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COSATU Today  |  COSATU Press Statements

COSATU NW welcomes development of N4 toll road

13 December 2011

The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the North West welcomes the announcement by the Bakwena consortium that it intends to spend more than R500 million to improve a part of the N4 toll road which connects Rustenburg and Zeerust in the North West.

This has been long outstanding as the road is not in good condition right now. Some parts of the road are bumpy and some are full of potholes which put the lives of our people in danger. The road is also a single carriage road which does not justify the cost of its toll gate.

We also welcome the fact that this improvement project will use local labour and will create a few temporary jobs for the communities living along the toll road. For us this is a short-term benefit, while the long-term liability that we have been living with is that the road harbours the most expensive toll gate in the country, which makes it very difficult for the people living in those areas to connect with each other.

As we write today the current toll fees in that road are R67 for class I vehicles and R239 for class IV vehicles which makes it the most expensive in the country for all categories of vehicles

We note that the toll fee for that road will not increase, but what we know is that there is a mandatory increase which takes place every year on 1st April and this will be effected during and after the construction. The other reason is that it already has the highest toll in the country. That is why the fee must not increase.

It is also reported that the toll increase is determined by government, not by Bakwena consortium, which is not true; Bakwena takes decisions on the increase not government .

As COSATU North West we urge the communities along that toll road not to be fooled by this short-term gain brought about by this construction and come out in numbers on 15 December 2011 to show their unhappiness with the cost of this toll gate.

We want the current rate to go down to R20,00 or there must be negotiations with the stake holders and road users on this matter.

We will be picketing and demonstrating at the very highest toll gate in our country.

For more information contact Solly Phetoe, COSATU North West Provincial Secretary, at 082 304 4055