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Sanral delays e-toll collections tender

Seems to be waiting for the long-promised cabinet decision on the future of the controversial scheme.
No word yet on whether Gauteng's e-tolling system will be scrapped. Image: Moneyweb

The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) appears to be delaying the award of a tender for the management of e-toll collections and some other services until the government takes a decision on the future of the controversial e-tolls scheme.

Sanral originally published a tender in the Government Tender Bulletin in August 2019, with a closing date of September 5, 2019, for the procurement of the operations and maintenance of an open road tolling system in Gauteng and a national clearing house and violations processing centre.

The roads agency in March 2020 cancelled this tender, which was in the process of being adjudicated, but indicated that it planned to reissue it.

Sanral said its board’s decision to cancel the tender was informed by a review of the assurance documents from the agency’s legal and internal audit departments, as well as expert advice provided by the independent advisor to the board’s audit and risk committee.

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Sanral reissued the tender on July 17, 2020, which had a closing date of September 16, 2020, but agreed not to award this tender until a high court review of its decision to cancel the initial tender was finalised.

The review application was lodged by Kusa Kokutsha, whose bid for the cancelled tender was R4.5 billion cheaper than that of the second bidder.

Kusa Kokutsha also applied for an interdict to stop the reissued tender process.

Dawid Claassen, company secretary of Kusa Kokutsha, confirmed last year that in the face of the interdict proceedings, Sanral had given a written undertaking to Kusa Kokutsha on August 11, 2020, not to determine the reissued tender until after judgment had been given in the review proceedings.

The company was seeking the substitution of the tender cancellation decision with an order directing Sanral to award the tender to Kusa Kokutsha.

The review application was unsuccessful, with Judge Johan van der Westhuizen dismissing the application in December 2020.

This paved the way for Sanral to award the reissued tender.

However, Sanral engineering executive Louw Kannemeyer told Moneyweb on Wednesday Sanral has not yet awarded the reissued tender.

Adjudication underway

“The adjudication process is still in progress and Sanral anticipates the award to be made by no later than December 3, 2021.

“This of course would be subject to any cabinet decision on the future of the e-toll scheme,” he said.

December 3 is also the expiry date of the current extension to the contract for the management of e-toll collections to Electronic Toll Collections (ETC).

Kannemeyer confirmed in December last year that the contract awarded to ETC for the management and collection of e-tolls had been extended by a further year until December 2, 2021.

Read: Sanral extends e-toll collection contract for a further year

“This will bring the contract to the maximum eight-year period, as was allowed for in the original contract, or shorter if the new contractor is appointed before the end of the maximum period allowed,” he said at the time.

Long wait continues

Gauteng motorists and Sanral are still waiting for a long-promised cabinet decision on the future of e-tolls.

This follows President Cyril Ramaphosa in July 2019 instructing Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni and Gauteng Premier David Makhura to resolve the e-toll impasse to allow cabinet to make a decision on funding the Gauteng freeways but a decision has never been announced.

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) previously said this makes the awarding of a new e-tolls collection contract “financially risky”.

Read: Government looks set to miss its e-tolls decision deadline

Mbalula, who has previously made several commitments about the deadline for the government to announce a decision on e-tolls, said during his budget vote speech in May that a government decision on the scheme was “imminent”.

Gauteng transport MEC Jacob Mamabolo several days later stated during a radio interview that e-tolls are “being scrapped” but subsequently backtracked and withdrew his statement.

Outa CEO Wayne Duvenage said on Wednesday that Sanral is also waiting for the government’s decision on the future of e-tolls and cannot award this tender until the decision is made “and are biding themselves some time”.

“It will be crazy to try and appoint a new entity now with all the uncertainty,” he said.

Read: Decision on e-tolls is imminent, says Mbalula

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Government have other more important things on their minds.
Things like whether alcohol should be sold or not.
Sanral will just have to wait a little bit. They will get their answer after the fifth Covid wave.

1. E-tolls were and still are an unnecessary expenditure.
2. A collections and management agency is an unnecessary expenditure in addition.
3. Fuel levy collection is the most viable method.
4. My plate numbers for two (2) different vehicles have been cloned (the 1st with a dissimilar vehicle, the second being a motor bike).
5. Am I going to have a criminal record if I refuse to pay, are summonsed to court, I don’t appear, judgement is taken in absentia for a cloned plate number? Who is going to reimburse my litigation costs for clearing my name?
6. Tenders are rapidly decimating South Africa to a failed state.

After the election, the can will just be kicked down the road again.

e-Toll were brought to you by the corrupt ANC.

Or awaiting the PMB (Prescribed Minimum Bribe)?

With CNA closed, folk are struggling to find decent size brown paper bags….

Brown Sixty/60 delivery bags are big enough for about R250000 in R200 notes. Four of them should do – and the delivery guys are always on time and reliable.

Why would “cabinet” let this drag on and on like this and thereby advertise what a bunch of nincompoops’ they are??

The “ability” is just not there.

At least the people of Gauteng were able to enforce their will on this theater of corruption.

We won’t be so lucky when the Russian Nuclear Build program is revived in 2023. Any one who thinks David Mabuza went to Russia for medical treatment is a simpleton.

The RET (yes they are bleeding, but definitely not dead) has deployed their Sleeper cell agent David to Russia in what is clearly a long-game move to secure funding and support for their long term objectives. Expect 2023 for the launch of Zuma v2.0 in David Mabuza’s climb to ANC No1 position.

An excellent example of the government kicking the can down the road in the hope the problem will eventually go away. Can this bunch of nincompoops and scoundrels ever decide on anything?

People power. We will not pay. Finish en klaar

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