SA govt to consider e-tolling alternatives

The South African government has performed a dramatic u-turn and says it is now willing to consider alternatives to controversial e-tolls.

In a joint statement released on Thursday, the government and the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) agreed on the need for users to pay for road improvements but disagreed on how to do it.

The statement was issued after a meeting in Pretoria between Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and Outa chairman Wayne Duvenage.

"A key area of difference ... was e-tolling as a mechanism for decongestion and funding of road infrastructure," they said.

Outa wants a fuel levy to be used to fund freeway improvements, in view of Gauteng's economic importance.

"Deputy President Motlanthe welcomed Outa's engagement with government and undertook that Cabinet would consider Outa's proposals on alternatives through future consultations," the statement said.

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