n Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - The difficult issue of road funding in South Africa - bridges and roads - road funding

Volume 2019 Number 10
  • ISSN : 1021-2000


When the fuel levy was introduced in South Africa in the early parts of the last century, the urbanisation phenomena was hardly on the horizon, and the issue then was more about connecting the various parts of South Africa. The fuel levy has played its role, but today such a road pricing mechanism is woefully inadequate to deal with real 21st century issues, such as urbanisation, the imminent introduction of electric vehicles, air quality, congestion, safety, etc.

The funding of roads in South Africa continues to attract debates from all quarters, in particular when the question of tolls and e-tolls arises. Most of these debates lack factual foundation and are thus given to emotional outburst which skews the debate against any form of tolling at all, and does not build understanding around the complexity of funding one of our most important national assets – our roads.

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