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Joint media statement on the South African Government meeting with SAVRALA and road freight associations on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project

19 June 2012

19 June 2012

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on Tuesday, 19 June 2012, led a government delegation in a meeting with the Road Freight Association (RFA) and the Southern African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (SAVRALA). This formed part of government’s commitment to engage key stakeholders on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP).

The meeting which was very constructive, frank and robust allowed all parties an opportunity to raise their concerns in relationship to the GFIP. Both the RFA and SAVRALA listed in detail issues their organisations were concerned about with respect to e-tolling. Government also articulated its position outlining the reasons that led to e-tolling as a solution.

There was a meeting of minds that the GFIP is a necessity and that roads must be paid for. However, there were divergent views on the project.

All parties agreed to meet in the near future to discuss the various issues raised at the meeting with a view of finding an amicable solution.

Thabo Masebe
Cell: 082 410-8087

Issued by: Government Communication and Information System (GCIS)

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