Half a million travellers processed

By Drum Digital
02 April 2013

Over 500,000 people were processed in and out of South Africa at all national ports of entry during the Easter weekend, the home affairs department said on Tuesday.

The department said the figure was recorded from March 28 to April 1 and the processing of travellers was without any glitches.

It said the smooth processing came in the context of a directive by Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor to deploy extra personnel and increase working hours at all national ports of entry -- land, sea and airports.

This enabled the ports to deal with expected high traveller volumes during the Easter weekend.

Pandor and her director-general Mkuseli Apleni also visited the Beitbridge and Lebombo posts on Thursday to see how the systems were performing.

"Working together with other state agencies such as SARS, Customs, SAPS and SANDF, a total of 273,888 arrivals and 312,352 departures were recorded and processed on the country's Movement Control System," the department said.

The top five Southern African Development Community countries whose nationals were processed were Lesotho with 88,227; Zimbabwe 77,277; Swaziland 50,492; Botswana 49,500 and Mozambique 44,414.

The top three European nationals processed in the same period were UK 17,072; USA 8951 and Germany 8183 -- with nationals from China and India accounting for 3676 and 3249 respectively.

The ports of entry with the highest volumes of travellers processed included the OR Tambo International Airport, Beitbridge, Lebombo, Ficksburg and Oshoek.

-by Sapa

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