Delivering his budget vote in Parliament on Friday, Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande said the project would create an estimated 12 500 jobs over the five-year duration of the project.
“Within the next twelve months, government will take the final decision regarding the planned rail component of this corridor,” he added.
“As part of reviewing the Gauteng Freeway Improvement (GFIP), we will heighten our consultation with all involved government spheres and nongovernmental stakeholders,” said Nzimande.
Nzimande indicated that, over the medium term, R1.7-billion will be set aside to compensate “for the reduced tariffs for GFIP”.
Commenting on the budget vote, the Democratic Alliance noted that “the e-toll issue alone has turned an otherwise efficient and effective State-owned entitiy into one that is suffering economically”.
“Sanral needs to start facing this issue head-on and listen to the people of Gauteng. The entire e-tolls scheme needs to either be scrapped or be funded differently so that the financial burden is not left with the already overstretched taxpayer. Now more than ever, the Minister must develop a new toll roads policy.
“Experience shows us that a great contributor to the negative public sentiment against the e-tolls project was a deeply lacking public participation process. Until the e-tolls project is scrapped we need to ensure that any future e-toll projects do not repeat these bad public participation processes.”
Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter