E-tolls: Foreign company to make R700m

A report suggests Austrian company Kapsch TrafficCom will rake in millions every year.

A report suggests Austrian company Kapsch TrafficCom will rake in millions every year. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) on Wednesday said it was shocked by reports that a foreign company involved in e-tolling would rake in almost R700 million a year.

The lobby group is involved in a legal challenge against the controversial system, which is due to be launched within weeks.

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) dismissed the reports as "shallow and inaccurate".

The agency also moved to assure South Africans their money would not be shipped off overseas.

Austrian company Kapsch TrafficCom claims all hurdles had been cleared and e-tolling would inject around R670 million worth of annual revenue from July onwards.

Outa's Wayne Duvenage said this was almost half of the planned running costs of the entire system.

"That money should stay in South Africa. That's money that is going to be taken out of the wallets of road users and reduce our ability to put more funding into roads and infrastructure in South Africa."

However, Sanral said Kapsch TrafficCom was a service provider and would only be paid for the work it carried out.

Earlier this week, Outa told Eyewitness News it raised around R1.2 million in donations from the public for its court case against the controversial project.

Last week, Outa made an urgent call for funding saying if it failed to raise R1 million in three weeks, it would have to consider abandoning its court case.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) also came forward to donate R1 million.

But the move sparked debate about whether the fight against Gauteng e-tolling was being politicised.

The Supreme Court of Appeal will hear the challenge against e-tolling in September.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe is engaging with churches regarding e-tolls.