Gauteng metros, govt pay R2.7m for e-tolls
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Gauteng metros, govt pay R2.7m for e-tolls

2014-10-26 11:53

Johannesburg - Gauteng's three metropolitan municipalities and the provincial government have spent R2.7m on e-tolls since December, the Sunday Times reported.

In September, the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) charged the four entities a total of R308 000, according to the report.

However, what Sanral received from government was small in comparison to the projected monthly revenue of R260m from all Gauteng road users.

Johannesburg, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni, and the Gauteng government spent a combined R767 000 on e-tolls between December and March. In the four months since June their combined bill has grown to R1.3m.

The provincial government had 8 202 vehicles fitted with e-tags in its fleet, including those used by the provincial executive.

The City of Johannesburg spent an average R56 000 a month on e-tolls, Tshwane R42 000, and Ekurhuleni R10 000, according to the report.

Read: E-tolls review panel: all you need to know

In July, Gauteng premier David Makhura established a panel to assess the socio-economic impact of e-tolls.

Motorists and organisations have made submissions to the panel. Political parties, including the Democratic Alliance, the Economic Freedom Fighters and Inkatha Freedom Party have criticised the system.

Chairperson of the African National Congress in Gauteng, Paul Mashatile, informed the panel urban tolling would "kill the economy" and that the system needed to be reviewed.

However, he encouraged users to continue paying their e-toll bills during the review process. The panel is due to present its findings to Makhura at the end of November.

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Comments
  • Lerato Rato - 2014-10-26 11:58

    Let them pay ; who cares.this advert is irritating like nkadla.

      lacrimosewolf - 2014-10-26 13:22

      You should care. It's our money that is paying for this absurd system. Imagine what an extra R27m spent on urgent and important metro issues could do

      FNWitch - 2014-10-26 14:12

      It's our tax money - that's why we should care. That money could be spent on helping the poor.

      Made-inthe South - 2014-10-26 14:57

      That is your tax rands landing in the ZANC and Kapsch pockets.

      Jan Jantjies - 2014-10-26 16:50

      It is still you and me paying......

      b.agnostic - 2014-10-27 08:14

      But remember if you don't pay taxes like Lerato you don't care

      Janus Du Preez - 2014-10-27 10:55

      It could be spent better, but it never will. If it wasn't spent on etolls, it would be spent on bonusses for municipality managers, Eskom bosses or their families. Why not organise a tea party with the Guptas for R20million or pay for an international singer to come sing here...only to cancel the concert? Nkandla phase 2 ? Financing the spending habits of Jacob Zuma's 15 wifes ?

  • janerik.swart - 2014-10-26 12:01

    What? the Govt paying for the e-toll! Congratulations! I guess our taxes help!

      Mike Heyns - 2014-10-26 12:23

      Yip, as if this is now going to give them sleepless nights!!

      jacques.potgieter.313 - 2014-10-26 12:51

      So those who are tax payers and have e tags are in essence paying double??

      Made-inthe South - 2014-10-26 14:59

      E-trolls are dead.RIP E-trolls.ETC[Toll Collections] has laid off its staff.There is now nobody working on collections and from now on e-trolls payments are completely voluntary. Those that still fund the corrupt ZANC pocket lining troll system ,ZANC thank you. I bet you guys still paying feel like milk cows every time you pass under those gantries.

      Jan Jantjies - 2014-10-26 16:48

      It is still you and me paying......

  • Sthembiso Jali - 2014-10-26 12:05

    R2.7m our tax money, let them massage each other's egos. Still not paying from my pocket. Rather go to jail.

      Mike Heyns - 2014-10-26 12:25

      Not really, only R2.7million less for their Xmas party, that's all!!

      Made-inthe South - 2014-10-26 15:04

      We should all be standing together on this out of principle.If we don't,ZANC will think we are sheep and force the next money making scheme,Russian nuclear on us and that will be paid for by all of our children.Time to take a stand against corruption that impoverish the already poor and enrich a corrupt few.

  • Erwin de Ruiter - 2014-10-26 12:06

    Highway robbery! Where in any society is this normal?

      Vaughan - 2014-10-27 13:31

      It was normal in a country called Portugal which is now bankrupt.

  • Roland Abrahams - 2014-10-26 12:15

    They using the tax payers money again, something which normal in this goverment. A bunch of complete A holes.

      Made-inthe South - 2014-10-26 15:06

      Enriching a foreign company Kapsch.

  • Roland Abrahams - 2014-10-26 12:15

    They using the tax payers money again, something which normal in this goverment. A bunch of complete A holes.

  • sxp - 2014-10-26 12:24

    So they use taxes to pay for their own system designed to rob us all? How sick can these people be?

  • Sifiso Myeni - 2014-10-26 12:30

    The money they are "paying" is just our tax being circulated around guys. Where does it originate from to begin with? From us

      Yvonne Pietersen - 2014-10-26 13:38

      And then the finance minister has warned private income tax will be increased next year. Why? To pay for their e-toll bills

  • Phillip De Waal - 2014-10-26 13:16

    No, the Municipalities haven't paid for anything. We, the taxpayer, have...

  • Theo Dor - 2014-10-26 13:26

    I made 5 trips from PTA to JHB and my bill is almost R2000 something dont ad up

  • Bertus Pretorius - 2014-10-26 13:42

    No. WE, the tax and rates payers, are charged. NOT the government or municipalities - we pay them for services!

  • Tapiwa Makwavarara - 2014-10-26 13:49

    Germany the country with the company that assisted SA does nkt even have e tolls. South africa is not a 1st world country its a high midfle income country that is experiencing an economic downfall. E toll was the last thing to make a priority.

  • Don Tandy - 2014-10-26 14:00

    Just a drop in the ocean compared with the amounts they have spent on other fraudulent/misplaced/fictitious/corrupt causes.

  • Sharon Miller - 2014-10-26 14:10

    That is our tax as South African citizens paying the e tolls for the metros. Therefore less money for other services. We as citizens are paying for this several times over. We lose all the way.

  • Sharon Miller - 2014-10-26 14:12

    Ask Minister Nomvula Mokonyane what happened to the user pays principle. We are not getting the benefit of hercar and trips yet we are paying for her car and her e tolls. How does that work?

  • Nicolas J Meletakos - 2014-10-26 15:09

    So taxis are excempt, but not provincial government fleets???? WT..

  • Freddy van Wijk - 2014-10-26 17:06

    I've discovered why e-toll fees have been increased without the blessing of the overtaxed consumer!

  • Marc Anthony Webb - 2014-10-26 17:12

    Well done easy to spend money that isn't yours...Do they really believe we will now look at this bit of so called positive news and all miracously start paying e-tolls???Not ever in my life will I pay e-tolls for a corrupt Regime stealing us blind!!!

  • Jo Maxwell - 2014-10-26 17:39

    So bibi new houses, schools decent medical facilities. MP's don't pay toll fees - we do on their behalf. So etoll's do not affect government at all which is why they don't care.

  • catcha.wakeup - 2014-10-26 20:52

    And the 1.5 million registered users that SANRAL claimed they had? I guess they are not paying eh! DEREGISTER NOW?

  • Al Kazar - 2014-10-26 22:46

    Government is supposed to use our tax money to pay for the construction and upkeep of public roads - they are not supposed to pay our tax money to even use those roads themselves, and in the process enrich a private company! Bad enough that we have to pay extra to use public roads (over and above our taxes) - but this is simply ridiculous!

  • Fanie Gerber - 2014-10-27 08:10

    How the hell is that possible - they have a huge fleet For the whole of gauteng ~ 1000......so they only paid R270 per month?????

  • Leroy Reynolds - 2014-10-27 08:23

    ANC, I love that I will go to my grave knowing you all will be revealed for the clowns and fools you are! How embarrassing to know your faces will be displayed to your kin in future when the children of this country ask who was responsible for such anarchy!

  • Buti Lembe - 2014-10-27 15:54

    Why this Zuma is adamant?

  • arthur.salvado - 2014-10-28 08:11

    So, the public is paying for e-tolls after all . I'm paying for government officials but not mine. I'm such a good citizen

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