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fikilembalulaEngineering News reports that Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula met over two days last week with the Nedlac Community Constituency and with labour federation Cosatu on issues related to the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP)  

These meetings on e-tolls formed part of his ongoing consultative process following a mandate by President Cyril Ramaphosa to find a final intergovernmental resolution on GFIP.  The community constituency pointed out that the implementation of Phase 1 of the GFIP was conducted without proper consultation and proposed the scrapping of e-tolls, saying the system was expensive.  Similarly, Cosatu reiterated its stance that the model in its current form was not functioning and noted that it had been met with strong opposition by society.  Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali emphasised that government needed to listen and respond to society.  He stressed that Cosatu had not changed its position on the scrapping of the e-tolling model as it currently stood.  Mbalula committed to continued engagement with other civil society organisations and labour unions towards a resolution that all parties could agree on.

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