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Tweefo (October 10, 2013, 09:26:04 AM):
Where do you stand on the e toll debate, or more importantly, are you going to get one? It can be said that the toll roads are very well maintained. The problem that I have with the e tolls is that most of that money coming in is going to an overseas company. I think I am going to wait and see.
Rigil Kent (October 10, 2013, 12:14:20 PM):
I suspect that access to roads is a basic human right. There is no excuse for any government - since they insist on being there in the first place - not to maintain the roads. What else do we get for the money that the government so adroitly milks us for anyway? We should at the very least be getting long, properly maintained stretches of tar for free.

I wasn't aware that most of the income generated by the toll roads trickles away to outsiders! Grrr. What on earth is so complicated about a toll road to justify foreign expertise? It's just a bloody boom and a till for crying out loud.

Rigil
Tweefo (October 10, 2013, 12:50:37 PM):
I suspect that access to roads is a basic human right. There is no excuse for any government - since they insist on being there in the first place - not to maintain the roads. What else do we get for the money that the government so adroitly milks us for anyway? We should at the very least be getting long, properly maintained stretches of tar for free.

I wasn't aware that most of the income generated by the toll roads trickles away to outsiders! Grrr. What on earth is so complicated about a toll road to justify foreign expertise? It's just a bloody boom and a till for crying out loud.

Rigil
It is a foreign company that the gantries belong to - I suppose the technology and what not to read your car's registration plate and or the e-tag. Something like 60 sent out of every Rand will go to them. If it was 10 sent or so one could maybe justify it but 60? I think the person/s pushing this idea is probably getting a fat handshake from said company. Maybe I am just a conspiracy theorist here but somebody is going to have a better bank balance because of this and it ain't going to be me.
cr1t (October 10, 2013, 13:50:56 PM):
Ha I live in the free part of the country, ie the Western Cape, so does not worry me.
But it does look very expenses to drive roads that where free before.

Maar kak en betaal is die wet van die transvaal.

Faerie (October 10, 2013, 15:01:12 PM):
I'm not going to bother getting a tag. They can bill me and fine me as much as they like, its not going to be paid. I'm also on the wait and see bandwagon.

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