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E-toll a rational, economical project - Sanral

Sanral’s debt woes will grow if e-tolling does not go ahead.

Sanral's Alex van Niekerk holds up an e-tag. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

PRETORIA - The South African Nationals Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Thursday told the North Gauteng High Court its burden to service its debt will grow heavier with every month that goes by without e-tolling.

The court is hearing an application for an urgent interdict against the project.

A ruling is now expected on Saturday and will determine whether the tolls will go live.

Under the system, Gauteng motorists will pay around 30 cents per kilometre to use some of the province's highways.

Sanral has been trying to convince the court that e-tolling is a rational and economically viable project.

It accused those against the system of using information on the e-toll selectively to make calculations that proved it would be a failed venture.

The agency's advocate David Unterhalter said e-tolling is of massive public benefit.

He also argued that complex economic policy decisions should be left to the experts and should not be second guessed.

Initial calculations were done in 2008 and the figures cannot be used to target the project in today's economic and social environment, Unterhalter said.