City denies breaching toll undertaking

Cape Town - The City of Cape Town on Friday denied giving Sanral an undertaking to keep proposed tariffs on the contested N1 and N2 highway tolls confidential until a tender to operate it had been awarded.

It was reacting to reports that the SA National Roads Agency chief executive Nazir Alli this week accused it of reneging on a pledge to keep tariffs and the revenue to be earned by the operator confidential.

"The city never gave such an undertaking and the city has not reneged on the undertakings that it has given," city mayoral committee member for transport Brett Herron said.

Instead, Herron said, the city's legal representatives agreed to keep information obtained from the bid documents confidential as an interim measure.


"This allowed them to draft supplementary founding papers in the city's review of Sanral's decision to toll the N1 and N2 highways. The city's supplementary founding papers contain details of the toll project, including its cost."

Herron accused Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mona of making comments about the cost of the project, pending the outcome of the road agency's application to the Western Cape High Court to prevent the city's court submissions being made public.

"Mr Mona said that 'Sanral's allocation from the fiscus is about R10bn per annum for the entire national network and the N1/N2 Winelands project requires just about that amount'," he said.

"All that the city may say publicly at this stage is Mr Mona's claim that the project will cost about R10bn is false. Sanral is preventing the city from informing the public of the true costs of the project."

Derek Bredenkamp 2014-08-23 06:40:08 AM
Why are they even talking costs, surely it's obvious, the public don't want it, we won't pay, so just scrap the stupid idea and stop wasting time and money.
Live Life 2014-08-23 06:41:53 AM
Who cares? Why the secrecy?
Minster Graham Jehoma 2014-08-23 08:00:04 AM
Ok....Mr.Mona and Mr.Ali.....have heard of not you fart heads in a long time.....Gauteng is a lost course for you and now you hope Cape town is fast asleep....just give up already...niemand gaan betaal nie
Kganyago Jay 2014-08-23 04:00:01 PM
Let the people vote on whether they want this in the Cape! Nobody wants it. This is pure corruption - prosecute SANRAL.
Kevin Marsh 2014-08-24 09:21:32 AM
Why hide anything from the public ? It's their money .