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Chamber welcomes court decision on Winelands toll roads

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Cape Town - The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry has welcomed the Constitutional Court judgment that puts an end to plans of the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) to build the N1 and N2 Winelands toll roads within the municipal area of Cape Town.

“When the plans were first announced, there were widespread objections from the chamber, the City Council, the Province and other credible organisations, but these were simply ignored,” said Janine Myburgh, president of the chamber.

“When a new public participation process begins, Sanral will find that it has to deal with a well-informed public thanks to the work done by the City Council and organisations like the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa). We now have benchmark figures for road construction costs and we have seen how tolling facilities simply add to the cost of road building. There is no longer a way for Sanral to ride roughshod over public opinion,” said Myburgh.

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