Fewer Christmas holiday travellers

2012-12-25 18:20

Johannesburg - The number of people travelling through South Africa's ports of entry, about 2.8 million, is down by 3% from the previous year, the department of home affairs said on Tuesday.

The figure includes both South Africans and foreign nationals who passed through immigration from the start of December, the department said in a statement.

About 2.9 million passed through immigration in the same period in 2011.

The department said of the foreign nationals departing during the holiday season, 12 013 were from Mozambique, 11 650 from Zimbabwe, 11 169 from Lesotho, 3 210 from Botswana, 1 268 from the United Kingdom, 853 from Namibia, 754 from Germany, 736 from the United States and 665 from Zambia.

The department also tracked the arrival of foreign nationals during the festive period.

A total of 8 196 were from Lesotho, 5 152 from Zimbabwe, 3 748 from Swaziland, 3 079 from Botswana, 3 028 from Mozambique, 1 959 from the United Kingdom, 1 438 from Germany, 1 302 from the United States, 905 from Namibia and 832 from the Netherlands.

The seven ports of entry with the highest reported traffic were OR Tambo International Airport, Beit Bridge, Lebombo, Ficksburg, Maseru Bridge, Oshoek and Cape Town International Airport.

  • Mbuso Siera - 2012-12-25 18:29

    some have died...others in jail

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-12-25 18:43

    Shut down the seven ports of entry sick and tired of the foreign nationals does nt matter what colour is.

      sonia.swarts - 2012-12-26 00:12

      Oh please we have the rest of africa here what is your problem after 19 years f having them here. U waited a bit long to say this didn't you

      EricksonTL - 2012-12-26 00:58

      One in eight jobs in SA is tourism based you mental midget. If tourists stop coming, those people won't have jobs. Which means less for the ANC to loot and pillage. Eish.

      pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2012-12-26 05:50

      Handbag, eishh I thought you had a point till your last sentance. The ANC is doing a considerable better job than what the NP did.

      Killbot79 - 2012-12-26 09:17

      Go vote ANC pierre if u think its doing so well.

      EricksonTL - 2012-12-26 10:20

      Wow. You're all so jealous. Sucks to be stuck in the 'turd world' with geniuses who want to get rid of the last good thing in SA innit? Yawn. Perhaps when you all pull your heads out of your butts... oh, sorry, the sand, South Africa will be worth living in again. Until then, enjoy the looting, pillaging, farm murders, pathetic healthcare and crumbling economy. Sure there's more to come, so you'll all have LOTS more to enjoy.

  • kosie.nel.14 - 2012-12-25 18:55

    Must have heard the news: Zuma re-elected!

      sonia.swarts - 2012-12-26 00:19

      Mmm the people didn't elect this disaster and they all know Mr. Fix it won't make it if it was so..... U are the worst president the world has ever experienced Zuma!!! What u have done u can't fix!

  • gerry.skerritt - 2012-12-25 19:44

    This stats look very dodgy - less than 2000 from the UK - that looks like a huge underestimate

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-25 20:00

      Again, they could leave the UK on their UK passport and enter ZA on their ZA passport. Nothing illegal in that. The numbers quoted only reflect foreign passports and not ZA passports

      sonia.swarts - 2012-12-26 00:15

      What isn't dodgy when it comes to tese people?

  • Mbuso Siera - 2012-12-25 19:47

    nd what about the Nigerians brothers........they don't go home during the December holidays....

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-25 19:59

      They probably do - but on South African passports :)

  • firstseed.mbeva - 2012-12-25 20:27

    Isnt Lembobo border was closed for about 3 days and other borders were on go-slow?Just wondering if this is considered?

  • Gorden Norman - 2012-12-25 20:49

    The fact of the matter is the other couple of million did not use the border post quicker threw the bush and no bribes to pay

  • dick.macalumba - 2012-12-25 21:38

    Its dangerous to stay in S.Africa during holidays more crimes.... Iyooh! Country full of killers n robbers especially those black pple .

      lerato.ranaka.9 - 2012-12-25 22:46

      K*****, you have a black guys last name and a white guys first name, what are you, are you coloured?

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-25 23:35

      Read his first name again....

      sonia.swarts - 2012-12-26 00:03

      Agreed that's thy my family refuse to visit. But hey we don't need the international money do we mr. Fix it president.

      phosa.peter2 - 2012-12-26 14:03

      Your 1st name (dick) explains your attitutes nd your 2nd name gives us your original country. Pls. Mugabe misses u for the holidays dude

      xolani.nyuswa - 2012-12-26 14:14

      STFU Dick!

      bongani.nxumalo.1804 - 2012-12-27 11:35

      Ehhh chief, are u using your name to think???

  • haroldcecil - 2012-12-25 21:58

    The reason why people dnt travel anymore is bc of the E-tolling and Jacob Zuma being re-elected as ANC and probably president of this country of our

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