Cape Town denies toll claims

2011-08-18 20:26

Cape Town - The City of Cape Town has denied claims by SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) that it failed to respond to the transport minister's decision to convert the N1 and N2 highways between the city and the Cape Winelands into toll roads.

“The city wrote to Sanral during the intent-to-toll process requesting that its concerns be addressed and stating that if this was not done, the city would consider legal action," the city's mayoral committee member for transport, roads and stormwater, Brett Herron, said on Thursday.

Sanral's claims that the city was extensively engaged in the environmental impact assessment (EIA) process, and that the city did not appeal the decision, were also untrue.

"The first decision in the EIA process was made on 30 September 2003," Herron said.

"The city was dissatisfied with the decision and did appeal. The appeal process was finalised in 2008, but the city's appeal was unsuccessful.

"However, the city was informed that, as per the agreement entered into between Sanral and the department of environmental affairs, the socioeconomic impacts of tolling would be considered during the intent-to-toll process."

There was also an indication from the EIA practitioner acting on behalf of Sanral that there would be further talks between the city and itself regarding costs and benefits resulting from the tolls.

"It appeared premature to institute review proceedings at that stage," Herron said.

The city wrote to Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele to inform him that an intergovernmental dispute had been declared with Sanral over its plans for the toll road.

Sanral said this week there was a "dispute" between it and the city over the proposed toll road.

"Sanral has engaged with the City of Cape Town over nine years on this project," the agency said.

The city was given an opportunity to participate, prior to Ndebele's decision to declare the road a toll road.

"Sanral contends that there is no dispute between the city and itself and that it remains open for further engagement with the City of Cape Town."


  • Henk - 2011-08-18 21:06

    Bugger off Sanral!

  • AK-Tshepo-47 - 2011-08-18 21:08

    toll them toll them lets get rich off them rich people there

      Welleducated - 2011-09-02 07:09

      Tshepo - your IQ is as large as your educaiton - zero.

  • Ian - 2011-08-18 21:21

    anc clutching at straws again like that fool that tried to take on Helen this morning, made a total baffoon of himself

  • mystae - 2011-08-18 21:22

    Well, you can see it's close to election time in SA. Let the mud-slinging begin... *sigh*

  • SaintBruce - 2011-08-18 21:25

    Sanral said this week there was "dispute" between it and the city over the proposed toll road. "Sanral contends that there is no dispute between the city and itself and that it remains open for further engagement with the City of Cape Town." Either bad reporting or SANRAL is into Doublespeak!

  • Laird - 2011-08-18 22:02

    We pay and pay and pay.

  • Ex-employer - 2011-08-18 22:06

    Government is out there planning to highjack the Cape Roads as well. The government have this thing about user pays, at present that system exists. You use you car, you buy fuel and the tax is collected , you've paid. You don't use your car and no fuel is bought. That is where the problem comes in for the road user. By tolling the motorways the Government gets in more than twice the income per kilometer driven. It presently cost the motorist using a small car 49c/km with insurance, maintenance and fuel.The same as the toll/km. The goverment score the cost of insurance and maintenance extra. It doen't matter how much we scream and shout, the government is going to bulldoze the toll roads into law. Our only hope is that they are their inefficient at this as they are at all they touch, and that the road user makes the collecting of these "funds" as difficult as possible by not buying the E-TAGS and make them post each and every transaction via THE POST OFFICE, who at present can't cope with the normal demand for delivery. A quick solution is to divide the amount of fuel stations within a province and allocate on a prorata bases. The more fuel station sales in a area the better the roads will be. To argue otherwise does not do it for me. The money collected will be used to subsidise government promises to the masses, at the expense of the masses.

      JR - 2011-08-22 13:45

      The problem is that the majority of money raised by these tolls is to go to the AUSTRIAN company granted the concession to run them. It is not going to South African people. Strange but no journalist has dug deep enough to find out who the owners of the Austrian company and what their links to the ANC or SA are.

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