Cabinet Statement on E-Tolling 4 May 2012

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The South African Government understands the concerns and issues raised by fellow South Africans around the e-tolling of the roads in Gauteng, which is why government has gone some way to provide relief to motorists by making R5.75 billion available to the SA National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL).

Cabinet appointed a committee to be chaired by the Deputy President to coordinate all work around the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). Other members of the committee are Ministers of Transport, Finance, Public Enterprises, Presidency: Performance Monitoring and Evaluation and the Director-General (DG) in the Presidency.

This committee will among other things move with urgency to ensure that SANRAL’s financial stability is not affected in any way. The committee will assess the government’s response to the North Gauteng High Court ruling and other related legal matters. It will also meet with appropriate stakeholders in order to find constructive solutions and consensus on the outstanding matters.

Government would also like to reiterate that the R20 billion investment in the GFIP which started in 2007 will benefit the residents and the economy of Gauteng, which is a major driver of national economic activity. The decisions that we make and the steps that all of us as South Africans now take regarding the future of the GFIP will have serious implications for how we finance future infrastructure projects. We must also guard against decisions and actions that may impact negatively on our track record in the prudent management of government finances.

Government has to act responsibly, ensure that it and the State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) honour their financial obligations timeously. Government must also ensure that nothing compromises the huge infrastructure programme which is crucial for raising the level of South Africa’s economic growth and for raising the standard of living of citizens, especially the poor and unemployed.

Enquiries:
Jimmy Manyi (Cabinet Spokesperson)
Cell: 082 379 3454

Issued by: Government Communications (GCIS)
4 May 2012

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