E-Tolling opponent says this year sees a R40m Christmas e-toll bonanza for Kapsch

While Gauteng’s residents are suffering under SANRAL’s ham-fisted implementation of e-tolls, the shareholders of Kapsch TrafficCom, the overseas company which is a major player in the e-tolling collection system, are no doubt popping the champagne over their R40 million Christmas bonanza. This is the view of long-time e-tolling opponent, Rob Handfield – Jones.

“Kapsch stated that it expects to earn R660 million per annum from e-tolling,” said Handfield – Jones. “That’s R21 per second. By the time the sun rises on the aptly-named Day of Goodwill, Kapsch’s share of the e-toll loot will have hit R40 million since the December 3 launch. Not a bad take for a company which was loss-making until SANRAL came along!”

He asked how a government agency’s launch strategy for a project could be to threaten citizens with criminal charges if they didn’t comply.

“What kind of government project could justify these autocratic methods in order to enrich an overseas company to the tune of more than half a billion Rand a year?” he asked. He was also critical of SANRAL spokesperson Vusi Mona’s approach to the public. “Mona’s public statements are frequently wide of the mark. He was even so bold as to deny that money was going overseas to Kapsch, despite Kapsch’s own announcements to that effect,” Handfield – Jones commented. “Mona’s combative PR posture has done extraordinary damage to the relationship between government and the citizens of Gauteng.”

Handfield-Jones said that SANRAL needed to clean up its act and admit that the implementation of e-tolls had been as badly bungled as its design and planning. “It is time for the Department of Transport to reflect on its failings and come to the table with civil society so that a sustainable and cost-effective method can be found to fund roads which doesn’t rely on charging twice the price necessary and threatening law-abiding citizens with criminal proceedings,” he concluded.

3 thoughts on “E-Tolling opponent says this year sees a R40m Christmas e-toll bonanza for Kapsch

  • December 27, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Who are the local shareholders of Kapsch? All the ANC cabinet ministers.and other politically connected? Why else would they be so desperate to collect their millions?????

  • December 27, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Well, that’s only if the public pay. That was ETC’s plan, but alas, a wise society that refuses to be pushed around on an unjust policy is not playing their game. Low cash flows expected and the house of cards should tumble in a few months time. Sorry to spoil their hopes and targets for 2014.

  • January 7, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    We need no ‘clean ups’ of anything to do with tolls – we need DESTRUCTION of the entire highway robbery scheme!

    And we will get it.

    We are many – they are few – we will win!

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