Busa welcomes e-toll committee

Busa has welcomed the decision to elevate e-tolling issues to a inter-ministerial task team.

Business Unity South Africa (Busa) deputy CEO Raymond Parsons. Picture: Tara Meaney/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Business Unity South Africa (Busa) on Saturday welcomed the decision to elevate e-tolling issues to a top-level inter-ministerial task team.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will head the team, which will hold talks with those affected by the proposed tolling of Gauteng's highways.

Last week, the African National Congress (ANC) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) recommended that the implementation of the project be delayed for a month, before the North Gauteng High Court ruled that the project could not continue until a full review was done.

The Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Busa, Raymond Parsons, said the committee will create an important mechanism which could tackle outstanding problems surrounding the e-toll issue.

"We are pleased that the deputy president will be chairing the task team because we need to look at the issue of e-tolling in its totality."

Task team members include the ministers of finance, roads and transport, performance monitoring and evaluation, as well as the Director-General in the Presidency.

The task team, among other things, will aim to ensure that the financial stability of the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is not affected.

Sanral had planned to introduce e-tolling this week, to repay the debt incurred to improve road infrastructure in the province.