Country Report Swaziland January 2008

Economic policy: Toll roads are to be introduced

Parliament passed the Roads and Outspans (Amendment) Bill on November 21st, and this is now awaiting royal assent. This will result in two tolls being opened in 2008 on the main east-west highway: one between the South African border at Ngwenya and Mbabane and the other between Mbabane and Manzini. The plazas are expected to be operational by mid-2008, with the fees to be set in line with those prevailing in South Africa. The tolling will be overseen by a new public enterprise that is yet to be established, the Toll Roads Management Company, and aims to raise money towards recent and future maintenance costs.

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