Sanral reissues tender for continued administration of e-tolls

The SA Nationwide Roads Company (Sanral) has reissued the tender it cancelled in March for the continued administration of e-tolls, regardless of the persevering with uncertainty that exists over the way forward for e-tolls on the Gauteng Freeway Enchancment Challenge (GFIP).

E-toll account fee compliance charges have now declined even additional to beneath 19%.

Sanral engineering govt Louw Kannemeyer confirmed that Sanral reissued the tender on July 17. The deadline is September 16.

The tender contains the operations and upkeep of a Nationwide Transaction Clearing Home (NTCH) and Violations Processing Centre.

Nonetheless no phrase from cupboard

Kannemeyer stated Sanral has not been knowledgeable of any resolution by authorities on the way forward for e-tolls, stressing that such a choice might be communicated by cupboard.

The take a look at case introduced by the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) to evaluation the legality of the e-toll system has been postponed “topic to a cupboard resolution on the way forward for e-tolls”, he stated.

Minister within the Presidency Jackson Mthembu gave assurance in March that e-tolls could be mentioned by cupboard, following a promise made in December 2019 resolution on the way forward for e-tolls could be taken within the first cupboard assembly of 2020.

The cupboard has already met quite a lot of instances this 12 months.

Mthembu didn’t remark on the time on why cupboard had not but taken a choice.

‘Failed scheme’

Outa chief govt Wayne Duvenage stated on Tuesday “will probably be a farce and foolish” if the primary function of the reissued tender is to run the Gauteng e-toll system, notably as e-tolls is a failed scheme and Outa doesn’t consider will probably be resurrected.

Nevertheless, Duvenage stated this tender is clearly for one thing greater than e-tolls and incorporates built-in public transport and the transaction clearing home mechanism.

Duvenage stated this can take Sanral a bit past its scope of street constructing however there isn’t any purpose it shouldn’t present extra companies if it has know-how that may do that.

The Nationwide Transaction Clearing Home (NTCH) is at the moment virtually solely used for clearing e-toll collections for numerous toll operators and toll plazas. Nevertheless, Sanral beforehand confirmed it’s within the strategy of repackaging and increasing the operate of its NTCH to offer a number of different mobility companies, corresponding to automobile licence renewal funds, cashless parking, gasoline funds and to make use of Sanral’s customer support centres for driving licence renewals.

R640m lockdown hit

Sanral CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma just lately reported that Sanral incurred a lack of greater than R640 million in the course of the Covid-19 lockdown.

Kannemeyer advised Moneyweb final week that Sanral calculated this loss primarily based on the distinction between common revenue per day of week for the three months previous to lockdown in contrast with precise revenue per day in the course of the numerous lockdown ranges in any respect Sanral toll plazas countrywide.

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He stated this loss took into consideration the low fee compliance fee of e-toll accounts.

Kannemeyer stated the common compliance fee for e-toll funds was about 19.58% within the three months earlier than the Covid-19 lockdown.

He revealed the following e-toll fee compliance charges:

  • 19.78% in March
  • 22.96% in April
  • 19.54% in Might
  • 18.63% in June
  • 18.45% in July

Sanral beforehand confirmed that the compliance fee for e-toll funds was at 21.33% in February 2020, in contrast with 22.75% in February 2019.

Kannemeyer stated there was a mean of 75 million transactions a month in any respect the e-toll gantries within the virtually three months previous to the implementation of the Covid-19 lockdown on March 27.

He stated site visitors ranges on the GFIP declined to 25% of the conventional common throughout Stage 5 of the lockdown – rising to 45-55% in Stage four, 70% in Stage three, and 80% to 85% of regular ranges in Stage 2.

Cancelled tender

Sanral basic supervisor communications Vusi Mona confirmed in March that the choice by Sanral’s board to cancel the unique tender for the continued administration of e-tolls was knowledgeable by a evaluation of the reassurance paperwork from Sanral’s authorized and inner audit departments, plus knowledgeable recommendation supplied by the impartial advisor to the board’s audit and danger committee.

The cancellation of the tender, which was then within the strategy of being adjudicated, adopted Sanral confirming on March 12 that its contract with Digital Tolling Collections for the administration of e-tolls on the GFIP had been prolonged till December 2020.

One of many causes cited by Sanral for this extension was to permit for the tender course of to be concluded.

Revised tender

The reissued tender incorporates some adjustments to the eligibility standards for tenderers.

The unique tender stated solely tenders with a B-BBEE contributor standing stage of 1, 2, three or four, are eligible to tender and tenderers or every member of a three way partnership should be registered on the Nationwide Treasury Central Provider Database on the deadline for tender submissions.

The reissued tender has the identical B-BBEE necessities however tenderers are additionally required to have:

  • An possession construction the place a minimum of 51% is owned by South African entities;
  • Expertise of a minimum of one comparable undertaking, however not essentially a toll undertaking, to the worth of a minimum of R300 million; and
  • Related monetary standing to execute the undertaking.