E-tolling – final nail in the coffin

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Treasury director-general Lungisa Fuzile told Gauteng road users this week that to reject paying to use the province’s major highways “and expect someone else to pay” is bad economics. Yes, some people need to be cushioned from the user-pay principle, Fuzile said, but the province’s roads were good and motorists were getting a good deal. From April 30, road users like Hilda Maphoroma and Wayne Osrin will have to pay to use the major highways around Joburg and Tshwane. But they told the Saturday Star this week how paying the e-tolls will force them into bankruptcy, as they battle rising food, fuel and business costs.

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