Sanral lowers toll fees

2012-10-26 12:19

Pretoria - The Gauteng e-toll system will be implemented, Transport Minister Ben Martins said on Friday.

"Cabinet at its meeting on Wednesday... decided that Sanral should proceed with the implementation of e-tolling," Martins told reporters in Pretoria.

"Today, the department of transport gazetted the toll tariffs and regulations for public comment."

Martins said that at the end of the 30 days, after government had considered the public's views, the final tariffs would be published.


The e-toll tariff for light vehicles with e-tags has been reduced to 30c/km, Sanral said.

This was down from the 40c/km decided on last year, Sanral toll and traffic manager Alex van Niekerk said.

The base tariff for light vehicles would remain at 58c/km.

Van Niekerk was giving a SA National Roads Agency Limited presentation on the Gauteng highway e-toll system.

Part of the presentation was the tariff history.

He said the e-tag tariff for motorcycles had been dropped from 24c/km to 18c/km, for medium heavy vehicles (Class B) from R1/km to 75c/km, and heavy vehicles (Class C) from R2/km to R1.50/km.

Transport Minister Ben Martins said government had proposed that toll fees for e-tag users be capped at R550 a month for light vehicles.

Van Niekerk said only about 0.2% of Gauteng road users would pay the e-toll cap.

About 78.5% of motorists using the freeway were expected to pay less than R100 a month, using e-tags, he said.

About 91.3% would pay less than R200 and 96.3% would pay less than R300.

  • khathu.rasi - 2012-10-26 12:24

    Thats better

      kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-26 12:26

      So sorry Samral but I still aint paying. DONT REGISTER. and to those wise cracks that think it wont effect them, lets talk again when the price of EVERYTHING goes up because of this.

      nicholas.graan - 2012-10-26 12:32

      Thats better? Then in 6 months time it will get jacked up to 40c or more, who is going to have control over the increases?

      clinton.bowden1 - 2012-10-26 12:32

      "Thats Better"? How so ? Are you satisified that goverment have been open and transparent about this how project ? Why is is that so much money goes towards the administration of this system and so little to our roads ? At lower rates, it means nothing will go towards the roads and only to administration. Take some time and look at all the facts and if you were clever enough you would quickly see, nothing adds up. Do you really think there has been an improvement in the roads? And sure the rate is 30c today but next month it will be 33c, followed by 40c and then 55c and then before you know it its back passed 60c/KM because YOU OKED 30c/km based on lies. So no, its not better

      maree.cassie - 2012-10-26 12:40

      won't pay!!!

      alan.jerrold - 2012-10-26 12:44

      No, it's not better at all. The question is, why did the ANC run ahead spending R21 000 000 000, doing a non-transparent deal with an overseas company previously involved in the Armsgate scam, with minimal public consultation?? No, they just went ahead in their arrogant way. Then invested billions of Govt pension money in Scamral, confident of big profits. Sorry ANC, you ARE going to live to regret this foolish decision.

      bruce.williams.1044186 - 2012-10-26 12:49

      Doesn't matter in the least. I still won't pay for it!

      johan.jacobs.33821 - 2012-10-26 12:50

      It's still going to add up too a lot of money out of the consumers pocket.The accumalative,effect will be huge.What's more this only the beginning.

      jason.heineberg - 2012-10-26 12:52

      Taxes are for things like new roads and not to maintain extravagant lifestyles. That's the problem in SA, government officials think they are rockstars, instead of philanthropists. If new roads are built, the government should pay for them with money collected for this exact purpose....

      freddie.miff - 2012-10-26 14:03

      Did anyone really think there would be any other result? Since when did the ANC ever listen to taxpayers? Never, cos they have enough govt subsidy voters (paid for by taxpayers) to keep them in power.

      godfrey.welman - 2012-10-26 14:14

      Don't buy E-Tag, don't buy....Don't buy E-Tag, don't buy...

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-10-26 14:25

      @Revelgen. I hope they regret this foolish decision at the polls, and soon. I do not believe that the poor will continue to vote for the ANC, when they can see and experience being worse off than in 1994.

      freddie.miff - 2012-10-26 14:28

      Clifford, the N3 toll roads were purpose built from scratch and tolled from the beginning, you can still drive to Durban on the old road if you wish. The eTolls simply retarred perfectly good concrete highways, added one more lane, and then charge us tolls for using what essentially was already there and paid for out of our taxes.

      maria.ferreira1234 - 2012-10-26 14:56

      Did someone in SANRAL pay you to comment ?????

      liveby.thesword.1 - 2012-10-27 00:46

      no matter what happens SANRAL.....what ever you state in future will be met with public outcry because of the way you handle the populace.....and there's nothing you can do to change that....the damage has been done....

      dewald.galjaard - 2012-10-27 09:36

      Not gonna pay!

      heathway.master - 2012-10-27 12:02

      The Government struck at the population when they are on their knees, trying to survive. Electricity has increased close to 300%. Rates and taxes close to 300%, price of petrol doubled. The present debt levels in the population are horrific. This is the time Government sees fit to hit the motorist with an extra R800 - R1200 toll tax. However they try and beat the public into submission by their greedy needs, economically e-tolling just has to fail. When you are faced with educating, clothing, feeding and housing your children, or passing this money on to Sanral, the final decision is a no brainer. When you have to finance and service your car to get to your life sustaining work, or for go all this and pay Sanral, the answer is a no brainer. I predict the Governments total arrogance and bullying the cash strapped citizen, can only result in complete humiliation and defeat. If not a single private motorist buys the e-tag, the system logistically cannot recover unpaid fees. Simple as that.

      heathway.master - 2012-10-27 12:07

      I heard on a Financial Radio Programme last night, the unbelievable recent public reaction to e-tolling was basically a determined and non-negotiable "TAX REVOLT" by the citizens of South Africa. They have simply reached the end of the Government thinking they can carry on "FLEECING THE GOLDEN GOOSE", while the Government, Municipalities, Parastatals, exhibit the most unbelievably wasteful misuse/corruption/tenderneurship/cadre deployment/totally inefficient and costly maladministration of the tax payers "BLOOD MONEY". How many needless "BILLIONS" are spent on supporting the civil servants luxurious and extravagant lifestyles. It was commented that the incredibly generous salaries and perks offered to all civil servants was ballooning out of control. Government officials earn 45% higher salaries than equivalent posts in the private sector, yet are 55% less productive. It was interesting when they said that Zuma had cooked his goose with the complete misuse of tax on the building of his "NKANDLA SUN CITY" This has angered tax payers more than the Government will ever appreciate. As a ploy to those who struggle to reason, toll fees will obviously be substantially reduced initially to catch all in the spiders net. Once caught rates will increase as per Eskom and Municipalities. The solution "NO E-TAGS-COMPLETELY IGNOR PAYMENT LETTERS & THREATS" As with the miners, mass boycott cannot be controlled.

  • guy.rice - 2012-10-26 12:25

    Protest SANRAL's disregard for the freedom of access to information at

      clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-10-26 13:57

      Much better...Thanks Sanral

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-10-26 12:27

    Before February they will double it.

  • jason.vanheerden.31 - 2012-10-26 12:27

    Don't worry the fees will go back up once everyone has got there tags.

      darryl.maze1 - 2012-10-26 12:37

      Exactly. Just another ANC trick to catch the weak targets, lower the price and get ppl to join. Then once they see the money coming in BOOM they will increase it.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-26 13:55

      Same as DSTV And any thing else. Thin end of the wedge in first. The E tag is the the wedge.Dont buy one. It is tapered just like a wood screw.

  • sello.r.molefe - 2012-10-26 12:27


  • richard.zanner - 2012-10-26 12:30

    This is the beginning to now get it going. They will increase the tariffs so fast.

  • lulama - 2012-10-26 12:30

    I still will not pay.

      clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-10-26 13:59

      But you can pay R200 when you go to the durban for your holidays. Then you not complain..Why

      alan.jerrold - 2012-10-26 14:27

      Clifford, I am typing this really slowly so that you understand. When we go on an annual holiday to Durban, we pay just twice - once there, once back, per YEAR. OK so far? Now try paying once there, once back EVERY SINGLE DAY. Then multiply that by 31 days. Then multiply by 12 (please use a calculator). Now try and spot the difference. Let me know if you hav worked it out.

  • johnny.engelbrecht1 - 2012-10-26 12:31

    @ khathu how can you say its better - come next year increases back to what was first suggested or higher than expected. No e-toll that sound much better!!

  • bullardx - 2012-10-26 12:32

    lower it to nothing....cuz really theres no place in my budget paying for a road that was uhm, no thanks to e-toll:p...suckerzzz

  • jason.vanheerden.31 - 2012-10-26 12:32

    Don't you just love how they make it seem like they doing us a favour by discounting the

      gaby.hide.3 - 2012-10-26 13:17

      They just don't get do they? They can make it five cents per kilometer, I still won't pay!

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-26 14:57

      What they are really saying is: Rape is inevitable So lie back and enjoy it or else...

  • nic.proust - 2012-10-26 12:32

    Dont trust these pigs...they dont deserve a cent and will just increase the price once everyone is into the whole toll paying thing...this is also a sign that they have lost the war! Well done to us...keep it up!!

  • jaco.volmer.5 - 2012-10-26 12:34

    "Van Niekerk said only about 0.2% of Gauteng road users would pay the e-toll cap." RUBBISH - go look how many people travel from PTA to JHB and from the east to the north! 22 days 40km one way, thats your cap! perfectly calculated to knob us regardless of cheaper rates. The cap has not been reduced as far as I can see...

      kgetja.abompharihla - 2012-10-26 12:53


      thando.gqabaza - 2012-10-26 13:23

      @kgetja - my brother , best thing to do if you don't like e-tolls, in the next election don't vote ANC. That will be our revenge.

      hein.huyser - 2012-10-26 13:35

      80-90% of people will pay the full cap. That's what they bargain on Still won't pay the double taxes, whilst it will cost a billion plus a year just to collect and administer this farce May this cost the anc the next election

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-10-26 12:35

    Do whatever you want SANRAL but we the ppl have said NO!! We have voiced our opinions. Why is it that these taxis get let off not paying???? Why are they so special???? They are the ones that cause more deaths on our roads and yet they get let off. They dont pay licences, most dont even have a drivers licence.

      Thebigguyjim - 2012-10-26 12:59

      Half of them have false number plates and cannot be invoiced.(Taxis)

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-26 14:26

      Taxis are exempt false plates or not.

  • john.turner.58760608 - 2012-10-26 12:36

    I would like to know who does the sums for these people. Many people travel about 40kms to work using the soon-not-to-be-freeways. That is a round trip of 80kms average working days a month being 22, this equals 1760kms which at 30c/km = R 528. Thus means a lot of people will be paying the R500 (e-toll cap), many more than 0.2% "they" calculate

  • FeebleGastro - 2012-10-26 12:36


  • andy.mku.9 - 2012-10-26 12:36

    even if they can reduce it to 1c im not going to pay it

  • TshilidziPhuravhathu - 2012-10-26 12:37

    They could have done better than this, lower it to ZERO cents/km and we have a deal...

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-26 14:04

      No Dont fall for this whatever you do. It will be like a JHB rates account.. Dont please dont get an etag.Next they will have a licence to sell off your body parts.

      TshilidziPhuravhathu - 2012-10-26 16:19

      fair enough, but how about this sugestion? they charge us minus five rands (-R5.00) with 10 cents increament every year...

  • len.cooper.31 - 2012-10-26 12:37

    I dont care how much this things costs, the fact is, it shouldnt be there!!!!!!! Where am i gonna get X amount from ? This government is just amazing.

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-10-26 12:38

    The roads they want to toll are National roads so howcome the concession is not given to a company to build the "normal" tollgates like ALL the other tolls down to DBN /CT?? Those infrastructure costs are way below this system.

      boyisile - 2012-10-26 14:25

      There is too much traffic already on those roads. If you put normal tollgates it will be disaster.

  • natalie.pennel - 2012-10-26 12:39

    Actually they haven't, the cap amount remains UNCHANGED @R550-. Honestly?

  • craig.thom.376 - 2012-10-26 12:40

    Finally South Africans of all colours agree on something,not to pay the tolls,everyone complains about lawlessness in the country,so is not to pay for something acceptable ? or are there different grades of lawlessness that are deemed acceptable? if you want a change in society it begins with you.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-26 14:05

      Wait for the Invoice ....

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-26 14:58

      Hope it gets lost in the post.....postal strike again??

  • clive.kihn - 2012-10-26 12:40

    But the anarchic taxi industry is still exempt, I assume? So much for the "user pays" principle.

  • chris.shield - 2012-10-26 12:42

    Sanral can get knotted, I WILL NOT PAY!! I've paid enough already...

  • bbooyse - 2012-10-26 12:42

    I won't pay - even if it means picking up and moving elsewhere.

      Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-10-26 13:10

      I am with you... Cape Town is looking better and better everyday!!!!

      bbooyse - 2012-10-26 13:41

      I'm stuyding in Cpt and as much as I like a gauteng rainstorm and the jacaranda trees in September..I think it's time to make a move

      klipkop.degroote - 2012-10-26 13:53

      I am here in sunny (not) CPT and I wonder how long before they start the same thing here. Botox and high fashion is expensive you know. But end of the day DA is a better option of course.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-26 14:11

      Well Vote For A better independant western Cape.Up for Yes Down for E tags. AND other INEFFICIENT Idiot Governments.

      Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-10-26 14:14

      Klipkop, it's not very sunny in jo'burg at the moment either... Anyway, I am from the UK, so lack of sun doesn't bother me too much...

  • wendy.summit.9 - 2012-10-26 12:44

    E-Toll can suck my E-Tolli

  • jason.heineberg - 2012-10-26 12:46

    And what percentage of "motorists using the freeway" live in Gauteng? They can use that to cook the stats hardcore...

  • lourens.naude - 2012-10-26 12:47

    Capped at R550... Maybe they should cap the petrol, food and electricity prices too if they want to be heros..

  • Ntutu Dlova - 2012-10-26 12:47

    i was not sure who i ll vote for in the next national election, but it wont be the ruling party,hypocrites

      klipkop.degroote - 2012-10-26 13:55


  • cecilia.vanderwesthuizen.5 - 2012-10-26 12:50

    Lower my .... Just take bulldozers and push those things down, that includes the ordinary tollgates! If we want to visit family we pay more on toll than pertol! Even with the petrol price hike its more. R28 million in toll money leaves SA each month, the president gets a cut of it so how much of that money are gettings used to fix our roads? None. Break it down!

  • maria.ferreira1234 - 2012-10-26 12:52

    I wish they would make as much fuss about crime as they do about the e-tolling. Our money does not grow on trees...... NOT REGISTERING !!!!

  • nosiphom.mazibuko - 2012-10-26 12:54

    not affect me, I will pay nothing!

      pjbadenhorst - 2012-10-26 13:06

      It may not affect you now but, as soon as it's working in Gauteng you can be sure the gantries will appear in a neighbourhood near you.

      boyisile - 2012-10-26 14:29

      It will affect you. The end user is the consumer. So wether you use that road or not, the food you consume will use it.

      clive.kihn - 2012-10-26 20:07

      Nosi, boyisile is correct - you WILL pay, even if indirectly.

  • martin.marais.90 - 2012-10-26 12:56

    Just remember once the system is operational and accepted they will slowly start incrementing their fees!!! STOP IT NOW, RATHER THAN LATER!

  • stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-10-26 12:58

    PIGZZZZZZ!!!!!!!!!!! bottom line

  • coenraad.vaneeden.5 - 2012-10-26 12:59

    What hap pend to vavi ha ha sellout

      gerhard.muller.988 - 2012-10-26 13:57

      Vavi is getting a bigger kickback and his pension is invested in those gantries. Do you really think he would shoot himself in the foot? Or maybe he will be the next MD of SANRAL.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-26 13:01

    so once again this monstrosity has to be funded by Gautengers - sorry the streets are lined with gold have just turned to normal tar with big potholes. SANRAL we are not interested in funding your gups.

  • khutso.b - 2012-10-26 13:02

    No!... we struggle to buy foods yet they want to take more away from us... NO!!!

  • andre.vandenbergh.1 - 2012-10-26 13:05

    Neva eva SANRAL

  • Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-10-26 13:06

    I fall into the 78.5% category... because I ain't paying a single cent... Go and screw yourselves!!!!

      cindy.dunn.9 - 2012-10-26 13:09

      That makes 2 of us

  • vino.reddy.0 - 2012-10-26 13:10

    Govt should scrap this e-toll plan all togther...just yesterday they announced a R3 Trillion plan to stimilate the fiscus using public/private enterprise...Just where is this money going to come from. Doesnt govt realise that the Freeway system around Johannesburg is the life blood of the SA fiscus. Sanral...stop complaining about paying your (non transparent) loans. yes , the toll fees have come down 25% bec govt paid u that amount this technically we are no better off. Use the funds (incl the 10cents extra from 95 ULP sales) to fund road developement....stop fleecing us ...We HAVE ALREADY PAID FOR OUR ROADS.

  • tmukasa - 2012-10-26 13:12

    Even if they drop it to 2c/km, I wont pay. We didn't ask for the roads/improvements. This obviously will have an effect on the price of all goods transported by road, so I will still be paying more. In yesterdays mini budget, there was approximately 962bn of gov. expenditure that was not accounted for? if they budgeted well, they would find that money to maintain the so-called improved highways

  • thomas.more.946179 - 2012-10-26 13:16

    And the government want the economy to grow? How can you grow an economy if you keep on taxing people? People should spend money on things that will boost the economy. When you boost the economy you create jobs, when you create jobs you create tax revenue, when you have jobs and tax revenue you have a happy population with less crime. Now Mr. Gordhan said in his budget the inflation rate is 5.7%. Kiss my a... How many delivery trucks is on that highways, what is that going to do to the real inflation rate of products people actually buy everyday. People need to eat and raw materials and food need to be distributed. Where is this madness going to end? The government is taking the bread out of the poor peoples mouth and create a state where working people have to borrow more and more just to survive. What about the poor pensioners? Remember this won't just hit Gauteng, the manufacturers will work this costs into their margins countrywide. The time has come for all to stand together against this crime.

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-26 13:18

    Burn the material they use monitoring.

  • phoofolo.lebohang - 2012-10-26 13:18

    Its not lowered yet... It must be R0.00 fee, coz we pay a huge amount of tax from our own salaries. we then pay tax again for whatever we buy... where is democracy,coz it mean FREELY.

  • marc.a.webb.14 - 2012-10-26 13:19

    Would rather spend my capped R550.00 on some Bunny Muti to avoid the tolls and become stealth...

      Mandy Casey - 2012-10-26 13:29


  • richard.laros.77 - 2012-10-26 13:22

    Gee everyone, why don't you tell Sanral how you really feel? LOL. What we should all just do is wait for the invoices to come and then "Return to Sender" let's see how Sanral deals with a million plus invoices being returned to them every month. And the more they send out the more they get back. Pretty soon they will understand that we are not going to put up with this insanity.

  • storm.chambers.5 - 2012-10-26 13:22

    He'll no!!! SANRAL you take all the money to upgrade Zumas house

  • marius.koen2 - 2012-10-26 13:23

    now i won't vote ANC any longer, this whole deal smells very badly of bad decision making and corruption and now we as citizens have to pay for it.

  • stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-10-26 13:24

    Pay e-Toll and start eating Epol..........bottom line.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-26 14:14

      Keeping a pet is more expensive than keeping a human lately.

  • john.dough.5836711 - 2012-10-26 13:29

    Scamral, read this LOUD and CLEAR.... All I will pay is R0.00, now get that that into your thick skulls! You are ecomonomic terrorists!

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-10-26 13:30

    Stiil not going to register.. sue me?

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