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Listen to Radio DJ Darren Simpson reveal how broken SA’s despised etoll system is

Darren “Whackhead” Simpson is a DJ for the popular South African radio station 94.7 Highveld Stereo who is famous for his elaborate prank calls. This time it wasn’t a prank though, the exorbitant bill that SANRAL has given someone is actually real, the bill in total comes to R434 893.19.

SANRAL is the company responsible for a controversial tolling system that runs along the highway encircling the city of Johannesburg. It is one of the few things that unite South Africa, but unlike the sports which we love, Sanral is universally despised from the the rich to the poor and across the race spectrum.

Darren goes on to tell the SANRAL employee “in a very Gerrie Nel way” (after a long wait through their answering service) how it is utterly impossible to actually even achieve this near half a million rand bill.

Between the time of the time of the SANRAL “services” launch on the 3 December 2013 and the time the bill was delivered on the 25 March 2014, which accumulates to a timeline of 102 days, coming to a staggering R4 264 per day every day! To put this in perspective, it would require the driver to go around all the tolls 170 times per day, every day… and this goes on in ludicrous style to a surprising end by the call center employee.

It’s definitely worth a listen:

Image: Simon Mathebula

Author | Martijn Vreugde

Martijn Vreugde
Martijn is Head of Design at Kiron Interactive. He has become rather enveloped in the social media wave as well as the explosive tech industry that has come about in the last few years. Also as a side note, a Designer, Photoshop junkie, stalker of internet trends, utterly addicted to... More
  • Gremlin1708

    SANRAL is a controversial tolling system..?? Since when is SANRAL (South African National Roads Agency Ltd) a tolling system. According to sources on the internet E-Toll is the controversial tolling system and SANRAL is the company that maintain it.

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  • I wrote: “SANRAL is the company responsible for a controversial tolling system” how is that not correct?

  • NEVER REGISTER!! NEVER EVER PAY!! bring down this undemocratically imposed financially discriminatory system that limits freedom of movement of those without the required financial status…lowering living standards….. Check out this track on soundcloud ‘NO E-TOLL!’ by my ULTRA NATIVES group from our latest album ‘Ultra Natives’




    No e-toll!

    Greg Georgiades & The Ultra Natives performing an Afro ethnic styled protest song against e-toll

    No e-toll

    No e-toll!

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