Peters: KZN e-toll reports not true

Peters: KZN e-toll reports not true

2014-05-23 09:57

Johannesburg - No decision has been taken to introduce the e-tolling system in KwaZulu-Natal, the transport ministry said on Friday.

"Any decision to introduce any form of tolling in any part of the country will be taken in consultation with authorities," said Transport Minister Dipuo Peters in a statement.

The decision could only be taken after consultation with affected parties.

"I, therefore, wish to clarify reports that a decision has been taken to introduce electronic tolling in some parts of KwaZulu-Natal as untrue."

She said, although the country needed to resolve the current road infrastructure backlog, it was important to consult thoroughly with potentially affected parties.

"We are currently focused on resolving some of the challenges emanating from the introduction of electronic tolling in some parts of the Gauteng province."

On Wednesday, the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) revealed that the province was set to have e-tolling on the N2 and the N3 by November.

Unlike in Gauteng it would not be an additional toll, but simply an alternative means of collecting existing tolls, Sanral KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State regional manager Logashri Sewnarain said at the time.

The e-tolling system would be implemented at the existing Mariannhill Toll Plaza on the N3 and on the N2 at the Oribi Toll Plaza near Port Shepstone.

  • Brooce Leigh - 2014-05-23 10:01

    Yet! ... It will be forced on the consumer in time ...

      Kiss123 - 2014-05-23 10:03

      maybe , but first they must stop losing money

      SA Citizen - 2014-05-23 10:13

      In the Western Cape Scamrail wanted to introduce e-toll a long time ago on the N1 and N2,it would be in operation now,if it had not been for the DA who stopped them with a court application.That matter is still pending in court.

      Eric Moneyvalu - 2014-05-23 10:28

      Whats with this goverment. The truth is told and they always come up with stories

      Joseph Shange - 2014-05-23 10:43

      I love the Western Cape :)

      Dhavandran Palavar - 2014-05-23 10:47

      in time the e-trolls will have their way.

      Martin Pienaar - 2014-05-23 10:54

      Waar 'n Rokie trek .... Is 'n vuurtjie!

      Eric Moneyvalu - 2014-05-23 10:58

      Yes Alicia. Basically the goverment lied to the goverment

      Xenswim1 - 2014-05-23 11:25

      Quite right and what about the jobs lost. I wholly agree these guys are really trying to pull the wool over our eyes by introducing stealth way to get us to sign up then wham us with the south coast tolls, outer ring road and others without viable alternatives and at a high price.

  • Julia Griffiths - 2014-05-23 10:06

    Only now why was Gauteng not also given the same opportunity & then listen to what we say or said

  • Prince Ramalia - 2014-05-23 10:07

    Hope it will start @ inkandla

      SA Citizen - 2014-05-23 10:18

      No chance it will be there,even though two new roads were buildt to Nkandla in the last five years,with the cost around R500 million.True story.

      Deeked De Dose - 2014-05-23 11:31

      Wouldn't affect old Potato head - remember he flies in with the SAAF choppers.... the Nkandla highway is just there so the locals can get to the tuck shop[....

  • Sonnyboy Mathebula - 2014-05-23 10:11

    yes NKANDLA must be the 1st to get one

  • Vumile Prezie Mjoli - 2014-05-23 10:12

    No use of denyin, coz in da end they wil implement it. Day light robbery. Wish da Zulu's bomb it dwn, coz i knw they dnt take nonsense

      Siyabonga Biyela - 2014-05-23 10:19

      Vumile, I don't see a problem with this...except that some people will lose jobs. It will ease the traffic and save us time

      Deeked De Dose - 2014-05-23 11:36

      Siyabonga - Guess who will pay for the changes? remember that now half the money will be going overseas, so the toll fees will have to go up... Anyway, how are things going in Sanral Head Office? I see you are packing on the pounds since you took the PR job...?

      Neville Watson - 2014-05-23 13:17

      @Siyabonga- Traffic in JHB has not improved.

      Reality - 2014-05-23 15:36

      > Vumile, I don't see a problem with this...except that some people will lose jobs. It will ease the traffic and save us time It will also help create jobs in Austria where Kapsch is as 40% of the income will probably flow out to them like it is in Gauteng.

  • Angelo Castagno - 2014-05-23 10:14

    Zuma needs another house, so of course e-tolls will be introduced. Durban to JHB is a well travelled route, so now imagine how much things will go up by.

  • Johan Pienaar - 2014-05-23 10:18

    And who said Sanral is stupid ? They will first replace the existing booms with e tag and no extra charge to exiting users. Once the users sign their contract and enough % of compliant users, they will be able to do what they want as the users signed a binding contract.

      SA Citizen - 2014-05-23 10:27

      And the people working at the toll booms would be out of a job.Adding to record unemployment.But yes you are right,they want to get everybodys particulars first,so they can have it on record the day e-toll start.

      Deeked De Dose - 2014-05-23 11:41

      What, are you saying that SANRAL would do anything unethical? Next you will tell me that the EFF won't deliver on their promises...

      sxp - 2014-05-23 11:47

      That is why I will never contract with these fools.

      Reality - 2014-05-23 15:38

      @Deeked De Dose..what promises? They were just joking bra!

  • Drohan van den Berg - 2014-05-23 10:22

    We were given the opportunity, once they heard that nobody wanted etolls. The put it up to a vote. The publics vote as a group counts for 1 vote and the cadres votes count for 1 000 000 votes per cadre. Someone has to fund Zumaville. Let this be a lesson to all that once they grt away with theft from one province, the rest will follow shortly. KZN you voted for ANC after they showed you their true colours, now you must pay.

  • Nick Bozman - 2014-05-23 10:26

    What the ANC gov does best-Lie with a straight face.Mac,Jackson,Joemat-pettersson and dear Jessie Duarte,to name but a few.Oh dear what about our No:1-I knew nothing about the Nkandla upgrades ?

  • henk.venter.754 - 2014-05-23 10:41

    Bla bla bla. Sanral and the government always start with deniels

  • Sifiso Gwala - 2014-05-23 10:47

    Expect the unexpected in RSA,now what we were seeing far is coming close to us. I'm already struggling because of large portion taken from my salary in the form of tax, nw i have to budget for E tolls. I won't pay. E tolls not at all,whoever is advising this people,does not really thing for the public and average citizens of RSA

  • MJ VR - 2014-05-23 10:57

    Whats happening with Sanral in Gauteng? Does anybody know? Are they losing money?

      Deeked De Dose - 2014-05-23 11:44

      According to SANRAL (who never lie) their collections are way ahead of budget and only a few people are not paying.... Ok, as far as I know they are losing about one Nkandla per month....

  • Bryan McCloy - 2014-05-23 11:09

    Toyota might have something to say

      Warren - 2014-05-23 13:16

      Why? This is not new toll gates, but simply using E-tags in another way. I appose the tolling of freeways, especially in urban areas, but this isn't that. People are reading "E-Toll" and not reading the article. If it gets you through a gate faster and you are paying the same anyway what is the problem? Toyota might find this more convenient than issuing drivers with cards/money to pay at the gates. I still think they should be sorting out Oliviershoek before anything else.

      Reality - 2014-05-23 15:45

      @Warren wrote..If it gets you through a gate faster and you are paying the same anyway what is the problem? Ever heard of Kapsch? They have to take 40% of the toll fees to Austria, so that will be added to your bill. Then there is also the small case of the Gauteng estimate of originally R 6 billion where now is over R 40 billion. You do not really expect Sanral to be responsible for costs escalating exponentially. Of course that should be added to your bill Look on the bright least you will be moving faster through the toll gates

  • Xolani Gumede - 2014-05-23 11:19

    As much as I love the ANC, but I must say:This is how the e-tolls were introduced in Gauteng. It was rumours that turned to reality. Introduce in KZN and ANC is gone....

      Reality - 2014-05-23 15:47

      @Introduce in KZN and ANC is gone... No, that is why they tested it in Gauteng. They found out people vote for then regardless of what they do.

  • Celeste de Lange - 2014-05-23 11:20

    Funny. Every time Sanfail makes a statement, Peters goes and makes a statement that is the exact opposite of what Vusi Moaner and co had to say. I think they are more careful this time round because Gauteng motorists did not just roll over and pay as they expected.

  • Moh Mzwandile Mazibuko - 2014-05-23 11:28

    She is just fooling ppl

  • Terry Burne - 2014-05-23 11:40

    Don't lie Peters - the decision has been taken, you just haven't announced it yet!

  • Hauke Liefferink - 2014-05-23 11:40

    Get ready KZN we in Gauteng were duped and before we realised how much it was going to cost us.

  • Andrew M - 2014-05-23 11:44

    To resolve the current backlog in road infrastructure would be to use the funds from the fuel levy for this purpose. For at the present time these billions are going into the general funding for government and not used for the intended purpose.

      Reality - 2014-05-23 15:49

      @Andrew But remember they have to keep the grants running and they cannot borrow very much more as we already owe R 1400 billion to people overseas.

  • sxp - 2014-05-23 11:46

    They can go to hell. I will not pay for using the public's roads.

  • Sisie Indola - 2014-05-23 11:47

    Where there is smoke there is always fire - blazing fire!

  • Khutso Bokaba - 2014-05-23 11:55

    Confusing story, is SANRAL telling us lies Minister?

  • mmmmTim - 2014-05-23 11:58

    Why do they need the money from e-tolls anyway? They can just keep issuing government backed bonds and get R500 million a month from willing investors with no trouble at all. They are not going to run out of money to pay their own salaries.

  • Alan Robertson - 2014-05-23 12:10

    Those who supported anc in election, including cosatu, should accept e tolls...

  • Khathatso Mokoena - 2014-05-23 12:46

    Where there is smoke there is fire. I won't be fooled by Transport Ministry with their lies. The people of kwazulu must brace themself, E Tolls are coming.

  • Stephanes Heunis - 2014-05-23 12:52

    did she knew what's going on in her department? sanral idiots said it will be. peters you change you tune when they (anc) seen the money shortage after the job at zweletinies kraal!

  • Kobus Pienaar - 2014-05-23 14:47

    Yes, consult like in Gauteng, and when told the people do not want the tolls, will tell them it will happen no matter what you do...just like they did in Gauteng. No democracy in this country...

  • Dennis van Aarde - 2014-05-23 20:04

    It is just a good way to line your pockets,we the puplic have no choice after the majority voted ANC

  • Bonani Njotini - 2014-05-23 21:16

    Sanral is really having a lot of money to spend, before the year ending they will be bankrupt. They will not get a cent from my wallet, they can go to hell for all I care.

  • Adam Stander - 2014-05-24 07:18

    Well, I hope they change the current tollgates in KZN to etolls as well, then they can also be FREE like in Gauteng. Remember:Friends don't let friends get tagged

  • mmmmTim - 2014-05-24 10:18

    So whose responsibility is it to make these decisions? If it is SANRALs then they can no longer claim to not be making policy. If it is the Ministers, then SANRAL are useless idiots for making the announcement. Either way SANRAL are completely wrong. And of course we will hear nothing from SCAMRAL in response.

  • mmmmTim - 2014-05-24 10:28

    Just think what is is like to be someone who is tagged. They must feel so stupid for having been suckered into paying while the rest of us pay nothing. I trust that if you have a tag you have already taken it out of your vehicle or swopped it with someone else - send SCAMRAL a note telling them to close your account and that the tag has been lost/stolen.

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