‘No chance that e-tolls will be scrapped’
E-tolls are steaming ahead and laws to implement these will be gazetted soon, National Treasury director-general Lungisa Fuzile has said.
Fuzile, who together with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan addressed journalists this morning ahead of the Budget Vote in the National Assembly, told journalists “e-tolls are going ahead albeit with adjustments taking into account the valid concerns raised by people”.
He was asked whether the R1.4 billion extra given in the budget to the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) was meant for e-tolls.
E-tolls were supposed to have been up and running in April last year already, but have been hamstrung by protests and court action.
The interest on the R20 billion project is costing Sanral R1 million a month.
Fuzile said caps on charges have been introduced after complaints, and the necessary legislation to put etolls in place was busy being passed through Parliament.
He said the tolls would also be gazetted before they are implemented.