The fact that government will implement the controversial electronic tolling system in Gauteng in February, albeit at a reduced cost is of little consolation for the South African consumer.
Government has ignored opposition to its e-tolling plans and lets consumers once again bear the brunt of the ever-rising cost of living.
Even the reduced cost of 30c per km, less than half of last year’s proposed 66c/km, will make a considerable dent in the pockets of workers.
Government’s contribution of more than of 5,75 bn towards the total cost of R30 bn, is meant to reduce the burden on consumers, but means no escape for the taxpayer.
Seen against the background of the higher than expected CPI, Eskom asking for a price increase of 16% and the highest fuel prices ever, consumers remain financially in dire straits and more indebted than ever in an attempt to make ends meet.