Gauteng govt to fork out R123m for e-toll shortfall

The Gauteng government has agreed to fill the gap created by reduced e-toll prices for motorists.

FILE: Gauteng Premier David Makhura and his team at the E-toll panel briefing on 15 January, 2015. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng government says it will spend R123 million in this financial year to fill the gap created by reduced e-toll prices for motorists.

The second phase of the new e-toll dispensation came into effect this month, giving motorists a 60 percent discount.

Other discounts include a 50 percent reduction in the maximum monthly costs.

The provincial government has agreed to fork out half of the money for the e-toll shortfall.

National government is responsible for the other half.

Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy says, "I did indicate in the main appropriation in March that once the new dispensation was in place, and once we had spoken with National Treasury about what our contribution on the shortfall would be, we would then appropriate that amount of money and that is what we have done."

The provinces entire budget for this financial year has now been adjusted to R97.5 billion.