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Fedusa, Motlanthe to discuss e-tolls

Fedusa General Secretary Dennis George said he is confident the meeting will yield solid results.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe speaks during a post cabinet briefing on 31 May 2012. Picture: SAPA.

JOHANNESBURG - The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) on Wednesday said it hopes for a positive outcome from its meeting with Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

Wednesday's gathering forms part of government's second and final round of consultative talks with stakeholders, who have raised concern about the controversial Gauteng e-tolling system and its user-pay principal.

Fedusa General Secretary Dennis George said he is confident that the meeting will yield solid results.

"From our side, we know from experience that talks with Motlanthe always yield fruits."

On Tuesday, an inter-ministerial committee on e-tolling met with the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa).

But the alliance said nothing concrete was agreed upon.

Government said it will announce in due course when it will implement the tolls.

On Thursday, the Constitutional Court set aside a high court order preventing the rollout of the project, pending a hearing in the high court.

If implemented, Gauteng motorists will be expected to fork out 30 cents per kilometre to use a large stretch of the province's highways.

The project is the brainchild of the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), which will be in charge of collecting money from motorists.