Swazis buy

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It is a trade-off. Of­fi­cials from the lo­cal side can en­ter South Africa to buy mealie-meal freely whereas their South African coun­ter­parts en­ter to buy petrol at will.

This was noted at t he Ng­wenya- Oshoek Bor­der Gate on Wed­nes­day just be­fore noon. On reach­ing the Swazi side, in­stead of sub­mit­ting a gate pass and the road tax of E50, South African reg­is­tered ve­hi­cles driven by bor­der of­fi­cials from the South African side are al­lowed en­try with­out a prob­lem.

“They usu­ally come in the evenings or early morn­ings,” a petrol at­ten­dant at the Galp Fill­ing Sta­tion sit­u­ated about 100 me­tres be­fore the Ng­wenya Bor­der said. He said the neigh­bour­ing coun­try’s of­fi­cials were pop­u­lar af­ter kom­bis as they usu­ally filled their ve­hi­cles.

“They boost the busi­ness be­cause if we re­lied on the lo­cals only, we would have only half of the cur­rent sales,” the of­fi­cer said, adding that they were the only al­ter­na­tive see­ing as the next fill­ing sta­tion in South Africa was lo­cated over 20 km away in Lochiel.

“Our petrol any case, just is,” he said. is cheaper in as their meal

The paramedics leav­ing the scene.

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