2013-11-20: South Africa’s transport minister Dipuo Peters said the Gauteng ‘e-toll’ system will begin December 3. It will be one of the world’s bigger all-electronic networks when it goes live on some 300km, 185 miles of urban expressway in the 9 million population, 2.3 million vehicle Johannesburg/Pretoria metro area.
In response to our report last night Kapsch gave us this statement:
2013-11-05: Sal Yacoubi one of the world’s the most accomplished developers of all-electronic toll systems has resigned from Kapsch just months before his latest system was due to go live in Johannesburg South Africa.
2013-07-23: The stock market capitalization of Kapsch has been taking a battering after the company acknowledged further delays in getting revenue out of its ambitious 'e-toll' system in South Africa. The stock price of Kapsch TrafficCom AG - to give it its full name - dropped 7.3% just today to E31.70.
South Africa's auditor general Terence Novembre says the national roads authority SANRAL needs the tolls from the ambitious toll-financed Gauteng highway improvement scheme to remain solvent. Failure to proceed with the start-up of tolling and gain the expected revenue stream could "cast significant doubt on the entity’s ability to fund its obligations."
A district judge issued an injunction ('interdict' in local english) just days before tolling was set to begin 5 months ago. The country's constitutional court just recently quashed the injunction.
South Africa's Constitutional Court over-rules Pretoria judge's injunction against start of Gauteng tolls but talks continue with toll critics
2012-09-28: The South African government is moving ahead with the all-electronic toll system - known there as e-toll - that was put on hold just days before it was due to start April 30.
The anti-toll opposition's naive notion of 'ring fencing' a new fuel tax – the sad American experience: An op-ed for a S African newspaperBy Peter Samuel on August 26, 2012
2012-08-26: An op-ed written for a South African newspaper, by Peter Samuel: Many critics of tolls simply don't want to pay for a using a road. They want a free ride.
2012-05-31: Nazir Alli, the longtime head of the South Africa National Roads Agency (SANRAL) is to stay on as chief executive after all, suggesting that the Government may be strengthening its resolve to see through the controversial Gauteng e-toll system.
2012-05-15: The future of South Africa's all-electronic toll system is in serious question following a court injunction against the planned start of tolling, and the resignation of Nazir Alli, the longtime chief executive of SANRAL (South Africa National Roads Authority Ltd,) the national government's toll authority.
"We will make this system unworkable," Zwelinzima Vavi general secretary of Cosatu the major labor union federation of South Africa declared addressing a huge crowd of tens of thousands in Johannesburg yesterday, according to local reports. Tolls are due to begin on March 28 under government plans for Johannesburg/Pretoria area expressways.