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Road upgrades planned for Gauteng

MEC Ismail Vadi says significant upgrades on major roads will help those who cannot afford the tolls.

MEC Ismail Vadi says there are new roads being upgraded for those who can’t afford e-tolls.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Transport Department on Tuesday announced plans to help those who cannot afford the seemingly inevitable e-tolls, which looks set to be implemented in 2013.

Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi made the announcement while speaking about the province's new five-year plan, which will see major changes to the transport sector and road networks.

The MEC said that there will be significant upgrades on major roads to help those who cannot afford the tolls.

He said the department has plans to improve the R101 and the Golden Highway.

Vadi said the department is already repairing potholes on some roads.

The department also wants to provide real alternatives to the highways.

"Everybody will be free to drive on the newly constructed highways, but if you feel that it is splitting your pocket, then we have provided an alternative."

The department said it has identified the Gautrain as a worthy alternative of connecting Pretoria to Johannesburg.