Hon Deputy Speaker, I agree with the hon Koornhof that Europe is our second-largest trade partner, but I also want to indicate that the reason that our trade with the European Union has actually fallen is because of the problems that they have been encountering in their own economy. As we speak, their economy is currently growing at almost 1%, and that is why it is important for us to look north, as we do, and to look east, as we have done, to find other trade partners. I do not agree with Mr N J J Koornhof that our relations with Europe are so bad that our trade is suffering.
A few weeks ago, we were in the G20 meeting. Most of the European countries are looking forward to doing business on a more sustainable level with sub- Saharan Africa, looking at South Africa as their entry point. I want to assure you that we enjoy very good relations with Europe, contrary to the view that some people continue to hold. Once the environment has also been created for us to trade on the basis of benefiting everyone, where we as a country benefits whilst Europe also benefits, we will proceed in that line. [Applause.]
Number and percentage of cars travelling on Gauteng e-toll road system that are using e-tags
14. Mr I M OLLIS (DA) asked the Minister of Transport:
(a) How many individual cars travelling on the Gauteng e-toll road system, as measured by the gantries, are using e-tags and (b) what percentage of the total number of cars on the Gauteng freeways, constructed as part of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP), did this represent as at 1 February 2014? NO221E