I got this email recently about the new e-toll systems that have come up around Gauteng…
These “e-toll” systems are means of charging road users on the N1, N3, N12 and R21 in the Gauteng area by being “tolled by means of electronic and automated methods, thereby eliminating the need to queue at toll plazas. This automated non-stop method of collecting toll is referred to as e-toll.” (Extract from the e-toll website)…
There are some stories I’ve heard about why these tolls were put up. How true they are I’m not sure, but basically the reason is because the South African government borrowed money to build the 2010 soccer stadiums and this is their way of getting the money to pay back whoever it was they borrowed the money from.
Whatever their idea is and reasoning behind putting up these tolling systems may be, it comes down to taking more and more money from the average person on the street. It’s because of this that I thought it would be a good idea to put the email up on my blog to get it more exposure and have it get to as many people as possible. It definitely affects everyone in the Gauteng area, but by extension others around South Africa too and is a must read!
Here is what the email said:
Hi I hope you don’t mind me mailing this to you on this issue, but this came across my desk this morning.
I think, and I am sure that many of you are the same, that the tolls are a disgrace, both the extortionate toll fees themselves and also the widely published fact that we are expected to pay up to R18 BILLION over the next 10 years just to collect the toll fees. I wanted to share the clarity of thought in this mail and agree that I will not be installing anything on my car.
They are not going to have easy access to my bank account – they say they want a debit order – forget it. Send me a bill (by registered mail) every time – and I will pay it just as fast as I pay the speeding fines that arrive by normal post (which I also ignore).
Together we can make this whole thing fail – as it should. Let the toll gates stay there, not working, as monuments to people power.
Let’s call this the start of the SA Awakening, look what the normal people are achieving in North Africa with the Arab Awakening. Regards I hope this goes around at least a billion times. Taxes and Open Road Toll Fees People should not install the transponders but still use the highways and force the government to issue accounts and summonses to all motorists until such time they drop the prices. The government will be forced to send out millions of accounts every month and they don’t have the manpower to do it. This is the best and easiest way to boycott the system. What is the government going to do about motorists from other neighboring countries that don’t have these transponders? South Africans are too complacent and its time we fight back.
WE have paid for these roads. Now they are also proposing a 1% tax to fund the SABC.
Circulate this to all your friends!!!!!!!!
Has anyone thought just how much tax we are already paying?
a. 35% on your salary
b.14% on everything you buy (bar fresh produce) and services rendered.
c. Carbon tax if you buy a new car (besides the 14% VAT you have to pay)
d. Tax on the fuel you put in your car to run it.
e. Toll on our roads – and for some it is going to come to a whopper of 10% of your salary (If you earn R10 000.00 a R1 000 would go toward tolling if you migrate between PTA and JHB every day.) – Bully to try and pacify me with the idea that I can claim it back from my income tax!!! I have to fork out the money first. Going on holiday to DBN? Remember to save up your R1000.00 for tolling.
To say the least – For every R10.00 you earn, the government is already taking approx R6.00 and still they want more. Are you happy with the R4.00 you are getting? NICE!!!!!
When are we going to get up and do something about it? Where is all the money going to? It is definitely not being spent on what it should be – our hospitals are in a state of disrepair, our schools in shambles, our roads full of potholes, our water contaminated, sewers not working, left in the dark because Eskom failed to do their upgrades, the poor are poorer still, municipalities on the brink of collapse, and so the list goes on.
Heard about the youth day celebration that cost R100 million? Mmmm… did you pay for it? Oh yes sir/madam you did! R100 million that could have paid for a couple of things our country needed more.
And to put the numbers in perspective: The next time you hear an SA politician use the word ‘billion’ in a casual manner, think about whether you wanted the ‘politicians’ spending YOUR tax money.
A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective in one of its press releases:
A. A billion seconds ago it was 1959.
B. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive. C. A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.
D. A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.
E. A billion Rand ago was only 27 hours and 12 minutes at the rate our SA government is spending it. (a billion rand a day??!!)
- Building Permit
- Tax Cigarette
- Tax Corporation Tax
- Income Tax Value Added Tax
- Fishing License Tax
- Food License Tax
- Fuel License Tax
- Tax Hunting License Tax
- Luxury Tax
- Property Tax
- Service charge taxes
- Capital gains Tax
- Social Security Tax
- Securities Transfer Tax
- Road Usage Tax
- Local Tax
- Vehicle License Registration Tax
- Vehicle Sales Tax
- Worker’s Compensation Tax
STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY? Hardly any of these taxes existed 20 years ago… And our nation was one of the most prosperous in Africa. We had absolutely no national debt… We had the largest middle class in Africa and Mum stayed home to raise the kids. What happened ? ANSWER : Look at the Government…..and who is ‘running’ the country…. INTO THE GROUND – on YOUR and MY ‘billions’!!!
I hope this goes around at least a billion times.
Something to think about isn’t it?
Always remember, give a jackass an education and you’ll have a smartass!