Proper toll funding models sought - DA

2012-02-28 21:11

Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance will push for a proper funding model for infrastructure projects to be put in place before decisions are taken, the party said on Tuesday.

In two separate meetings in Parliament, both Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele and transport portfolio committee chair Nozabelo Bhengu conceded the Gauteng e-tolling system was poorly planned and lacked a proper funding model, DA spokesperson Ian Ollis said.

In a committee meeting on Tuesday morning, Bhengu had stated the committee "must revisit how the decision was taken" on the Gauteng e-tolling proposal.

Bhengu also stated that "we need policing at national level to prevent that from happening in the future".

Ndebele, in his infrastructure development cluster briefing, stated that serious lessons had been learned as to how to proceed in future regarding such initiatives, and there was little or no consensus on how to pay for such infrastructure developments.

He had conceded that the outcry over the system was due to the process being seemingly devoid of public participation or input.

Ollis said this project should never have been allowed to go ahead without a proper funding model being agreed to by the Gauteng province, the national transport department, and National Treasury.

"In future, the DA will be pushing for a proper funding model to be put in place in terms of such infrastructure initiatives, as well as full participation and input from the public regarding their concerns with the implementation and the implications of such initiatives," Ollis said.

"South Africans cannot be expected to bear the brunt of a proposed tolling system where proper public consultation processes were not followed, and all the funding implications were not fully considered."

  • Max - 2012-02-28 21:26

    DA, you are wasting your breath on ignorant fools...typical example of the Dunning-Kruger effect.

      Fredster - 2012-02-29 07:13


      deabreu - 2012-02-29 08:03

      Heiku - Politicians do play with people emotions. The ANC uses racism to keep the racists and the poor voting (the majority of their support base?), and the DA uses "freedom and equality for all". What does anyone know about the DA history? (Who is Mrs Helen Suzman - who fought apartheid in 1961?). The ANC fought for the same, but have always fought against the "whites". How do you TAKE AWAY 10% white jobs to give to 90% of people? The ANC is playing games, they need to create 90% more jobs.

  • Ntfutfuko - 2012-02-28 21:28

    Double standards, what about the Chapman's Peak saga???

      spookhuis - 2012-02-28 21:35

      OK Ntfutfuko, one effects a few people the other effects an entire city. Simple really.

      Heiku - 2012-02-28 22:04

      I agree with Sargon. A politician is by definition someone who plays with peoples emotions on a mass level in order to steal their money and enforce their "power" on them. And Ntfutfuko is right it is double standards so anybody who is opposed to hypocrisy will lose some confidence in the DA as a result of this statement.

      Ze Don - 2012-02-29 07:12

      The toll road concession was approved when the anc had the WC in their grubby little paws. Unfortunately this is a binding contract... In short: FAIL!

      spookhuis - 2012-02-29 10:25

      Ze Don, I agree fully with you, it truely amazes me at how short a political memory some people have.

      djmain1 - 2012-02-29 12:29

      The toll road concession might have been but not the proposed toll building - that is entirely the DA's responsibility. They are happy to bulldoze their plan through despite massive objections and very little buy-in from Capetonians. Makes you think its pay-back time for campaign contributions.

  • Ben - 2012-02-28 21:37

    Commendable that someone is trying to let some people see the light. There is no justification for increasing or even collecting any further taxes before proper account is given of the astronomic amount lost to corruption, tender fraud and general wastage. The public should not be held liable for repayment of this amount. This IS a democratic society.

  • Len - 2012-02-28 21:45

    In 2004 these three original shareholders sold 51% of TMT shares to Matemeku, which is controlled by Moss Mashishi, a well known businessman based in Johannesburg. The sale to Matemeku was part of TMT's drive to achieve black economic empowerment credentials and to bring new business expertise into the company. In 2007 TMT entered into a joint venture with KapschTrafficom to explore tolling opportunities in South Africa. KapschTrafficom is an Austrian company who are world leaders in the supply and operation of electronic tolling systems. KapschTrafficom is a large, long established company and its shares are listed on the Vienna stock exchange. In order to tender for tolling opportunities in South Africa, TMT and KapschTrafficom formed a company called Electronic Toll Collection (Pty) Ltd. KapschTrafficom owns 65% of the shares in ETC and TMT has 35%. This company was used to tender to SANRAL for the design, build and operations of the Gauteng Open Road Tolling (GORT) contract, in competition with several large international consortiums. ETC was successful in this tender process and was awarded the contract in late 2009.

      Piet - 2012-02-28 22:08

      Len this is the biggest problem with this whole thing. Tell us how many cadres are going to benfit. Like Shaik is benefitting from enatis transactions. You want to tax me to enrich somebody under the pretences of BEE. Sorry but this tax payer had enough!!

  • Len - 2012-02-28 22:17

    Why the mines will never be nationalized

  • Piet - 2012-02-28 22:37

    News24, why do you not publish these articles during the day, scared your comments might crash?

  • bernpm - 2012-02-28 22:43

    .....and I always thought that a "proper funding model" was required before you get a budget and before you can stick a spade into the ground. Naive?? It seems that his project has been sold over and over before anything was constructed under the guise of BEE.

  • John - 2012-02-28 22:58


  • Lacrimose - 2012-02-29 01:18

    The concession agreement between the two parties for the design, construction, financing and management of the Chapman's Peak Drive project was first concluded in May 2003. The first amendment to the concession agreement was executed in July 2003 and another one was signed in June 2004. During the 2003 floor-crossing period four members of the provincial parliament crossed to the ANC, giving it an absolute majority of 22 seats in the 42-seat house. Unfortunately the Province are bound by contract to Entilini for the next *thirty* years or so, thanks to the previous ANC-led government.

  • braamc - 2012-02-29 02:05

    Plain, simple useless thieving c%^nts

  • SJ - 2012-02-29 10:01

    A funding model should only include those who lawfully have to pay tolls. Travellers have the right to freely and without charge use the roads. Driver, those who use roads for gain, however may be oblighed to pay for that priviledge. People have been fooled into believing we are all drivers.

  • Piet - 2012-02-29 10:40

    Stop this tolling Sh@it at once and use the money allocated for roads in the petrol levy as it was originally intended. Stop the looting!!!

  • Olive - 2012-02-29 10:44

    Amandla DA!!! is for the first time I'm agreeing with you. Please fight the issue of toll-gates, I might vote for you, for the coming elections.

  • Sean - 2012-02-29 11:06

    The ANC followed the Tolling model because it will deliver massive profits for the company that owns the tolling system. Any bets that the ANC has a finger in that pie. Now, not only do motorists have to pay for the road upgrade, but we have to pay someone a profit as well. The ANC has effectively privatised a national asset so someone can proffit from it. Roads enable economic activity and it is governments job to ensure these are constructed and maintained using the money paid in taxes from that economic activity. Now government says that they users must pay. WE HAVE ALREADY PAID FOR THEM, YOU IDIOTS!.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-02-29 11:43

    Actually no, the projects should not have been started without a huge vote from the public, while we are teaching the ANC their proper place the DA should also sit up and take note, this will be a democracy, and not the US or British style pseudo democracy where everyone is told them are free when they in fact little more than prisoners, but a true Democracy where every group has a voice, where government is by the people, for the people and of the people. Where everyone from the president down knows and understand that they are nothing but servants to the people and that they have no voice or conscience other than the directive of the electorate. People have for far to long surrendered their duties and obligations to governments and must take those rights back, because if you don't your children's children will be little more than numbered slaves, much worse off than we are now.

  • Mohsin - 2012-02-29 12:08


  • stalin.rudolf - 2012-02-29 12:29

    DA, you talking the same language as the ANC, we don't want Toll Roads. Is it not our constitutional rights to have access to roads, sanitation, and security free of charge as these items will always belong to the state? Anywhere Mr. Sbu Ndebele werent we promised that the World Cup will Benefit our Transport and roads infrastructure? Come on now you bloody politicians give us a break. We bending over backwards already.

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