Hear ye! Hear ye! Gauteng's e-tolling system, with a build-up bigger than a pay-per-view fight, as awaited as Y2K, is here. The South African National Road Agency Limited (Sanral) is confident people are taking the bait.
Opposition groups remain as opposed as ever. Daily Maverick spoke to motorists on the street who are cautiously adopting a wait-and-see approach.
Smash your child's porcelain piggy bank, count your five-cent coins - e-tolling has begun! For the cost of a few Kaizer Chiefs funeral plans, you too can drive on the now smoother highway between Johannesburg, Pretoria and beyond without the fear of having your collection of 80s rock vinyl LPs repossessed or the risk of being prosecuted and sharing a cell with Radovan Krejcir.
"What are you in for?" is an awkward question for any toll transgressor.
"Allegations of ruling the underworld and ordering hits," Krejcir would reply.
"Organising my community to get the sewerage cleaned off our streets and then being hit by rubber bullets," the community activist would respond.
"Repeatedly driving from Melrose Arch to Centurion without an e-tag" sounds a little lame and will probably cost you your watch.
Sanral and the Department...