Rise in SA's festive season visitors

2012-01-03 14:42

Johannesburg - There was a two percent increase in the number of travellers moving into and out of South Africa in December compared to the same period last year, home affairs said on Tuesday.

The department recorded 3.7m travellers on its computer system in December, Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said.

Of these over 2.5m were foreigners and 1.2m were locals. These numbers include both arrivals and departures.

The majority of visitors came from Southern African Development Community countries, but there was also steady inflow from the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Germany.

Most of the movement into and out of the country was through OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, Cape Town International Airport, the Beit Bridge border post between South Africa and Zimbabwe, the Lebombo border post into Mozambique, Ficksburg and Maseru Bridge into Lesotho, Oshoek and Golela into Swaziland, and Kopfontein and Ramatlabama into Botswana.

Dlamini-Zuma wished all travellers a safe journey.

"I am confident all travellers enjoyed the warmth, hospitality and ubuntu of our people as well as the diversity and magnificence of our flora and fauna."

  • chris.s.vangraan - 2012-01-03 14:48

    how many were from Zim, Mozambique and Nigeria?

      Bongani - 2012-01-03 15:08

      None of the ones you mentioned Chris. It was all the Chingalings taking back some ZA currency which they never declared to SARS and then bringing 10 other cousins back with them to come join the African Feast!

      Citizen - 2012-01-03 15:08

      Chris thats exactly right, the bulk of the traffic was our 'neigbours' popping in for food etc and going back home, a large portion is also migrant labour and these are sometimes the same people..lies damn lies and statistics.. makes us look good though doesn't it..'higher festive season visitors'

      StarStruck - 2012-01-03 15:23

      Lets not forget those who imigrated and came to visit their families.

      Jason Morgan - 2012-01-03 15:29

      I think the home affairs lost track to record how many times Mr zuma was coming in and out of the Mrs dlamini-zuma's house during the festive seasons. Becaz the hectic activities were taking place at night time under the watchful and loyal eye of mister mac maharaj.

      Sharkshoot - 2012-01-03 16:34

      About 90%. They 'visited' through the Kruger National Park.

      Alexis2719 - 2012-01-03 19:15

      And the rest coming in from USA, Germany etc are expats who were forced out, coming to visit family for Christmas. A far cry from "Tourism" as insinuated.

      Elle-Black - 2012-01-04 07:55

      Chris you took the words right out of my mouth most of them are here illegally and are not visitors because visitors have the intention to leave at some point. They plan to stay here and and get up to all sorts of illegal activities

      mholthuysen - 2012-01-04 15:40

      And Schalk Koertbroek will ones again declare how successful his tourism campaign is... as no difference is made in his statistics if someone just crosses the border to buy a bag of maize.... *sigh*

  • Piet - 2012-01-03 14:50

    And that is excluding all the illegals crossing un hindered over the Limpopo!

  • Comrade - 2012-01-03 15:18

    I bet insurance companies took a massice knock!!

  • Cosmos O'Ndebele - 2012-01-03 16:06

    Flew in from Ireland with my Slovakian girlfriend, We went to Soweto, Kruger, Swaziland, Durban & Pretoria, We saw no evidence of savegery often written about here!!!!

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-03 18:24

      You will never see any of the crap Bhebhejane is talk about, the ANC is doing a great job, thus I am joining the this month.

      Kgomotso - 2012-01-03 19:38

      miserable bunch crying for the world to join them. I am glad you enjoy yourself Mzansi rocks. Live life to the fullest joy is the gretest gift God gave us. Do not listen to this crying babies that is all they do cry and moan about everything

  • ErnaJacobs - 2012-01-03 16:13

    As long as the govnmint keep telling themselves that the Beit Bridge 'visitors' are good for South Africa, we will get nowhere with unemployment.

      Elle-Black - 2012-01-04 07:57

      @ Erna and crime,we will get nowhere in reucing crime as long as the government holds on to that mentality

  • Sinudeity - 2012-01-03 16:34

    Wonder how many of the visitors returned to their home countries :P

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-03 18:47

      Ask SAA as to how many fights they had out of RSA maybe that can help you do you statistics.

  • Dave - 2012-01-03 18:14

    Hey ubhejane, maybe were lucky and the Brits came over and left lots of pounds for us, after all, we are in desperate need of their well earned government grants... LOL

  • Eish - 2012-01-03 18:57

    If these figures are true reflection of tourist attraction then I would say we are doing a marvelace job. But then where will the money that was brought in going to up ….? Take an educated guess?

  • afroduckk - 2012-01-03 23:47

    These 'Stats' are incorrect, most of these so called visitors are from Australia , New zealand , Canada and USA (Returning SAFricans) to visit family and those that just cannot stay away from South Africa.

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