E-tolls collection firm no longer in SA hands
CAPE TOWN — The company collecting payments for the contentious e-toll system in Gauteng is now fully owned by the Austrian conglomerate Kapsch.
This was confirmed on Tuesday with the divestment of the only BEE partner in TMT Services & Supplies, which, with Kapsch Trafficom made up the e-tolls collections company ETC.
TMT Services & Supplies has confirmed that its current empowerment partners will be divesting as one of the shareholders in the company after a long term involvement, the statement read.
This was also underlined in the latest financial report of Kapsch Trafficom for the year ending March 2015/16, which showed that Kapsch gained full control of Electronic Toll Collections (ETC) after acquiring three Cape Townbased firms TMT Services and Supplies, Berrydust 51 and Mobiserve.
Kapsch, through TMT, won the R6.2bn tender from the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) for the design and operation of the e-toll system in Gauteng in 2010.
Matemeku Investments with a 51 percent shareholding was the main BEE shareholder in TMT, a level 2 B-BBEE company. However, in 2010, Matemeku chairperson Moss Mashishi sold 57 percent of the company to Kapsch for more than R70m and on Tuesday TMT announced Matemeku was fully divesting from TMT.
Kapsch said in a joint statement with TMT on Tuesday that the exit plan of the minority shareholders had always been included in the agreements between Kapsch and TMT when the initial investment in South Africa was formulated six years ago, and while the agreements between the parties have been concluded, the execution of the deal is still subject to fulfilment of conditions precedent.
Mashishi said: “Over 13 years ago we invested in a small company whose growth and achievements have more than met our business objectives and have given us excellent returns.”
Wayne Duvenage, chairperson of the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa), expressed concern over that South Africa’s e-tolls collections company is completely in foreign control.
“What started out as a majority local BBBEE inspired ownership of the ETC company, who was awarded the contract to collect the e-toll revenues, has now turned out to become a 100 percent foreign owned company whose profits will be taken off-shore,” he told Fin24.
He said, in short, a foreign organisation makes money out of South African citizens who need to travel on their own roads to get to work.
“This is just another diabolical situation that has been allowed to develop from this farcical situation presented to us, courtesy of Sanral and our Department of Transport.” — Fin24