Roads agency Sanral appears to be delaying the award of a tender for the management of e-toll collections until the government takes a decision on the future of e-tolls.
Acting minister in the presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said during a post-cabinet meeting media briefing on Thursday that a decision on the future of e-tolls has not yet been taken by cabinet.
South Africa is planning to scrap e-tolls in Gauteng, MEC for transport Jacob Mamabolo said. “They are being scrapped,” he said in an interview with SAfm.
It appears increasingly likely the government will once again miss its self-imposed new deadline to make a pronouncement on the future of e-tolls by the end of March 2021.
Sanral has baulked at commenting on allegations that ETC, which manages the collection of e-tolls, agreed to pay R40-million to an allegedly dodgy subcontractor two weeks before ETC won the Gauteng e-tolls contract.
E-tolls on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project appear set to be part of the lives of motorists for another year – unless the government finally takes a decision to scrap the controversial scheme.
A joint venture led by technology group Gijima was disqualified from road management tenders because it drafted and dated a document on one day and had it validated by a commissioner of oaths the next.
Kusa Kokutsha, whose bid for the cancelled Sanral tender for the continued management of e-tolls was R4.5-billion cheaper than the second bidder, has lodged a high court application to review the cancellation of the tender.
Roads agency Sanral has reissued the tender it cancelled in March for the continued management of e-tolls, despite the continuing uncertainty that exists over the future of e-tolls.
The designation of the toll operations of Sanral as an essential service during the coronavirus lockdown is being questioned by both the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse and the Automobile Association.