SAVRALA 2014 GOLF DAY! Food for the soul

SAVRALA raise R95000 for Meals on Wheels

SAVRALA President Marc Corcoran and General Manager Sandile Ntseoane hand over R95000 cheque to Enrico Robinson of Meals On Wheels.

Wednesday the 26th of February – Houghton Golf Course. Not really the greatest weather for golf but the day could not have turned out more gloriously, raising a hefty R95,000 for the Meals on Wheels NGO.

The golf course was abuzz with excitement, as members of SAVRALA (Southern African Vehicle Rental And Leasing Association) descended on it for their Annual Charity Golf event. Sadly, weather cut play short and only 13 holes could be completed, but this certainly did not dampen spirits or the fun that was had by all.

MC Graeme Joffe ensured his razor sharp wit and horseplay kept the field entertained and there certainly was no shortage of fun and laughter along the course, provided by the various sponsors who had pulled out all the stops to show support for this worthy cause.

Although the day is always great fun and the golfers truly battle it out for some great prizes and the glory to be the industries top four-ball, the real winner at the end of the day is always SAVRALA’s chosen charity – this year the charity of choice was Meals on Wheels. MOW really got stuck in on the day and showed their appreciation on the course, to the delight of the golfers.

The winning four-balls were:

1st: Keith Rankin, Paul Wilmans, Lance Smith and Slade Thomson from Avis

1st: Keith Rankin, Paul Wilmans, Lance Smith and Slade Thomson from Avis

 

2nd: Jeremy Anderson, Roy Brown, Frans Erasmus and Des Alberts playing in the General Motors Fourball

2nd: Jeremy Anderson, Roy Brown, Frans Erasmus and Des Alberts playing in the General Motors Fourball

3rd: Tony Jenkins, Frikkie Wentzel, Stanley Anderson and Grant Galloti playing in the Hyundai Fourball.

3rd: Tony Jenkins, Frikkie Wentzel, Stanley Anderson and Grant Galloti playing in the Hyundai Fourball.

As is tradition, the day ended with a prize-giving dinner followed by an auction to raise additional funds for SAVRALA’s chosen charity. But before this commenced, Gershan Naidoo of Meals on Wheels gave a brief overview on what Meals on Wheels do and how SAVRALA’s donation will positively impact them as an NGO. As the auction commenced Meals on Wheels had another surprise in store by providing items from their Charity Shop which included hand-made items which were auctioned off.

Meals on Wheels is a not-for-profit organisation that has been in operation for more than four decades and runs more than 280 service points. Over 13,4 million meals are served and delivered annually to the poor and needy. But, Meals on Wheels is much more than just about delivering meals to the elderly, MOW is a multi-faceted welfare service aimed at helping the elderly of our country to live out their sunset years in dignity and relative comfort. The service includes Old-Age Homes, Frail-Care Centres, Service Centres for Senior Citizens, and the well-known Meals on Wheels for the Aged meal delivery service.

MOW’s goal is to encourage every family and every business in South Africa to sponsor just a few meals a month for a struggling Senior Citizen.

The car manufacturer’s really showed heart and Toyota handed over a cheque of an amount of R10,000.00 on the night, followed by an additional R10,000.00 sponsored by Nissan later in the evening.

Nissan South Africa’s sponsored hole raised the most money of the day and they were generous enough to send their prize back into the auction and raise a further R3,000.00 . The hole that won the best display however went to Honda who went all out to show their colours.

“The support by both member and manufacturer’s was overwhelming and demonstrated once again that business in South Africa plays a valuable role in supporting CSI initiatives and the community at large through fund-raisers like this. SAVRALA’s whole-hearted thanks goes to all the members for their continued support for this type of charity drive by playing, manning holes or by being sponsors and reaching into their pockets and giving so graciously as well as sponsoring prizes, participating in the auction and raising money for Meals on Wheels”. Marc Corcoran, President of SAVRALA said.

The SAVRALA NEC extends a hearty thanks to all for their participation.

SAVRALA offers condolences to Mandela family

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PRESS RELEASE:  December 06, 2013

The Southern African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (SAVRALA) wishes to convey our sincere and deep condolences to the Mandela family for their loss. The former President of South Africa, Mr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, more affectionately known as Tata Madiba, is now finally at peace but will be forever in our hearts and minds.

His passing has left us with deep a feeling of loss, we however, also acknowledge an even deeper feeling of pride for a man from such humble rural beginnings was able to tower above so many of our current world leaders through his enormous personal challenges and sacrifices.

Whether you had the privilege to meet him or you were one of the millions around the world who were enthralled and captivated by him, he has now left a clear path of tolerance, compassion, empathy and kindness, through his wise words and actions, for all of us to follow. It is now for each of us to play our part and make a difference in our country.

We thank you Tata. Rest in Peace.

Editorial contacts:
Marc Corcoran, President, SAVRALA

SAVRALA Manufacturer of the Year 2013 AWARDS

Best Account Executive

  • Leasing:  Kathleen Booth (Volkswagen South Africa)
  • Rental:  Queen Ramaliwa (Volkswagen South Africa)

Best Manufacturers Technical Representative:

  • Leasing:  Lutendo Mudau (Volkswagen South Africa)
  • Rental:  Lutendo Mudau (Volkswagen South Africa)

Manufacturer of the Year: Leasing

  • Most Improved Leasing:  Renault SA (Pty) Ltd
  • Bronze:  General Motors South Africa
  • Silver:  Nissan SA
  • Gold:  Volkswagen South Africa

Manufacturer of the Year: Rental

  • Most Improved Rental:  Renault SA (Pty) Ltd
  • Bronze:  Audi SA
  • Silver:  Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd
  • Gold:  Volkswagen South Africa

Overall Manufacturer of the Year Award:

  • Most Improved Overall:  Renault SA (Pty) Ltd
  • Bronze:  General Motors South Africa
  • Silver:  Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd
  • Gold:  Volkswagen South Africa

SANRAL continues to mislead Public on eTolls

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Press Release

1 Aug 2013

SANRAL continues to mislead Public on eTolls

According to reports, subsequent to the SANRAL media roundtable held 31 July 2013, SANRAL claims they ‘have been ready to start tolling for more than two years’. “We completely reject this claim,” says OUTA Chairperson, Wayne Duvenage. “If SANRAL were so efficient and their funding predicament was so serious, why are we still seeing a flurry of legislative amendments taking place over the past year? The regulatory environment forms part of the framework of readiness. Clearly they have failed themselves. We recall that SANRAL argued in the Constitutional Court in August 2012, they could and would launch eTolls within two weeks of the interdict being set aside. Almost a year has passed, and they are still beating about the bush.”

OUTA is also of the opinion that SANRAL has a significant problem with eToll payment enforcement, which is critical to the success of their plan. They have yet to publish the step-by-step enforcement process and OUTA believes that SANRAL have not yet figured out the details themselves, hoping that if and when they launch, they can intimidate or coerce enough people to buy into their eTag plan, before they have to implement court proceedings.

SANRAL is also disingenuous in their claims they are ‘merely an implementer of Government policy’. This statement downplays the enormous role performed by them as the primary agent who advised the Government for years on the eToll methodology and process. It was SANRAL that commissioned research from the Graduate School of Business (University of Cape Town) that proposed the cost benefit ratios, which formed a key motivation for eTolls (which was later disregarded by Government themselves in Parliament by Minister Sbu Ndebele on 28 October 2011). It was SANRAL who provided the misleading and inaccurate information on the costs of eTolling (R395m / annum) and other analysis presented to the Minister of Transport at the time, Mr Jeff Radebe. How they can now stand back and imply they are only trying to implement government policy, when they were highly instrumental in guiding and setting that policy, is simply absurd and outrageously misleading.

SANRAL also appears to operate in a universe disconnected from reality. They seek to continually dismiss their protractors, despite the fact that it includes people and entities from across the broad spectrum of society such as the COSATU, SA Local Government Association, national consumer groups, the Black Management Forum, virtually all opposition political parties, the Catholic Church and other religious bodies and the growing number of business groups and general public who have clearly rejected the eToll plan.

No matter how SANRAL wants to couch it, a collection cost of compliant users at 17% is grossly out of line with international benchmarks, which are in single digits, including defaulter costs. What makes this worse is their omission of the cost impact of the non-­-compliant road user in their total cost of collection, wherein they assume these will be recovered by the higher rates applied to those who don’t pay. If they don’t pay, they don’t pay.

Most important of all, SANRAL suggests that based on their data, 82.8% of road users will pay less than R100. What SANRAL have not answered is the impact of this R100 alone on households who are under such financial strain with increasing fuel, electricity, rates and basic food prices. In addition, SANRAL downplays the likely economic impact on households who would have to commute to work on the fully implemented eToll network. Road users are also fully aware that the rate of today is not the rate of tomorrow and that regardless of the rate, their money is being used to finance off-­-shore listed companies, which could in turn be used to fund more roads, schools, clinics and other social infrastructure here in South Africa.

Mr Vusi Mona, the Sanral Spokesperson stated in a press release on 31 August that “If you are one of those paying the maximum amount [R450 cap], you will have travelled through 301 gantries and done an average of 2 760 km during the month on the e-­-tolled roads. That is, of course, if you are fittedwith an e-­-tag and have an up-­-to-­-date registered account.” Yet when using Sanral’s own eToll calculator on their web site and taking an average of three different commuter routes at eTag rates during standard commuter times, we are able to rack up far less kms (ave 1598 km), through almost half the number of gantries (average of 163) to reach the R450 cap (R443) at an average of 28c / km. Once again, the public receive false and misleading information from SANRAL, and are then expected to believe SANRAL’s average spend data and statistics.

SANRAL, as an agent of Government, has the opportunity to advise the Government on an alternative funding method through use of the Fuel Levy and other taxes, which is also within existing policy, in order to alleviate their financial plight. Indeed, recommendations from their own research has revealed the fuel levy to be the least cost (i.e. most efficient) to the road user. SANRAL therefore have an obligation to recommend that Government sit down with the various social partners and stakeholders to constructively rework the plan to fund the GFIP. Borrowed funds from the banks will simply be digging their financial hole deeper.

“Of one thing we are certain,” says Duvenage, “SANRAL most certainly cannot sit back and continue to produce misleading statements, or ‘hope’ the public will come around to accepting eTolls. Hope doesn’t drive change, action does, and until this grossly inefficient plan that enriches overseas investors at the expense of Gauteng road users is scrapped, they have no hope of changing in the hearts and minds of the majority of South African citizens about it.

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Contact: Wayne Duvenage. 082 884 6652

OUTA WARNS OF PORTUGAL’s eTOLL FAILURE WOES FOR SA

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OUTA Press Release 26 June 2013

STOP eTOLLS BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE -­- OUTA

Following news of problems experienced by eTolling on Portugal’s SCUT Freeway eToll – as reported in an online article from ThePortugalNews.com (http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/dead-­- loss/28626) -­- OUTA envisages similar, if not worse, problems and concerns for the Gauteng eToll plan.

“Portugal’s eToll problems are very simplar to the type that we have envisaged for the SANRAL’s Gauteng tolling plan,” said Wayne Duvenage, the chairperson of OUTA. “In a country such as Portugal, where compliance and administration efficiency is much higher than in South Africa, it is evident that tolling projects of this nature are subject to a certain level of citizen rejection. Judging by Portugal’s eToll project which has seen a 19% non payment rate by road users, you can rest assured that matters of non-­-compliance will be far worse here for SANRAL, following the outrage and general public rejection of their plans to toll Gauteng’s freeways.”

The Portuguese project has been fraught with lower than anticipated revenue collections, and collection administration costs now as high as 29% of the revenues generated and getting worse. According to Antonio Ramalho (the Chief Executive of the EP concessionaire for Portugal’s SCUT eToll project), in May, the cars travelling on SCUT motorways without an electronic tagging device cost as much to bill as the amount they pay for using the toll road. He went on to say “The system is unsustainable and we hope it doesn’t stay the way it is.”

The article has also raised concerns as to the profitability of charging tolls on previously unpaid or so-­-called SCUT motorways. OUTA warns of similar concerns raised here in Gauteng and the South African authorities would do this country a favour by preventing an embarrassing situation from getting worse. “We urge them not to ignore the signs that point to a rapid failure of the Gauteng eToll project, one which has experienced massive rejection by society. It doesn’t take much to realize that eTolling in Gauteng will be an absolute mess and is unsustainable”, said Duvenage who further suggested that “it would be best to halt this plan before it is too late and to rather extract the revenues required to pay for the freeway upgrade by way of the efficient general tax and fuel levies.

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Issued by Wayne Duvenage