Gauteng premier David Makhura announced in his State of the Province Address on Friday, 27 June 2014 that e-tolling in the province will be reviewed.
Makura said that the new e-tolling panel will solicit proposals on how to find new solutions for funding the province’s road infrastructure.
He said that they cannot close their eyes to the “cries of the sectors of our population who are affected by the cost of travelling across the province”.
Justice Project South Africa welcomed the announcement, saying that it is the “first real platform for dialogue on the matter”.
“We do so with a degree of cautious optimism due to the fact that this is not the first time that such a panel has been established, and the last time this was done through the inter-ministerial committee, absolutely no blind notice was taken of any inputs civil society tried to make,” the JPSA said.
“We also point out that whilst this panel is to be established, there has been no announcement as to when it will be established and/or how long it will take for this panel to ‘find lasting solutions’ it purports to be seeking,” the JPSA added.