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Ex-soldiers helping at OR Tambo

2011-12-22 18:05

Johannesburg - Several border posts have increased their working hours to accommodate the large number of travellers during the festive season, the home affairs department said on Thursday.

Between December 1 and 22, 2.3 million people had entered and left the country, spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said.

"In anticipation of increased traveller volumes, an additional 154 immigration officers have also been deployed to the Maseru, Lebombo and Durban harbour ports of entry."

The Mahamba, Mananga and Jeppes Reef border posts into Swaziland would be open from 07:00 to 00:00, 07:00 to 20:00 and 07:00 to 22:00 respectively.

The Qachaa and Tellebridge border posts into Lesotho would open at 06:00 and close at 22:00. These times would be in effect from December 22 to 24.

The Rooyenshek border post into Lesotho would be open from 06:00 to 00:00 from December 22 to January 9.

Meanwhile 350 former SA National Defence Force officers had been trained in immigration services and started working at OR Tambo International Airport on Wednesday December 21.

Comments
  • Paul - 2011-12-22 19:05

    They didn't ask me ?!

      Braam - 2011-12-25 17:13

      I’m a ex soldier with a couple of decorations and nogal good in spoorsny so I’m sure they can use me to track down the buggers who raid the luggage at OT, but they never call me….wonder why….I always miss out on all the fun..

  • vmputa - 2011-12-22 20:09

    That explains the long ques @ o.r.t airport...thank you!

      Thouca - 2011-12-22 20:57

      no, they are full time employed at large corporations and prosperous citizens, thats why they trained and helping out!!??....

  • Lambert - 2011-12-22 21:11

    Last night on the 7 o'clock news a short clip stated that the public must be patient with the customs and immigration procedures at Joburg international airport, the clip added, as an afterthought, that these people were trained by Cuban instructors? Have we gone mad! This must surely be a first in the whole world. No human in his/her right mind will be able to comprehend this

      Braam - 2011-12-25 17:15

      Yezz comrade tis way plzss O I see here is R50 in ur pazzport mmmm tankyou comrade…

  • Comrade - 2011-12-25 18:37

    OH SH*T .... RECORD BAGS STOLEN!

      goyougoodthing - 2011-12-25 20:13

      What bags these are peasant refugees coming to steal our stuff

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