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It’s not over yet: Talks continue over e-tolls

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula met with the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse and Automobile Association on Wednesday as part of efforts to find a solution to the unpopular user-pay system.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula at 2019 Southern African Transport Conference. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said the extension of the e-tolls deadline allowed for further consultation with stakeholders.

The ministry is finalising its plans for e-tolls which could see it permanently scrapped. Mbalula met with the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse and Automobile Association on Wednesday as part of efforts to find a solution to the unpopular user-pay system.

Mbalula said they aimed to find a solution that would work for everyone.

“The stakeholder engagement process is genuine. It seeks to balance the views shared in public in a meaningful way so that we can arrive at a solution that’s in the best interest of the economy while ensuring the poor won’t be negatively affected.”