Well would you look at that; the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) won’t get to toll the N1 and N2 leading into the Cape Winelands.
“The application for leave to appeal against the refusal to admit further affidavits is dismissed with cost, including the costs of two counsel,” the SCA ruled on Thursday.
Judgement handed down by the Western Cape High Court in favour of the City of Cape Town prevents Sanral from tolling the N1 and N2, a ruling they wanted to appeal… alas.
The City has repeatedly said it would fight the implementation of e-Tolls and has, thus far, managed to keep Sanral at bay.
The City of Cape Town claims Sanral didn’t follow proper procedures in its decision to toll the Winelands routes. Sanral, on the other hand, said that the public hadn’t been given the full picture with regards to how the agency would fund the project.
Kobus van der Walt, its Western Cape regional manager, broke the costs down, saying the Winelands project would cost R10 billion, R2 billion less than its annual budget. He added that, while the Western Cape was the only province allowed to raise a fuel levy to finance its road infrastructure, it had refused to do so.