E-tolls review panel: all you need to know

E-tolls review panel: all you need to know

2014-10-15 05:00

Johannesburg - Motorists, organisations and political parties have given their submissions to the panel reviewing the electronic tolling (e-tolls) on Gauteng's highways.

Below is the timeline of events leading up to the day it concluded those proceedings.

July 10, 2014 - Gauteng premier David Makhura announces the names of the 10 people to sit on the panel which is to assess the socio-economic impact of e-tolls.

July 11, 2014 - Chairperson of the provincial transport portfolio committee Jacob Khawe claims the panel is reputable.

July 17, 2014 - E-toll panel holds it first meeting. Makhura adds two more members to the panel which is meant to consist of 15 people.

27 August, 2014 - Start of public consultations on the socio-economic impact of the e-tolls.

27 August, 2014 - National Council of Trade Unions project manager Thulani Khumalo tells the panel that "the system of user pay does not present any rational choice to road users".

August 27, 2014 - Congress of SA Trade Unions provincial secretary Dumisani Dakile tells the panel that "absolutely everything's wrong" with e-tolls.

August 27, 2014 - Federation of Unions of SA spokesperson Junior Gys proposes that those who have paid money towards their e-toll bill should be refunded.

August 28, 2014 - Contractual affairs manager of Consulting Engineers SA Wallace Mayne tells the panel that a proposed fuel levy was not an effective means of funding improvements to Gauteng's freeways.

August 28, 2014 - Black Business Council CEO Babalwa Ngonyama tells the panel that the consultations prior to the introduction of e-tolling were flawed.

August 28, 2014 - SA Transport and Allied Workers Union provincial secretary Chris Nkosi submits that the e-tolling is harming the poor and working class, who are already struggling with the high cost of living.

August 29, 2014 - Business Unity SA Kgatlaki Ngoasheng informs the panel that Busa is in favour of funding the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) through the fuel levy, which involved the ring-fencing of taxes, as opposed to e-tolling.

September 1, 2014 - The Justice Project SA chairman Howard Dembovsky warns that e-tolls in Gauteng will cripple South Africa's economy.

September 1, 2014 - The Road Safety Campaign's Ali Gule describes the discount offered to motorists by Sanral as " lucky packets".

September 2, 2014 - Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance chairman Wayne Duvenage tells the panel that majority of users will not pay for e-tolls and this has rendered the system a failure.

September 9, 2014 - The Star reports that Peters said there would be no review of the user-pays principle. She claimed that Makhura had told her the panel would do an economic analysis of the whole Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project, and not the tolls.

September 15, 2014 - Panel hears public hearings in Soweto.

September 15, 2014 - "There's electricity for the roads but not the people living in shacks next to the highway," government employee Mbuyisa Manana tells the panel during the Soweto sittings.

October 9, 2014 - Neil Campbell of the Democratic Alliance tells the panel that implementation of e-tolls in Gauteng has led to burdens on other spheres of government.

October 9, 2014 - Economic Freedom Fighters Gauteng caucus leader Mgcini Tshwaku questions the need of the panel, labelling it "a waste of time and misuse of taxpayers' money".

October 9, 2014 - Inkatha Freedom Party Gauteng leader Bongikosi Dlamini tells the panel that South Africa is capable of coming up with methods other than e-tolls to pay for the GFIP.

October 9, 2014 Freedom Front Plus MP Anton Alberts submits that the technology used by Sanral to collect road users' details is illegal and unapproved.

October 14, 2014 - Chairperson for the African National Congress in Gauteng, Paul Mashatile informs the panel that urban tolling will "kill the economy" and the current system needs to be reviewed. He encourages users to continue paying for tolls during the review process.

The panel may decide to have round table meetings with the experts before analysing all the submissions and evidence it has collected.

It will present its findings to Makhura at the end of November.

  • Hydro Chem - 2014-10-15 05:31

    e-tolling is an extra burden to the people and a segregatory tool between the rich and the poor.thereby rendering it unconstitutional as it seeks to spare good roads for those who can afford, leaving the poor to find alternative but poor roads. The independence gained becomes meaningless in the very hands of those who hold the brand of freedom, the ANC.

      Susan Pretorius - 2014-10-15 07:22

      We africans doesnt believe in this western thing...

      amadeus.geldenhuys - 2014-10-15 08:16

      Susan - I like your humor - the lights will go out in the Eiffel Tower

      Jacko Superb - 2014-10-15 08:57

      All you need to know is DONT pay for these scammer etoll, we can't even afford the levies in the petrol!

  • wikus.erasmus.545 - 2014-10-15 05:41

    Of course Gauteng ANC opposes it! They barely got 50% of the vote and have to make a show for the voters they lost! Meanwhile, back at Nkandla....

      Jacko Superb - 2014-10-15 08:58

      Oppose it my ass, they were the one who put it there in first place, now they want to play hero by slapping themselves?

  • Sapper_Coetzee - 2014-10-15 05:49

    Does Sanral not report to Zuma and his gravy train comrades? Now the Anc wants to say they are against it but it's authorised by the Anc led government. Great logic

      Susan Pretorius - 2014-10-15 07:20

      Smoke and mirrors...

  • Andre Van Zyl - 2014-10-15 06:18

    This method of tolling is expensive but very effective at limiting congestion in big cities and in forcing users to use public transport instead. This is not what we need tolling for. We are inviting people into the cities by building 5 lane highways that feed into them. We do not have adequate public transport as an alternative. What we need is a mechanism to raise money to pay for the roads. Fuel levy is the answer. Easy to police, no maintenance, affordable.

      Clive Cellarius - 2014-10-15 09:12

      I don't think for one moment this corrupt system is effective at anything - it's merely partially shifting the congestion from the "freeways" to secondary roads leading into cities.

      Celeste Mignon Pretorius - 2014-10-15 10:01

      We are already paying a high fuel levy. There has been no investigation to what happened to the billions paid into this Levy Fund and you suggest we pay an even higher levy. Are you smoking something?

      Made-In SA - 2014-10-15 19:47

      There already is a fuel levy of R2.25 on every litre of fuel sold specifically earmarked for Scamrail for road maintenance.

  • Steven Francisco - 2014-10-15 07:25

    Black business council??? I think im going to start a White Business Council

      Pieter Van Zyl - 2014-10-15 10:59

      Where do I sign up?

  • Carolyn Hunter Logan - 2014-10-15 07:28

    Nothing more than political posturing to secure the election. This will be dropped and the national party line adhered to as soon as they are voted back in.

  • Byron Botha - 2014-10-15 08:27

    Nothing is changing. Reviews upon reviews. Just scrap the damn things already. ...

  • Alan Claridge - 2014-10-15 09:11

    And the cost of all these reviews ? just another excuse for a free lunch, scrap the system , simple , the people have spoken

  • The Illuminated One - 2014-10-15 10:08

    Blah Blah Blah, we shall not pay... E-tolls is a "western thing"... Also, we didn't ask for it so why should we pay? (Thanks for that Zuma / Nkandla)

  • Gail Welman - 2014-10-15 12:18

    If there were alternative routes, trains that were safe, bus services or trams as in most FIRST WORLD countries, they could implement e-tolls, but I am a captive user of the provincial roads because any alternative routes are either filled with pot holes or further and petrol-wise/ time-wise, more costly.

  • Alan John Ingram - 2014-10-15 12:25

    ja ja! This commission and meetings on meetings will go on until after the 2016 local elections and the anc will win Gauteng cause of all the promises made by Mr. Paul Mashatile and all the people follow him like sheep! Wew are been hood winked by the regime they have no intension what-so-ever of stopping e toll!

      Konstabel Koekemoer - 2014-10-15 14:21

      If the e-toll collection dwindle so much that the collection costs far exceed revenues the system will eventually be canned for economic reasons ... the more people that stop paying the quicker this will happen, there is no more reason why any sane person would pay. It has become obvious that there is little that Sanral can realistically do to collect the outstanding funds besides threats and intimidation.

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