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E-tolls in Gauteng to go live at midnight

After several years of delays due to court challenges and a massive public outcry, e-tolls will go live at midnight on Monday.

Below is the timeline of events leading up to the day Gauteng motorists will start paying.

October 8 2007 – Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) is officially launched.

October 12 2007 – Intention to toll sections of Gauteng's freeways published in Government Gazette.

Public asked to comment.

November 14 2007 – Closing date for public comment on the proposed introduction of e-tolls.

March 28 2008 – Sections of Gauteng freeways declared toll roads in Government Gazette.

June 26 2008 – Construction of the first phase of the GFIP commences.

June 2010 – The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) starts erecting toll gantries along Gauteng's freeways.

February 4 2011 – Sanral announces e-toll tariffs and that registration commences in the second quarter of 2011.

February 18 2011 – Cosatu announces it will call for strike action over the introduction of e-tolls.

February 22 2011 – The then transport minister Sibusiso Ndebele suspends implementation of e-tolls and establishes a committee to address concerns about the tariffs.

March 2011 – Public consultation process on e-tolls takes place.

June 2011 – GFIP steering committee announces reduced e-toll tariffs following the public consultation process.

August 10 2011 – Cabinet approves the revised tariffs for e-tolls.

October 23 2011 – Ndebele orders that e-tolls be halted and that further consultation take place.

November 2011 – Public hearings held on e-tolls.

February 22 2012 – In his budget speech, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announces that e-tolls will go ahead at reduced rate in April of that year.

March 2012 – Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) applies for an urgent interdict in the high court in Pretoria against the implementation of e-tolls.

April 29 2012 – The court grants Outa an interim interdict pending a full judicial review.

March 22 2012 – Treasury files an appeal against the interim interdict in the Constitutional Court.

August 15 2012 – The case is heard in the Constitutional Court.

September 20 2012 – Constitutional Court sets aside the temporary interdict.

December 13 2012 – After the full judicial review, the high court in Pretoria rules against Outa in its application to have the implementation of e-tolls set aside.

January 25 2013 – The high court in Pretoria grants Outa leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal against the December ruling.

September 25 2013 – Outa appeal is heard in the Supreme Court of Appeal.

October 9 2013 – Outa loses its appeal in the Supreme Court of Appeal.

November 20 2013 – Transport Minister Dipuo Peters announces e-tolls will go live on December 3.

November 26 2013 – Sanral warns that a hefty bill awaits non-registered motorists without e-toll accounts who fail to pay for e-tolls within a week. Meanwhile, the Freedom Front Plus announces a last-minute attempt to stop the implementation of e-tolls through an application for an interdict in the high court in Pretoria.

December 2 2013 – FF Plus application is heard in court.

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