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Beitbridge Border Post has become a hive of activity again as Zimbabweans troop back to South Africa for work after the Christmas holiday. As from December 27, the border post has had to handle increased volumes of Zimbabweans on their way back to South Africa.

Slow moving queues have become a common feature on both the Zimbabwean and South African sides of the border.

Immigration and customs departments from both countries have come up with a host of measures to ease congestion.

More immigration and customs officials have been deployed to both sides of the border.

Traffic has since been separated into pedestrians, buses, visitors and private motorists.

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority has opened more clearing points on the departure side to ensure the speedy clearance of people travelling in foreign registered vehicles.

In previous years, the task was done by one officer, causing congestion.

Immigration officers at the border said they were clearing an average of 15 000 people per day on departures alone. During off peak periods 8000 to 10 000 people access the border post per day inclusive of arrivals and departures.

zimra has deployed 40 more officers from less busy stations to Beitbridge while the Department of Immigration beefed its staff complement with 26 more permanent officers.

“We started clearing the high volume of human and vehicle traffic on departures soon after Boxing Day.

“We have deployed adequately and you will note that we still have a steady flow of traffic,” said an immigration officer on the Zimbabwean border.

South Africa deployed 70 officers to Beitbridge on December 15, to ensure the speedy flow of traffic following a visit by that country’s Minister of Home affairs Mr Malusi Gigaba on the same day.

Source : The Herald