Don't create e-toll confusion - committee

Don't create e-toll confusion - committee

2014-07-08 21:00

Cape Town - People should not deliberately create confusion, or behave as though there is uncertainty around e-tolls in Gauteng, the portfolio committee on transport said on Tuesday.

Committee chairperson Dikeledi Magadzi said they were concerned by the confusion and its potential effect on motorists currently paying for the e-tolls.

“The position of the committee, and Parliament, is that e-tolling is a legislated programme, meant to generate funding, not only for the loan Sanral is servicing, but also maintain of roads in Gauteng,” said Magadzi .

“South Africans should continue to pay while hiccups were being ironed out and while initiatives aimed at encouraging payment are being pursued,” she said.

The announcement of a review task team last month should not be used by opportunists wanting to sabotage government programmes, she added.

“The pronouncement of a review task team, during the opening of the Gauteng Legislature, was never intended to discourage people from paying and certainly never suggested that e-tolling has failed,"she said.

"The review task team is a matter for the government and will definitely look at alternative funding models for the project. E-tolls are about improvement and maintenance of roads and are definitely not a burden on the poor.”

  • Denta Mokhabz Mack - 2014-07-08 21:35

    Magadzi seems to smoke the same thing ndalindeybo take.

  • Pieter Kunz - 2014-07-08 21:51

    Every single person in gauteng will be or already effected by etolls. The fact that they say the poor arnt effected is shocking and plain stupid. Every product being sold in gauteng will most likely be transported on etolls. No company will just absorb the tolls they will hike their price to the wholesaler, wholesaler hikes their price due to tolls.. And so on. End result... Food Inflation will be effected... Anyone else feeling the high cost of living over the last couple of months... The ANC turning a blind eye towards that and cannot admit they made a mistake. How i see the current situation, the review is plan B to make up the shortfall in debt for the failure to implement etolls. The other reason is political window dressing.....

      Revelgen - 2014-07-09 14:37

      'Hiccups ironed out' Yeah, right! More like a calamity of a train smash. This scheme was crooked from the start, done with Kapsch who were PROVEN overseas to have paid bribes to senior ANC officials, and then thrust on an unsuspecting public with massive collection costs. Hear this Scamral: YOUR CORRUPT VENTURE IS GOING TO KEEP ON LOSING MONEY. WE WILL NOT PAY. SHUT IT DOWN NOW

  • Frank Botha - 2014-07-08 22:12

    No need to create confusion by the good guys, Sanral is doing it for us.

      Lehlogonolo Isaac - 2014-07-09 07:56

      @Frank Botha: jst bcos u r rich n cant feel the pinch in ur pocket doesnt mean we all are. This e-toll its jst a Bullsh*t full stop.

  • Teunis Rooseboom - 2014-07-08 22:22

    Using PreStic to plug manholes on a sinking ship Dikeledi...

  • Mpho Selepe - 2014-07-08 23:11

    Dikeledi you are talking utter rubbish,nonsense bull$h%t,go to Katlehong townships and find out how much is bread and maize meal since the etoll came to effect and get your fact straight you bloody idiot!...

      Che Kropp - 2014-07-08 23:24

      Sorry to say 'cause and effect' doesn't appear to have been considered by the powers that be.

      Revelgen - 2014-07-09 10:13

      Mpho, you are right. A guy I know in business says he has to pay at least R500 every day for each of his delivery trucks that pass under e-toll gantries. So he is forced to increase his prices to stay in business. Dikeledi needs to realise that these fees apply to ALL delivery trucks, including those that deliver milk, bread, mealie meal etc, and the costs WILL be passed on to the customer. The ANC have really shot themselves in the foot with this one.

  • Sipho Miyezo - 2014-07-08 23:14

    e toll is affecting the poor indeed

      Che Kropp - 2014-07-08 23:38

      Of course, anything that can push up the cost of supply (eq. weak currency, lack of production, or in this case cost of transportation) will increase the price of essential items (eg FOOD). This always will hit the poor disproportionally harder as they have less income to absorb the increase.

      George Wood - 2014-07-09 09:41

      Well this is what you get for voting in stooopids! I recall one certain idiot Minister saying that ETolls wouldn't effect the cost of food!They just have no grasp of basic economics or indeed how the modern world actually works! They wonder why we mock and laugh at them each time another #ANCFacepalmfail emerges in the media!

  • jonas.Bnet - 2014-07-09 01:21

    while initiatives aimed at encouraging payment are being pursued,” she said. What a turkey

  • Kevin Marsh - 2014-07-09 06:28

    No confusion - we won't pay Etolls .

  • arthur.salvado - 2014-07-09 07:54

    Bunch of dreamers. It cannot survive........ but no one is listening. Lack of intellect, school

  • Jackey - 2014-07-09 08:28

    “South Africans should continue to pay while hiccups were being ironed out and while initiatives aimed at encouraging payment are being pursued,” she said, Encouraging payment...You probably do not listen top the peoples of GP, WE WILL NEVER , i mean NEVER PAY for the biggest scam since the fall of apartheid, and keep your damn TV licences too.

  • Jackey - 2014-07-09 08:30

    You can kiss JHB & Pretoria Metro's goodbye come 2016 and Gauteng in 2019

  • Chrono Man - 2014-07-09 08:38

    The hiccups that needs ironing out are those ones that prevent the committee to realise that e-tolls are going down. Let's not break the line. Hold hands and don't pay e-tolls!

  • Sarah Stanton - 2014-07-09 08:52

    I am absolutely not confused at all. I will not pay.

  • Marius Botha - 2014-07-09 09:09

    You piece of crap, you dont even pay etoll just keep your mouth shut

  • Lin Browne - 2014-07-09 09:14

    DO you think THAT'S why we are not paying? Because there's "Confusion". No dear - we're not paying because our highways were hijacked by some government prat and merrily given to outside companies to "IMPROVE" (I really use that term lightly), despite the opposition of everyone against doing that. And now the people who have used that highway for the last 20 years - and pay tax AND pay road tax - have to cough up because someone in government has a new house he has to pay for. THAT's why I refuse to pay. And will never pay. I signed nothing - to quote our leader "Why must I pay for something I didn't want".... there ya go. Put that in your pipe.

  • Nkuli Hlongwane - 2014-07-09 09:22

    they are playing dumb here, mxmmm we aren't fools!

  • Susan Pretorius - 2014-07-09 09:48

    We are not confused at all - we know for sure that we will not pay

  • Johan Maartens - 2014-07-09 10:24

    I received an e-toll invoice. The foto shows a bakkie with an unreadible number plate. So they just guessed a number - that of my BMW K1200 GT motorcycle. But that is not the end of it - my motorbike is registered on their e-toll system! I also received invoices for my caravan being towed behind our car - and our car has an e-toll tag! Now why did I register again? Sorry, I cannot remember why I was that dumb!

      Revelgen - 2014-07-09 11:49

      Johan, I didn't register and am getting e-toll invoices for my wife's acr and mine. They do start a nice braai fire, that I will say. So unless you have given this bunch of thugs free access to your bank account (I hope you haven't), enjoy your braai.

  • Snoopy Rudzani Zoom Zoom - 2014-07-10 07:16

    So they don't care about motorists affordability,the roads were being maintained before so why this still makes a different on road maintenance.Sanral must pay its dues and motorists money out of their mess.

  • Snoopy Rudzani Zoom Zoom - 2014-07-10 07:17

    So they don't care about motorists affordability,the roads were being maintained before so why this still makes a different on road maintenance.Sanral must pay its dues and motorists money out of their mess.

  • Erwin de Ruiter - 2014-07-11 13:37

    Where is my license fee money? Where is my car-license money? Where is the tyre taxes? where aret he petrol taxes? where are the car-carbon omission taxes? Airplain omission taxes? Plastic bag taxes? Coke and beer taxes? Please audit!

  • drsparky - 2014-07-15 12:13

    I am not even poor... and the R12k they want me to pay now is definitely a burden on me!

  • Gavin Muller - 2014-09-10 16:49

    This is the best sport ever watching these idiots that forced the scheme in being torn between profiteering illegally and loosing the popular vote. Long may this mess continue because it can only destabilize them further. Remain firm, don't register and don't pay !

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