SANRAL require R10bn to complete Winelands toll project
The South African National Road Agency Limited (Sanral) on Tuesday revealed that the initial cost of work undertaken as part of the N1/N2 Winelands toll project would be R10-billion, which would be funded through a user-pays tolling system.
“This year we received a total allocation of R12.5-billion to look after the entire national road network. Clearly we cannot take all of it to do one project in one province,” Sanral Western Cape regional manager Kobus van der Walt stated.
“In 2014/15 National Treasury collected R46-billion in fuel levies and R7.2-billion in vehicle licence fees, which [equals] R53.2-billion.
“In turn, R44-billion was allocated to roads across the three spheres of government, R4.9-billion on public transport infrastructure, R7.1-billion on bus subsidies and R266-million on road traffic management, bringing total expenditure to R56.3-billion. There was, therefore, a subsidy of R3.1-billion coming from the fiscus,” Van der Walt commented.
He said the Western Cape was the only province that had permission from National Treasury to implement a fuel levy to finance roads, but it had not yet been implemented. There was further debt of R1.9-billion associated with the province’s Huguenot tunnel.