Sunday, October 28, 2012

E-tolls: public must know details

Sanral sub-contractors revealed Jeanette Clark October 28, 2012 0 Comments Jeanette Clark Jeanette Clark is Moneyweb's Pretoria correspondent. Full Profile E-mail Vodacom, Neotel and Internet Solutions named as sub-contractors for the e-tolling of Gauteng’s roads The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) released a list of the sub-contractors for the e-tolling of Gauteng’s roads after media reports that the legal team of the Opposition to Urban Tolling (Outa) had to sign a confidentiality agreement to view the contract documents for the project. The roads agency also defended the practice to keep some of the information confidential. “Amid widespread speculation about the confidentiality agreement that was signed regarding the Gauteng e-toll contract documents, Sanral categorically denies that the agreement was designed to conceal information from the public,” the roads agency said in a statement on Wednesday. Sanral said that the information requested by Outa was the intellectual property of third party organisations and that “standard practice” was that contractual undertakings of confidentiality are given to these parties when the contracts were concluded. Sanral also said that the pricing of the open road tolling contract with ETC to run the e-tolling system, is and has been available on the agency’s website since June 2012.Moneyweb did a search on the Sanral website, but was not able to immediately locate this information. Outa commented on Tuesday, saying that it has signed a confidentiality agreement to keep the information contained in the contracts out of the public domain so that it can prepare for the review before the High Court, but that Sanral would have to apply to the High Court to keep the information confidential at the time of the hearing. Sanral said that it is “determined to adhere to and respect the integrity of the legal process and the positive pronouncement by the Constitutional Court in relation to the rights of the parties in this matter”. Wayne Duvenhage from Outa Sanral also took a dig at Outa, which is currently trying to raise funds for the legal process from the public and other corporate entities, saying that it “remains concerned about on-going statements made in the media about various aspects of this matter, which appear to be designed to cast doubt on the process and litigate the matter rather in a court of public opinion as part of an ongoing fund raising exercise”. “This tabloid-like approach to the issues placed in dispute by Outa is unfortunate as it undermines the court process and the constitutional rights of those involved,” the roads agency said. Sanral said that the contract for the design, build and operation of the tolling system is between itself and ETC and that it is not with any sub-contractors. “The lead contractor has sub-contracted work to various other companies,” Sanral said (see table below), but added that the list may change as “circumstances warrant during the course of the contract”. No Sub-Contractor Scope of Supplies & Services Status 1 Kapsch TrafficCom AB Design, Development, Delivery, Integration and Maintenance of Package 1 as per the Employers Requirements Current 2 Kapsch TrafficCom AG Design, Development, Delivery, Integration and Maintenance of Package 2 as per the Employers Requirements Current 3 Kapsch TrafficCom AG Design, Development, Delivery, Integration and Maintenance of Package 3 as per the Employers requirements Current 4 TMT Services and Supplies (Pty) Ltd Design, Development, Delivery, Integration and Maintenance of Package 4 as per the Employers Requirements Current 5 Kapsch TrafficCom AG TAG Supplier 6 Eltonation Electrical Building and electrical maintenance services Closed 7 Heritage Gardens Landscaping, irrigation and indoor plant rental maintenance services Closed 8 3D Design Design, Branding and Installation of PK’s Current 9 Scan Display/Ndlovu Manufacturing Construction of Temporary Kiosks Current 10 Tsebo holdings t/a FEDICS Provide canteen services Current 11 Impumelelo Provision of furniture Closed 12 Clean Care Mobile To provide cleaning, pest control, waste management and hygiene Services Current 13 Vodacom Service Provider Company (Pty) Ltd Provision of connectivity. In particular MPLS VPN; Fibre – design & build, SLA, Routers; Internet; Temporary Microwave – design & build, Diginet design & build, SLA; 3G APN – design & build Current 14 Internet Solutions Provision of connectivity for remote sites and kiosk. In particular MPLS VPN VRF; Network Connectivity, Internet Breakout Current 15 Neotel (Pty) Ltd Provision of digital telephone lines from COC & Dalpark to the public. Providing design & build services and operations services Current 16 e-Logics Provision of SMS Gateway solution to TCH, VPC & ORT business units Current 17 G4S Secure Solutions Cash in Transit Current 18 Omniscience Development of static and dynamic Website Current 19 Supaswift (Pty) Ltd t/a Fedex Express General Logistics and Central warehousing services (Tags and Consumables)TCH Services Goods Quality checks, Goods Storage/ Warehousing Inventory and Stock, Management Threshold monitoring Shipment preparation, Return, logistics Compilation of “tag in a bag”, ORT Services Distribution of goods, Call centre for road users Delivery to road users, Delivery to ETC sites, Emergency deliveries Current 20 Pepic & Kraus Print (Pty) Ltd Printing of leaflets and instruction manuals Closed 21 CardPlus Supplier of customer identification card Closed 22 Callforce Supplier of temporary staffing for Call Centre, Manual Validation, Claims & Complaints and VPC Current 23 Softline VIP Supplier of Payroll System & payroll services Expired 24 BidpaperPlus t/a Lithotech Provision of: * 560k DL envelopes * System Development * Stationery * Automated Processes – print and postage services * Packaging *Fax services Current 25 B/Sure Wright Surveillance Purchase of Electrical fencing with a 1 year warranty Current 26 Fidelity Security provide armed response and alarm monitoring services Current 27 Protea Coin provide manned guarding services Current 28 Bidvest Magnum CCTV System: Equipment purchase & installation agreement Closed 29 FNB Rental of Pin Entry Devices Current 30 Hyphen Provision of TradeQuest Online Card Authorisation System Current 31 Gijima Holdings (Pty) Ltd Provision of: Account & Service Delivery Management; Service Management Tool Incident Management, Problem Management, Change Management, Logical Security Management, Asset & Configuration Management, Capacity Management, Availability Management, Network Support, IT Service Continuity Management, Database & Data Warehouse Services & Management , Support & Installations. Current 32 Q-Free Africa (Pty) Ltd Tag Supply Current 33 Dream Team Facility Management Current 34 H & M Information Management Services Information technology consulting, software development, licensing and support of certain software Current Source: Moneyweb Related articles E-tolls: public must know details E-toll advertising battle Sanral toll boards misleading public says DA Shocking new e-toll rate: OUTA E-toll talks almost over Mybroadband OUTA has said that the public must not be kept in the dark with regards to the e-toll plans The details of the electronic toll collection contract (ETC) should not be kept confidential, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) said on Monday. “It shouldn’t be confidential. It is taxpayers’ money that is being used to pay the tolls, so the taxpayer should know what the money is being used for,” said Outa chairman Wayne Duvenage. However, there was nothing he could do about it, after Outa agreed to sign a confidentiality agreement, said Duvenage. He said this was the only way Outa would have been able to get access to the ETC contract to prepare for its court case. Duvenage was responding to a report in The Star newspaper on Monday that parts of the high court review of the project in November could be held in camera because of the confidentiality agreement. This meant that taxpayers might never know the full agreements, pricing and subcontracts surrounding e-tolling. Last month, the Constitutional Court overturned an interim order which put a hold on the Gauteng e-tolling project. During the case, the legal team representing the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) made selective references to the ETC contract, which Outa had not seen. “Now imagine a court case for them to use the contract even though we had not seen it,” said Duvenage. “We needed to see them… so we were asked to sign a confidentiality agreement to see it.” The Democratic Alliance said the signing of the confidentiality agreement was suspicious. “We have to ask why does Sanral appear to be hiding something, and who is it seeking to protect?” DA MPL Neil Campbell asked in a statement. He said full disclosure had to be given to Gauteng residents. “This case should take place with unrestricted public access, despite indications that Sanral wants part of it to be held behind closed doors,” said Campbell. “Anything less than full disclosure will confirm that Sanral and the government have something to hide.” He said Parliament, on request, received 27 of the 33 contracts relating to the e-tolls. The others were not given. “Why are the other six contracts not forthcoming? he asked. “The latest in the smoke and mirrors saga is the confidentiality requirement which adds to the thick veil of secrecy surrounding e-tolling.” This added to speculation that someone at Sanral or in the government stood to make “a pot of money” from e-tolling, said Campbell. The Constitutional Court found that the High Court in Pretoria had not considered the separation of powers between the high court and executive. In April, the high court granted Outa an interdict, ruling that a full review needed to be carried out before electronic tolling could be put into effect. The interdict prevented Sanral from levying or collecting e-tolls pending the outcome of the review. Sanral and the National Treasury appealed against the court order, and said delays prevented the payment of the R21 billion incurred in building gantries. The review was expected take place in the High Court in Pretoria on November 26. Related articles E-toll advertising battle Sanral toll boards misleading public says DA Shocking new e-toll rate: OUTA E-toll talks almost over E-toll resistance to follow: Vavi Mybroadband COMMENTS BY SONNY We should Petition the President today - Seeing he will not be in court tomorrow!! He can use some of the cash he received from the Treasury to defend e-TOLL! I for one am against e-TOLL and any ANC shady deals.

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