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March against e-tolls to kick off in Pretoria

By: News24Wire      2nd November 2018 It is expected to be a busy Friday morning in Pretoria as the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa), the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and other civil organisations march against e-tolls. The march is expected to start at 09:00 and proceed from Burgers Park to the Union... 

Sanral 2017/18 project roll-out stalled owing to Treasury regulations

By: Irma Venter     2nd November 2018 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has, in the past year, issued a total of 60 new contracts to the value of R4.9-billion for road construction, it states in its 2017/18 integrated report, presented to Parliament in October. However, this was significantly lower than in the... 

E-toll management company works to make Gauteng freeway project sustainable as it seeks to re-win tender 

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st October 2018 The Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) will continue managing the e-tolling systems on Gauteng’s freeways on behalf of the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) until at least December 2019, as the State-owned roads agency works on a new tender. Eight years after being established as... 

Cosatu plans march to Union Buildings to protest against e-tolls

By: News24Wire      29th October 2018 The Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (Cosatu) in Gauteng is expected to march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Friday to protest against e-tolling. "We will march to the office of the president to bring an end to the e-tolling system," provincial secretary Dumisani Dakile said. He said... 

Sanral e-toll proposals are desperate threats – Outa

By: Sashnee Moodley     17th October 2018 The South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) various proposals to try and force motorists to pay outstanding e-toll bills are desperate threats and will be extremely difficult to implement, said the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Wednesday. Sanral CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma... 

E-toll summonses up nearly 20-fold in 3 years

By: News24Wire      26th September 2018 Summonses issued for e-toll nonpayments have increased nearly 20-fold over the past three years but collections are down, according to data supplied by the minister of transport to members of Parliament. Transport Minister Blade Nzimande gave details on the number of summonses issued by the South... 

Addressing historic debt could lead to higher e-toll compliance, says ETC 

By: Irma Venter     22nd August 2018 A big game changer to ensure higher compliance on Gauteng’s open-road toll network (GORT) is to find a solution for the historic debt accumulated within the system, says Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) CEO Coenie Vermaak. He says research done within ETC has shown that a number of people are... 

Sanral bears brunt of lack of government clarity on e-tolls 

By: News24Wire      21st August 2018 The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has collected R5.6-billion less in e-toll fees than budgeted mostly because there is no clarity from government about the future of the system, Parliament has heard. Briefing the Standing Committee on Appropriations on Tuesday, Treasury’s deputy... 

Traffic on Gauteng’s freeways to grow by 50 000 trips a day in 2018 

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2018 Current traffic growth on Gauteng’s e-toll freeways is running at around 4%, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) planning, toll and transportation project engineer Alan Robinson. This means the current volume of 1.25-million people-trips a day on the e-toll freeway network... 

R3bn budgeted for Moloto road upgrade

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2018 The Department of Transport has this financial year set aside roughly R3-billion to upgrade the Limpopo and Mpumalanga sections of the R573 Moloto road. Over the medium term, this road project will receive R4.3-billion. 

Fuel prices could hit record levels in May - AA

By: News24Wire      26th April 2018 There is a strong likelihood of a fuel price hike to record levels in May, the Automobile Association (AA) said on Wednesday. It believes this is because the rand is currently weakening against the dollar and international petroleum prices are also rising. The AA also said the increase in toll... 

Aarto Amendment Bill changes ‘legally flawed’ – Outa

By: Anine Kilian     5th April 2018 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) believes the proposed changes to the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Amendment Bill are impractical, irrational and legally flawed. The Bill, which was passed by the National Assembly in September 2017, is currently under... 

DA welcomes Makhura's admission that e-tolling has failed

By: News24Wire      27th February 2018 The Democratic Alliance (DA) has welcomed Gauteng Premier David Makhura's admission that e-tolling has failed and that he will be meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa to devise a more suitable funding model. The DA's Gauteng spokesperson on roads and transport, Fred Nel, said the party had been... 

E-toll issues stem from governance issues – Manuel

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th November 2017 Former Finance Minister and Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel on Friday spoke out in defence of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP), noting that the defiance against the e-toll and gantry system was as a result of South Africans having an issue with governance. His comment... 

Sanral denies writing off R3bn debt in unpaid e-toll fees in South Africa

By: African News Agency      8th November 2017 The South African Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Wednesday denied that it had written off impairment losses of R3.6-billion for unpaid e-toll debts older than three years, compared to R92-million in 2015/16. This comes after Sanral on Tuesday appeared before the Portfolio Committee on Transport... 

Traffic volumes between Buccleuch and Allandale have nearly doubled since 2006

By: Irma Venter     6th October 2017 The busiest section of the Gauteng open-road tolling (GORT) system is between the Buccleuch and Allandale interchanges, in Midrand. The traffic volume in both directions in 2016 reached 245 500 vehicles a day during the week, on average, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral)... 

Gauteng freeway toll network nearly at capacity, says Sanral 

By: Irma Venter     20th September 2017 The busiest section of the Gauteng open-road tolling (GORT) system is between the Buccleuch and Allandale interchanges, in Midrand. The traffic volume in both directions in 2016 reached 245 500 vehicles a day during the week, on average, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral)... 

We won't scrap e-tolls - Sanral

By: News24Wire      14th September 2017 Scrapping e-tolls is not on the table, Sanral said on Wednesday. This came after there was confusion whether the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) would abandon Gauteng's e-toll scheme, after The Citizen reported on Tuesday that the road agency had acknowledged that the project is a... 

Sanral sets Outa straight on toll collection claims 

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th June 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Monday hit back at the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa), saying that renewed allegations that the income received from motorists using Gauteng’s tolled freeways were mostly pocketed by Austrian-owned e-toll collection company ETC... 

Sanral receives fraction of Gauteng tolls income – Outa

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th June 2017 Only 26% of the income received from motorists paying the gantry fees for using some of Gauteng’s freeways since its 2013 inception is being pocketed by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) said on Monday. Outa, which is ramping up... 

Maswanganyi vows bold State intervention to drive transformation

By: News24Wire      24th May 2017 Radical economic transformation was the theme of new Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi's first budget and policy statement to the National Assembly. "Transport will play a leading role in radical economic transformation," Maswanganyi said on Tuesday. 

Outa launches another civil challenge against e-tolls, Sanral

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th May 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Wednesday served the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) with its responding pleas to the summonses issued for outstanding e-toll payments against Outa’s contributing supporters – in what is the next round of the civil challenge... 

Private investment key to Gauteng infrastructure development

By: Anine Kilian     4th May 2017 If Gauteng wants to achieve its objective of becoming a global city region, government must partner with the private sector to deliver infrastructure, Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile said on Thursday. Addressing delegates at the Gauteng Infrastructure Funding Summit, in Midrand, he said... 

Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust despite ongoing e-toll tussle 

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 Not too long ago, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was a firm darling among its peers. It was a well-funded State-owned enterprise (SOE) almost never under fire, seldom in retreat, grinding ever onward in its task to manage and expand the country’s road network. Then came... 

Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust despite ongoing e-toll tussle

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 Not too long ago the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was a firm darling among its peers. It was a well-funded State-owned enterprise (SOE) almost never under fire, seldom in retreat, grinding ever onward in its task to manage and expand the country’s road network. Then came... 

Sanral inclusive approach to ease roads tax burden – Outa 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Wednesday welcomed South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) newly appointed CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma’s statement that the agency will be “looking to achieve a balanced funding portfolio with fuel tax-based revenue, as well as toll... 

Hesitancy in the construction industry owing to lack of funds

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th November 2016 Engineering professional services consulting firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff  highlights that there is a fair amount of uncertainty in the construction and infrastructure industry given the negative influences affecting it as a whole. WSP divisional director Michael Bouwmeester points out that... 

Here’s how Gordhan can ease fiscal pressure in mini budget

By: News24Wire      18th October 2016 One way Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan can ease the country’s fiscal pressure is by halting the proposed Wild Coast N2 highway in the Eastern Cape, which could cost over R8-billion to construct. That’s the advice from the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Monday. It was responding to a... 

Pioneering efforts to tame Table Bay

By: Jade Davenport     14th October 2016 The Port of Cape Town may not be the largest, busiest or even oldest anchorage in Africa, but it certainly is the most historically famous and strategic of them all. Yet the irony is that Table Bay, the marine basin in which the harbour is located, was, in its natural state, actually a poor... 

Sanral appoints new CEO 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th September 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has appointed Skhumbuzo Macozoma as CEO, to succeed Nazir Alli, who has been in the position since 1998. Alli, who is retiring, has been asked by the Sanral board to extend his retirement numerous times while it was seeking a suitable... 

All Gauteng drivers should be protected on e-tolls – AA

By: News24Wire      20th September 2016 The rights of Gauteng road users who are not members of the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa), should be protected as much as those drivers who are members of the civil rights body, says the Automobile Association (AA). In a statement issued on Monday, the AA pointed out that the current... 

Eskom to engage Moody’s on possible downgrade

By: African News Agency      15th September 2016 Eskom on Thursday said it would be engaging Moody’s Investor Services, following concerns raised by the ratings agency about the power utility’s funding risk after Futuregrowth withdrew new funding to the State-owned company. The Eskom move follows Moody’s ratings update on Wednesday, which... 

No more cycle lanes and demand for etoll payments by metro police – Mashaba 

By: African News Agency      13th September 2016 Under the Democratic Alliance (DA), the city of Johannesburg would do away with the construction of bicycle lanes, while the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) has been instructed to desist from “harassing” residents who owed e-toll fees, mayor Herman Mashaba said on Tuesday. “In our... 

Outa, Sanral bump heads over prosecution of e-toll dodgers

By: News24Wire      9th September 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) and the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) are at loggerheads over a statement that citizens who are members of Outa and who defaulted on e-tolls would not be prosecuted. In a statement issued on Thursday, Outa claimed that Sanral has agreed not... 

The army must be in charge of new border control unit

By: Kelvin Kemm     2nd September 2016 I read that there is something of a battle going on between the South African Police Service (SAPS), the National Treasury the Department of Home Affairs over who gains control of the proposed border control entity. This new entity has been under consideration for some time.  It is expected that... 

Sanral unfazed by foreign firm collecting e-toll fees 

By: News24Wire      19th August 2016 The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) appears unperturbed with paying over R50-million a month to a global transport giant for collecting e-toll fees in Gauteng. The Austrian conglomerate Kapsch Trafficom acquired full control of the e-tolls collections company Electronic Toll... 

E-tolls collection firm no longer in SA hands 

By: News24Wire      17th August 2016 The company collecting payments for the contentious e-toll system in Gauteng is now fully owned by the Austrian conglomerate Kapsch. This was confirmed on Tuesday with the divestment of the only BEE partner in TMT Services and Supplies, which with Kapsch Trafficom made up the e-tolls collections... 

Etoll discount extension was ‘predictable’ – Outa

By: African News Agency      6th May 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Friday said the extension of the e-toll 60% discount offer was “predictable and expected”. On Thursday the Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters granted an additional 10 working days extension for road users to take advantage of the e-toll 60% discount on... 

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