SAVRALA charity golf day raises R100 000 for local wildlife conservation

The South African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (SAVRALA) raised an impressive R100 000 at its Annual Golf Day, held on 22 February 2012 at the beautiful Blue Valley Golf Course in Midrand. This year all proceeds from the event will be directed towards wildlife conservation, supporting heroic efforts of the SANParks Honorary Rangers as well as the award-winning Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Organisation.

Honorary SanParks Ranger – Dave Webster

“Both the SANParks Honorary Rangers and Ezemvelo are volunteer and charity organisations that are heavily involved in preventing rhino poaching as well as all other areas of conservation. Our wildlife is a huge tourist draw card, and these organisations work tirelessly to ensure that the natural beauty of South Africa will be preserved for future generations. We are pleased to be able to give them such sizeable donations as a result of our golf day, thanks to the generosity of the players and hole sponsors on the day,” says Paul Pauwen from SAVRALA.

The day dawned hot and sunny, and players from all of the major organisations in the South African vehicle renting and leasing industry turned up for this eagerly anticipated event. Even the slight drizzle in the afternoon could not dampen the players’ enthusiasm. Guest MC and rugby legend Ian McIntosh provided entertainment throughout the day, offering a humorous peek behind the scenes of the world of rugby and cracking loads of jokes that kept everyone amused.

Congratulations to winners Team Ford, consisting of Jaco Malan, Frikkie Wentzel, Willem Hill and Paul Kruger, who took top honours on the day. Team Wesbank, made up of Gary Le Kay, Warren Peters, Gordon Dreyer and Leon du Plessis, came in second place, with third place going to Team Fleet Africa and players Hugo Lamprechts, Pieter de la Rey, Arthur Neale and Allan McCormack. 

The Winners – Ford

Vernen Pillay(SAVRALA) Jaco Malan, Frikkie Wentzel, Willem Hill, Paul Kruger, Jonathan Odes (SAVRALA)

SAVRALA would also like to thank all of the companies who sponsored holes on the day: Nissan, First Car Rental, Kia Motors, Mercedes Benz, Toyota, Hyundai, Europcar, Renault, Ford, Audi, ABSA, Volkswagen and Budget.

“We would like to express our appreciation to everyone who participated in this year’s SAVRALA Annual Golf Day and helped us to raise so much money for two very worthy causes,” says Pauwen.

“Special mention must go to Nissan, who made such an effort at their hole to raise money, eventually totaling R5000 and earning a well-deserved prize. Thank you also to Volkswagen, who raised R2000, Renault who brought in R1000 and all of the other hole sponsors for making the day such a resounding success. We look forward to next year being even better,” Pauwen concludes.

SAVRALA REFUTES REDUCED TOLL FEES

Press release issued 23-02-2012

SAVRALA REFUTES REDUCED TOLL FEES

Following the Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s reference to reduced toll fees for the Gauteng’s Freeway Improvements (GFIP), the South African Vehicle Renting and Leasing Association (SAVRALA) is adamant that “this funding mechanism is inefficient, impractical and unacceptable” says Wayne Duvenage, vice president of SAVRALA.  “We salute the Minister for apportioning R5,8bn of our taxes toward the GFIP, but ask why stop at a quarter of the amount required, especially in light of the extra 20c added to the fuel levy?”

It is incorrect to assume that because the improved freeways will reduce congestion, save costs and improve safety, we must now accept the funding thereof to be conducted through a complicated, inefficient and extremely costly process.  The GFIP urban tolling plan has been ill-conceived and thrust upon the Gauteng road user with minimal consultation or consideration to its impact.  It’s not about the fee. Even at 10c per kilometre, it is the principal of tolling our urban daily routes to work and back that is wrong. The implementation of an efficient road infrastructure is one of the roles of Government, and they are tasked to do this in the most efficient manner possible for its citizens.

More frustrating is the double whammy of the additional 20c to fuel levy.  The current R1.77c fuel levy will increase to just under R2 per litre from April.  This will secure around R27bn per annum going forward.  Combine this with the existing long distance toll revenues, local licence fees and some input from the national treasury pot (yes, it’s not strange to expect some of our general taxes to contribute toward roads) and you have sufficient funding for our national road infrastructure upgrading and maintenance, if the money is spent wisely.

The fuel levy is the most efficient and equitable user-pay principle, which, when applied ensures that all road users contribute to all our roads in direct proportion of their usage.  Every time one fills a tank with fuel, they contribute approximately R140 toward the maintaining and building an efficient road system. To toll the GFIP suggests that all road upgrades in future should be tolled – unless SANRAL plans to be inconsistent with this principle.  Does one detect a quandary in the making?

Why on earth would Gauteng citizens want or need to pay an additional R1,6bn per annum to manage the collection of these funds when the fuel levy can be applied almost free of administration costs?  Gauteng citizens more than pay their way toward the total tax basket of the country’s economy and yet receive much less in return. To now burden this economic hub with a cumbersome, expensive and inefficient urban toll system is immoral and blatantly wrong.

It is also wrong to assume that because the gantries are built, there is no turning back.  To press on with tolling our urban roads will be throwing good money after bad. There is a far more viable alternative and SAVRALA, along with a number of other business associations will now seriously consider a joint legal challenge against this process.  Initial consultations have revealed significant transgressions of the law and the constitutional rights of the public in this regard.

Editorial contact: Paul Pauwen 083 250 0333 (www.savrala.co.za)