The announcement today by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa of the new e-toll dispensation is affirmation that the user-pay principle will be retained as the major funding method for the Gauteng e-toll system.
“We welcome the decision made and hope that the matter is now laid to rest so that we can focus all our energies on executing our mandate to the benefit of all South Africans,” says Nazir Alli, CEO of the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) in welcoming the new dispensation regarding the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP).
Alli stressed that retaining the user-pay principle ensures equity and efficiency in the allocation of resources and allows for future phases of the project to go ahead; certainty for investors; and for new infrastructure to be financed and constructed timeously, sustaining the job creation growth.
Implementation time-frames will be announced by the Minister of Transport as changes to the system must be gazetted.
“SANRAL would like to thank Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for the political leadership and guidance he provided to resolve this matter. We would also like to express our sincere gratitude to our shareholder, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and Premier David Makhura for their steadfast resolve in finding a solution that would be a win-win for both road users and SANRAL,” Alli said.
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