The Gauteng province plans to pay billions towards the e-tolls debt. PHOTO: Twitter/@DA_GPL

E-TOLLS: Gauteng to contribute billions to e-tolls debt  

Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi met with the Finance Minister and SANRAL to conclude the province’s contribution to closing the e-toll debt.


The Gauteng province plans to pay billions towards the e-tolls debt. PHOTO: Twitter/@DA_GPL

The Gauteng provincial government will be taking on the debt of the protested e-tolls. The province said it will contribute nearly R13 billion towards the decommissioning of the e-tolls.


Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi met with Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana and the technical team from the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL).

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula was excused from attending the meeting.

Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi said the province will be contributing 30% towards decommissioning e-tolls. PHOTO: Twitter/@GautengProvince

This meeting was to conclude outstanding matters related to the decommissioning of e-tolls, said Premier spokesperson Vuyo Mhaga.

Gauteng MEC of Finance Jacob Mamabolo and MEC of Transport and Logistics Kedibone Diale-Tlabela were also part of the meeting, Mhaga said.

He said the meeting determined the 30% contribution by the provincial government towards settling the R43 billion e-toll debt. On the agenda was also the funding model of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP).

“Gauteng government will contribute R12.9 billion towards the decommissioning of the e-tolls through various revenue streams.”

Vuyo Mhaga

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The provincial government will be using different revenue streams in the form of a hybrid model.

Gauteng will undergo a consultative process with residents in the province on the hybrid model, said Mhaga.

He said the provincial government will negotiate a long-term repayment period on the 30% debt. The timeframe will be advised by the technical team, said Mhaga.

Premier Lesufi said a long-term repayment period will ensure the province relieves the pressure on the government’s fiscus. It will ensure the delivery of social services and other imperatives such as fighting crime.

In addition, the technical team was mandated to thrash out the maintenance part of the deal and the process to decommission the e-tolls.

“More work still needs to be done jointly by the Gauteng government, national Department of Transport, SANRAL and National Treasury to clarify the maintenance, and decommissioning of e-tolls,” Lesufi said.

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