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No e-toll for Cape Town: Sanral

By Sapa | Aug 11, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 26 ]

Cape Town will not have tolled freeways like Gauteng, the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said on Sunday.

"Firstly, whereas in Gauteng we went out to borrow money in order to build the road, with Cape Town we will be appointing a concessionaire on a Build, Operate and Transfer basis," spokesman Vusi Mona said in a statement.

"This means the concessionaire will design, finance, operate and maintain the road, returning it to the state in a specified condition at the concession period."

Sanral was responding to statements by the City of Cape Town and Right2Know that it would implement electronic tolling in Cape Town, as it had in Gauteng.

"Secondly, there will be conventional toll plazas along the N1 and N2. The electronic or automated method of payment is a possible future consideration dependant on traffic volumes," Mona said.

He said the upgrading of the Western Cape's N1-N2 Winelands highway road network was a major infrastructural investment. Road improvements along the route included the construction of a 13km new section of N2 in Somerset West/Strand, the provision of additional traffic lanes between Durban Road and the Koelenhof Interchange and between Borcherds Quarry Road and De Beers Avenue in Somerset West, Sir Lowry's Pass to Houwhoek and Florence and Worcester.

Mona added that 14 new/upgraded interchanges, provision of a second tunnel at Du Toitskloof on the N1, provision of auxiliary and climbing lanes, provision of toll-related infrastructure and equipment and Integration of facilities with public transport projects.

"It is always SANRAL's aim that the users of the new tolled facility, be it a brand new road or an upgraded existing road, will derive a real benefit when using that facility in comparison to what it was," Mona said.

He said that however required funding. Sanral's allocation from the fiscus was about R10 billion per annum for the entire national road network and the N1/N2 Winelands project required about that amount, he added.

"We obviously can't allocate our entire budget to national roads that pass through one city. The fiscus is under pressure and we have to find alternative ways of financing road infrastructure," he said.


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This is not fair that Gauteng must have e-toll, and CT not. I wonder who twisted their arm, hmmm.

Aug 11, 2014 7:44 | 2 replies


Whiz - The people of CT twisted their arm son.

Aug 11, 2014 8:2 | 0 replies


No CT will also be forced to pay tolls the only difference being instead of electronic tolls where one pays in arrears in this model you pay at a physical toll booth before you are allowed to proceed.

Aug 11, 2014 12:13 | 0 replies


You must read the article properly. SANRAL still wants e tolls but will finance them differently. DA has my vote to tell SANRAL to voetsek from the Western Cape.

Aug 11, 2014 7:48 | 0 replies


No etolls for Gauteng as well.

Aug 11, 2014 7:52 | 0 replies


FOr bloody sure we will not. We will simply not pay!

Aug 11, 2014 8:6 | 1 replies


Chillax madala people who ride bicycles do not pay tolls

Aug 11, 2014 8:11 | 1 replies


Nor do sheep like you.

Aug 11, 2014 8:14 | 0 replies


If you don't have the money, you can't do the upgrades. The N1 and N2 are fine, poverty alleviation is a greater priority. The problem of course is that poverty alleviation projects do not provide an opportunity for some kick backs into ANC crony pockets.

Aug 11, 2014 8:26 | 0 replies


Cape Town will not have tolled freeways like Gauteng, the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said on Sunday xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Cape town voters are not clowns like Gauteng voters they voted against etolls so they must not pay any etolls while clowns from Gauteng who voted for etolls must pay etolls because they knew by voting the ANC they were saying we agree to pay for the etolls

Aug 11, 2014 8:30 | 1 replies


Guys I think monst misunderstood the article; they will have toll booths but they will operate like traditional tolls one encounters on the way to Durban where you pay before you are allowed to carry on.

Sanral is plugging gaps so they do not find themselves in a situation where they have to invoice people. It's like if JMPD were to post traffic officers to stop drivers and fine them on the spot instead of taking the picture and then posting the fine which has it's own complications and implications for JMPD

Aug 11, 2014 12:19 | 0 replies


Good for them the capetonians, sanral i am still not paying for something i never ask for, never ever ever

Aug 11, 2014 11:6 | 0 replies


You guys should have voted for the DA.....just saying

Aug 11, 2014 11:46 | 2 replies


Never in a million years...

Aug 11, 2014 12:21 | 1 replies


Then don't complain about e-tolls - pay and smile

Aug 11, 2014 12:56 | 0 replies


Why? The DA aren't the only political party who is against e-tolls.

Aug 11, 2014 2:41 | 0 replies


1. The provincial government runs the Western Cape, why enforce upgrades and new construction of roads when the provincial government is opposing the construction of these roads

2. What the difference between funding, constructing and then operating the road for 5 years for example before handing it over to government? In both cases you have a capital spend which has to be recouped over an pre-agreed period, at the end of the day you have privatised our roads which is what the nation is against. Once you have privatised public roads then the private entity has to make a profit on their investment which means we end up being overcharged for the roads and individuals make a profit from the arrangement.

3. Off course you will use conventional tolls as that would limit public resistance as you will have physical barriers forcing everyone to pay before they proceed. Bottom-line line is if the province is against the construction then it probably isn’t urgent so there is no need to jump into this project.

Aug 11, 2014 12:15 | 2 replies


Unless corruption is a factor and the politicians or connected individuals have an interest in the construction companies - then it is urgent that they make as much money as possible and that we pay as much as possible

Aug 11, 2014 1:2 | 1 replies


I agree with you, the lack pof transparency is the biggest problem with SANRAL and is even bigger a problem than their disgusting attitude.

Aug 11, 2014 2:56 | 0 replies


A D-zel; you need to consider the huge 'collection costs' that came with e-tolling in Gauteng; those are out of proportion with regards to the portion that goes towards paying 'for the road'. where is all this money flowing too? and who are the real final shareholders? who owns Kapsch?

Aug 11, 2014 2:41 | 1 replies


Good question and yes transparency is the first step than needs to be accomplished. With regards to collection fees I think we must not lose sight of the fact that a lot of money would have gone to create jobs via SANRAL so government is trying to perform a juggling act but the problem with this approach to job creation is you create little value upfront and then you expect the public to keep the scheme going which is unfair and unviable.

Government actually implemented this model via their parking attendant model. The same objective could have been achieved using electronic parking meters as has historically been the case but some politically connected individuals got the tender and the ANC will brag about creating jobs when they have added an additional burden to taxpayers and people are paid for standing in the sun all day long.

Aug 11, 2014 3:3 | 0 replies


We should, but didnt and will not. Now let wait and see if Sanral are not going to put eTolls in Cape Town as well and then we have to see how Madam Zille and her right hand handles the whole issue.

Aug 11, 2014 12:16 | 0 replies


DA does not get kick backs from SANRAL and the Austrian/Australian company that helped build e-tolls, dankie DA and people of Western Cape, ZANC never loved us that is why the country is on worst behaviour( strike left, right n centre)

Aug 11, 2014 12:49 | 0 replies