E-tolls on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) are set to continue after Sanral engineering recently confirmed that the contract awarded to Electronic Toll Collections (ETC) for the management and collection of e-tolls has been extended by a further year — until 2 December 2021.
“This will bring the contract to the maximum eight-year period, as was allowed for in the original contract, or shorter if the new contractor is appointed before the end of the maximum period allowed,”- the executive, Louw Kannemeyer said.
Altogether, this contract will bring the agreement to the maximum eight-year period, as per the original contract. Kannemeyer added to MoneyWeb that ETC’s original approved contract value has not increased due to the extension because the original contract did make provision for a two-year contract extension.
With everything happening, the executive director of the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa), Stefanie Fick, Sanral was legally obliged to halt its contract with ETC for the management of e-tolls by 2 December 2020. Fick said Sanral’s e-toll collection contract that was awarded to ETC in 2013 was supposed to end on 2 December 2018 but was extended to December 2020. Kannemeyer said Sanral has also not been informed of any decision by government on the future of e-tolls. “A decision on the future of e-tolls will be communicated by cabinet.”
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