Gauteng freeway expansion with more e-tolls delayed

The expansion of Gauteng’s freeways with more e-tolls has been delayed, Business Day reported.

According to the report, Sanral said “new phases of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project remain on hold until a funding model can be finalised”.

The report stated that “the dispensation unveiled by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in May was not enough to sustain improvements”.

This report follows news from The Sunday Independent that the Gauteng e-toll project is teetering on the brink of total collapse.

The newspaper reported that monthly e-toll collections have dropped to R60 million, far less than Sanral’s monthly bond repayment of R260 million.

Massive opposition to e-tolls remains

The e-toll project has faced opposition from political parties, citizens, and organisations like the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance since it was announced a few years ago.

Even groups within the ANC, including the ANC Youth League and ANC Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile, have criticized e-tolls.

Mashatile said in 2014 that alternative ways needed to be found to fund the Gauteng freeway upgrade project.

Despite the outcry from these groups and individuals, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in May that e-tolling would remain in place.

Ramaphosa unveiled reduced rates to motorists, but this did little to calm the anger towards the project – and motorists still refuse to pay for e-tolls.

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