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Sanral talking to lawyers about toll ruling

Mar 30 2015 17:45
Carin Smith

Cape Town - The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) will first discuss the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) matter regarding the Cape Winelands toll roads with its legal representatives before making any public pronouncements.

Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mona responded to a Fin24 request for comment on the matter by saying Sanral has noted the ruling by the SCA that documents related to the tolling of roads into Cape Town may now be made public.

"Sanral respects the judicial process and adheres to the rule of law. The roads agency will subsequently discuss the matter with its legal representatives before making any public pronouncements," said Mona.

Following the dismissal of the City of Cape Town’s application for leave to appeal in the Western Cape High Court, the City petitioned the SCA. At the time the City said the application in the Western Cape High Court was dismissed on a procedural aspect and not on substantive issues.

The SCA in Bloemfontein on Monday ruled in favour of the City of Cape Town by setting aside an order made by the Western Cape High Court on August 28 2014 concerning the secrecy application of Sanral.

Cape Town's mayoral committee member for transport Brett Herron accordingly revealed that, should the tolling of the N1 and N2 freeways go ahead, residents from the Western Cape and visitors to the region would pay toll tariffs nearly three times those of the e-toll tariffs being charged in Gauteng.

READ: Cape Town discloses Sanral's tolling secrets

It was also revealed that Sanral, which awarded the tender for the N1 and N2 Toll Highway Project to the Protea Parkways Consortium (PPC), anticipated toll revenue over the concession period (2010 values, excluding VAT) to be in the region of R48bn.

Herron also revealed that the decision to declare the Winelands toll roads was taken by Sanral CEO Nazir Alli and not by the Sanral board, as required by the Sanral Act.

Sanral also failed to disclose the grave consequences of the reimbursement clause in its concession contract with PPC to the Sanral board and the transport minister, he said.

The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry said it was shocked to learn that the Winelands toll fees would be nearly three times higher than Gauteng's e-tolls.

READ: Sanral's Cape toll tariff shocker

Meanwhile, the Opposition To Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) said the SCA ruling on the Cape Winelands toll project reflects concerns expressed in other judgments against Sanral over the past decade.

According to Outa, the ruling "echoes the concerns expressed by other judgments against Sanral over the past decade, which have also expressed alarm at the opaque and evasive public engagement processes conducted by Sanral".

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