Tunnel not reason for W Cape tolls - chamber

Tunnel not reason for W Cape tolls - chamber

2014-03-12 15:56

Cape Town - Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry is shocked to learn that the 26-year-old Huguenot Tunnel needs to be subsidised by income from what it calls "unwanted toll roads".

“The tunnel was the original toll road and one that has always been accepted by business and motorists, because it offers value for money,” said Janine Myburgh, president of the chamber.

“There has never been any suggestion that it was not a viable project or that it needed a subsidy.”

Peter Hugo, chair of the chamber’s transport portfolio committee, pointed out that after 26 years the construction costs of the tunnel had probably been paid for and all that was required was toll fees to cover maintenance and operating costs.

“In fact, one can argue that toll fees should be reduced once construction costs are recovered.”

Last year the chamber suggested that the real reason why Sanral was so keen to go ahead with the N1 and N2 toll roads in the Cape was that it needed income from these tolls to subsidise what the chamber calls the "disastrous" Gauteng Freeway Project.

“There was no way that people in the Cape would agree to that, so now we have the suggestion that it is the Huguenot Tunnel that has to be subsidised. We are not going to fall for this one,” said Hugo.

He pointed out that the tunnel toll fees had not only been sufficient to pay for the existing tunnel, but they had also paid for the second bore.

“If normal toll fees were sufficient to pay for the original tunnel plus the extra bore and operating costs there is no reason why normal toll fees should not pay for the completion of the project,” he said.

The subsidy also raised the question why a Somerset West commuter to Cape Town should pay for a tunnel he never used.

“This is a complete perversion of the user-pays principle which Sanral uses to justify its toll roads,” said Hugo.

He said he recalled that when the Winelands toll roads were suggested there was broad opposition to them.

“It was clear that only Sanral and those who hoped to work on the project were in favour," said Hugo.

"Now it seems Sanral is still looking for a reason to justify the unwanted new toll roads.”

Myburgh said Sanral should sort out its e-tolling "fiasco" in Gauteng before it started building toll roads in the Cape.

“It’s got too much hay on its fork and the organisation is in no shape to tackle more toll road projects, especially in the Western Cape,” she said.

  • Ayanda Verwoed - 2014-03-12 16:07

    Doesn't matter what the reason is. If ANC I mean Sanral says you must pay then you must pay. Finish and klaar

      Juanroux Stiffler Greyling - 2014-03-12 16:12

      Ayanda......I want to be serious with you. are you seeking attention? you can be honest with me....

      Jannie Hardklap - 2014-03-12 16:37

      And your mother works the street corners of hillbrow

      oi - 2014-03-12 16:37

      Ayanda does not seek attention, it is just the rotten thought process that takes place in mind full of hatred

      Johan D du Toit - 2014-03-12 16:52

      Ayanda Trol- Ek wens jy wil Verwoed padgee van die forums af! Jy is 'n pyn in die agterent!

      Mpho Leopeng - 2014-03-12 16:53

      Ayanda admits that the ANC is the only beneficiary in these kind of projects.

      Iszi Doe - 2014-03-12 17:04


      Mike Heyns - 2014-03-12 18:52

      @Whatever you name is tonight: Headline should read: "Taxes not reason for SA delivery service - government"!!

      Mpho Zulu Mniki - 2014-08-15 08:31

      Ayanda uphumee emxholweni mfowethu. Get into order please.

  • Juanroux Stiffler Greyling - 2014-03-12 16:10

    Thats how the ANC rolls.....thinking of excuses to tax the law abiding citizen. time to stand up for what is right.....it really can't go on like this. it HAS to stop somewhere.

      WollieVerstege - 2014-03-12 18:02

      I was wondering, even though taxi's may be exempt from paying, they would still end up standing in long queues to get through the gates - so maybe this time we will have some serious assistance from them in fighting tolling.

  • potevan - 2014-03-12 16:25

    Fkn SKELMS!!!

  • Wayne Strydom - 2014-03-12 16:39

    Perhaps our president needs some additional rooms at the palace or a pick n pay for one of the other ladies of the Manor, or he has realised that one fire pool isn't enough. Perhaps the fence needs to be raised another few metres because the local are thriving him blind...

  • Wayne Strydom - 2014-03-12 16:39

    Perhaps our president needs some additional rooms at the palace or a pick n pay for one of the other ladies of the Manor, or he has realised that one fire pool isn't enough. Perhaps the fence needs to be raised another few metres because the local are thriving him blind...

      WollieVerstege - 2014-03-12 17:38

      Maybe he needs a matching water pool to go with his fire pool

  • David Luis - 2014-03-12 16:42

    What a load of BULL!! for 30 years the roads have been maintained with the money recovered from taxes we already pay, what is the problem now? SCAMRAL has lost all credibility. the tunnel needs to be self sufficient, they must charge enough to maintain it so that those who use it pay for it.

  • Geel Slang - 2014-03-12 16:56

    This is bullcrap! - Eric Cartman

      DerpyHooves - 2014-03-12 17:04

      "Timmy." - Timmy.

  • Alida Pope - 2014-03-12 17:06

    thank you Chamber of commerce, you only confirmed what most Capetonians know, that Sanral is a lot of corrupt nobodies, that think the average Joe public is stupid.

  • Anele Booi - 2014-03-12 17:06

    These people are stingy maan, just pay the money those are not apertheid roads hahahahah lol anc is killing you hey

      Mike Lamb - 2014-03-12 17:21

      You're as dumb as your sibling (look it up ) Kagiso

      Anele Booi - 2014-03-12 17:28

      Lol bt me and him aren't related thou, but I must say etolls are de ish just pay for it or take a taxi

  • Hertzel Brodovcky - 2014-03-12 17:09

    ....the challenge for us motorists from Somerset West..is to shorten the duration at peak times and Tolls will in no way alleviate or improve this...also , there are so amny disadvantages eg the beautiful Clarence Drive to Rooi Els will now become a nightmare as many motorists will use this as an alternative route...

  • Alida Pope - 2014-03-12 17:19

    Just read in Budget 2014 - peoples guide that R47,5Billion will be collected from the fuel levy, where is it going to? and where is the etol levy going to???????

  • Wayne Duvenage - 2014-03-12 23:23

    Well said Mr Hugo. At least the W/Cape chamber of commerce can see through Sanral's conniving ways and are putting their foot down on this issue. It's a farce and we trust the people of the Western Cape will resist this pathetic approach by Sanral at all costs.

  • Kobus Pienaar - 2014-03-13 07:15

    The ANC has found a way of introducing additional tax which they can use to hide what they are doing with the existing road taxes in the fuel levy. That is why they are unwilling to disclose the use of the fuel tax levies. Legalised theft. I am surprised there are still people on this discussion supporting and encouraging such theft. But perhaps they are some of the beneficiaries?

  • Joe Black - 2014-05-13 12:13

    SCAMRAL and the mafia brothers ZANC... Well voted South Africa. Well voted.

      Joe Black - 2014-05-13 12:14

      That was sarcasm btw. Not a compliment.

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