The panel addressed issues which included affordability, equity, fairness, administrative simplicity and sustainability.
Recommendations were made in order to address the socio-economic impact of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) and e-tolls. Problems such as public transport infrastructure, environmental sustainability and spatial integration of the province were covered.
“While there is general acceptance of the user pay principle and willingness to pay for current and future upgrades of roads and public transport infrastructure in its current form, the e-toll system is unaffordable and inequitable and places a disproportionate burden on low and middle income households,” said David Makhura, Premier of Gauteng.
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The GFIP system has been said to aid the economy and the province in various ways including a better quality road system, less travel time and fewer vehicle operating costs.
Makhura added that the provincial government is working with national government and the three Metropolitan municipalities, City of Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and Johannesburg, to consider all the recommendations.
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It was also announced that Makhura will be meeting with all the stakeholders that made submissions to consider the recommendations put forward as well as their implications. Once this is done the government will state the recommendations.
“We commend the panel for its detailed work that in our view will undoubtedly contribute enormously to improving the quality of governance in the province. We also want to thank the people of Gauteng for their positive contribution to the work of the advisory panel,” said Makhura.