Projects related to corruption, wasteful expenditure and irrational tax policy transport projects, such as the Gauteng E-Toll Decision, Concessionaire Tolling, The High costs of Road Construction, The South African Airways etc.
OUTA’s Transport Portfolio was established to address the following core focus areas, whereby we believe our work will improve the performance of Government, its respective departments and its state owned entities in the delivery of service to society:
Core Focus Areas:
To expose and address maladministration and corruption in Public Sector and Private Sectors involved in developing South Africa’s Energy Industry.
To challenge Eskom’s Electricity Price Increases, and thereby Efficiencies of Eskom, costs, etc, where this is deemed to be necessary and based on good research and facts.
To represent society / our supporters on Policy development (in Parliament & other functions) to ensure rationality and best outcomes to society, (e.g. IRP, Nuclear Deal, Gazettes etc).
To give input on Municipal Electricity Regulation.
Engage and provide input to Government / Parliament when requested to do so, within our mandate and capacity.
To further the aims and development of OUTA’s Energy Portfolio through:
Media Statements in response to developments of projects, cases and reaction to matters pertinent to factors impacting on civil society in the energy sector.
Participate in national conferences (Private and Public Sector), where Civil Society input is required.
Position Papers and opinion pieces where necessary
In this portfolio we have undertaken the following projects:
AARTO AMENDMENT BILL
OUTA believes that the Bill in its current form will not withstand scrutiny and that there are many sections in the Bill that are unconstitutional, not practicable and unworkable. The main purpose of the Bill is to improve road safety yet, as it stands the Bill appears to be geared towards generating revenue.
On one side, batches of text messages with debt collection warnings are repeatedly sent in a war of attrition against motorists who don’t pay Gauteng e-tolls. On the other side, OUTA’s long-awaited battle over the constitutionality of e-tolls is slowly heading for court.
SAA – DUDU MYENI
During Ms Myeni’s tenure as Chairperson, SAA has lost an estimated R10.5 billion over a period of 5 years, despite that fact that SAA was profitable between 2010 and 2012.