Johannesburg - The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has been accused of fiddling with its e-toll revenue forecasts to reflect its achievements to be ahead of target.
Wayne Duvenage, the chairman of the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa), said yesterday that following release of the latest e-toll revenue data, the alliance was amused to see how Sanral had manipulated their forecasts, even historical forecasts, to make “their dismal performance appear to be on track”.
“This farcical behaviour is pushing the ability to manipulate the numbers to another level. Once again, we see the clear signs of misleading behaviour and propaganda by this once respected state-owned entity that treats the public as fools and expects to get away with it,” he said.
However, Inge Mulder, Sanral’s chief financial officer, yesterday defended Sanral’s actions, stressing that forecasts were adjusted frequently in line with normal business processes and practice to provide the most realistic projection of the future because information that influenced these forecasts changed.
Mulder said the Reserve Bank adjusted its forecast of the growth rate on a monthly basis based on the most recent trends and its view of the future and Sanral also reviewed and adjusted its forecasts on a monthly basis.