The Gauteng e-tolls review is a text for present and future South Africa. Wade through the detail – there’s a lot – and it’s thoughtful, about who we are as a country and where we are going. It’s about democracy, apartheid, the poor, and realising South Africa’s goals. It clearly doesn’t limit itself to e-tolls. But you’ll still have to pay, something.
It started with an election. Last year Gauteng showed it is losing faith in the ANC. When it came to appointing a premier, the party in the province, which is losing faith in President Zuma, forced its hand and David Makhura took the job. He got a hospital pass – a province on the brink of voting the ANC out in the metros in 2016. So Makhura took a key issue, e-tolls, and, with the help of Gauteng ANC, challenged it.
The result is the “Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project and E-tolls Report” from the premier’s aisory panel, released on Thursday. More of a thesis, it’s as grand, opaque and as difficult to understand as e-tolls. Makhura took away two points: for a province still defined by apartheid’s spatial boundaries, the gantries sit like gates to…
Source : Daily Maverick