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Held up in court and beset with scandals. Sanral is a disgrace...

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Fake affidavit(s) and unhappy communities: Sanral's brand new scandal

ALEX ELISEEV SOUTH AFRICA 17 MAR 2015 10:43 (SOUTH AFRICA)

Roads agency Sanral has been hit by another scandal, this time involving fraud allegations relating to a statement submitted in court by its head Nazir Alli. It’s a bizarre tale – a pile-up on the highway of logic – that, sadly, few South Africans will be surprised by. ALEX ELISEEV reports.


While the headline act in the Sanral saga has been Gauteng’s multi-billion rand e-tolling project, another legal battle has been brewing in the Eastern Cape. The controversial N2 Wild Coast toll route proposed by Sanral has seen a community try desperately to stop the construction of a highway between Durban and East London. This rather stereotypical David and Goliath fight over the rural communities affected and the potential damage to the environment has been going on for years, with few city slickers in Johannesburg or Cape Town paying much attention.

But the latest round of court papers exchanged between Sanral and the attorneys representing some of the tribal authorities has ignited a rather unsavoury scandal.

A replying affidavit signed by CEO Nazir Alli at the end of November 2014 sets out to prove that communities along the new highway route are behind the project and that the attorney who claims to represent some of the residents has no mandate to wage war on their behalf. The attorney is Cormac Cullinan who, naturally, disagrees and argues that he does in fact have the required mandate.

The trouble, however, lies in the six supporting affidavits Alli relies on in his statement. These deal with meetings held with communities (because every Sanral scandal is, really, about public consultation) and purport to show there is widespread buy-in.

One of the supporting affidavits is from a community leader named Nomvelwana Mhlengana, who was surprised to find her name being used as ammunition by Sanral. Why? Because she’s a rather well known opponent of the Wild Coast highway who has even appeared in a calendar published to create awareness about the cause.

More here: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2015-03-17-fake-affidavits-and-unhappy-communities-sanrals-brand-new-scandal/#.VQk8n46UfNI
 

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Oh yes, this is the project where they will add an extra lane between the old airport and Amanzimtoti and then expect South Coast commuters to pay for a brand new road most of them will never even see.
 

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Tolls aside, the construction of a modern Durban to Cape Town highway has to be a winner. It would be a really big draw card for foreign tourists. Fly Drive Cape Town-Durban that is - effectively a greatly enhanced Garden Route. It's the perfect way for Europeans to spend their two (or even three) week annual vacation. Without this SA is falling way short of its tourist capabilities.
 

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Disputed N2 toll road to go ahead

Durban - Despite legal challenges to stop the construction of the controversial N2 Wild Coast toll road, the process of awarding tenders for two multibillion-rand bridges planned for the freeway will begin in June.

Nazir Alli, chief executive of the South African National Roads Agency Limited, told a Durban business meeting on Wednesday that pre-qualification applications from construction firms interested in building the bridges over the Msikaba and Mtentu Rivers between Port Edward and Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape would close next week, with the final tender award processes to start in June.

The combined cost of the two bridges will be R3.5 billion.
More at:http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/disputed-n2-toll-road-to-go-ahead-2017602
 

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I really don't even begin to understand why SANRAL is wasting money on this until the legal stuff has played out...
 

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Because they do not care about that mate. Government bodies never do, it is not their money so they feel zero accountability for it.
 

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I can confirm that this project is going ahead. I am structural engineer at SMEC and we are busy working on two of the bridges along this route; namely the Msikaba and Mtentu River Bridges. Both are very large and impressive structures. The construction of the bridges will go out for tender in June/July and construction is to commence in early 2017. I can only imagine that the rest of the route itself will follow shortly after.
 

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the problem the infrastructure is needed. its the cost mechanism that is irking people
 

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True. regardless of what one thinks of tolling, SANRAL is one of the few departments that is actually pushing out substantial infrastructure projects.
 

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Via GAPP Architects on Facebook:

We are very excited to be part of the team of bridge design specialists with SMEC, CH2M and Dissing+Weitling working on the Site Planning for two new landmark bridges on the new N2 toll road crossing the Msikaba and Mtentu Rivers in the area around Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape. Connecting communities and unlocking the natural beauty of the Transkei.




 

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Wild Coast toll road ‘an economic crime'

Durban - The South African National Roads Agency Limited has once again come under fire for establishing an environmental monitoring committee to investigate the construction of the N2 Wild Coast toll road.

Construction of a new toll road along the N2 Wild Coast between Durban and East London could begin soon.

Sanral established an independent environmental monitoring committee to investigate environmental aspects of the construction.

This has met with opposition from environmental groups and the public.

The announcement was made following the committee’s inaugural meeting in Port Edward last week.

Sanral environmental manager Mpati Makoa said the environmental authorisation by the department of environmental affairs for the construction of the toll road was subject to conditions, including the establishment of a representative environmental monitoring committee, with an independent chairperson.
More at: http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/wild-coast-toll-road-an-economic-crime-2093286
 

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Via GAPP Architects on Facebook:

We are very excited to be part of the team of bridge design specialists with SMEC, CH2M and Dissing+Weitling working on the Site Planning for two new landmark bridges on the new N2 toll road crossing the Msikaba and Mtentu Rivers in the area around Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape. Connecting communities and unlocking the natural beauty of the Transkei.




missed this. the first one is very impressive.
 

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for realz? - they are pretty impressive!! - and potential for an epic bunjee jump off that cable stay bridge :)

At first I was against this road, however, having travelled a lot around this area last year, the Wild Coast does need way better infrastructure!

Also, frankly, the time it takes to get to East London from Durbs via Kokstad was a major impediment to people wanting to do a road trip further down the coast which may have held back places like Port St John from booming properly
 
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