Gauteng residents get a chance to air views on e-tolls

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

Gauteng residents will today get a chance to air their views on how e-tolls affect them, says the Premier’s Office.

The Gauteng Advisory Panel on the Socio-economic Impact of E-tolls has extended its consultations with organised formations, following two weeks of consultations with labour, business and other organised formations.

The Premier’s Office said additional meetings with organised formations, which are set to commence on Wednesday at the IEC Hall in Randfontein, will run concurrently with the public meetings.

“The [10-member] advisory panel was set up by Gauteng Premier David Makhura in July this year to conduct a socio-economic impact assessment of e-tolls, and will submit its report by the end of November 2014,” the Premier’s Office said.

Premier Makhura emphasised that government will not pre-empt the outcomes of the panel, but will await its five-month consultation process to be completed.

“Our decision to establish this panel was based on our conviction that the people’s voice must be heard on matters that affect our province,” Premier Makhura said.

He said the outcomes of the assessment will be based on the “actual impact and experience, not theory”.

“We want an evidence-based report,” he said. -