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SANRAL gets more out of transport budget

SANRAL part of much bigger picture…..

roadsPrior to Deputy President Ramaphosa’s defence in the National Assembly of the-tolling system with its decreased tariffs , Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters, told Parliament earlier in her budget vote speech that her department had a budget of R53.7bn for 2015/16, of which 12.5bn would go to South Africa Roads National Agency (SANRAL) – the total budget of R53.7bn being 6% more than last year’s budget.

Speaking at a media briefing prior to her budget vote, the Minister said that the projects administered by the department of transport (DoT) are run through thirteen different transport entities, to where 96.7% of the budget was appropriated and which included mainly provinces and municipalities.

Taxis moving major bulk of commuters 

dipou petersMinister Peters said, “Taxis remain moving 68% of the country’s 5.4 million passengers on a daily basis and contribute immensely to our economy, the taxi remaining the most important part of the public transport system.” Consequently it was her intention, she said, to review the taxi recapitalisation programme to bring about more affordability.

The Minister further stated that with the increase of vehicle transport on roads, DoT was altering its programme of expansion of the road network, doubling the capital available for the upgrade and expansion of provincial and local roads. In fact, the number of vehicles on South Africa’s roads had increased from 5-million in 1994 to over 11-million in 2014.

Nothing much since 1986

It was to be noted, the minister said, that the R1.1bn Moloto road to the north of Pretoria was a priority in view of the number of fatal accidents. “Hardly any significant new highways have been built since 1986, except for those that were constructed as part of the toll projects,” she said.

The additional funding for SANRAL was in respect of roads being added to the SANRAL network, especially in the provinces, which had to be upgraded if tolling was to be introduced. “All this work cannot be funded from the fiscus alone in the form of increased appropriations”.

Minister Peters said that more goods had to be transported by rail rather than by road and the number of vehicle accidents in the country brought down. “This move will equally unlock more economic potential and job creation. It will also help decrease congestion by road freight and with them transporting so much in the way of dangerous and heavy goods.”

Good money after bad?

Opposition shadow transport minister, Manny de Freitas, in reply, pointed out that SANRAL was well short of the R250m a month it said it needed in its original targeting – in fact he had heard that SANRAL had only reached R120m per month income, probably resulted from an estimated 23% of users resisting or not paying collections, in Gauteng.

He queried, as had the High Court he said, SANRAL’s tolling model and hoped the R12.5bn was not a subsidy to make up for the Gauteng impasse, especially as SANRAL seem determined to toll part of the Winelands route in Western Province.

Other articles in this category or as background
http://parlyreportsa.co.za/finance-economic/minister-comments-taxis-e-tolls-road-rail/
http://parlyreportsa.co.za/trade-industry/national-road-traffic-bill-passed-legally/
http://parlyreportsa.co.za/cabinetpresidential/e-tolling-transport-laws-bill-held-over/
http://parlyreportsa.co.za/uncategorized/e-tolling-becomes-a-financial-mess/

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Bitumen shortage question goes round in circles

Replying in writing to a question asked of the minister of energy Ms Dipuo Peter as to whether there was any comprehensive government business plan on South Africa’s bitumen requirements, the minister side stepped on the issue and told the House that had “reviewed its mandate” and advised the departments of transport and trade and industry should answer. The department of transport is also under pressure regard parliamentary enquiries on bitumen.

The questioner, a DA MP, also asked what the storage arrangements there were in the country, where these were situated and whether there was sufficient bitumen available as reserve to meet the requirements of the National Build Programme.

In a separate meeting of the portfolio committee of transport, Ian Ollis, DA, asked James Mlawu, acting DDG of the road transport branch of the department of transport during a discussion on the state of rural roads, what the situation was with regard to bitumen supplies nationally.

Mlawu said there was no major problem other than the fact that there were never reserves and a sort of ad hoc situation existed for all parties to draw on. He said that bitumen was not held as a national strategic stock and bitumen tended to be made, since it was a by-product, as and when required on an as required basis by both councils and private sector. If no planning and co-ordination was undertaken with the suppliers, then shortages could apply simply because arrangements had not been made on a major scale.

MPs asked how the New Growth Plan could be exercised if no plans were made on this kind of subject since the absence of any proper road system in the rural areas was reaching the level of a possible human rights abuse where a child might die if the mother could not get to a clinic. MPs said the state of rural roads were shocking.

Mlawu in his reply said there was plenty of national planning on rural roads but little in the way of execution at lower level by either rural authorities or public works. Such gravel roads as there are were being destroyed by heavy haulage, he said. Whether a light cover of paving on the gravel would solve the problem was doubtful, he added, and a proper assessment of the whole issue at national level was needed.

Mlawu said the need for bitumen on a national scale, if it was decided to pave such roads in broad principle, would be part of a financial plan put to treasury or the World Bank if such a proper plan was to be executed at a national level although no World Bank official approaches had been made on the subject of roads, other than talks.

But that point had not been reached or even considered by cabinet, he said.

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