Minister Mbalula meets with COSATU and Nedlac over E-Tolls

04 October 2019 | Department of Transport

The Minister of Transport, Mr. Fikile Mbalula has over the past two days met with the Nedlac Community Constituency and COSATU representatives on issues related to the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). 

These meetings were part of the Minister’s ongoing consultative process following a mandate by his Excellency, President Cyril Ramaphosa, to find a final Intergovernmental resolution on GFIP.

The Community Constituency of Nedlac comprised of: The South African Youth Council (SAYC), The Disabled People South Africa (DPSA), The Women’s National Coalition (WNC), The Financial Sector Campaign Coalition (FSCC), The South African National Apex Co-operative (SANACO) and The South African National Civic Organization (SANCO). 

The Constituency noted that the implementation of the GFIP in Gauteng was conducted without proper consultation.  It proposed the scrapping of the eTolling model in its current form as it is in their view, expensive. 

Nedlac Community Constituency Overall Convenor, Mr. Thulani Tshefuta committed to working together with the Minister in finding a sustainable solution to the challenges of the GFIP.  Similarly, COSATU reiterated its stance that the model in its current form is not functioning and has been met with strong opposition by society.

COSATU shared its views on what government needed to do to pay the GFIP debt. COSATU’S General Secretary, Mr. Bheki Ntshalintshali emphasised that government needed to listen and respond to society. He stressed that COSATU has not changed its position on the scrapping of GFIP model as it currently stands.

Responding to the community constituency, Minister Mbalula committed to continued engagement with other civil society organizations and labour unions towards a resolution that all parties can agree on. 

The Minister expressed appreciation for Nedlac and COSATU’s willingness to continue working with government on this issue.  “Government is committed to finding a resolution on this as mandated by the President. Any resolution we will arrive at must be fair and in the spirit of a listening and caring government.  That is why we are engaged on this consultative process with civil society and every one must be consulted so that no one is left behind,” Minister Mbalula said.

The Community Constituency and COSATU welcomed the opportunity of engaging with the Minister of Transport and welcomed the idea of further engagements on the subject.

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