E-tolls panel looks for new views as consultations begin

2014-08-26 08:26

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The Advisory Panel on the Socioeconomic Impact of E-tolls will begin its public consultations, the Gauteng provincial government has announced.

Spokesperson Thabo Masebe said yesterday the panel would, from tomorrow, embark on a month-long process of consultation with organisations and individuals.

“The consultation process is aligned to the research work which is already under way. The consultation will solicit new views on the economic, social and environmental impacts of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project and e-tolls.”

He said the panel would focus on expanding knowledge as well as explore the implications and perceptions of financing the freeway improvement project, taking into account other demands on the fiscus.

Organisations had been invited to respond to the information provided by the key implementers of the freeway improvement project and e-tolls, and to address the following questions:

» What are the economic and social impacts of the freeway improvement project and the e-tolls?

» What is the impact of the project and e-tolls on the environment?

» How and where are the costs and benefits of the freeway improvement project and e-tolls distributed across society and the economy?

“The panel wishes to emphasise that the process of consultation on the impacts of the freeway improvement project and e-tolls is an objective process with no predetermined outcome.

“The report of the panel to the premier at the end of November will be in the form of analysis and recommendations grounded in substantial evidence.”

The hearings would take place at the Gautrain offices in Midrand.

Representatives from the labour sector would be heard tomorrow, business tomorrow and Friday, and civil society from September 1 to 3.

Information and knowledge institutions would be heard on September 4, and transport organisations from September 4.

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