Published last week as an audio podcast (available here), TechCentral is pleased to now bring you the full, fiery debate on e-tolls between Outa CEO Wayne Duvenage and ETC CEO Coenie Vermaak in high-definition video.
TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod moderates a lively debate between the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse’s Duvenage and Electronic Toll Collection’s Vermaak on Gauteng’s much-maligned e-tolls system.
Watch as Duvenage attacks the system, explaining why he believes it has failed — with the majority of motorists refusing to pay their e-tolls. Vermaak, who previously also boycotted the system, explains why he changed his mind about e-tolls, and why he thinks you should, too.
In the debate, Duvenage explains why, in his view, roads agency Sanral failed to consult adequately on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project and why there were (and are) far better (and cheaper) ways to fund road improvements. Vermaak, meanwhile, cautions that civil disobedience of the kind advocated by Outa is dangerous and could lead to unintended consequences for South Africa.
The two talk about the history of the project, why non-compliance is so high and what the solutions might be to resolve the impasse.
Who is ultimately right, Duvenage or Vermaak? Watch the debate and make up your own mind on this complex subject.
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