Zuma: Tolls have to go ahead

2012-03-16 09:42

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma on Friday quashed any hopes that the planned Gauteng e-tolling system will dropped by government.

"The Gauteng economy cannot afford any impediment to the traffic flow, since such an impediment will stifle economic growth that leads to job creation," Zuma told The New Age and SABC business briefing in Port Elizabeth.

Because of increased traffic flow the roads in general were unable to cope and this had affected road users and economic development.

He said the tolling of Gauteng's roads was an issue that had been consulted on and accepted by cabinet.

"The rationale behind the freeways improvement project is that Gauteng, which generates nearly 38% of the total value of South Africa's economic activities, has developed beyond its infrastructural capabilities.

"The open tolling system will assist government to obtain revenue that will be utilised in order to improve the road infrastructure, service debt already incurred for the upgraded freeway network in Gauteng and ensure a well-maintained and upgraded road network into the future."

He said it was understood that for people affected by serious poverty and unemployment it was an additional financial burden; however, the infrastructure development would also create jobs which would help to eradicate the burden.

"But we plead for your understanding because at the end of the day, we have to develop and strengthen the road infrastructure of Gauteng," said Zuma.


  • stalin.rudolf - 2012-03-16 09:57

    what a load of bull Mr. President

  • Anton - 2012-03-16 10:06

    Mr President, stop the corruption and waste in your government and you will have enough money to pay for the road upgrades and much more.

  • Alan - 2012-03-16 10:23

    Forget it Mr President. Don’t buy e-tags. I am not going to let anybody deduct money from my account without proof of service. I will insist that Sanral POST all photographs of my car (with my number plates) going through the toll gates. They cannot email them because my spam blocker won’t allow them. Then if they can get that right then maybe I will pay.

  • ryanbird211 - 2012-03-16 10:31

    Safe, efficient public transport please! THAT I would pay for.

      valcooperRSA - 2012-03-23 20:24

      Eish and how long will it take before....the sign.....DANGER BEWARE BE ALERT THIS IS HIGHJACKERS CORNER

  • justin.pretorius - 2012-03-16 16:00

    It seems the regime does not know where to suck money from now. If Gauteng has "has developed beyond its infrastructural capabilities" then the only logical thing to do is implement a proper public transport system...but wait it is easier to hammer the people with fixed addresses and eliminate the middle class

      valcooperRSA - 2012-03-23 20:25

      Ohyeah....they do that because they know where to find us

  • pgibbings1 - 2012-03-18 21:17

    Mr President, what evidence has your government shown that they are committed to keeping other roads maintained? Take just about every alternative road to the N3, which is mostly tolled thus no liability to the government. Massive potholes, and even one of them has been sitting ripped up, with a stop/go on either side. No construction in the last year. And you wonder why the public are so opposed to further tolls?

  • John - 2012-03-20 10:05

    No Mr Zuma, they will NOT GO AHEAD!!

      valcooperRSA - 2012-03-23 20:28

      How respectful you are to even address him as Mr.....I have more respect for my chickens outside than and have jm and his cronies

  • Daniel - 2012-03-20 10:09

    Use the blddy fuel levy to maintain and improve the most frequently used road which is also the most profitable stretch of road if fuel levies are taken into account. Stop adding insult to injury.

  • Segomotso - 2012-03-20 10:18

    in one way or the other,the government must raise money 4 the maintenance & upgrading of r roads,e-tolling is but one of the ways 2 raise that money.

      Leon - 2012-03-23 16:40

      It seem's that you are all for e-toll? are you just going to allow Sanral to deduct money from your bank accounts,....are you going to allow unlimited access thereto? Do you have family not owning any vehicles that will directly be paying towards Sanral because of all living cost that will rise, food, schooling, electricity,.....all services? Is this what you are standing for? if so, you are everything just like this corrupt goverment.

  • Daniel - 2012-03-20 10:22

    What i do understand is given that South Africans pay a fuel levy and thus an indirect toll for every kilometer traveled regardless of which road gets used. I also understand that more heavily utilised highways generate greater revenue. What I do not understand is how government can fail to maintain and upgrade a profitable stretch of road as needed and instead have to impose tolls in order to prevent it from decaying to the point where it is a liability rather than an asset.

  • Senzo - 2012-03-21 17:39

    There is a lot of money in government that goes to individuals pockets let it address this issue, for the poor people dont you have sympathyand empathy to those who are struggling to make it work, poor as they are does the goverment want to push them further than poverty.......have a conscience mr president we are already pulling hard you dont have to add more

  • Leon - 2012-03-23 16:48

    Shows you how desperate the corrupt goverment is to make money. if you dont pay toll you will not be allowed to renew your licence. This goverment will go to extreme measures to make you as a road user will pay for their mistakes. THE E-TOLL WILL NOT GO AHEAD!!! Boycot them and dont register for e-toll.

  • AmosMoledi - 2012-04-03 15:52

    He has been drinking again....

  • wayne.smith.9400984 - 2012-05-18 08:59

    if ministers stopped getting ridiculous salaries and bonusses, a firmer resolve to kerb the wasting of tax-payers money and the combat to fight corrupion, which includes the recovery of the stolen money, was better enforced, then there would have been more than enough money available to do all they wanted to do and then some. linning the pockets of members of the ruling party, their family and friends is sadly the future of our beloved country. the day will come when those at the recieving end of the governments will forcefully turn the table against the new oppressors. then those who got what they so whole- heartedly dolled out mustn't ask why. the meek, in their masses, shall inherit all.

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