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Sanral defends e-toll contract

2012-10-17 16:38

Johannesburg - A confidentiality agreement on the Gauteng electronic toll collection contract was not designed to conceal information, Sanral said on Wednesday.

"The pricing of the ORT [open road tolling] contract with ETC (Pty) Ltd as well as related information... has been available on the Sanral website since June 2012," SA National Roads Agency Limited said in a statement.

"The information requested by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) is and remains the intellectual property of third party organisations."

Contractual undertakings of confidentiality were given to these parties by Sanral when the contracts were concluded in terms of standard practice.

Outa on Monday said it had to sign a confidentiality agreement to get information on the contracts.

This was the only way Outa was able to get access to the ETC contract to prepare for its court case.

The Star newspaper reported that parts of the high court review of the e-tolling project in November could be held in camera because of the confidentiality agreement.

Last month, the Constitutional Court overturned an interim order which put a hold on the e-tolling project.

The Constitutional Court found the High Court in Pretoria had not considered the separation of powers between the high court and the executive.

On April 28 the high court granted Outa an interdict, ruling that a full review needed to be carried out before electronic tolling could be put into effect.

The interdict prevented Sanral from levying or collecting e-tolls pending the outcome of the review.

Sanral and the National Treasury appealed against the court order, and said the delays prevented the payment of the R21bn debt incurred during the project.

The review was expected take place in the High Court in Pretoria in November.

Sanral said the legal process in which the contracts were being used was currently underway.

"Sanral remains concerned about on-going statements made in the media about various aspects of this matter, which appear to be designed to cast doubt on the process and litigate the matter rather in a court of public opinion, as part of an ongoing fund-raising exercise," it said.

This undermined the court process and the constitutional rights of those involved.

Comments
  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-17 16:48

    In that case, reveal it to all. Either way, I did not sign the contract and therefor won't be paying for it. Don't buy e-tags!!!

      press.enter.12 - 2012-10-17 18:03

      In the abcense of public domain info - the following appears to be the only believable facts as apparently revealed on 702: * Less than 10 000 users have registered for e-Tag's. * The system is not manageable for cars travelling on highways without an e-Tag. * The Ben Schoeman Highway between PTA & JHB alone carries 300 000 cars per day. * The e-Tag system is a dismal failure so far. * The latest R1.75 p/km is a last bid from the government to force users to buy e-Tag - to enable them to recover 98% of the pension money spent on the toll roads. * You DON'T HAVE TO BUY THE e-TAG. By registering you agree to SANRALS terms and conditions. The terms and conditions only benefit SANRAL, and put you at jeopardy.

  • alan.jerrold - 2012-10-17 17:05

    Even if the ANC finally tries to railroad through e-tags, they are going to lose out. Many people are at at the limit of their finances and will not be able to pay. Plus the costs and hassle of collection from those who do not buy e-tags is going to mean very little actual income. Who wants to give their banking details to Scamral, which already has proven itself a very dodgy outfit. Best to finance roads via fuel levy ANC, and cut your own losses on this venture where you invested govt pension moneys in the hopes of making wonderful killings.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-18 05:48

      Dont Buy etags

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-10-17 17:07

    If the Confidentiality Agreement is not designed to conceal information, what is it there for then?

  • john.dough.5836711 - 2012-10-17 17:18

    Screw you SCAMRAL! Smoke & Mirrors are not going to get you off this one lightly.

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-10-17 17:40

    You are a dishonest untrustworthy organization, you have zero credibility anymore. You are puppets on a string and you have made the ancyl look credible with your lies and half-truths. We will not be tagged, you are a corrupt organization that needs to be exposed for the vermin you are. No to etolling on public roads. You parasite rubbish. We are the ungovernable for that will bring you down.

  • Nhlanhla Zondi - 2012-10-17 17:47

    Its time we SA people need to stand together against this day lite robbery and not buy these e-tags

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-10-17 18:12

    No e-tag ever

  • Bafana Joseph - 2012-10-17 18:28

    burn those toll gates

      arthur.salvado - 2012-10-18 07:48

      Not a solution bafana. Keep it simple.DONT BUY E-tag. Problem solved ok?

      arthur.salvado - 2012-10-18 07:51

      If you have to keep something secret, it's crooked. Therefor, we dealing with a bunch of crooks with no credibility whatsoever. Let's exercise people power. It's not difficult. We dare not let them win this time. Let's do it

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-10-17 19:39

    The “confidentiality agreement” is probably something similar to what Malema and company did - hiding their names as they fleeced and brought the Limpopo Government to bankruptcy. The ANC has taken the average South African for a ride for far too long. The e-tolls mus be the final straw. Road users must march and break down those gantries just like ANC hooligans do when they cannot have their way

  • george.k.townsend - 2012-11-13 15:30

    I am encouraged by the lack of support of etoll by all S Africans. One day the truth will be out on who the beneficiers are of this giant scam.

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