New toll gates for 3 000km of roads

2010-10-08 08:19

Cape Town - In November the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) will make its final bond offer for this year to the market, chief executive Nazir Alli told investors on Thursday in Cape Town.

Alli said Sanral would create a separate process to find suitable financiers for the new toll roads envisaged for the N1 and the N2 in the Western Cape.

Construction tenders for the new Western Cape toll roads close on November 1. Sanral has oversight over 16 170km of national roads, 3 120km of which are currently toll roads.

Alli reckoned Sanral was likely to convert another 3 000km of national roads into toll roads.

South Africa has a total 600 000km of roads.

Sanral’s capital expenditure on roads in the past financial year was R18.6bn, and R18.2bn the year before.

Alli said this expenditure had been planned well ahead of time and did not directly relate to the World Cup soccer tournament.

A new capital expenditure plan for the next ten years will be published in January next year.

By February Sanral will have the results of research currently under way as to which toll-road projects will be considered.

Sanral currently has a total loan facility of R48.91bn, R31.9bn of which comprises guaranteed loans.

Alli said Sanral had received international ratings for long- and short-term bond issues, but it was unlikely that it would seek funding offshore. This would serve only as a last resort.

In his presentation to potential international investors in Sanral bonds, Alli took the trouble to defend the tariffs for the new Gauteng toll roads.

He pointed out the economic benefits of roads that are well maintained as they lower the average costs of maintaining and repairing transport companies’ trucks by R1.15/km.

This figure was derived, said Alli, from research by the CSIR and the University of Stellenbosch that had been commissioned by the transport industry.

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  • HarryB - 2010-10-08 09:16

    Ek gee nie om as daar 5000km tolpaai is nie solank die padwerke op N1 net wil klaar kry! By Prins Albert van hulle almal wat vinniger ry as 60km/h waar hul aan pad werk. Of daar nou in die dele padwerkers is of nie. Die verkeersbeampte het Saterdag aan my gesê hulle MOET 200 mense per dag "vang" Hulle Budget is R3-4miljoen maar hul doen tans so R8miljoen. In die World Cup tyd het hulle R12 miljoen on-top op die begroting geskryf. My vraag is dit SPOEDBEHEER of is dit geldmaak? Die verkeersbeampte sit ook so in 'n bos weggekruip dat jy hom gladnie kan sien nie - teen die wet as ek dit reg het? So maak net padwerke klaar dat ons weer kan ry teen 120km/h

  • Graeme - 2010-10-08 09:24

    Could someone please explain to me why we pay taxes, should this not be one of the uses of our hard earned income tax.

  • Sceptical - 2010-10-08 09:28

    Fine with the potential savings on vehicle maintenance - the thing though, we're already paying for these roads through other means (taxes, etc) and now the additional expenditure to compensate for government failings is seen as a "beneficial measure"? The term "protection racket" comes to mind - constructively allow a situation to deteriorate then force the issue to the point where even unsavoury measures become acceptable. Governmnet is devolving so much of its responsibility that it increasingly becomes unclear what its remaining functions are!

  • Rob Coomber - 2010-10-08 09:42

    What is happening to all the petrol tax money that should be used for roads? Toll gates are nothing less than highway robbery brought about by poor management and price fixing

  • mario - 2010-10-08 09:45

    Toll roads are a rip off. Why do we pay taxes and petrol levies? Let"s make on every road and street toll gate. It is a duty of the state to mantain it and build new. The Gaavament is too useless and too corupt...

  • Realist - 2010-10-08 09:53

    Roads given away by the ANC for BEE = another gravy boat for the elite few to make even more money. So much for the redistribution to the masses!

  • abracadaver - 2010-10-08 10:02

    where does our tax money go if we are being tolled? for every litre of fuel I put in I get taxed (and that tax going up with every new budget speech)...and fuel is going up again soon. Just where does the government and SANRAL think people are going to find money for the tolls in JHB and now CT. Must be nice to be on this gravy train

  • Ivan - 2010-10-08 10:17

    Ok, so where are the figures for what the current toll roads bring in? Why may the public only see "the need" for more money but not the collection figures or detailed break down of spending on our roads? And why do we still need to pay a vehicle license every year?

  • sakmaz - 2010-10-08 10:18

    i say: revolt!!

  • Mike Roux - 2010-10-08 10:21

    They fail to give us reasonable and properly maintained alternative routes. The shambles from Somerset Mall to Sir Lowry's is a nightmare and so is pedestrian crossing of the N2. Let them sort out problems to trafic flow before stealing more money from the taxpayer.

  • ben - 2010-10-08 11:16

    simple solution, buy an unlicensed motorbike. dont pay the stupid toll fee's and speed away from the pigs when they try stop you. but i agree this taxing us left right and centre is becoming too much, soon the beggar on the corner will be better off then i will be.

  • Stephen Barber - 2010-10-08 11:18

    In a perfect world our taxes, of course, will pay for these roads. This is not a perfect world. When one looks a the condidtion of municipal roads and other rural roads we should wish that they tolled ALL roads. At least we get a first world road with services, etc.

  • THE MAN - 2010-10-08 12:39

    shut up and pay your taxes or get out

  • Alan - 2010-10-08 13:44

    Another way to rob us blind and put the blame on something else. 20 years ago the roads were in a much better condition than they are now. The money came from licences and petrol tax. Now its licence renewals every 5yrs=pay; petrol gone up=pay; carbon tax=pay; tolroads=pay, car licence every year=pay; new number plates=pay. WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO STOP BLEEDING US DRY???????? Who has a extra few thousand rand a month to pay for toll roads just to get to work and back. Salaries do not go up at the rate everything else does and the new taxes that come out every week. Its becoming a joke!!!!!

  • Ds - 2010-10-08 13:50

    If you think about it, tolling of the roads will really could only be a divertion of revenue. Why dont companies give their staff a pertol card, this card will pay for the tolls, associated cost to company will reduce the year end profits hence resulting in the company having to pay less tax for the year. Consultants having to travel to clients are going to recover this cost as a disbursement, same effect...

  • zane - 2010-10-08 14:08

    just another creative way to steal your hard earned cash

  • @THE MAN - 2010-10-08 14:42

    Sorry, we do not fall for your take it or leave attitude. If you just except being robbed, we do not. Coward.

  • Fair Deal - 2010-10-08 16:23

    Till roads are a good idea, if you can travel long distances on well maintained hiways,then it is worth it. I would rather pay a toll for a good road than drive into potholes all the time on a bad road. How about increasing the speed limit on toll roads.

  • justin - 2010-10-08 17:32

    with reference to "the man" you must be one of our government fat cats with a black luxury car which comes out of your travel allowence. YOU CAN AFFORD IT.

  • John Rank - 2010-10-10 10:52

    Can the ministers of finance or transport tell the motorists who are paying billions in taxes on their vehicles, petrol and whatever more how much is being collected and of it is being spend on what it is being collected for before they implement further taxes for toll roads.

  • Livid - 2010-12-07 09:41

    I support all the comment above by people that are very angry at the squandering of our taxes. We already pay taxes for virtually everything that money can buy and now we have to pay heavy toll charges for roads that should have been properly maintained from our tax money in the first case. I am the owner of a trucking company that transports coal and I can tell Nazir Alli that he has been very economical on the truth regarding vehicle maintenance costs. I have chosen to use smaller provincial roads for my operation and would rather pay for the slightly higher maintenance on my trucks than the R620 000 per truck per year toll that we would be paying if we used the national highways over the relatively short return journey of 400 Km. You can bullshit some people Mr Alli but you can't fool us all.

  • Ronnie R - 2010-12-22 14:01

    Wat van die N17 tussen Leandra en Kinross wat nou al langer as 5 maande gelede klaar is maar hulle het vergeet om die toll hekke te bou nou staan die mooi pad toe met blokke oor die pad agv swak beplanning wat n grap SANRAL

  • JD - 2010-12-29 10:52

    lets all get together and make a point of avoiding the tollroads for 3 months and see how they go bankrupt.but of course then they will up the taxes. What we need to do is get back to bartering and then see where the taxes come from.

  • George B. Firmin - 2011-01-05 08:08

    My personal feeling is to not drive on the said freeways, and take the back roads in future.Si it is going to take long to get to point be, so what's new. Do a James Bond modification on your number plates. LOL.

  • Ben - 2011-02-04 22:02

    or you could have simply included a fuel levy in the petrol sold in the areas of the toll-roads; then you would have saved all the cost of building the toll gates / readers or the admin of collecting it. how are you going to get a mini bus taxi that is currently not caring about the rules of the road or paying their fines to actually pay the toll bills that has been mailed to the registered adress.

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