Photo: Duane Daws

Photo: Duane Daws

GAUTENG MEC for finance Barbara Creecy told the legislature on Tuesday that the provincial government would announce its contribution to the repayment of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) once the intergovernmental task team investigating the matter concludes its work.

Ms Creecy was presenting the province’s budget for the 2015-16 period at the Gauteng legislature in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

After the implementation of the controversial e-tolling system Gauteng Premier David Makhura established an advisory panel to assess the system’s socioeconomic effects on Gauteng residents.

The panel recommended a hybrid system to pay for the freeway improvements which included e-tolls.

The intergovernmental team was tasked with exploring potential funding mechanisms including possible allocations from national and provincial government.

Ms Creecy’s remarks come after Mr Makhura and Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene both reaffirmed the user-pay principle last week in the state of the province address and national budget, respectively.

Ms Creecy said once the intergovernmental task team led by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa concluded its work of finding a new dispensation under the user-pay principle, the provincial government would announce the nature of its contribution.

“Once the intergovernmental team has completed its work we will include a provincial contribution towards meeting the costs in the provincial adjustment appropriation later this year,” Ms Creecy said.

E-tolls are widely blamed for a decrease in electoral support for the governing African National Congress in Gauteng.

Opposition parties have called for the system to be scrapped or for Mr Makhura to hold a referendum on the system.