By Kgomotso Modise for EWN
The Gauteng government says while it would like to see e-tolls scrapped, it’s not up to the province to make the call.
Last week, while answering to Parliament, Transport Minister Blade Nzimande revealed that over 15 000 motorists have been issued with summonses for outstanding debt.
In July, the provincial ANC announced plans to do away with the disastrous system with Premier David Makhura conceding that it has failed.
Gauteng government spokesperson Thabo Masebe says the e-toll system was introduced by the national government so the province has no power to scrap it.
“The Gauteng government has made its position clear. But we don’t run or operate the e-toll system. This is a national government project and can only be scrapped by them.”
Masebe also says Gauteng has no say in who gets summonsed by roads agency Sanral.
“I can’t talk about Sanral’s fees and the operation of the e-tolls. That must be directed to the national government.”
He says Makhura and President Cyril Ramaphosa agree that something has to be done, but no plan has been finalised.
The Gauteng government has unveiled the first details for its new PWV15 highway.
Speaking on the tabling of the provincial budget on Tuesday (6 March), Gauteng finance MEC Barbara Creecy said that the develoment will form part of a significant investment into infrastructure in the Ekurhuleni municipality.
“The Gauteng department of transport will receive R6.4 billion in infrastructure money over the medium term.
“The most significant project to start in the design phase this year is the PWV 15, the first brand new Gauteng Highway to be built since the 1970s,” Creecy said.
R250 million of this is expected to be spent during the design phase of the highway in the current financial year, she said.
While details on the highway were relatively light in the budget itself, Creecy reportedly told journalists in a media briefing ahead of her address that the PWV 15 highway would run east-west, reports BusinessDay.
“This will help facilitate and enhance the Aerotropolis in Ekurhuleni and the first phase is going to be dealing with the roads around the OR Tambo international airport and the city of Johannesburg,” she said.
“The intention is to try and cut out the Gillooly’s interchange because any of you who travel in the early morning or late afternoon in that area would [know] that it is an area of very intensive congestion. This is particularly when all the trucks and freight vehicles move into that area.”
Gauteng had previously outlined its plans for a new highway and other infrastructure developments as part of its new Aerotropolis corridor.
The corridor promises to host an number of major ‘catalyst projects’ including new commercial, retail and logistics hubs, as well as a number of upgrades to the surrounding areas.
Source: Business Tech