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E-toll contract legal, says minister

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The process to procure a company responsible for e-tolls was above board and Sanral complied with all the requisite legislation, say.

In a written responses to parliamentary questions by the Freedom Front Plus’s advocate Anton de Waal Alberts as well as the DA’s Gordon Mackay, she added that the South African National Roads Agency Limited followed a tender process for the overall toll-system design that resulted in build and operations company Electronic Toll Collections emerging as the successful bidder.

Alberts had asked whether Sanral had followed a full tender process for the appointment of a company that would be responsible for collecting outstanding e-toll debt in Gauteng. He also wanted to know how long the contract with ETC was and whether there was an option to renew.

Peters said Sanral had appointed ETC in terms of the supply-chain management requirements at the time in 2009 and that the tender was also revised to address the new dispensation announced by deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, with specific reference to the 60 percent discount offering in respect of historic debt.

Peters said ETC was responsible for the collection of e-toll debt and was permitted to appoint third parties to attend to this on its behalf. Sanral had nothing to do with that third party.

The minister added that Sanral did not pay the third party and was not aware of a “specified company” or arrangements between ETC and the third-party entity. Sanral’s contractual obligation was to ETC.

Sanral appointed ETC in 2009. The contract will finish for the operations of the transaction clearing house and the violation processing centre components of the project after five years of toll-collection operations (December 2013 to December 2018), and for the roadside equipment, maintenance and open road toll back-office operations after eight years of toll-collection operations.

“The collection of outstanding debt is managed within the VPC component of the contract,”Peters said, adding that ETC was responsible for the collection of debt for the contract period.

[Source: The Star]
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