Alex Mitchley and Yadhana Jadoo
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3 Apr 2014
12:58 pm

E-toll retrenchments on the cards?

Alex Mitchley and Yadhana Jadoo

A letter by the Electronic Tolling Collection (ETC) company that has been circulating on social media seems to indicate a number of employees may soon be retrenched.

FILE PICTURE: An e-toll gantry. Picture: Alaister Russell

The ETC which was appointed by the SA National Roads Agency Ltd (Sanral) to deal with e-toll collections reportedly released the letter, dated March 28, to its employees.

In it the company speaks about the possible redeployment of a number of staff to other departments as well as retrenchment.

The letter states: “We will endeavour to retain and or deploy a number of employees across departments but where such accommodation cannot be made, we are obligated to consider possible retrenchment as a result”.

According to the letter the ETC project which started in February 2011 has since the implementation of the toll commencement (TC) December 3, 2013 been doing remarkably well.  It was however widely known that the volume work and response to user requirements would significantly reduce after the TC was implemented.

It goes on to say that three months since the inception of the TC, the company is now better placed to assess the operational needs of business and the service that the ETC renders and the decision to reduce staff is in line with its initial estimates.

Meanwhile Sanral to which the ETC renders its services to has more than half a billion rand in overdue e-toll fees.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) said the SA National Roads Agency Ltd (Sanral) could be a further R2 billion in debt in the next three months, Outa chairperson Wayne Duvenage said.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters, answering Parliamentary questions yesterday, revealed that half a billion rands are owed in e-toll fees for the period from December 3, 2013 to March 1, 2014.

An invoiced amount of R543 544 574 had been transferred to Sanral’s Violations Processing Centre, with only 9.21% of transactions being recovered.