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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... 

Transport Minister distances himself from e-tolls 'dismal failure' report

By: News24Wire      29th August 2017 Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi on Tuesday refuted a media report that government has proposed new laws "following the dismal failure of e-tolling revenue collection from Gauteng motorists who owe more that R6-billion in unpaid tolls". Maswanganyi was responding to a front page article... 

e-toll test case expected to be in court early next year

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2017 Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) COO Ben Theron says electronic tolling (e-tolling) on Gauteng’s freeways should be a “thing of the past” by March next year. He notes that a test case between Outa and the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on the collection of e-tolls... 

Next year should see the end of e-tolling, believes Outa 

By: Irma Venter     13th July 2017 Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) COO Ben Theron says electronic tolling (e-tolling) on Gauteng’s freeways should be a “thing of the past” by March next year. Speaking at the FleetX Conference 2017 in Midrand on Thursday, he noted that a test case between Outa and the South African National... 

Long-serving Sanral engineering exec looks back as he prepares to step down

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2017 When Koos Smit studied civil engineering on a public service bursary at the University of Pretoria in the 1970s, the plan was that he would qualify and build dams and pipelines.However, an oversupply of engineers at the Department of Water Affairs saw him sign up at National Roads. He remained at... 

Sanral investigating road funding models other than e-tolling

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 The compliance rate on Gauteng’s urban toll network is between 30% and 40%, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) northern region toll and traffic manager Alex van Niekerk. E-toll collection on Gauteng’s freeways has been problematic since the implementation of tolling in 2013. 

Sanral’s chief engineer on retirement, career highlights and tolling 

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2017 When Koos Smit studied civil engineering on a public service bursary at the University of Pretoria in the 1970s, the plan was that he would qualify and build dams and pipelines. However, an oversupply of engineers at the Department of Water Affairs saw him sign up at National Roads. 

E-toll compliance low, can distance-based charging be a solution? 

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2017 The compliance rate on Gauteng’s urban toll network is between 30% and 40%, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) northern region toll and traffic manager Alex van Niekerk. E-toll collection on Gauteng’s freeways has been problematic since the implementation of tolling in 2013. 

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... 

Treasury says investor confidence in Sanral improves

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd February 2017 Despite ongoing uncertainty surrounding fee collection for the much-contested e-tolling of certain Gauteng freeways by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), the National Treasury believes investor confidence in the agency has returned following the conclusion of two successful... 

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... 

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... 

Gautrain agency crunching numbers on new lines, tunnels and rolling stock

By: Irma Venter     29th July 2016 Building and operating the Gautrain rail system has always been a complex numbers game, ever since former Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa first announced the project in 2000. Six years from the start of operations in 2010, not much has changed. 

Gautrain agency crunching numbers on new lines, tunnels and rolling stock

By: Irma Venter     29th July 2016 Building and operating the Gautrain rail system has always been a complex numbers game, ever since former Gauteng premier Mbhazima Shilowa first announced the project in 2000. Six years on from the start of operations in 2010, not much has changed. 

E-tolling not coming to KwaZulu-Natal yet 

By: African News Agency      4th May 2016 KwaZulu-Natal is not set to get e-tolling in the near future, but this may change if the volumes of vehicles increases. South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) chief executive Nazir Alli, speaking on Wednesday at a business presentation, said that the open road e-tolling system... 

Committee corrects Outa e-toll statement  

By: News24Wire      27th January 2016 The Portfolio Committee on Transport said on Wednesday that it erroneously stated that the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) is not opposed to e-tolling. "The committee acknowledges and regrets this error. Outa is not opposed to the user-pay-principle, but has issue with the method of... 

Outa slams statement that it does not oppose e-tolls

By: News24Wire      27th January 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) said it is "astonished and incensed" by acting chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport Leonard Ramatlakane's assertion that the civil rights body is not opposed to Gauteng's e-tolls. Ramatlakane said in a statement on Tuesday... 

Sanral speaks out on proposed AARTO amendments

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th January 2016 South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Wednesday said the failure to pay toll fees had been an infringement under the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act (AARTO) since 2008. This was in response to reports by the Opposition to Urban Tolling (Outa) that the... 

Duvenage says Outa will oppose tax increases amid rampant corruption

By: Anine Kilian     20th November 2015 Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) chairperson Wayne Duvenage has said the organisation would oppose the proposed tax increases that Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene had indicated are on the cards for 2016. “Not on our watch. Until government tackles the squandering, maladministration and... 

Outa says no to further tax hikes

By: Anine Kilian     6th November 2015 Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) chairperson Wayne Duvenage has said the organisation would oppose the proposed tax increases that Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene had indicated are on the cards for 2016. “Not on our watch. Until government tackles the squandering, maladministration and... 

SA’s primary highway network as good as any, says consultancy

By: Dylan Stewart     30th October 2015 South Africa’s national highway network is comparable to some of the best road networks in the world, including those of developed countries, says KPMG infrastructure advisory head De Buys Scott. 

ANCYL to lobby mother body to scrap e-tolls

By: News24Wire      1st October 2015 The African National Congress (ANC) Youth League (ANCYL) will lobby the mother body in a bid to have e-tolls scrapped, secretary general Njabulo Nzuza said on Thursday. "The ANC is the organisation of the people and it should therefore listen to the people when they say they do not want e-tolls,"... 

Author’s frustrations blind him to Sanral’s ‘beacon of excellence’ status 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th September 2015 Wayne Duvenage's book, The E-toll Saga, could well be dubbed Wayne Duvenage the Middle Man: standing bravely between a corrupt government and a too-long-suffering public.  Duvenage has acted as the agent who has channelled the various shades of discontent across the socioeconomic spectrum into... 

Megaprojects pose deadline, budget risks for governments

By: Sashnee Moodley     11th September 2015 Megaprojects are often over budget and delayed and project planning is a crucial element in ensuring the successful delivery of such projects.  

Megaprojects pose deadline, budget constraints for governments  

By: Sashnee Moodley     1st September 2015 Megaprojects are often over budget and delayed and project planning is a crucial element in ensuring the successful delivery of such projects.  

Activist groups slam celebrity e-tolls campaign

By: News24Wire      17th August 2015 Activist groups on Monday lambasted Sanral's new advertising campaign in which the national roads agency uses celebrities to endorse the controversial e-tolls system. The Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) accused the Gauteng Provincial Government of wasting money on the campaign, while the... 

Why the odious debt of GFIP construction will not abate

     14th August 2015 By Wayne Duvenage - To date, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) have not provided a detailed insight to the cost of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP), thereby giving society another reason to shun the e-toll system. Government’s lack of clarity on the matter has... 

Is incentivising tax noncompliance taking its toll?

By: Riaan de Lange     14th August 2015 Why provide a tax amnesty for noncompliance, but no similar or equitable dispensation for compliance? In addition to the tax amnesty, why then also grant a discount and preferential payment terms for the tax liability? A ‘tax amnesty’ implies a limited-time opportunity granted to a specified... 

Sanral ordered to remove misleading e-toll ad

By: News24Wire      14th July 2015 The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has been ordered to remove a misleading e-toll advert. According to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) Sanral omitted vital information which was likely to create a misleading expectation, “with listeners believing that they are already... 

Gautrain subsidy could fund entire freeway project - AA 

By: News24Wire      26th June 2015 The Automobile Association expressed concern on Friday that the Gautrain subsidy has reached R1.5-billion, saying it could fund the entire Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). Reacting to the announcement made by Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi at a business breakfast on Wednesday, the... 

Ten steps to create jobs through labour reform – IRR 

By: RDM News Wire      24th June 2015 South Africa’s current jobless rate - on the official definition which excludes those too discouraged to keep actively looking for work - stands at 26%. This is substantially higher than the equivalent unemployment rates in Brazil and Russia (6% each)‚ India (9%)‚ and China (4%). The Institute of... 

Car licences can’t be withheld for outstanding e-tolls – JPSA 

By: RDM News Wire      18th June 2015 Any amendments to the e-road regulations under the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) Act to withhold car licence discs on the basis of outstanding e-tolls must first be published for public comment‚ the Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) reiterated on Thursday. The non-profit... 

Gautengers urged to change mindset on e-tolls 

By: News24Wire      18th June 2015 Gauteng residents need to change their mindsets on e-tolling, Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi said on Wednesday. In an interview with News24, Vadi said new highways needed to be built. The question was how this would be done. 

OUTA ‘out of touch’

     15th June 2015 Recent claims purporting to be fact, asserting that the South African National Roads Agency Limited has not responded to and decisively dealt with allegations of construction collusion with regard to road improvements done ahead of the 2010 Soccer World Cup, are not only incorrect but are also... 

Sanral owes R20bn – Ramaphosa 

By: News24Wire      11th June 2015 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) still owes about R20-billion on its various bonds, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday. "Sanral owes something like R20-billion. The money was raised through a variety of bonds that have certain time frames," he said during a... 

New e-tolls gets mixed reaction 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st May 2015 The revised e-toll tariffs, announced by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday, has solicited mixed reactions from businesses, the public and unions in South Africa. Although still generally rejected by the broader public, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) welcomed the announcement... 

Gauteng’s e-toll conundrum 

     27th February 2015 Editor – The recent presentation of the findings of the Gauteng e-toll review panel by Premier David Makhura and his team was very instructive. The focus was the Premier's open acknowledgement of the tension faced by political decision-makers in a democracy – between reliance on statistical... 

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