Wayne Duvenage, CEO of Outa, is the face of South African civil action. He is tenacious, committed and unwavering, starting with the Gauteng roads e-tolling system and now tackling the whole spectrum of local and national government incompetence and corruption. Duvenage credits his team for such efforts, but as the public face of the e-tolls battle, his persistence in the toughest of times is truly valiant. Speaking at the Free Market Foundation — another tenacious and committed member of SA’s civil society — Duvenage says that just under a decade ago the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) was undertaking significant road works. "They were the heroes, addressing congestion. But then we learned of e-tolls and were incredulous that the extra lanes were to be charged for." As then CEO of Avis, he engaged with industry colleagues, examining the many defects of such a system: data would not be real time; dispute resolution had not been addressed; studies showed that e-tolling o...

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