Beit­bridge Bor­der Post records 10,3 per­cent surge in trav­ellers

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The garage man­ager Mr Obert Mur­wira charge of Beit­bridge Mr Nqo­bile Ncube at­trib­uted the de­vel­op­ment to the con­fi­dence trav­ellers are hav­ing with the level of ef­fi­ciency and or­gan­i­sa­tion among bor­der au­thor­i­ties. “We are seem­ingly re­gain­ing the traf­fic we were los­ing to Plumtree and other less busy ports of en­tries as a re­sult of im­proved ser­vice here.

“In ad­di­tion, you will note that many trav­ellers are now doc­u­mented (they have valid pass­ports) as a re­sults of im­proved ser­vice at the pass­ports of­fice. Though the vol­ume of traf­fic has in­creased, the trav­ellers are highly or­gan­ised and the move­ment is sparse,” said Mr Ncube.

He said they were clear­ing an av­er­age of 14 000 in­clud­ing ar­rivals and de­par­tures per day dur­ing off peak pe­ri­ods and the fig­ure rises to 30 000 dur­ing peak pe­ri­ods.

He added that they had re-or­gan­ised the bor­der and sep­a­rated traf­fic into pedes­tri­ans, mo­torists, buses, com­mer­cial and vis­i­tors to en­sure a speedy flow of traf­fic.

Mr Ncube said they were also hav­ing pe­ri­odic re­view meet­ings with both lo­cal (bor­der) ac­tors and their South African coun­ter­parts to en­sure that the bor­der was user friendly. “It is also pleas­ing to note that more trav­ellers have be­come knowl­edge­able and ac­cus­tomed to us­ing the bor­der post other than re­sort­ing to ir­reg­u­lar mi­gra­tion and hence we con­tinue to have an in­crease in peo­ple with valid travel doc­u­ments. We have also im­proved on our co­or­di­na­tion mech­a­nisms lo­cally. This has seen us har­mon­is­ing clear­ance pro­ce­dures. In ad­di­tion, we have set the pe­riod be­tween 5 De­cem­ber and 15 Jan­uary 2019 as our peak,” said Mr Ncube.

The sepa­ra­tion of traf­fic into red and green routes by the Zim­babwe Rev­enue Au­thor­ity (Zimra) has been pay­ing div­i­dends in the last two years.

The red route is used by those with goods to de­clare while the green route is for those with noth­ing to de­clare.

It is also un­der­stood that there has been a high level of com­pli­ance in im­mi­gra­tion laws after South Africa in­tro­duced tough mea­sures on May 26, 2014 to deal with those who over­stayed.

Un­der the im­mi­gra­tion di­rec­tive No 9 of 2014, those who over­stay in the neigh­bour­ing coun­try for less than 30 days (first time) shall be de­clared un­de­sir­able im­mi­grants for 12 months.

Those who re­peat the same of­fence for the se­cond time will be barred from trav­el­ling to South Africa for two years, while those who com­mit the of­fence for a third time will be barred for 5 years.

Min­is­ter Jo­ram Gumbo

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