Sanral vows to continue fight

2012-05-08 09:23

Johannesburg - The SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) said its immediate priority is to ensure that it continues to perform its essential role in operating and maintaining South Africa's national roads, following the resignation of CEO Nazir Alli.

"The immediate focus and priority of the board is to ensure that Sanral continues to perform its essential role in operating and maintaining more than 16 000km of national roads across South Africa," chairperson Tembakazi Mnyaka said in a statement. 

"The board will ensure that Sanral contributes to and cooperates with the deliberations now under way," he said.

Alli resigned at a meeting on Monday, the agency said.

Alli would continue in his post until June 3, Mnyaka said.

He thanked Alli for his contribution since Sanral's inception in 1998. Sanral did not give reasons for Alli's resignation. 

On Friday cabinet appointed a special committee, to be chaired by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, to coordinate work around the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.

The committee would, among other things, try and ensure Sanral's financial stability is not affected by the halt to e-tolling. The toll fees would have been used to repay Sanral's R20bn debt. 

The Democratic Alliance said last week it had asked Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to probe e-toll collection contracts.

A full court review will be carried out to determine the future of the Gauteng tolling system.


  • zaatheist - 2012-05-08 09:32

    Well that is good. No need to fight. It is you job to concentrate on maintaining our road infrastructure and forget about the quick buck money making schemes.

      JaredVN - 2012-05-08 09:51

      Agree completely. Sanral is not the enemy - corruption, waste and the resulting exorbitantly high taxes are. If Sanral does its job properly, gives us good value for money, and only tolls new roads, Bob's your uncle.

      Bandile - 2012-05-08 10:20

      Why must new roads be tolled? You are taxed more than enough for new roads to be built AND old ones be maintained.

      Repline - 2012-05-08 10:21

      Dont know who is worse: SCAMral, TelSCAM or, ESCAM

      Razz - 2012-05-08 10:35

      @Repline. You forgot to add another name ANC

      Squeegee - 2012-05-08 10:47

      zaathiest - we agree on something!

      Fredster - 2012-05-08 11:09

      It should read: "Sanral vows to continue flight"

      Hugh - 2012-05-08 14:54

      Sanral is the enemy, the old roads departments worked very well in the past. (NPA; CPA and TPA) The infrastructure was kept in pristine condition. Its only since SANRAL was established to use their tendertropenures to maintain roads when all things went pear shaped.

  • John - 2012-05-08 09:36

    Now all we have to do is get rid of SANRAL, as it is just another bureaucratic entity doing what the Min of Transport should be doing

      Mhlonso - 2012-05-08 10:29

      100% right!! Quick and arrest him before he runs away with the loot!

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-05-08 09:36

    Nazir Alli resigned or pushed? Either way the taxpayer will still be footing the bill for SANRAL to continue to fight this unfair toll.

  • sika.ncamane - 2012-05-08 09:37

    His contribution was the failing e toll system....

  • ntunjab - 2012-05-08 09:37

    Yeah wateva Blah blah blah, d justice will set us free n u going to luz our Votes nxt tym! SCAMral!

  • jim.dickson2 - 2012-05-08 09:37

    Is he being given a fat job at one of the collection companies?

      Peter - 2012-05-08 09:50

      And how much is he being given to "leave" ?

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-08 10:07

      Leave or keep quiet????

  • Daniel - 2012-05-08 09:39

    he's jumping ship ....he knows the score ...... how much already in his pockets ........?

      Alan - 2012-05-08 10:01

      Well - his Pension Fund has recently gone for a loop....

      Peter - 2012-05-08 15:47

      That's why he resigned now Alan ... he wants his claim in BEFORE the fund is declared insolvent and frozen.

  • Martin - 2012-05-08 09:46

    HAHAHAHAH you are the weakest link, goodbye, and good luck in future corrupt practice, we gonna keep an eye open for you mate.

      Simnikiwe - 2012-05-08 10:24

      Lol Nazir wasn't corrupt enough, he couldn't even steal R20bn from taxpayers through e-tolling. Dismissed for incompetence.

  • Jacques - 2012-05-08 09:48

    Listen Man nothing will happen as top ANC member are involved. Think about it. Kapsch Austria which now is shown to actualy be Kapsch Sweden They financed this deal and is the largest stake holder in profit share They use to be Saab Aerospace, now renamed to Kapsch Sweden. The same company which was involved in the arms deal scandal involving Zuma. Haha what a joke

      JaredVN - 2012-05-08 09:54

      Not to mention Gijima AST. Gijima AST completely bungled their R2.8 billion Home Affairs project, to the point that they were booted off the project. Guess who did the IT systems for eToll? Jonas Bogoshi and his merry band of Gijima incompetents. If they can't even get simple things like issuing ID books right, imagine what a shamble the eToll billing would have been.

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-08 10:05

      Your so right. Now do the tax payer fit the bill and later fit the bill for the court cases????

  • Ridwan - 2012-05-08 09:57

    The rats are truly jumping ship!

  • Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-08 09:59

    What are we taxed for then. Tax on tax on tax. Hallooooo bankruptcy. What are they doing with all the money??????

  • kwbateman - 2012-05-08 09:59

    Dear Sanral, Your functions should in fact be carried out by the Government - but given the agency way of doing you now find yourselves with their responsibility. The road users of this country are paying a handsome levy on every drop of fuel they buy, the tax payers of this country pay vast sums of money in corporate tax, VAT andpersonal tax. The message to be taken from the e-toll mess is that the citizens of this country do not want expensive systems where the profits are siphoned off to Europe. The hard earned tax spend should be kept here in the country we all love dearly!

  • Alan - 2012-05-08 10:08

    Post Vacant : Head of Scam all. No experience required. Benefits include Multi-million salary, and Pension Scheme with 300 %p.a. Growth. Presidential Pardon likely in case of wrongdoing. Working Clothes supplied with specially tailored oversized pockets.

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-08 10:18


  • romeo.sehako - 2012-05-08 10:08

    May the best team win as we're also preparing for one hell of a battle, scamral and anc we will fight you till the bitter end, enough is enough.

      Alan - 2012-05-08 10:33

      somehow - I think the Scamall battle is already won by the opponents... Why would somebody bail ship if there is nothing to hide?

      Piet - 2012-05-08 10:49

      I just hope that people will stope voting for the ANC. You have to stop this rot at Root level. Scumral really has nothing to do with this. It is all ANC cadres!

      romeo.sehako - 2012-05-08 10:56

      Yeah we've won, but let us not pull back and celebrate because they might hit us when we're off guard, i buy the bottle of wine to celebrate when tolls have been crapped.

      Alan - 2012-05-08 11:09

      Whaaahaa @ the misspelling of scrapped above! Couldnt have found a better word!

      romeo.sehako - 2012-05-08 12:23

      @Alan lol, im using a cellphone not a pc, its not often that i read my comments before posting them. Lol you killed me, ima get you back.

  • magomarele - 2012-05-08 10:10

    We're also relentless in our struggle to boycott these eTolling criminal activity. We’ll fight to the last drop. I still insist that unless SANRAL pays me the money they owe me I won’t give them any breathing space.

  • luzukotosh - 2012-05-08 10:12

    And enrich top ANC members while you at it

  • Alan - 2012-05-08 10:12

    Kinda strange out very own President has nothing to say about anything to do with Sanral. I wonder if he is up to speed with events, ot if the politcal pressure is possibly taking it's Toll?

      Alan - 2012-05-08 10:14

      out = our

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-08 10:16

      He is to busy helping other countries.

      Alan - 2012-05-08 10:18

      Ah - thanks. How many jets did he take with?

      Mhlonso - 2012-05-08 10:30

      He is you President not mine thank you.

      Alan - 2012-05-08 10:34

      Apologies Mhlonso. Still a bit hungover from the recent weddings I attended. (Father and Son)

  • ernst.nieuwoudt - 2012-05-08 10:15

    Time to close this bunch of thieves down, before they cost us to much money in court actions. They should not be allowed to spend tax payers money on court actions, and should be forced to personally pay their attorneys' fees when opposing the taxpayer. Did you see how they tried to hoodwink the Wild Coast people? Disgusting! And any system that costs more to run than the money it brings in, should be scrapped before it even looks like starting. Time to tell us how much the fuel levy amounts to and whatit is used for. It is actually time for the government to realise that they are there FOR the people and not to rule OVER them for own il-gotten gain.

      Alan - 2012-05-08 10:19

      spot on.

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-08 10:22

      It's time for a change. These guys know there fate already. They just making sure there pension is in order.

  • gift.moyo.52 - 2012-05-08 10:25

    We would like to know which individuals, politically connected or not stand to pocket profits from the tolls. I would also know if SANRAL plans to set up toll gates on all its future roads projects so the user pays. The N14 between Carletonville and Kuruman has been resurfaced and sections widened recently but there are no toll gates in sight. Why only in GP? If the new roads will boost the economy in GP as claimed by SANRAL and the politicians, why tax/toll the people going to work and keeping that same economy ticking? Why not get the money from the boosted revenues from the boosted GP economy? In the meantime may you rename these freeways with the names of the investors, collecting agencies and beneficiaries so that when I drive down the road I know who I owe money. Why do they want to remain annonymous if it was all above board?

      Piet - 2012-05-08 11:05

      1, do not vote for the ANC 2, pay normal tolls with R100.00 bills in protest 3, do not vote for the ANC

  • nvanjaarsveld - 2012-05-08 10:33

    Good Riddance!!!

      Alan - 2012-05-08 10:35

      Another Orange Suit on order? Eish - there is an Entrepenreurial Idea - Orange Jail suits are soon to be in great demand.

  • Nicholas - 2012-05-08 10:34

    "Sanral did not give reasons for Alli's resignation" That is very funny! I wonder if it doesn't have anything to do with the Tolls fiasco and them losing their case against the SA public? Maybe that has something to do with it?

      Alan - 2012-05-08 10:41

      you think?

  • Ian - 2012-05-08 10:42

    You can run but you can't hide.....10 little penquins sitting on the toll, if 1 little penquin should accidentally fall, we'll be coming for the penquins still sitting on the toll..

      Alan - 2012-05-08 10:48

      More like Lemmings

  • Alan - 2012-05-08 10:47

    Probably Nazi Alli is heading for a top top in the ANC. He has all the right qualifications....

      romeo.sehako - 2012-05-08 12:28

      Lol told you i'll get you, is it a top job or a top top?

  • Arthur - 2012-05-08 10:47

    They should rename E-Toll to Black-Hole.

  • Jeffrey - 2012-05-08 10:58

    of course,have to fight no choice !!! otherwise big corruption game has to be disclosed.

  • Anakin - 2012-05-08 10:59

    Carte-Blanche was the final straw for Nazir Alli's employer, SCAMRAL. Just wondering what SCAMRAL is going to do now with ALL the (1) Gantries [they can switch off those blue lights during the night, it just eats electricity ] (2) e-Tag shops (3) employees at the e-tag shops (this is not their fault) (3) IT infrastructure (4) Camera equipment on the gantries (sell it on e-bay? - sender won't take it back)

      Alan - 2012-05-08 11:11

      what happened on Carte Blanche?

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-05-08 11:11

    We must pay for sub-standard roads to enrich the ANC elites????

      luzukotosh - 2012-05-08 12:00

      Why exactly, making the rich richer.

  • Wanda - 2012-05-08 11:11

    Jimmy Manyi, please my dear friend. Take heed from the outgoing CEO and quit.

  • Jeffrey - 2012-05-08 11:16

    have to fight! otherwise big hiding game be disclosed!

  • Victor - 2012-05-08 11:49

    And so are the public !!!!!!

  • Caroline - 2012-05-08 11:49 Read this article from the Sunday Times, right through to the end. This SANRAL scam started a long long time ago.

  • Mathew - 2012-05-08 13:26

    SA have managed to chase away one professional manager who performed well over many years and built a professional and efficent organization. SANRAL is one parastatal which uses the taxpayers' money effectively. He will now be replaced by somebody who will turn it into another Eskom or Transet. Keep trying. You will soon turn this country in another Zimbabwe. It is not that far away.

      Caroline - 2012-05-08 13:40

      See my comment above .... have you read that article? I don't agree with you about Mr Ali and Sanral using the taxpayer's money effectively. If it had been used effectively, we wouldnt be in the pickle we are in now. Further, it is what people are doing now that counts when governing a country - history is important, but it is history. How we govern now shapes the future, and the future is your future too. Mr Ali may have been efficient in some parts of his job but where and when it counted he failed spectacularly

  • Thabo - 2012-05-08 15:13

    Alli must do the right thing and join OUTA as CEO!

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