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Sanral’s secrecy bid case to continue

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A court application by Sanral to have certain aspects of the proposed N1/N2 Winelands Toll Highway project kept confidential will continue in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday.

The SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) brought its application on Monday to keep certain documents out of the public domain because of commercial confidentiality. The application is being heard in camera.

On Monday, mayoral committee member for transport Brett Herron said the city would continue arguing against the application. In May last year, the city was granted an interim interdict to halt the proposed N1/N2 Winelands Toll Highway project.

The interdict remains in force until the court reviews Sanral’s declaration of the project and the selection of the preferred bidder. Sanral said on Monday that its application had to do with tender procedures.

“We do so because the benefits attaching to such plans or tenders have not yet been secured and a competitive tender process may be at risk of being usurped by others if disclosed prematurely,” spokesman Vusi Mona said.

He said the state-owned entity understood that information relating to a tender process could not be protected indefinitely.

“However, before the process has been finalised, we believe there is a case for confidentiality.” SAPA

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