Public Talks Highlight Opposition to e-Tolls

It is hoped that government will change its mind about e-tolling Gauteng’s major highways after public talks on the matter are held this week, those opposed to the user pay system said.
The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) chairperson, Wayne Duvenhage, points out that this is not about fighting government for the sake of fighting.
Duvenhage adds that even if they find some technical reason to defend e-tolls in court, it is the will of the people that can make a difference.

OUTA Says Public Against e-Tolls

Opposition To Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) says that the public meetings on Gauteng's e-tolls indicated the public is against the system.
In a press statement, OUTA points out that, "Despite efforts by the department of transport to focus on discussing the proposed tariffs and exemptions at meetings, many expressed sheer anger at the lack of initial consultation."
The organisation further argues that the government should initially have been more open and accommodating in seeking public and business opinion.

Civic Education: Building a Future Where my Democratic Right Matters

Student politics shape how students view themselves and how being a ‘comrade’ means everything to those who indulge themselves in the relentless call of student politics. Student politics is seen as the pathway to national politics, and having recently graduated from a Higher Learning Institution (HLI), whenever there was a student gathering (dominated mostly by black students), we would be told that we are the next breed of leaders to lead this country.

ConCourt to Hear e-Toll Arguments

The Constitutional Court will hear arguments that seek to overturn a High Court decision which interrupted the implementation of the Gauteng e-toll project.

This after the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) was triumphant in their last minute attempt to stop e-tolling in April 2012, when the North Gauteng High Court granted them an interdict which ordered a full review of the project.

Govt to Consider e-Tolling Ideas

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) says the government has begun to understand the problems South Africans face because of e-tolling but that does not mean it has changed its mind on the matter.

OUTA chairperson, Wayne Duvenhage, argues that, “They are beginning to understand the issue, but it does not mean they have come over to our side.”

SANRAL Not Opposing e-Toll Interdict

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) has opted not to oppose the interdict against the implementation of e-tolling.

Tolling on parts of Gauteng’s national highways was brought to a halt after the first phase of a court challenge that was brought by a group, including the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA).

OUTA chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, says that SANRAL was given 10 days to file an appeal against the ruling by Judge Bill Prinsloo that prevented tolling but failed to do so by the deadline on 15 May 2012.

Putting Participation at the Heart of Development

There is good news, and there is bad when it comes to local government.

The bad news is the old news that South Africa's magnificent policy framework is still not producing matching results either on the ground or in popular perceptions of local government. There is eager and active involvement in community organisations across the country, but citizens feel ignored, bewildered and frustrated by formal government processes.

Drive to Help e-Toll Legal Challenge

A fundraising initiative to help cover the costs of a legal challenge to the proposed Gauteng e-tolling is set to be launched.

Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, points out that, "We are busy finalising the details but hopefully it will be launched before the end of the week."

Duvenage argues that the public have been ‘100 percent supportive’ of the OUTA movement and businesses also appeared to be ‘very keen to contribute’, adding that many people pledged to give the cost of e-tag registration to the cause.

E-toll Committee Set Up

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) both hope to work alongside a committee appointed by Cabinet to deal with Gauteng’s e-toll crisis.

COSATU spokesperson, Patrick Craven and OUTA chairperson, Wayne Duvenhage, both says the way forward would be to include all other role players.

Call for Peaceful Elections in Zambia

American NGO, National Democratic Institute (NDI) has released a report in which it calls on presidential candidates and political leaders to issue ‘explicit, forceful and repeated calls for peaceful elections.

The report, which comes ahead of the country’s 20 September general election, says that broad citizen participation, combined with responsible actions by all stakeholders, will contribute to electoral integrity and build public confidence.


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