Sanral CEO Nazir Alli (pictured) came out guns blazing against media reports that the agency is broke and calling Transport Minister Dipuo Peters either bad at maths or a liar.
Alli told the Gauteng e-toll review panel in Pretoria that this kind of misinformation creates perceptions that are very hard to correct.
He showed a copy of The Star to the panel that shouted on its front page “Sanral is broke” and ask that a correction be published.
Alli said Peters never said R3.65 will have to be added to the fuel levy to fund the Gauteng e-toll project in the event that e-tolls are scrapped.
He quoted from her presentation as follows:
“To only address the network sustaining maintenance needs of R65.8 billion per annum will require an additional R1.00 per litre of fuel – in other words average fuel levy of R3.17 per litre.
“To address the remainder of the strengthening (five years) and regravel (ten years) not addressed as part of the sustain allocation above, and gravel road surfacing backlog will require further R0.48 per litre of fuel – in other words average fuel levy of R3.65 per litre.”
He later said there is just not enough money to go around for all the necessary road maintenance, “not that we’re broke, but there is just not enough going around.”