David Makhura to announce panel to review e-tolls

2014-07-08 15:31

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Members of a panel that will review the impact of e-tolls in Gauteng will be announced on Thursday, premier David Makhura’s office has said.

The announcement would be made at his offices in Johannesburg at 2pm, it said today.

On June 27, Makhura announced the review during his state of the province speech in Thokoza, on the East Rand.

“We shall set up a panel to review the impact of e-tolls and invite new proposals on how we can find a lasting solution to this matter, working with the national government, municipalities and all sectors of society,” he said at the time.

“While we shall not promise easy solutions and claim easy victories, we must make it clear that we cannot close our eyes to the cries of sectors of our population who are severely affected by the cost of travelling across the province.”

He said deliberations were needed on how to finance road infrastructure.

“I urge those who have vehicles to continue to pay [e-tolls] while we are finding a lasting solution.”

Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance chairperson Wayne Duvenage welcomed the move, saying Makhura appeared to have a clear understanding of the “irrationality” and high costs of the system, which thousands of people could not afford.

E-tolling was implemented in Gauteng in December despite several court challenges to halt the project.

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