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Hundreds of Johannesburg residents in regions B, E and F converged at the Braamfontein Recreation Centre on Tuesday night to air their views during a public consultation session on the Gauteng e-tolling system and how it is affecting the Gauteng economy.

The three regions include areas such as Randburg, Rosebank, Emmarentia, Greenside, Melville, Northcliff, Parktown, Alexandra, Wynberg, Sandton and the Johannesburg inner city.

The public engagement session was hosted by the Gauteng Advisory Panel, which was appointed by Gauteng Premier David Makhura to investigate the socioeconomic impact of e-tolls on the province.

Individuals, organisations, business owners and community representatives who attended Tuesday night’s meeting spoke strongly about the implications and impact of the user-pay system on households, consumers and the public.

The consultation sessions are aimed at soliciting views on social, economic and environmental impact of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP).

Provincial spokesman Thabo Masebe said the panel’s report would be presented to Premier Makhura at the end of November in the form of analyses and recommendations based on available evidence.

The panel’s focus is to expand knowledge as well as explore the implications of the financing of the GFIP, taking into account the demands on the fiscus.

The panel’s next public consultation session will be held on Saturday at Cosmo High School in Cosmo City from 9am to noon.

It is expected to be attended by residents of Region A – which includes Diepsloot, Kya Sand and the northern part of Region C.