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The department of transport did not want to speculate when the final e-tolls report might now actually be completed.
The e-tolls have not worked in our province and the overwhelming majority of Gauteng motorists continue to refuse to pay, writes Jacob Khawe.
The toll fees on major South African routes, including Gauteng's freeway e-tolls, are increasing by a little under 5%. Here is what that means if you are travelling from Johannesburg to Cape Town, or from Polokwane to Pretoria, and other popular roads.
The Congress of South Africa Trade Unions in Gauteng is planning to march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against e-tolling.
There is a strong likelihood of a fuel price hike to record levels in May, says the Automobile Association.
OUTA wants Sanral to urgently address its internal audit processes, as the agency’s growing impairments will put it at risk of suffering further downgrades and requiring bailouts from the state.
Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi has told Parliament that roads agency Sanral, which is servicing a R48bn debt, is putting a temporarily halt on constructing three new toll roads in Gauteng.
Toll roads will remain part of Sanral's plans for roads leading up to 2030, and concessions to operate toll roads will only be awarded to companies with a 51% black ownership, says the agency.
Transport minister Joe Maswanganyi has refuted a media report that government has proposed new laws "following the dismal failure of e-tolling revenue collection from Gauteng motorists who owe more that R6bn in unpaid tolls".
About 5% of the budget for the greenfields section of the N2 Wild Coast Toll Road will be spent on labour, according to a Sanral project manager.
The South African National Roads Agency has announced that it is suspending the process of pursuing e-toll debt.
The ANC in Gauteng is not happy with its national leadership after the contentious e-tolls issue was left out of both the party’s January manifesto launch and in President Cyri Ramaphosa’s state of the nation address last week.
The ANC in Gauteng, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse and civil society organisations have marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria against e-tolls, high data costs and a VAT increase on basic food items.
The spike in petrol and toll feels in May will weigh heavily on indebted consumers, says an expert.
The funding of road infrastructure development for the next 15 to 20 years worries Transport Minister Blade Nzimande, the portfolio committee on transport has heard.
Gauteng Premier David Makhura says e-tolls have added to the cost of living for many motorists and public transport users in the province.
Road agency Sanral has been given more wriggle room to borrow, amid an unwillingness by disgruntled motorists who refuse to pay e-toll fees in Gauteng.
Abandoning e-tolls is not on the table, says Sanral's Vusi Mona in response to media reports that the roads agency is considering turning to fuel levies.
The public outcry over Gauteng’s e-tolls network has inspired Democratic Alliance MP Manny de Freitas to draft a bill to prevent similar developments in future.
Zimbabwe’s push for increased tolling faces public resistance, with most motorists and commuter transport operators saying the fees for the current highway toll gates are already expensive.
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