The much-berated etolls have been the topic of discussion in many circles, and ever since the announcement by Gauteng premier David Makhura last month that a review panel will be set up, motorists have been following the progress with much enthusiasm.
The Gauteng Provincial government announced yesterday that the advisory panel which will investigate the socio-economic impact of etolls have started, and its first point was to take a look at what has already been done, like the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP).
“The function of the panel is to analyse the impact of e-tolls, in the context of government’s broader strategy for developing Gauteng economically while enhancing social cohesion, and make an assessment of impacts,” the Gauteng Provincial government said in a statement.
It also announced that it will be holding public consultation sessions, where motorists, citizens and affected parties can make their views known.
“The Panel will hold consultations with key role players and interested parties from across the length and breadth of Gauteng, including government, state-owned enterprises, organised labour, business, civil society formations and the public.”
Before the public gets asked for their opinions, the task team will be meeting with government entities and those who implemented the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project and e-tolls.
“Desktop research is also underway so that the panel takes into consideration all prior research and submissions in various consultation processes.”
Specific days have been set aside to service various parts of the community to make their presentations to the advisory board, with Labour beginning on 26 August and concluding with Transport organisations on 9th September 2014.
The public will get a chance to voice their frustration, anger or irritation when the advisory board hosts various public meetings. While the exact dates haven’t been made known yet, the meetings will take place in September and there will be four meetings in Tshwane, four meetings in Johannesburg, three meetings in Ekurhuleni, two in Sedibeng and two in the West Rand.
In panel will meet with political parties represented in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature in October.[Source – Gauteng Provincial government, image CC by -ND 2.0/Axel Bührmann]