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E-tolls: What motorists will be paying after fare increase confirmed for March

Very rarely is there any good news regarding e-tolls, and this is no exception. Sanral are hiking fares for Gauteng’s road users next month.


Photo: Gallo Images / Foto24 / Lihlumelo Toyana

The blight of Gauteng roads is set to become even more troublesome for local motorists, as the price of your E-tolls are set to increase. The failing system is one of the most loathed in South Africa, but Transport Minister Blade Nzimande has happily rolled out the changes ahead of 1 March 2019.

On average, the gates are now looking to charge compliant road users just under 5% more starting from next month. The fee hikes were published in the Government Gazette last week, which also confirmed the same price adjustment would be in place for toll roads across South Africa.

Price to pay for Mzansi motorists

The news comes just after the petrol price in Mzansi rose for the first time in four months, meaning that the average motorist is now having to fork out more just for their basic rights to road usage.

The most expensive e-toll plazas in Gauteng – Swael and Letata in Kempton Park and Tembisa respectively – have jumped up from R2.98 per visit to R3.12. Weaver and Swan now break the R2.50 mark, after the increase took their toll fee from R2.45 up to R2.56.

The rise is seen as frivolous, and completely out of touch with what the public want. Mass demonstrations and widespread non-compliance should be signalling the death knell for Sanral’s nightmare adventure, but they still insist on flogging the proverbial dead horse.

E-toll rates from March 2019

New fees for E-tolls based on the N1, for March 2019. (Government Gazette)

New fees for E-tolls based on all other roads for March 2019. (Government Gazette)

E-tolls survive a stay of execution

It’s been another tumultuous month for the e-toll system, which many expected to be scrapped at some point this year. DA officials, who have been vehement opponents of the tolls since their inception in 2013, were left fuming when it was revealed the e-tolls contract had been renewed before its expiration date in December 2018.

It’s estimated that just 25 – 30% of road users even bother paying the fees – a financial oversight that’s plunged Sanral into debts above R10 billion. Not only are key ANC figures bickering about whether to keep them or not, but the department is reportedly considering ways to punish those behind the wheel who don’t play by the rules. If only they could just read the writing on the wall, instead.