View Full Version : Gauteng e-tolling was badly planned, says minister

Rudolph Muller
02-28-2012, 11:07 PM
The cabinet ministers from government’s infrastructure cluster have revealed some of their plans to roll out more trains, roads, dams and power stations over the next few years. But at a Parliamentary media briefing on Tuesday, the ubiquitous Gauteng toll road fuelled more debate than all of the other plans put together.

Transport Minister, Sibusiso Ndebele, said the heated debate over the toll road and how to pay for it had taught government a big lesson.

“Never again will we sit in a position where the city or the province makes a decision of monumental or national consequence like this,” said Ndebele, adding that they would hold very careful discussions next time around and have more public participation.

With some motorists up in arms about e-tagging and a R20bn bill to pay, Ndebele is putting the next phase of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) on ice.

“We’ve said: ‘Let’s hold it until we agree on how it will be paid for. The debate is very much open.’”


02-29-2012, 01:24 PM
Badly planned, but regretfully I foresee that they'll fall into the same traps in the future :(