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Govt to reveal what the future holds for e-tolls

Today's big announcement follows a review process initiated by Gauteng Premier David Makhura.

An e-toll gantry on the N1 in Johannesburg. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - While e-toll critics said nothing can prevent the system from imploding, the Transport Department believes Wednesday's big announcement on the project's future can get it back on track.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is due to reveal what the future holds for Gauteng motorists with speculation rife that further discounts will be offered.

The announcement follows a review process initiated by Gauteng Premier David Makhura.

Figures released in Parliament on Tuesday paint a bleak picture of the multibillion rand system being rejected by motorists.

The collection of revenue has steadily dropped while the number of e-tags being registered each month has plummeted from a peak of 350,000 in late 2013 to 20,000 in April 2015.

But the department's Tiyani Rikhotso said the review process led to many motorists falsely believing that e-tolling would be scrapped.

"We will see South Africans continue to participate in this process."

Reaction from organisations like the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) and prosecutions for non-compliance will become important following Wednesday's announcement.