Vehicles drive past an e-toll gantry on the N1. Picture: Thobile Mathonsi/African News Agency (ANA)
Vehicles drive past an e-toll gantry on the N1. Picture: Thobile Mathonsi/African News Agency (ANA)

Ramaphosa will announce decision on e-tolls soon, says Makhura

By Loyiso Sidimba Time of article published Feb 26, 2020

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Johannesburg - President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to announce the future of e-tolls soon, Gauteng Premier David Makhura announced on Tuesday.

In his State of the Province Address (Sopa) at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University in Ga-Rankuwa, Tshwane, Makhura revealed that a decision on the e-tolls had already been made, and all that was left was for Ramaphosa to publicly announce it.

He described the decision on the future of the e-tolls as “imminent”.

“As the executive council, we made a strong and persuasive case to the national government on the e-tolls. I have been assured by the president that a lasting solution has been found, and an announcement by the president is imminent,” Makhura said.

On Monday, DA Gauteng caucus leader Solly Msimanga demanded that the e-toll saga be put to an end.

“The people of Gauteng deserve to be free of this unjust system of taxation that was foisted on them,” Msimanga said.

In July, The Star reported that the National Treasury had warned that the termination of e-tolls would force the state to pay R11.1billion in unguaranteed debt, and also be responsible for guaranteed debt of R19bn.

Makhura’s administration is also to roll out lifestyle audits of public office bearers and government officials, a process being spearheaded by the Presidency.

But Msimanga was critical of

Makhura’s lengthy SOPA speech,

describing it as “same old rehashing of

old plans under a new guise of Growing Gauteng Together (GTT2030).” 

“In fact some of the things we

heard here today we heard 10 years

ago,” he said. 

Makhura announced his administration’s ambitious plan, GTT2030,

through which he hopes to grow

the province’s economy to contribute R2 trillion to the country’s gross

domestic product (GDP), up from

R1.59 trillion and deliver 3.1 million

jobs in the next decade. 

The provincial government has

identified 10 high growth sectors it

will focus on in the next decade: from

safeguarding Gauteng’s energy supply

to the industrialisation of cannabis

including agro-processing for medicinal purposes, health and skincare

products. 

Makhura also announced a looming comprehensive review of the

provincial government’s agencies and

entities to ensure that they play a

key role in the implementation of

GTT2030. 

“Decisive action will be taken in

agencies that have degenerated into

a playground of rogue and corrupt

officials,” he warned.

According to Makhura, some agencies are not focusing on their mandates

but are riddled with divisions.

During his second term as the province’s first citizen, Makhura has undertaken to tighten the ethical screws in

his administration. 

“I will not appoint officials who

failed vetting in the Gauteng provincial government,” he said. 

Makhura said all heads of departments were vetted last year.

Political Bureau

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