Support grows for toll road strike

2011-07-19 20:52

Johannesburg - The Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) will join Cosatu's strike notice over the Gauteng tolling system, it said on Tuesday.

"The open road tolling system is aimed at consolidating the privatisation of our national roads and this simply cannot be allowed to happen," said Fedusa general secretary Dennis George in a statement.

Earlier this year, Cosatu submitted a Section 77 or strike notice to the National Economic Development and Labour Council over the toll tariffs.

He expressed concern that the proper consultation over the tolling tariffs had not yet taken place.

In February, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele, appointed a committee to look into the tariffs after a public outcry over their effect on the economy and people's pockets.

"Government cannot forgo their responsibility of maintaining the country's infrastructure and then unilaterally decide to pass on these costs to taxpayers, consultation with the social partners must be made a priority," said George.

Earlier this month, the committee came up with a proposal which saw the tariffs reduced.

According to the proposals, users of light motor vehicles would pay R0.40/km instead of R0.49/km, minibus taxi drivers R0.11/km instead of R0.16/km and bikers R0.24 instead of R0.30/km.

This only apply to people using e-tags. The initial tariff announced was R0.66/km for vehicles without an e-tag account.

For medium vehicles, the toll fee was reduced from R1.49/km to R1 and for large vehicles from R2.97 to R2. For commuter buses the cost would be reduced from R0.50/km to R0.36.

An e-tag works much like pre-paid cellphone airtime, fits on the front windscreen of a vehicle and is scanned by toll gantries.

Forty two electronic toll gates have been erected on the N1, N3, N12, N17, R21 and R24. The tolls cover a distance of about 185km.

Cosatu remained unhappy about the toll tariffs.

The SA Municipal Workers' Union, a Cosatu affiliate, said the tolls would impose a huge additional burden on road users. It would have a devastating effect on workers who had no alternative but to drive to work because of a lack of proper public transport.


  • deminimus - 2011-07-19 21:02

    why should a taxi pay less than a car.they are heavier on the road and cause more wear to the surface. They also have 16+ passengers to share the cost

  • Joe - 2011-07-19 21:18

    Where and when? I will be there.

  • so mouse - 2011-07-19 21:18

    Well, well. This will be the biggest strike ever. Even us non members will join.

  • Busi - 2011-07-19 21:25

    Another 1 or 2 cent per liter will cover the costs of the new toll roads. How many people have the capacity to fork out an additional R800 - R1200 per month? Therefore, lots will have to resord to secondary un-tolled roads. The roads will take significant extra strain- and who will fund their maintenance? This is madness - typical of what a ANC political committee dreamed up - very much out of step with what ordinary South Africans can afford.

  • umlaut - 2011-07-19 21:32

    The toll roads are another form of Apartheid--the poor will be forced off those roads they used for all these years. They will just be allowed to look but not to be part of the system. The idea will work when they have effective public transport in place. This is premature. The principle is also wrong saying that those using it must pay for it. The saying must be that those benefiting from it must pay---- that will mean every one in SA will benefit--so all must pay. If Gauteng is doing well the spin-off is for the whole country when taxes are collected and spent on roads to the furthest places in SA. These under cover actions of the deceitful anc (corruption driven party) will cause citizens to react in ways that was avoidable. The roads may be blocked by protesters and they become useless. Sabotage will take place--nails dropped on roads with severe traffic jams as a result. Toll point can be damaged regularly etc. Mount speed control cameras on the blue towers and make money that way. Who was responsible for this new mess.???

  • CPII - 2011-07-19 21:37

    The tolling system was born DEAD. Forget about it. The Guv will just have to foot the bill....and get the cost from the we pay in any case, whether you ever sit foot in Jozi or not.

  • Punani - 2011-07-19 21:37

    At last? Something worth striking about. Financial genocide!

  • Realist - 2011-07-19 22:04

    We the people who fill up with fuel pay a extrememly high fuel TAX which is for the use to build and maintain the roads. So THE USER ALREADY PAYS via these fuel taxes and other taxes. Imported vehicles are taxed up the 70% so once again the USER ALREADY PAYS. The USER pays PAYE, VAT, Petrol Tax, Import Tax etc no the ANC has lost the plot and want to add a further heavy TOLL TAX. It would seem that the ANC is not even sticky to their own FREEDOM CHARTER which states "All shall be free to travel without restriction from countryside to town, from province to province"! I sure i will not be alone in stating theat the TOLLs restricted my freedom of movement. If I have not money for TOLLs then I am restricted from travelling on that road even though I paid fuel tax, PAYE, VAT, Vehicle Tax etc.

      persvrij - 2011-07-20 00:38

      Good point. Do send Afriforum an email to point that out. Maybe they could use that to fight it in court.

  • zpm5402 - 2011-07-19 22:32

    This time I will go on strike with these people. No more toll roads and toll fees while Goverment officials are corrupt and stealing the tax payers money. VIVA

  • Nic - 2011-07-19 23:40

    I live in Cape Town but I promise if that was happening here I would strike...the Joburgers must show them that we are not prepared to stand for this rubbish!!! I feel sorry for everyone from the taxi drivers to those having their own can people afford this?? If anything its going to promote more unhappiness, more violence as people will become poorer...I hope this toll system fails!!

      BigD - 2011-07-20 06:50

      The same Toll is planned for Cape Town as well.

      Martin - 2011-07-20 08:31

      Yes, we are waiting for them to put up that fist booth so we can turn it into a toilet.

      Mike - 2011-07-20 12:34

      You mention the Taxis - now listen here - the taxis will pay 11c per kilo, the tribe will pay 58 cents - you guessed it - another case of apartheid in reverse. I can also carry on with the fact that us folks inland pay (I stand to be corrected) 20ce a litre more than you people down at the coast - is this fair? Gauteng - the smallest of the provinces with 40-45% of S.A.'s GDP contribution pays more for fuel than the Northern Cape and all coastal areas - go figure?!! Please - make my day!

  • Nic - 2011-07-19 23:47

    And why does a motorbike pay more than a taxi? Motorcyclists should be free...they use less fuel, and are lighter on the roads...exactly what South Africa needs!!!

  • IBI - 2011-07-20 03:02

    This might be one thing that can unite South Africans. Speak with one voice and act with unity. Show the government their proposals are not acceptable.

      letswai - 2011-07-20 08:36

      good. i also think if we work together . we can achieve more. it does not matter what race you are. we are the government and they are workers. they must hear from us. not the other way round. south africans. lets start with this one and it should nto be the last. in this way it will not matter which party is in power, the people will be in power.big ups

  • StBad - 2011-07-20 04:24

    Striking Toll worker's... I think every motorist would be happy with that!

  • Gazza - 2011-07-20 05:03

    Aparthied build most of these roads, bridges, tunnels and general infrustructure. Apartheid built the mines, fisheries and energy sectors. Apartheid fed the nation and subsidised the farmers, Apartheid strengthened the boarders and built up our military. Lets face it, Apartheid did alot of thing, good and bad. Now the liberating party is enslaving us ALL with there taxes and money making self-uplifting ideas. Ooh people of South Africa..... It is inevitable.... We'll all have to REALLY suffer in order to appreciate the thing we had, and took for granted. I'm afraid the end is near...

  • zentie - 2011-07-20 05:11

    outrageous! a taxi has 16 (or more) passengers, yet only pays 11c, whereas my wife and I which equates to two, for the uninformed or misinformed government) must pay 40c and a motorcycle 24c. please tell me there is no discrimination against the normal roads user, or fear of taxi riots, because that is the time i will join them...

  • tryanything - 2011-07-20 06:53

    what is the minimum speed limit on the motorway. Plan to stick to it

  • mecan - 2011-07-20 07:43

    I will never pay a cent for using the roads. They can arrest me and put me in jail - even though the right person who should be in jail is the member of parliment who got a huge BEE cut to legalise toll roads in Gauteng.

  • PH101 - 2011-07-20 07:50

    The scary thing about this is I have seen nothing about the roll on effect that this will have. Every product that is transported by road will have an increase, so country wide even if you do not use the toll roads you will be effected. We are being RAPED.

      tryanything - 2011-07-20 12:41

      Yup our national zoomersport

  • Chop - 2011-07-20 08:01


  • 50something - 2011-07-20 08:12

    The "reduction" in tarifss was just window dressing. For once I agree with Fedusa, but I do not agree to strikes - that is counter productive. Let's organise another form of protest like blocking the highway on a weekend. The traiffs are not rational. Most taxis do not even pay tax, so why must they pay so much less? Tax on tax on tax.

      Jules - 2011-07-20 13:19

      Here is a thought - lets all "convert" our cars to taxis (register with the taxi association) and use dummies in the vacant seats. That way we can also pay 11c instead of the higher rate.......

  • Gary - 2011-07-20 08:26

    I will strike for this, only thing is I work for myself so will just screw myself over..mmmmm. I will support the non violent strike against over charging us at toll gates..

  • Rendani - 2011-07-20 09:00

    Nonsense. I am not paying these tolls. What if u use the toll road everyday? There are already enough tollgates on the national roads. Now we have to pay extra! Nonsense!

  • DEVILS SON - 2011-07-20 09:22

    put it this way, for me the extra grand on tolls means that either i dont eat, or i dont get to work, pick one, either way im screwed. im up for any form of protest, il even bring some extra tyres if need be.

  • AgPseDaddy - 2011-07-20 09:24

    So where and who do i see to join this strike as i will help for the cause!!!!

  • BraVusi - 2011-07-20 13:59

    I am joining the strike as well

  • gaurav pradhan - 2011-07-20 20:00


  • Andre - 2011-07-21 14:04

    i will also join in the action

  • Jotham Ben Uzi - 2011-08-11 12:26

    Greek civil protests - those who did not pay tax, still pay no tax - and those who did pay tax, now are expected to pay double. Who cannot see the parallel and the future outcomes ???

  • gertjie08 - 2011-08-11 15:16

    I also agree with the action. It is the Governments responsibility to upgrade and maintaining the roads. Not the users. Normal vehicles, motorbikes, cars, light delivery vehicles (Bakkies & double cabs) do not damage roads. It is the trucks that are overloaded that cause damages. Stop stealing the tax payers money and make sure there is sufficient funds to maintain our roads.

  • centurionpta - 2011-08-11 20:44

    So it seems my dear fellow road users that we will soon have the biggest taxi way in the world. Seeing as only Taxi’s and Busses will be exempted from the toll fees. I think that the government is very aware that if they do not exempted the taxis and busses that there will be total and utter chaos as the blockade the highway and wreck the wonderful toll gates that have been erected. The question still begs why the high toll cost and why the triple tax, as we pay tax on petrol " this is supposed to be used to maintain the roads" tax on our cars, and vehicle licenses and now wow tax on the toll fees. Why is there any exemption, if you use the road then pay for the right to use the road? Will I then qualify to by a vehicle register it as a Taxi and get exemption? Our wonderful public transport system also does not give everyone an option but to use the roads and pay the toll fees. Institute a proper transportation system and then get back to the public re the toll fees Mr. Cronis. Just my 2 cents.

  • Henry van Nieuwenhuizen - 2011-08-13 09:33

    I have asked a few of my civil engineering friends for figures. To upgrade a freeway will cost approximately R 3M per km. To build a brand new highway with all the ‘extras’, R 5.5M per km. According to the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project website the total length to be tolled will be 176km. Therefore to upgrade the roads will cost approximately R 528M. If I take this as a loan over 5 years at 10% interest, the payment of the loan will be R134,6M per year. This does not add up to 5 Billion over three years as indicated in the newspapers. If you take a million road users per month paying toll on these roads the toll should be R 11 toll for the whole length of the upgraded road of 176km thus 6c per km. Somehow the figures does not make sense. Could a civil Engineer shed more light on this?

  • Utopian - 2011-08-19 05:38

    Tolls: What kind of moron would so underestimate the poor taxpayer who HAS ALREADY PAID for proper roads, but his taxes are being wasted on multi-million rand salaries, contracts and bonuses for unnecessary/ unqualified / corrupt / suspended and definitely unmeritorious and semi-literate party-line infidels?

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