More tolls for Limpopo on the cards

Farmers will have to brace themselves for another increase in transport costs if more toll gates for Limpopo are approved.

Some 1 600km of provincial roads in Limpopo will be handed over to the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) in April.

In a statement, DA shadow minister of transport Ian Ollis said giving Sanral a larger portion of SA’s road network to manage is problematic. Not only is it cash-strapped, but National Treasury has maintained it would not allocate any further funding to the company.

“Since Sanral will have no access to the provincial road grants in order repair and maintain the additional road network assigned to it, Sanral would have to raise its own funding. This raises genuine concerns that an already cash-strapped Sanral is going to be forced to pass the burden on to South Africans,” said Ollis.

Sanral is also considering building new toll-roads in the following areas:

  • N3: Durban to Pietermaritzburg
  • N12: Kimberley to Johannesburg
  • N1: Ring road at Musina
  • N1: Kroonstad to Winburg
  • N1:Botlokwa interchange and pedestrian facilities.