E-tolls: Now public gets a chance

Johannesburg - The Advisory Panel on the Socio-economic Impact of e-tolls will now begin its public consultations, the Gauteng provincial government announced on Monday.

Spokesperson Thabo Masebe said the panel would embark from 27 August on a month-long process of consultation with organisations and individuals.

"The consultation process is aligned to the research work which is already underway. The consultation will solicit new views on the economic, social and environmental impacts of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) and e-tolls."

He said the panel would focus on expanding knowledge as well as explore the implications and perceptions of financing the GFIP, taking into account other demands on the fiscus.

Organisations had been invited to respond to the information provided by the key implementers of GFIP and e-tolls, and to address the following questions:

- What are the economic and social impacts of GFIP and the e-tolls?

- What is the impact of the GFIP and e-tolls on the environment?

- How and where are the costs and benefits of GFIP and e-tolls distributed across society and the economy?

"The panel wishes to emphasise that the process of consultation on the impacts of GFIP and e-tolls is an objective process with no pre-determined outcome.

"The report of the panel to the premier at the end of November will be in the form of analysis and recommendations grounded in substantial evidence."

The hearings would take place at the Gautrain offices in Midrand.

Labour would be heard on 27 August, business on 27 and 29 August , and civil society from 1 to 3 September.

Information and knowledge institutions would be heard on 4 September, and transport organisations from 4 September.

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Jamill Ahmed 2014/08/25 11:30:28 PM
Had zuma and those greedy bastards listened to what the people wanted it would of saved lots of money nothing will come from this its just another ploy and scheme to rid us from tax money
Bhekumuzi Buthelezi 2014/08/26 12:06:02 AM
Great, we are about to witness attempt at justifying a toll in our lives...
jungleboy 2014/08/26 12:06:11 AM
Too late....will never pay for a corrupt system of unnecessary taxation.
Coenraad Vaneeden 2014/08/26 12:13:57 AM
Ken Sudding 2014/08/26 12:13:59 AM
The voice of the people has been heard by their actions against this scam.
WildCatSally 2014/08/26 12:26:25 AM
Seriously..? Its a bit late. DO the Public (all of us) a great service and put a open Tender out to dismantle and SCRAP all these monstrous gantries. Stop trying to fool us in accepting this poppy-cock. We will never accept E-tolls. Go "cry me a river" to your overseas partners who are probably looking for their R.O.I. (Return On Investment)
Kobus Van der Linde 2014/08/26 01:10:22 AM
You see now they will need to form a committee of 1000 people to do this investigation / poll which each of these people will get R10,000 and the organizers 3 million rand to run the show and to invest in a website technology worth 20 million to run this investigation. End of the day another way of taking our tax money. THAT IS WHY I do not pay tax and I do everything under the table. Only tax I pay is when I shop at pick 'n pay. The rest, I do not pay. I earn R38000 a month but do not pay 1 cent to this rubbish government and you people should try your best as well not to pay tax.
Masasane Snagosh 2014/08/26 01:18:51 AM
evrywhr we go must we pay,,,....we pay rent,tax,,,,etc cmon leadership
Robert Magaya Cele 2014/08/26 03:19:10 AM
This is not the government of the people by the people. They do things not consulting people first and when things mess up they demand hugh amount from the people. Who ask the E tolls?
Robert Magaya Cele 2014/08/26 03:27:10 AM
The money of the E toll should pay by Zuma and Gupta. That's good.