http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.63Change: 0.12
R/$ = 10.98Change: -0.02
Au 1195.65 $/ozChange: -3.51
Pt 1218.50 $/ozChange: -11.50
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Oct 05, 2012

E-toll meeting to resume next week

Back
Pretoria|Africa|Eskom|PROJECT|Road|Roads|Africa|South Africa|E-tags|E-toll|E-tolling|E-tolls|Services|Transport|Ari Seiris|Cliff Johnston|Gary Ronald|Howard Dembovsky|Infrastructure|Kgalema Motlanthe|Michael Tatalias|Sidumo Dlamini|Thabo Masebe|Wayne Duvenage
|Africa|Eskom|PROJECT|Road|Roads|Africa||Services|Transport|Infrastructure|
pretoria|africa-company|eskom|project|road|roads|africa|south-africa|e-tags|e-toll|e-tolling|e-tolls|services|transport-industry-term|ari-seiris|cliff-johnston|gary-ronald|howard-dembovsky|infrastructure|kgalema-motlanthe|michael-tatalias|sidumo-dlamini|thabo-masebe|wayne-duvenage



A meeting between the inter-ministerial committee (IMC) on e-tolling and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), chaired by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, will again convene next week.

"The meeting [on Friday] agreed that more time was needed for both parties to consider the proposals on the table," Motlanthe's spokesperson Thabo Masebe said in a statement.

Motlanthe and Cosatu president Sidumo Dlamini led the government and labour delegations respectively at the meeting at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

This followed a July 20 consultation.

The IMC had been expected to announce its plans on Friday for implementing e-tolling in Gauteng.

However, Masebe said this would be delayed because the IMC needed time to discuss the issues raised.

Cosatu has mounted a strong campaign against e-tolling, maintaining it is the wrong way to raise money to maintain the country's major roads.

Government's plans to introduce e-tolling in Gauteng have provoked opposition by motorists and residents of South Africa's economic heartland.

Earlier, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) said it was clear government intended to launch e-tolling in Gauteng before a court review took place.

This was judging from the comments made by the transport minister urging the public to buy e-tags this week, it said in a statement.

Outa chairperson Wayne Duvenage said: "Since having access to the ETC [electronic toll collection] contract... our expert transport economist's assessment of the numbers and efficiency of e-tolls has revealed that the plan suffers from oversights and is a most inefficient manner in which to fund the R17-billion freeway upgrade."

Outa was expecting the IMC to announce it was reducing the e-toll tariff and the capped maximum charge.

"They [will] go on the charm offensive to woo the public into believing this is the best option. We also believe their announcement will include the acceptance of e-tolling by a few entities that were originally opposed to the plan," said Duvenage.

Outa rejected e-tolling under the "user-pays" principle.

"The reality, however, is that you can't be 'half-pregnant' on e-tolls. You either e-toll or you don't."

Cliff Johnston of the South African National Consumer Union said the collection costs and the burden placed on society were independent from the amount charged per kilometre.

"Indeed, as the toll rate per kilometre falls, the collection costs become an increasingly larger percentage of the amount collected. This is the ultimate tragedy of the plan," he said.

Road users would still have to foot the bill of more than R1.1-billion a year just to cover the electronic toll collection process.

Automobile Association spokesperson Gary Ronald said it was worrying that the ETC contracts remained confidential. They should be made public for the citizens who would be paying the toll fees.

Michael Tatalias, CEO of the South African Tourism Services Association, said forcing e-tolling on citizens was a gross injustice.

Ari Seiris, CEO of the QuadPara Association of South Africa, said it was concerning that its members were not consulted during the e-toll planning.

"While a solution is currently being sought for people with disabilities, the last proposed tariff structure and policy makes no accommodation for those without transport but who rely on the generosity of many private individuals to transport them around Gauteng, often using the network of highways," said Seiris.

The Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) said it supported Outa.

"JPSA... remains vehemently opposed to this ludicrously costly and inefficient way of collecting funding and paying for infrastructure in our country, effectively privatising public roads and enriching Austrian-based Kapsch TrafficCom," chairperson Howard Dembovsky said in a statement.

There was a risk that the e-toll fees could escalate out of control as had happened with other state-owned enterprises, such as Eskom, he said.

Edited by: Sapa
Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Roads News
Engineering support services company Babcock Africa, sole importer and distributor of DAF trucks to the Southern African market, announced in October that it had established a dedicated finance company, Babcock Financial Services (BFS). “This development will give...
“Based on the information available to us at present, we would strongly recommend that fleet managers budget for a 12% to 13% increase in fuel [prices] for 2015,” says Eqstra Fleet Management (EFM) MD Murray Price. In its review of fuel prices over the past few...
Public confidence in Gauteng tender processes is expected to improve with the newly launched Gauteng Open Tender Process, which will be the piloted by the provincial Department of Roads and Transport.
More
 
 
Latest News
Updated 1 hour 55 minutes ago Electrical, instrumentation and control engineering firm Proconics has concluded a deal that will see private equity newcomer Dlondlobala Capital taking up a 26% stake in the 19-year-old company. “Proconics is committed to meeting the compliance and legislative...
Updated 1 hour 58 minutes ago Independent power producer Ipsa has missed a November 21 deadline to pay Ethos Energy Italia – formerly Turbocare – an initial €3-million payment as part of a dispute settlement reached last month in relation to the sale and purchase agreements and refurbishment...
Updated 2 hours 9 minutes ago Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has approved the new Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicles – Automotive Investment Scheme (MHCV-AIS) guidelines aimed at stimulating investment into the production of these vehicles in South Africa. The MHCV-AIS, which was a...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
JSE-listed real estate investment trust (REIT) Rebosis Property Fund achieved a distribution growth of 8.1% to 99.45c per linked unit in the financial year ended August 31, despite volatile market conditions.
JAMES ROBERTS The MOM incubator was designed to help babies in developing nations who were dying in conflict-struck nations or who do not receive hospital care
A low-cost, inflatable incubator won this year’s international James Dyson design award, which aims to encourage and inspire the next generation of design engineers.
The World Bank released its ‘Doing Business 2015: Going Beyond Efficiency’ report last month and ranked South Africa 43 out of 189 global economies for its ease of doing business, with Singapore topping the rankings.
Air Products South Africa officially launched its R300-million Eastern Cape air- separation unit (ASU), at its new manufacturing facility in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), earlier this month. It is the second facility that Air Products launched in South...
BMW South Africa (SA) has signed a power purchasing agreement with energy company Bio2Watt. The offtake partnership will bring renewable energy to the carmaker’s Rosslyn plant, north of Pretoria.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks