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Bill paves way for e-tolling

2012-08-03 09:16

Johannesburg - The cabinet has approved a bill that will pave the way for the implementation of e-tolling on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP), according to Business Report.

The transport laws and related matters amendment bill of 2012 had been approved by cabinet and would be tabled for submission to parliament by Transport Minister Ben Martins, the report said.

Cabinet spokesperson Jimmy Manyi reportedly said the legislation had been "necessitated by the development of the GFIP, as well as future plans for the development of road infrastructure".

Wayne Duvenage, leader of the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa), said he had yet to see the bill but it appeared that the government was sending a clear message of its intention to go ahead with e-tolling. 

Duvenage said yesterday that the high court in Pretoria will hear arguments in the e-toll case on November 26.

Under the e-toll project, motorists will pay over 35 cents a kilometre to travel on some of Gauteng's freeways.

The project was to have been launched on April 30.

 - Fin24

 

Comments
  • victor.windsor - 2012-08-03 09:22

    I am still not going to register !!!!!!

      alan.jerrold - 2012-08-03 09:53

      Yes, it's time for hundreds of thousands of motorists to join hands against this corrupt, incompetent ANC government who think they can just force through whatever law they want. They are going to experience opposition and civil disobedience like they have have never even dreamed of before. We will support OUTA en masse. We will NOT pay for a hugely dodgy R20 BILLION deal that was done involving an overseas company previously part of the Armsgate scandal. Enough of these incompetent crooks; it's time for change for the sake of all South Africans, especially the poor. Bring it on ANC. You WILL feel it.

      Andres - 2012-08-03 09:58

      Oh, just let them do this. Then they're handing Gauteng to the opposition on a silver-platter come 2014.

      marc.hugo.75 - 2012-08-03 10:23

      Quite so Victor. The ruling junta can approve what they want; it won't make any difference. They'll catch the same public opinion backlash as before. They could have paid for the entire tolling system created in favour (supposedly) of road development out of money lost through corruption and incompetence (i.e. ANC government) three times over. This is the endpoint for them. They had better realise that.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-08-03 11:01

      Create employment then you will get larger tax base to tax

      brian.exmachina - 2012-08-03 12:21

      People should donate money to OUTA, as they are the only organisation actually taking action against e-tolling. Most people have saved thousands already due to e-tolling being postponed, but they won't donate R100 to OUTA to put an end to this madness permanently. South Africans are a strange lot.

      johnathon.masters - 2012-08-03 15:34

      You all must have heard the latest by now. The Government also requires e-toll revenue desperately for the starting of Zumaville, at Zumas home town in NKANDLA, KWA ZULU NATAL. This is going to cost the tax payer 2 billion, to turn a dusty African village into an ultra modern city, with architectural designed building, flowing fountains, ducks splashing around in artificial lakes, lush planted vegetation and lawns everywhere , with a very modern automatic sprinkler system. Mac Maharaj has told us that rural development is a national priority. What other rural 10 shack town, anywhere else in SA, has had the luxury of a 2 billion rand face lift. It also has been said, that to honour Zuma’s hometown, only family and close friends will be allowed to tender for any of the required construction and building work. This is only fair as Zuma is the main driver of the whole palatial like endeavour, to place Nkandla on the world map, and make the Zuma family exceptionally proud of its grand brother and generous mentor. So Gauteng motorists, open your hearts and wallets and never forget “The Government is watching you”

      di.hingley - 2012-08-03 16:59

      Support OUTA....I have made my donation.

      jenny.webbe - 2012-08-03 21:02

      I hardly use the roads they intend to charge tolls for, but even so, I will join the march against this corrupt ANC tax, which they are trying to force the public into paying. Anyone who is happy to go along with this kind of bullying and actually buy eToll tickets is a disloyal, lily-livered sell-out. United we stand!

      mihaip007 - 2012-08-04 02:29

      Typical anc bull. If they can't do it one way, then just create a law and it will happen!

      alf.pop - 2012-08-04 08:24

      The ANC crooks try anything - legal or illegal - to line their pockets. Honest Mac is probably giving pointers!

  • victor.windsor - 2012-08-03 09:23

    I don,t even know Bill ?????

      dianne.lockwood.7 - 2012-08-03 09:30

      When they pushed into a corner, the just call Bill!! screw him and them!!

      johnathon.masters - 2012-08-03 15:50

      With regard to the exotic Zumaville presently in the design stages, is anyone good at maths. How many RDP Houses, providing descent services to those that regularly block the streets with burning tyres, upgrade derelict and inoperative, dust collecting, life saving equipment at our hospitals, and supply school books and descent education to the country’s population, will 2 billion rand be able to cover. Maybe it is us citizens of SA, that actually have our priorities all wrong.

      dominic.parkin.50 - 2012-08-03 21:53

      me neither, but if anyone needs any paving done ....

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-08-03 09:30

    this anc just don't learn, do they?

      ianon.ym - 2012-08-03 10:44

      Just get a Bulldozer flatten the eToll structures, if rebuilt - flatten them again and so on - after enough times even these governmental numbskull's should get the idea, if not then SA is really fighting a loosing battle on all fronts.

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-08-03 09:31

    DON'T REGISTER !!! Collapse this punitive ANC regime system!!!

      Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-08-03 11:01

      I think this is the first time I agree 100% with what you have posted. IF these tolls go ahead, I will take my much needed skills and bugger off back to the UK... seriously getting fed up... it's is just becoming impossible to live here... my Water and Lights bill was R7800-00 this month

  • danie.theron - 2012-08-03 09:32

    Dream on.......

      johnathon.masters - 2012-08-03 16:11

      At what stage in a countries development do its people declare "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH !!!! AND START AN UNPRECEDENTED TOTALLY UNIFIED CAMPAIGN OF COMPLETE CIVIL DISOBEDIANCE"

  • andile.a.mchunu - 2012-08-03 09:33

    This is the price that we pay for our freedom whats next?

      pisciotta - 2012-08-03 23:59

      Andile - are you really free?

  • claudia.meads - 2012-08-03 09:34

    But the "bill" illegal. Not only is it against the ruling of the court - the entire process was flawed (thus by definition it is illegal). http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Politics/DA-New-transport-regulations-snuck-through-20120802

  • lorna.m.eaton - 2012-08-03 09:35

    Hell, they just keep hammering and hammering away at the same old bent nail and using taxpayers money they have unlimited resources.

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-08-03 09:40

    Etoll can kiss my bumper.

  • SIMONPRIEKERT - 2012-08-03 09:43

    THOU SHALL NOT PAY...!

  • jan.human - 2012-08-03 09:45

    Wat is die wet van Transvaal?

      jan.deruyter.7 - 2012-08-03 10:22

      betaal en gaan .....

  • nic.fowle - 2012-08-03 09:48

    i think you may want to amend the wording with regards to "Gauteng's freeways". If the bill truly has been approved, the roads will be far from "free"ways....

  • jean.mboule - 2012-08-03 09:53

    They will just have to deport me on this one..I aint paying Jack! I WILL NOT BE BULLIED..

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-08-03 09:53

    sanral - you fail, you failed the general public with your lies, deceit, misinformation and with your corrupt cadres threatening the taxpayers. How dare you sanral, you are clearly another embarrassment in the mold of eskom and telkom. Build your own new roads to toll you greedy fat corrupt sods, these highways are ours and not for profit. Hooray for OUTA, many respects to them fighting the good fight. You are a spent force sanral, we do not fear you or your anc puppet masters – we are the ungovernable force. Leaches. We won't register, we won't pay - up yers you bullies.

  • jean.mboule - 2012-08-03 09:54

    They will just have to deport me on this one. I aint paying Jack and refuse to be bullied...Use of road must be a public service and thats what taxes are for. Finish and Klaar..

      christo.stone - 2012-08-03 10:15

      100% They can shove their e-tolls!

  • richard.g.schafer - 2012-08-03 09:57

    Quick question, do ministers pay the same rate as citizens or do we citizens pay pay for it, just like we pay their speeding fines???

      crazyjourno - 2012-08-03 10:10

      Also, will the taxi's also be paying? Where is Cosatu on this??

  • ofentse.thole - 2012-08-03 10:02

    NO E-Tolling GP Finish and Klaar

  • christelle.matthee - 2012-08-03 10:02

    So we going down this road again. Really?

  • willem.wulfse.3 - 2012-08-03 10:08

    They are determined to get the goose to start laying the golden eggs so that all the buddies can share the spoils. A fraction of what will be collected, if anything, will go to easing the debt. The rest will be money from home. The poor masses will remain poor and the elite will spend as they are doing now.

  • danny.archer.589 - 2012-08-03 10:21

    Donate to OUTA, people. www.outa.co.za. It's your only way of giving the ANC a bloody nose, cos the ballot box sure ain't doing the job. I've given R1000 and I don't even use the highways.

  • herman.olivier.lc - 2012-08-03 10:27

    Where is the opposition in all of this, why is all the political parties so quite about this matter? Or are they all in on the take? Come on DA This is your one opportunity. Lets see if you are really for the people.

  • elizabeth.bailie.3 - 2012-08-03 10:38

    Simple solution. Add .03c/ltr to fuel price. Will save a lot of hassel for all.

      allen.bullard.9 - 2012-08-03 10:41

      They do this every other month anyway. Except it's not 3c, it's always a helluva lot more.

  • marcelle.joubertdurandt - 2012-08-03 10:40

    The Cabinet can approve any "bill" they want ... Unfortunately for them - The rest of US do not approve anything ....... Kry vir Julle!

  • derick.coetzee.56 - 2012-08-03 10:42

    The markets are looking good, our boytjies are talking gold, and its friday...kom ons duik!!!

  • gertschreuder - 2012-08-03 10:48

    No way this is a joke

  • sergio.batista.79 - 2012-08-03 11:02

    I WILL NOT PAY A CENT... SO GO FIND ANOTHER WAY FOOLS...

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-03 11:05

    The rape of the public continues ...

  • pravda.che - 2012-08-03 11:07

    how about this one: if by some chance the tolls do happen all companies transporting foodstuffs to the supermarkets should have a sticker printed on the wrapper to denote exactly how much the consumer is actually paying extra for the product due to the tolls. African Spring here we come.

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-08-03 14:09

      Warning: E-Tolls can be hazardous to your Wealth

  • terence.wessels - 2012-08-03 11:17

    Sneaky bastards hay? How can anyone trust these thieves? VUKA SA!!

  • brent.goldwyer - 2012-08-03 11:20

    Before E-Tolling I would only be taking home about 18 cents in the rand after after working my butt off PAYE,Vat,road tax, petrol tax, sin tax etc etc etc Now E-Tax , Get real ANC enough already...........

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-08-03 14:07

      Brent they'll rape you for that 18cents too..

  • johnathon.masters - 2012-08-03 12:00

    As far as their oppressive garnish orders go, every motorist must simply cover his license plates until he has passed all the e-tolls on his route to work, what can they do then. They cannot bring our highways to a stop at rush hour, by setting up roadblocks to catch those with covered number plates. They will then try to catch you at off-ramps, but by then all number plate covers will have been simply removed. Let our overcrowded courts issue garnish orders on 3.5 million motorists. At the moment criminals wait up to 1 year or more, before their cases appear before the courts. Government, you have lost this battle, when will this sink into your idiotic brains. When the public have had enough of you, nothing will be able to beat them into submission.

      johnathon.masters - 2012-08-03 13:01

      Just come up with very workable solution for number plates. Covers may be too obvious. Rather stick number plates on with Velcro. Then just turn them around to blank side, and reverse once all tolls passed. Only need to do this for one plate, depending whether car photographed from front or back.

  • johnathon.masters - 2012-08-03 12:11

    We all know that Zuma is becoming more and more impatient at the delays in the delivery of his 2 billion rand, brand spanking new, executive, luxury, Boeing 777. America's Airforce One is an aging, 16 years old Boeing Jumbo Jet, but hay, we realise it would be far too embarrassing for our Royal King President to fly to America in nothing but the best and the latest. Plus, the range of executive, accessories and gadgets to increase luxury and comfort during long hauls, has so impressively improved since aging Airforce One was commissioned.

  • danny.archer.589 - 2012-08-03 12:30

    The M25...which is the orbital highway around London has but one toll...to cross over/under the Thames (and it is free overnight). What does that tell you?

  • johnathon.masters - 2012-08-03 12:32

    This is obviously the Governments last desperate stand, like General Custer against the red Indians. As News 24 has recently posted and Article on, SANRAL is about to go bust, if the E-Toll Cash Cow does not come into being soon. Nazir Ali has been re-employees as we all know, and will fall behind with his Aston Martin, and Plet Holiday Home payments, if his alary should not be able to be paid. Also don’t forget folks, The Civil Service Pension Fund massively invested in SANRAL, as E-Tolling would make it one of the best investments in the country.

  • johnathon.masters - 2012-08-03 13:13

    I suggest we motorists consider making a cash donation to OUTA, no matter how small. I read that they are rapidly running out of funds to fight the court battle. Killing this evil toll system in the courts for once and all, will save us motorists a lot of future pain. They can be acessed on www.outa.co.za

  • Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-08-03 14:03

    How they'll get us to register, is to fine us till we're blue in the face, by setting up roadblocks to check if we've registered. Watch..

  • noelle14 - 2012-08-03 14:11

    No way! Are they serious? Well I am NOT going to pay. I pay enough tax as it is and I pay the car guards and all the kids who ask me for money on the side of the road because their govt is too busy having parties! I WILL NOT PAY. End of story.

  • flysouth - 2012-08-03 14:14

    Every such arrogant decision by the ANC brings closer the day when they will be thrown out of government by the people. The fact remains - tolling is unenforceable in that there will be such a level of non-compliance that the entire Gauteng judicial system will be very quickly destroyed as a result. There will be violence on the roads as Sanral's police try to enforce the unenforceable. No matter what the ANC does, no matter what the outcome of court cases etc, we will never let this pass.

  • patterson.graeme - 2012-08-03 14:58

    Where does the money go to from the levy that is put on the fuel price? Where is the money that is paid in rates and taxes? I was under the impression that this money gets used for road upgrades etc. The E-toll scam is only a money making system for enrichment. Have we seen any improvements in the pothole saga? Nope! Only before the 2010 World Cup was there major road upgrading! And surely, profits from the World Cup have gone into government coffers?

  • machaven - 2012-08-03 15:05

    I think its time to stop reading the news and become ignorant. Can't handle this ANC bs any more.

  • hennie.gerber.3 - 2012-08-03 15:34

    F the ANC and there Members , I will NOT PAY this corrupt Government any cent.

  • gerald.king.589 - 2012-08-03 16:09

    Thats like a sudden R3.50 fuel hike (35c/Km while petrol is +-R1/Km). Bet after approval increases will beat inflation as tolls do already...

  • dexter.morganson - 2012-08-03 17:25

    Well, what do you expect from a government that allows excessive fuel prices, on which you pay tax as well! Then still has the audacity to turn around and deny people the opportunity to claim back from the fuel that they used! Then comes the issue of stating in Tax laws that driving to WORK is deemed as private use and you can't claim back from the tax! Now some people spend 3000+ on fuel just to get to work and the company doesn't even pay them R500 for working on the Sundays, because going to work is deemed "private use"...lol That is why labor laws and the likes won't really work in this country, how can a corrupt government control and implement laws against corrupt corporations? What's even funnier though is that the people that get robbed like this day in and day out are the same people that vote for them every election! That is also why democracy doesn't really work. How can we really expect an uneducated population to vote into power any person with a bit of brains? They vote for the man that represents them that is, idiots. As Orson Scott Card once stated: "If pigs could vote, the man with the slop bucket would be elected swineherd every time, no matter how much slaughtering he did on the side."

  • James Makarapa Kaplan - 2012-08-03 19:54

    You can pass whatever bill you like, whether you get compliance is another story all together!

  • hugo.lategan - 2012-08-03 21:41

    The time for BIG change has come!

  • pieter.kunz - 2012-08-03 22:52

    I just dont understand how a government can refuse to listen to taxpayers. There has been a massive reaction to this etoll system with government losing in court. Still pushing laws to push this system which most 1st world countries would not even consider due to it being such a high cost to maintain. Its easy to spend taxpayer money on a system which is only there to make more money and milk the taxpayers for more money. Which will only fund a small portion on maintenance of the gauteng highway with the rest going to government coffers . They are spendaholics and crave for more yet our telecoms/sabc/eskom are falling apart, education in tatters, public health gone to waste... Always money for top of the range bmw's and 2bn planes etc but not enough for basic services like upgrading of roads etc. Its time for arab spring to hit this country with all taxpaying south africans taking government to task about how they go about wasting our money.

  • kosmonooit - 2012-08-03 23:41

    Wasn't Jimmy Manyi sacked? He acts in such a arrogant self righteous way. The way he speaks about 'government' really reeks of a Stalinist state. And what's the bet he and his 'empowered' chommies have some kind on 'interest' if the whole scheme of things with the GP Tolls here, pay back time is beckoning and thus they are pushing these laws through to enact the tolls? Meanwhile just about every national and secondary road is a complete mess either through negligence, or over extended incompetent contractors performing perpetual 'road works'. "Government" is really silent on that. What a mess.

  • adriaan.delange.94 - 2012-08-04 02:22

    Corrupt bastarts!!

  • rachell.lass - 2012-08-04 08:45

    How can it be, that in a modern society, the elected government can push through legislation that NONE of the people want ? It's time to rise up, everyone of us, against this government.

  • luca.delbianco.3 - 2012-08-04 10:24

    What happened to alternative ways to fund the Etolls project? Have they been ditched behind the scene? When will this amended Bill be available to the public? Cheers.

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