http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 14.02Change: 0.11
R/$ = 10.64Change: 0.08
Au 1286.35 $/ozChange: 2.18
Pt 1423.00 $/ozChange: 5.00
 
 
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  
 
 
Sep 25, 2012

Govt to seek ways of reducing e-toll costs to consumer

Back
Eskom|Lighting|PROJECT|Road|Roads|South African National Roads Agency Limited|System|E-toll|E-tolling|Services|Social And Economic Services|Wayne Duvenage
Eskom|Lighting|PROJECT|Road|Roads|System|Services||
eskom|lighting|project|road|roads|south-african-national-roads-agency-limited|system|e-toll|e-tolling|services|social-and-economic-services|wayne-duvenage
© Reuse this



Government said over the weekend that it would, over the next few weeks, seek ways of reducing the “financial burden of social and economic services to the consumer”, as it embarked on the final round of talks surrounding the e-toll system on Gauteng’s upgraded highways.

This followed the Constitutional Court’s decision last week to set aside the interim interdict preventing the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) from tolling the highways built under the first phase of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP).

After widespread public opposition to the e-tolling system, government said in a statement that it had listened to the concerns about the costs and impact of e-tolling on consumers and promised a response next week.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) chairperson Wayne Duvenage said that, while the government may be attempting to compromise, the key issue was the current collection method used to bring in the fees paid.

He said that a drop in the per-kilometre rate, for example, from 30c/km to 20c/km would be a start, but he felt that the elimination of about R1.2-billion a year in collection costs – by the agency shifting to a fuel-levy-based revenue collection method, for instance – could further ease financial pressure on the consumer.

Calculating the tolling fees at an average of 35c/km, to balance the payments of tolls from cars and trucks, Duvenage said it was expected that over the next 20 years, Sanral could generate revenue of about R108-billion.

Sanral previously outlined that, over a 24-year period, the GFIP would cost R71.4-billion, comprising R20.6-billion for the repayment of initial capital costs, R10.6-billion for road maintenance, R6.2-billion for violation-processing-centre capital and operating expenditure, R12.2-billion for toll-related capital and operating expenses, R1.7-billion for other operational expenses such as freeway lighting and R20-billion for interest.

Further, Duvenage questioned what might occur in a few years from now, where government might seek to increase the funds brought in by the e-tolling of Gauteng's highways by increasing the toll fees 100%, citing State-owned Eskom’s electricity pricing over the past few years as an example.

He stated that there was currently a feeling of distrust towards Sanral, as it was believed that the agency had not undertaken sufficient public consultation and had failed to be transparent in activities leading to the project.

The government was expected to undertake the second and final round of consultations on the e-tolling project with the different stakeholders, starting with Outa on Tuesday.
 

Edited by: Mariaan Webb
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Transport & Logistics News
Updated 2 hours 15 minutes ago The MyCiTi bus service is Cape Town's biggest black economic empowerment (BEE) project, mayor Patricia de Lille said on Wednesday. "To date, the MyCiTi project has seen an overall investment of R6.5-billion by the city as part of our commitment to infrastructure-led...
Updated 3 hours ago The national fuel levy offered a better source of revenue for the improvement and maintenance of Gauteng's freeways, the National Council of Trade Unions (Nactu) said on Wednesday. "If you look at the past few years... the fuel levy has contributed over R40-billion...
Matola Coal Terminal
Updated 5 hours ago ASX-, Aim- and JSE-listed Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) has reached a $10-million agreement with Grindrod subsidiaries Grindrod Corridor Management and Terminal de Carvão da Matola for the settlement of historic and future liabilities relating to CoAL’s take or...
More
 
 
Latest News
Updated 17 minutes ago Coatings and linings provider Sharpshell Industrial Solutions’ Godfrey Pangeti has urged oil and gas project developers on the continent to incorporate strategies to protect their infrastructure into the design phase of a project, preventing costly downtime, and...
Updated 45 minutes ago Government says it is ready to regulate and monitor companies that have expressed an interest in exploring shale gas in the country. Thibedi Ramontja, the Director-General of the Mineral Resources Department, said the draft regulations will, once finalised, be...
Updated 1 hour 56 minutes ago Black-owned investment firm Brimstone Investment Corporation’s newly acquired stake in integrated shipping and logistics group Grindrod would pave the way for further diversification into the infrastructure sector. Brimstone, which led a black economic-empowerment...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
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...
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.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2014 (PDF Report)
This six-page brief covers key developments in the road and rail industries over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s road and rail network and prospects for both sectors.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
MODDERFONTEIN NEW CITY Modderfontein New City will aim to exemplify an integrated city node and improve infrastructure utilisation through mixed-use spaces
The multibillion-rand development of the Zendai Modderfontein New City, east of Johannesburg, will aim to exemplify an integrated city node, says property group Zendai South Africa COO Wenhui Du. The development will focus on the Modderfontein Gautrain station to be...
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) hopes to have finalised regulations for the flying of Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) – also designated Remotely Piloted Air Systems (RPAS) and popularly called drones – in the country’s civilian airspace by the end...
Various stakeholders have expressed optimism that the Small Business Development Ministry, created after the national elections in May, will add much needed impetus to enterprise development in South Africa, where a strengthening of the entrepreneurial culture is...
BOB SCHOLES To ensure that emissions plateau by 2020 and then decline until a net negative emission level is achieved by the end of the century, CO2 capture and storage in addition to major emission reduction efforts will be needed
Capturing and storing carbon dioxide (CO2) is the only way through which the world will achieve the lowest of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) global warming predictions, called the representative concentration pathway (RCP) 2.6....
PARKS TAU Ongoing investigations had identified at least 30 large power users in Johannesburg as having defrauded the city
The City of Johannesburg has recovered R107-million following the arrest of 22 people allegedly involved in corruption, collusion, fraud and tampering with the city’s electricity systems, which had ultimately cost the city R200-million in lost revenue.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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