The Star Early Edition

Sub­sidy amounts to R60 a trip

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TAX­PAY­ERS will, over and above the R30 billion Gautrain con­struc­tion price tag, have paid well more than R50bn for this ser­vice if cur­rent sub­sidy lev­els con­tinue, the DA said yesterday. The cur­rent Gautrain sub­sidy was the largest sin­gle item of ex­pen­di­ture in the bud­get of the Gaut­eng roads and trans­port department, mak­ing up about 35 per­cent of its bud­get for the past fi­nan­cial year, DA spokesper­son Justus de Goede said. The re­cent an­nounce­ment of the ex­pan­sion plans for the ser­vice had fo­cused at­ten­tion on the pos­si­bil­ity that this high sub­sidy would be per­pet­u­ated should a new con­tract be signed. This made it pos­si­ble to sub­sidise each pas­sen­ger trip by about R60.

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