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Govt, Outa to discuss e-tolls

Tuesday’s meeting could clarify when Sanral intends on implementing the Gauteng e-tolls.

Toll road gantry on one of Gauteng's highways. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The final round of talks between government and e-toll opponents is expected to clarify whether South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) will start implementing the controversial project.

Government is meeting the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) on Tuesday, for the first time since Thursday's Constitutional Court ruling.

The top court set aside an interim order preventing the system from being rolled out, pending a full review in the North Gauteng High Court.

That hearing is scheduled to take place in November.

Government has remained mum about its next move.

According to the the inter-ministerial committee on e-tolls, Tuesday's meeting with Outa will focus on the continuation of the consultative process.

Outa said the key issues remain, but the group did cknowledged government's attempts to reach a compromise.

The alliance has been pushing Sanral and National Treasury to find alternative ways of funding upgrades to Gauteng highways.

Government said it remained committed to addressing all concerns about the cost and impact on motorists.

Under the project, motorists are expected to fork out around 30 cents per kilometre to use a large stretch of the province's highways.