More e-tolls for Gauteng?

Gauteng motorists could face even more e-toll woes if the second phase of Sanral’s plan goes ahead.

Gauteng e-tolls. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG/CAPE TOWN - Gauteng motorists could face even more e-toll woes as the second phase of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project appears to have been given the green light.

Premier Nomvula Mokonyane made the revelation in reply to a question in the legislature, the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the province said.

The first phase of the controversial project is expected to be introduced soon.

This after the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria dismissed an application to have the project scrapped. The decision was handed down in December.

The DA's Jack Bloom said implementing the second phase goes against an announcement made by former transport minister S'bu Ndebele.

In November 2011, Ndebele said the next leg of the plan would be halted until all consultative processes were exhausted.

The Gauteng Transport Department said there are no immediate plans to begin implementation of phase two.

It said the next phase is not in the works for the 2013/2014 financial year.

Gauteng motorists with e-tags will pay up to 30 cents per kilometre or a maximum of R550 a month to use the province's highways.

Revenue from the project will pay off the 2007 debt incurred by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to build the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.

CAPE TOWN TOLLS

In the Western Cape, the fight to stop the N1/N2 toll project could take another twist next week if Sanral pushes ahead with its plans.

The City of Cape Town threatened to file papers in the court to stop the agency from resuming work on the roads in April.

The project is on hold pending the outcome of a previous legal challenge.

The city's Brett Herron said lawyers have met with the Western Cape High Court acting judge president to discuss the matter.

"We will meet with her again on Monday and if we haven't resolved this by then, we will ask for a date for an urgent application to be heard by the Western Cape High Court to interdict Sanral from proceeding with the toll road project."

Herron added the project was "ill conceived".

"This toll project in particular will severely impact on poor residents who are located on the outskirts of the city due to apartheid spatial planning.