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As the Public Protector looks into tender irregularities surrounding the e-tolling contract – government says the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) should be given space to do its work.
Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela, recently announced a preliminary investigation into complaints of allegations of tender irregularities and improper relationship linking the company that won the -toll system tender with the Arms Deal company would be conducted.
In 2009, Sanral awarded the R1.6 billion contract for the implementation and operation of e-tolling systems to the Electronic Toll Collections (ETC) consortium. The group is 85% owned by intelligent road traffic telematics company Kapsch, with the rest owned by local partner Traffic Management Technology.
The board of the South African National Road Agency Limited (Sanral) has announced the appointment of Koos Smit as acting CEO of the agency. This follows the resignation of Nazir Alli a week after a court ruling halting the multi-billion rand e-tolling project and allowing for a review of the initiative which was scheduled to [...]
CEO of the South African National Road Agency Limited (Sanral), Nazir Alli, has resigned.
Alli’s resignation comes a week after a court ruling halting the multi-billion rand e-tolling project and allowing for a review of the initiative which was scheduled to start on 30 April.
Chairperson of the board, Tembakazi Mnyaka, said that during a meeting on Monday, the board had accepted Alli’s resignation. Alli has agreed to continue in
his post until 3 June 2012. As CEO, Alli, had led the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) – an initiative which will lead to the upgrade or construction of approximately 500 kms or road around the Tshwane, Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni metros.
Following a court order halting the introduction of e-tolling, government has set up a committee to search for solutions to the stalled billion rand project.
Last week, the North Gauteng High Court granted an urgent interdict against e-tolling, placing the project on hold until a full review can take place. The system would have kicked off on 30 April.
Speaking at a post Cabinet briefing this morning, minister in the Presidency, Collins Chabane said government understood the concerns and issues raised around the e-tolling of Gauteng roads.
The Pretoria High Court has ruled in favour of the urgent interdict brought by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) – halting the planned introduction of e-tolling on 30 April.
The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), National Treasury and the Department of Transport (DOT) had failed to convince the court that OUTA should have lodged the case earlier.
In his ruling Judge Bill Prinsloo said Outa had made a proper case for urgency.
“The widespread public interest, and the protesting, should persuade me to hear the matter,” he said.
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has postponed the mass strike planned for 30 April – saying it would wait for outcomes on other action taken against e-tolling. “The campaigns will continue as planned, except for the general strike planned for 30 April 2012 which has been postponed until the second week [...]
Finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, has instructed the National Treasury to intervene in court action aimed at ending e-tolling.
Stating there would be negative implications for future financing of roads if the e-tolling project does not go ahead – the Treasury revealed it has applied for leave to intervene in the application which is currently before the North Gauteng High Court.
In a statement, the Treasury noted it would argue that the interdict should be denied and that Cabinet’s decision to implement e-tolling at the end of the month should be allowed to proceed.
Gauteng motorists who have already registered for the e-toll system, will not be required to re-register, says the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL).
This follows an announcement by the agency earlier this week, stating that revised terms and conditions would be issued for road users registered for the e-tolling system, which will come into operation at the end of April.
Following the statement by the agency, the DA then claimed that road users who have registered for the e-tolling system and bought e-tags will have to re-register after Sanral changed the terms and conditions – a claim now disputed by the roads agency.