SANRAL CEO SAYS E-TOLLS WILL COME TO KZN
By: Zinhle Mngadi
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) Nazir Alli said that the agency is planning to expand the well protested e-tolls to KwaZulu-Natal, when he addressed professionals at a debate in eThekwini on Thursday.
The CEO spoke at the Progressive Professionals Forum (PPF) debate where he told delegates that the e-toll is a method of collecting money. He said that it will save the road user time from stopping and physically paying at toll gates by implementing an electronic method of collecting money.
“The E-tolls is a faster method of collecting money paid by road users currently at toll gates, saving them time and money. We want to introduce e-tolls at all major toll gates like Marrin Hill Plaza and Harrismith toll gate in KZN,” said Alli.
Alli further encouraged professionals to engage government on programmes they implement with the aim to improve the quality life of all South Africans. He also said that their role in the implementation of government programmes is vital because of the tax they pay to the South Africa Revenue Services (SARS).
“As SANRAL, we implement government policies not create them. South Africa has 660 000 km of roads that need proper maintenance because roads are South Africa’s assets. And our country funds infrastructure programmes through tax payers money like yours,” said Alli.
National Chairman of the PPF, Comfort Ngidi, said that the forum’s role is to correct the ruling party not through “shouting” the African National Congress (ANC) but in a manner that will bring solutions to the problems at hand.
He further said that the current government policy of taxing the more affording to help the disadvantaged is welcomed by the PPF.
“Every township now has a mall or a shopping centre which assist the poor communities through the tax payer’s money, so the role of the tax payer is crucial,” said Ngidi.
A local doctor, Nomzamo Thuthu, who attended the function, applauds forums like the PPF that allows professional sectors to come together and engage on critical issues impacting on people’s lives.
Dr Thuthu told Iziko News that opportunities are available to young people by the government to economically uplift their lives but young people have to go out and grab them.
“I encourage everyone to participate in such programmes for the development of South Africa,” said Thuthu.