Johannesburg - ICT services group Gijima [JSE:GIJ] AST said on Friday it has signed a contract with the South African Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) for the implementation of the Gauteng Open Road Tolling (ORT) System.
The tolling system forms part of the multi-billion rand Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) currently under way by the department. The tolling system will provide automated systems for levying tolls on Gauteng roads and is scheduled for launch in 2011.
According to Sanral, the GFIP will add about R29bn to the South African economy and about R13bn into the provisional gross geographic product, creating nearly 30 000 direct jobs over its lifecycle.
In a statement released on Friday Guilluame Snyders, program director of GijimaAST, said the ORT system consists of four components for roadside, back office, transaction clearing and customer service systems.
He added that Oracle software and database administration services will also be supplied directly by GijimaAST for use in the system.
"GijimaAst will deliver all ICT infrastructure products and services required for the ORT solution. This includes the delivery and installation of hardware, commercial off-the-shelf software and desktop support services, and the design and implementation of the support network solution," said Snyders.
"We will also facilitate the call desk services for the ICT infrastructure of the ORT system during the operations phase, as well as hosting services, which include data security, disaster recovery and operations services."
A new business unit within GijimaAST's managed services division has been created to focus on the Sanral tender.
After having lost a multi-billion rand contract with the department of home affairs in April, GijimaAST will be relieved to have another weighty public sector contract on the books.