Fikile Mbalula Says Final Decision on Future of E Tolls Expected Soon

Fikile Mbalula Says Final Decision on Future of E Tolls Expected Soon

- Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula stated that a final decision on the future of e-tolls will be revealed within the next two weeks

- Mbaulua stated that his department and National Treasury are nearing the end of their discussions about e-tolls

- Mbalula was reportedly responding to DA MP Dennis Ryder who asked about the issues with the system

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According to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, a discussion between the Department of Transport and the National Treasury is nearing conclusion as they converse on the future of the e-toll system, with a final decision expected within the next two weeks

The statement has been met with scepticism by the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa), emphasising that the lack of trust is so wide that every time they've set a date for a finalised decision, they have postponed it.

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Mbalula had responded to Dennis Ryder, a Democratic Alliance (DA) MP and member of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), who confronted the issue while stating that a conclusion has been due for some time with multiple deadlines being missed.

Government to make final decision with regards to e-tolls
Minister Fikile Mbaula and National Treasury are completing discussions on the future of the e-toll system in SA. Image: GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP
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Following reports by Moneyweb on the issue of e-tolls, statements made by Mbalula articulated that they expect to be before cabinet with a decision within the next two weeks. Mbalula admits that the process has taken too long.

He emphasised that they believed the issue would have been finalised already but due to the weight and importance of the decision, the conclusion was delayed.

According to Business Tech, in October 2020 a statement was made by Mbalula confirming that his department is being hindered from implementing new road infrastructure projects due to the absence of a resolution related to e-tolls.

Mbalula continued by stating that President Cyril Ramaphosa's cabinet is scheduled to conclude a new funding model for the project after receiving proposals from his department.

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In other news, Briefly News recently reported that the African National Congress (ANC) Treasurer-General Paul Mashatile has revealed that the ruling party is considering cutting its staff by 50%. Reports say that this was stated during Sunday's ANC NEC meeting.

According to a well-known publication, a leaked recording of Mashatile revealed that he is now preparing a report that will be tabled to ANC officials on Monday, 10 May. The report will allegedly give details of various recommendations that party officials need to consider.

Some of which include the possibility of increasing membership fees and levies in an attempt to assist the ANC out of its financial issues.

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