hahahaha

  • Koos - 2012-05-10 09:51

    I would like to know what the City Council & JMPD are going to do about the protection of the parking fee collectors now running around on the streets with bags of money. I predict an influx of robbers into the suburbs that is going to thrive on this easy money.

  • Kimberly - 2012-05-10 09:56

    The City should have continued with communication to all the businesses and residents in the areas affected, as many centres and households have changed ownership and previous communication would obviously not have been received by new owners. My family opened a new business in Florida North, right on Hendrik Potgieter, September 2011 and we have received no communication, and our customers park on the street?!? As a regular reader of the Roodepoort Record and Northside Chronicle, i know there was no notice of any kind!!!

  • Muisie - 2012-05-10 11:36

    these parking attendants full of parking money will be walking ATM's to thieves....

  • Ro - 2012-05-11 07:51

    Tell the parking attendants that you have an Ace up your sleeve!!

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