Sanral must have a system that benefits the country
IN A RECENT press report, Vusi Mona, general manager of communications at Sanral, mentioned that the voices of the rest of South Africa are not being heard regarding the debate on e-tolling.
I can assure Mr Mona that their voices will be heard loud and clear once the detested e-tolling system is introduced in other parts of the country. The DA, who represents the majority of the people of the Western Cape, is fighting tooth and nail to stop it in that part of the country.
Mr Mona says the fuel levy argument is flawed.
The fuel levy he says goes into the general tax pool, from which all expenses of all departments are covered.
If this is the case, then the previous argument, that an increase in the fuel levy would be unfair on the motorists in other parts of South Africa, holds no water as the country on the whole will be benefiting from an increase in the fuel levy.
The only flaw I can see is how the billions contributed to the pool, from the collection of fuel levies, is spent.
I am afraid we have a greedy and corrupt government who has already cost us billions in corruption. Further, on what are they spending the trillion they collect in normal income taxes?
Besides, this project should not have gone ahead if there was no money in the pool. It was merely a showcase for the Football World Cup and then it was not finished in time.
It is said that the average driver will only pay R500 a month for using the e-tolling system. That is until e-toll prices go up. In a simple calculation, I have worked out that if the fuel levy went up 20 cents a litre and if the average motorist drives a car with a tank capacity of 80 litres, it will cost that motorist R16 more to fill his tank and, if the motorist has to fill his tank four times a month, his monthly cost of petrol will be R64 extra – a vast difference compared to etolling.
E-tolling is having an effect on the economy on the whole. Municipalities will increase their municipal rates to house owners. Food prices are already rising due to increased transport costs. Granted the fuel levy will also have some effect on the cost of living but not to the extent of e-tolls when it spreads even further into the country.
Mr Mona says be reasonable. The way to go is the way we are going. I say, Sanral be reasonable, have a system where the country reaps the benefits and not the system of e-tolling where a foreign company reaps the profits.
Weltevreden Park, Roodepoort
REASONABLE? Vusi Mona