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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

Following the Constitutional Court ruling on Friday which dismissed the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s application for leave to appeal against the judgment of the Supreme Court of Appeal in the Winelands tolling matter, I am making another appeal to Sanral to work with the City of Cape Town to find alternative solutions to road infrastructure projects.

Previously, in 2015 I extended an olive branch to Sanral and made an offer asking the road agency to work with the City by looking at what infrastructure projects are needed for road maintenance and to ease traffic flow.

Instead of working with the City to find alternatives, more than R20million of taxpayers’ money has been used in a five-year long court battle to halt the tolling project which would have had dire economic consequences for all road users especially the poor.

In the interest of providing quality infrastructure I am asking Sanral once again to sit down with the City so that we can work out what the needs are and I am saying let us work together for the sake of the roads in our city.My offer still stands and I am appealing to Sanral asking them to pull our resources together to find ways of funding much needed road maintenance projects.

As I have said previously, the City is willing to partner with Sanral and provide some of the funding for the necessary projects.

We once again call on SANRAL to rather work with the City to find a solution for the infrastructural upgrades that may be required for the N1 and N2 freeways in future.

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