Cape Town - The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) is misleading the very people who will have to fund its Cape Winelands toll project, the City of Cape Town's mayoral committee member for transport Brett Herron said on Thursday.
"Instead of providing the public with ‘some perspective’ on the matter, Sanral is once again misleading the very people who will have to fund their ill-conceived project," said Herron, referring to Sanral responses in the media.
The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein on Monday ruled in favour of the City of Cape Town by setting aside an order made by the Western Cape High Court on August 28 2014 concerning Sanral's secrecy application.
The documents Sanral was ordered to provide to the City contradict statements by Sanral CEO Nazir Alli made to the media and the public, according to Herron.
"Sanral’s track record speaks for itself. The residents of Gauteng have had first-hand experience of this public entity’s integrity, accountability and transparency, or should I rather say lack thereof," said Herron.
"Instead of simply disputing the information we have discovered from these documents, it would be useful for Mr Alli to share with us what he claims to be the true toll fees and the Protea Parkway Consortium’s (PPC’s) projected revenues."
In Herron's view the public has not been given information on the proposed toll tariffs, but only provided with general information.
"Sanral is not prevented from upgrading the roads and the City denies that there are serious safety concerns with regard to the Huguenot Tunnel," said Herron.
The City claims that the decisions initiating this tolling project have not been taken lawfully and in accordance with the Sanral Act. Herron said Sanral's claims must be proven in court.
He also pointed out that the City has not claimed that PPC - the preferred bidder for the project - would earn R48bn in profit. PPC’s tender documents, however, indicate that its estimated revenue would be about R48bn.
"We did not claim that Sanral had undertaken to guarantee PPC’s revenue or traffic numbers. The concession contract provides for a reimbursement provision, which effectively guarantees the proposed toll tariff," said Herron.
The City and Sanral head to the Western Cape High Court August 11 2015, when the City's review application will be heard.
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