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‘E-toll dispensation issues will be resolved’

Gauteng Premier David Makhura says he knows e-tolling is still a major concern for many people.

FILE: Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Picture:Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura has assured motorists that any concerns about the new dispensation for e-tolls will be attended to.

Makhura was delivering his budget vote speech in the Gauteng Legislature on Thursday morning.

He outlined a number of plans to take Gauteng forward in the new financial year.

But at the same time Makhura emphasised that he knew e-tolling was still a major concern to many despite the recent discounts and payment plans.

"We do know that there are those who are feeling that the new dispensation still has issues that they are unhappy about; they still have concerns, and I would like to say once more that any concerns raised with us as the government will be attended to."

RAMAPHOSA: SANRAL OWES R20 BILLION

Meanwhile, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said last week that the roads agency owes about R20 billion, but added that there had been a positive response from the public since the change in e-toll fees.

He told members of Parliament the government had heeded concerns about the burden of high e-toll fees on middle- and lower-income households and therefore government decided to reduce the cap from R450 to R225.

Ramaphosa says the national and Gauteng fiscus would provide funds to close the gap.

"Sanral owes something like R20 billion and the money has been raised through a variety of bonds that have certain time frames."

Ramaphosa defended Gauteng's e-tolls, saying that governments sometimes had to take decisions in the interest of all citizens.

"At times they do take an unpopular decision with a view of advancing the view of the many and this is precisely what has had to happen."

"The new dispensation dramatically reduces the costs of all motorists travelling on Gauteng's freeways. It doesn't penalise people who don't have e-tags."

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