Sanral cancels e-tolls tender – for now


Sanral cancels e-tolls tender – for now

The roads company says it has not been knowledgeable of any resolution by authorities about the way forward for e-tolls. Image: Moneyweb

Sanral confirmed that it intends to reissue the tender.

The SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) has cancelled the tender it issued in August final yr for the continued administration of e-tolls and claims it has not been knowledgeable of any resolution by the federal government on the way forward for e-tolls on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP).

Sanral has additionally confirmed that it intends to reissue the tender.

Vusi Mona, basic supervisor of communications at Sanral, confirmed on Friday that Sanral’s board had determined to cancel the tender and harassed that Sanral has not been knowledgeable of any resolution in regard to the way forward for e-tolls.

“The board’s resolution to cancel the tender was knowledgeable by a evaluation of the reassurance paperwork from Sanral’s authorized and inner audit departments, in addition to knowledgeable recommendation supplied by the unbiased advisor to the board’s audit and threat committee.”

The cancellation of the tender, which was within the technique of being adjudicated, follows Sanral confirming on March 12 that its contract with Electronic Tolling Collections (ETC) for the administration of e-tolls on the GFIP had been prolonged till December 2020.

One of the explanations cited by Sanral for that extension was to permit for the tender course of to be concluded.

ETC’s contract was additionally prolonged for three months in December final yr, with this extension expiring on the starting of this month.

Mona stated the present ETC contract allowed for an as much as 24-month extension.

“In December 2019, Sanral prolonged the ETC contract for three months to finalise the tender course of.

“The Sanral board then took the choice to cancel the tender. Based on this resolution, the present ETC contract was prolonged for an extra 9 months to permit for completion of the re-tendering course of.

“The tenderers have been additionally knowledgeable of the cancellation,” he stated.

‘Smoke and ambiguity’

On the weekend, Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) CEO Wayne Duvenage described the cancellation of the tender as “plenty of smoke, plenty of ambiguity and an absence of readability,” including that “nothing is smart”.

He stated it appeared that an announcement on the way forward for e-tolls was imminent final week, earlier than the federal government’s announcement on Covid-19.

“Obviously with the virus, it has been delay and I feel there are extra essential issues to take care of proper now.

“So it’s once more a case of wait-and-see and kicking the can down the highway some extra, with compliance persevering with to drop,” he stated.

Paying motorists getting pissed off

Duvenage believes people who find themselves paying their e-tolls are getting pissed off with the truth that just one in 5 are paying their e-tolls and he known as on them to cease paying.

“That will finish it sooner [rather] than later,” he stated.

Duvenage believes Sanral has scrapped the tender course of extra out of a call to attend and see what authorities is going to do about e-tolls.

“These are all indications that the tip is nigh. If the federal government goes to hold on with e-tolls, Sanral has one other 9 months to retender.”

The drawback is that Sanral can’t implement compliance anymore, provides Duvenage.

“They have stopped summoning for over a yr; the check case is within the stability and by placing that check case on maintain, they’ve successfully accomplished a number of harm to the energy of their case,” he stated.

Moneyweb reported final yr that Duvenage claimed Kusa Kokutsha, which submitted a bid of R7.548 billion for the tender, was allegedly solely registered as a enterprise days after the tender was first marketed and appeared to have been arrange particularly to bid for the Sanral contract.

The different two bidders, in line with Outa, have been Phambili three way partnership (JV) and SAeTO.

It stated Phambili JV submitted a bid of R11.399 billion whereas SAeTO didn’t record a bid quantity.

Duvenage added on the time that the date on which Kusa Kokutsha was registered indicated that it didn’t have a monitor document as a enterprise and, via its administrators, is linked to outgoing contractor ETC.

“Thus this seems to be ETC in a brand new guise,” he stated.

Douglas Davey, ETC board chair, subsequently confirmed that ETC didn’t submit a bid for the tender as a result of it is a particular function automobile and was subsequently established solely to handle and function the Gauteng tolling system.

However, Davey stated Kusa Kokutsha, in which TMT Services and Supplies has a 44% shareholding and KapschTrafficCom AG a 5% stake, did submit a bid.

The majority shareholder in Kusa Kokutsha is a employees belief, with a 51% stake within the firm.

ETC’s unique shareholders have been TMT and Austria-based Kapsch TrafficCom AG.

Only a part of the tender Sanral issued for an open highway tolling system in Gauteng – a nationwide Transaction Clearing House (TCH) and violations processing centre – pertains to e-tolls on the GFIP.

The TCH is at present virtually completely used for clearing e-toll collections for varied toll operators and toll plazas, however Sanral confirmed that it’s within the technique of repackaging and increasing the perform of its TCH to offer a number of different mobility companies, similar to automobile licence renewal funds, cashless parking, gasoline funds and to make use of Sanral’s customer support centres for driving licence renewals.

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