Extra staff on borders for Easter

2012-04-01 19:27

Johannesburg - More than 200 extra immigration officers are being deployed to deal with high traveller volumes over the Easter weekend, the home affairs department said on Sunday.

An extra 40 officers were being deployed in the Free State from Sunday, 72 in Mpumalanga, 18 in the Northern Cape, 22 in KwaZulu-Natal, seven in the Eastern Cape and 41 in Limpopo, said home affairs Director General Mkuseli Apleni.

Ports of entry to South Africa would also stay open longer.

In Mpumalanga, Lebombo would stay open 24-hours a day from Monday until May 2, and Oshoek would operate 24-hours from Thursday to Monday.

Mahamba and Jeppes Reef, in Mpumalanga, would stay open from 07:00 to 22:00 from Thursday to Monday, and Mananga would operate from 07:00 to midnight.

Groblersbrug, in Limpopo, would stay open 24-hours a day from Thursday to next Sunday, and Van Rooyenshek, in the Free State, would operate a 24-hour service on Thursday.

Qashasneck, in the Eastern Cape, would stay open from 06:00 to 22:00 on Wednesday and for 24-hours on Thursday.

Apleni said the Durban Harbour, and the Ficksburg and Maseru Bridge borders, in the Free State, would continue to operate 24-hour services.

  • john.h.viljoen - 2012-04-02 00:09

    what does a border gate matter,if i can simply climb the fence?

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-04-02 09:36

      Sounds like a late April Fools joke.

  • Oscar - 2012-04-02 06:55

    I good idea will be to keep the boarders closed after the Easter weekend, the country will save billions in social grants.

  • Pur - 2012-04-02 12:22

    Do they really think there will be a lot of travellers to SA from Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique with the new fuel prices? I think it will be local going out of the country to fill up that will keep them busy.

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