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Cabinet will consider tolling alternatives

2012-06-21 16:09

Johannesburg - Cabinet will consider proposed alternatives to e-tolling, government and the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) said on Thursday.

They two camps said in a joint statement they would continue to consult on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP).

The statement was issued after a meeting in Pretoria between Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and Outa chairperson Wayne Duvenage.

Outa and government agreed on the need for roads that would serve the economy, the need for users to pay for road improvements, and the importance of decongestion and more efficient public transport.

"A key area of difference... was e-tolling as a mechanism for decongestion and funding of road infrastructure," they said.

Outa wants a fuel levy to be used to fund freeway improvements, in view of Gauteng's economic importance.

Government stressed the need for users to pay for upgraded roads and the importance of combating road congestion.

Government highlighted the range of improvements to public transport in Gauteng, as well as the R550-a-month cap on GFIP toll fees.

"Deputy President Motlanthe welcomed Outa's engagement with government and undertook that Cabinet would consider Outa's proposals on alternatives through future consultations," the statement said.

Comments
  • Irene - 2012-06-21 16:15

    Best you do because we're NOT paying.

      gerhard.muller.988 - 2012-06-21 16:27

      Here's my alternative, all of the corrupt politicians in cabinet, in otherwords, everyone in cabinet, pay back every cent they have stolen from taxpayers. That should be more than enough to settle the bill and pay for phase 2 and phase 3 of the GFIP and build 7 schools and 4 hospitals.

      Squeegee - 2012-06-21 16:33

      Put Cabinet ministers and ANCYL members on street corners with sign: "No clue, please give"

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-06-21 17:11

      They will take a loan at the IMf

      brett.macdonald1 - 2012-06-21 17:38

      This is so stupid. The solution is obvious. Instead of over-burdoning the consumers with e-Tolls or a higher fuel bill, pay for it once and for all out of our national budget. R 20 billion needed, is less than 2% of our national annual budget of over R 1 trillion. You honestly want to tell me that government can't find less than 2%?

      Irene - 2012-06-21 18:06

      Brett that means there'll be less for them to steal.

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-06-21 16:20

    Cabinet will consider tolling alternatives you mean like tolling bike lanes, zebra crossings, swiming lane and skate parks. this time they will try to hide the costs better, corruption is not going to pay for itself. the search continues for a comrade who isn't a complete spear

  • john.loveland.9 - 2012-06-21 16:22

    Is this to prevent an investigation into the tolling company?? I think a compromise is not the answer, but rather a full investigation into the past going ons...

      Irene - 2012-06-21 16:24

      Quite correct John. Check out the figures involved in the entire Gautrain project and the work done and then compare it to adding one additional lane onto an existing highway. Something doesn't add up.

  • IcemanGP - 2012-06-21 16:32

    Remove the signage and the gantries, then we may consider you are serious.

  • faannagel - 2012-06-21 16:33

    High time this cANCer regime consider what the people want[1st] rather to force their own agenda on us,remember they work for us and not we for them..people please take a stand for your what is right and the no go..

  • Joubs1957 - 2012-06-21 16:37

    So now if they levy the fuel price everybody has to pay for Gauteng roads???? Bunch of idiots I agree if they just stop stealing the taxpayers money there will be enough for every need.

      Guy - 2012-06-21 19:30

      Well Gauteng paid for all the other roads in the country. GP supplies 60% of the countries funds - see Treasury website.

  • Bongani - 2012-06-21 16:44

    South Africa has a problem of reading. "Outa wants a fuel levy to be used to fund freeway improvements, in view of Gauteng's economic importance".this simple means we will pay, one way or the other. Outa has been paid, what happened to no paying at all.

  • Mark - 2012-06-21 16:44

    Remember what Mr Motlanthe said recently. We[ANC]must engage other parties and not force things down peoples throats. We[ANC]must be persuasive in our approach. What is now happening is that the ANC will remove the term e tolling but find another replacement calling it another name. Same sweet, different ingredients. We will still be bled dry by these corrupt, incompetent ANC bloodsuckers.

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-06-21 17:00

    JUST TAKE THE TRUCKS AND TAXI'S OF THE ROADS. NO CONGESTION, AND NO ROAD DAMAGES. EASY!!!! I'LL SEND MY ACCOUNT. AHOLE'S

  • Shaun - 2012-06-21 17:06

    Oh ... now that they have no other choice? What a waste of time and money. Why don't they do something positive and turn off the lights on the non operational gantries all over Gautengs highways?

  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-21 17:23

    How gracious of them.

  • Shirley Van Heerden - 2012-06-21 17:27

    Why the heck do we have to pay more taxes??!? The GOVERMENT must maintain infrastructure!!!! Stop freaking corruption and there will be enough to maintain our country!!!

      Kagiso Spat Truthtell - 2012-06-21 18:23

      I think white ppl in South Africa must pay more tax bcoz they benefited from the apartheid government. Then that tax must be used to pay this 20billion bill...no black man must pay e-toll, it must be written white-only lmao

      Irene - 2012-06-21 18:35

      Kagiso ~ When whites stop paying taxes, you're going to have a REAL problem! If you expect whites to pay for this in your deluded opinion I guess we can then safely say that only whites can use the highways. That'll be great because at least there'll be less accidents with not a single taxi on the roads. It'll be like heaven.

      Kagiso Spat Truthtell - 2012-06-21 19:50

      The problem with u white is that u think u are superior...u think u r better than any other race...we always prove u wrong in varsity beating u in tests and exams but u always cheat ur way up. I dont blame the ANC elite...they learned from u nutbrains.

  • brett.macdonald1 - 2012-06-21 17:37

    This is so stupid. The solution is obvious. Instead of over-burdoning the consumers with e-Tolls or a higher fuel bill, pay for it once and for all out of our national budget. R 20 billion needed, is less than 2% of our national annual budget of over R 1 trillion. You honestly want to tell me that government can't find less than 2%?

      Kagiso Spat Truthtell - 2012-06-21 18:20

      Bullsh*t the gov cant use the National budget to pay for roads built in one province only...i live in Mpumalanga, there is no way the rest of South Africa must pay for Gauteng's bill. Sought out ur own problems with ur own money, pay e-tolls we dont care. We dnt have good roads lyk u do in ur province

  • yehudiw - 2012-06-21 18:56

    Might be R550 cap now but as soon as the tolls start there will be no control on the prices

  • Vaughan - 2012-06-21 19:36

    What improvements? One the "improvements" are the death poles (are suppose to be lights) in the middle of the R24...

  • Mark - 2012-06-21 21:03

    I honestly wonder which bush Kagiso fell from. It must have been on his head. Pity some like him do not understand our history. His rhetoric between black on white is totally misplaced. I would suggest you do your homework and pleeease start coming to terms with the fact that race should not be an issue in our 18 years of existence. I am a South African by birth. That gives me South African Status. Anyone else born in South Africa irrespective of his race is a South African. Your colour depiction is really pathetic to say the least. If you cannot debate without lambasting a certain colour group why not keep your stupid,rhetoric for yourself?? And incidentally Im not white nor black just a human being who knows how the corrupt ANC wishes to make us citizenry even poorer.

      Rhulani Sbavhula - 2012-06-24 15:17

  • Biiza M Herbert - 2012-06-22 02:24

    irene stop se stereo type.taxi drivers arent e only ones causin accidents ur white drunk brothers do that all e tym

  • john.lonsdale.5 - 2012-06-22 07:37

    So the money must be recovered. 1. Fuel Levy 2. Tax on purchase of car. 3. Annual road license fee 4. Income tax 5. VAT. 6. 5 yearly driving license fee. What the government needs to realise is that they have gone a tax to far to the overburdened working tax payer. There's nowt left. You've had it all.

  • Ryan - 2012-06-23 17:15

    Where is the 30 billion collected from fuel levies that has not been allocated yet ?????

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