Home Affairs readies for increased border movements over the festive season

Minister of Home Affairs, Siyabonga Cwele. Source: Dtps

The Department of Home Affairs is “pulling out all the stops” to ensure its readiness to handle increased cargo movements at its ports of entry, particularly the land and air ports according to Minister of Home Affairs, Siyabonga Cwele.

This includes conducting a clean sweep operation to ensure that all IT equipment is in a good condition to ensure optimal functioning. The team is also setting up overflow areas for processing of travellers in Maseru Bridge, Lebombo and Beitbridge in order to cater for the volumes expected.

“A team of IT support staff will remain at the high-volume ports of entry from 5 December to 9 January to provide on-site support,” added Cwele, noting that operating hours at the border posts would also be extended.

“Our mission is to deliver efficient services at ports of entry whilst ensuring that only legitimate people and goods are allowed to enter or depart. Legitimate trade and travel will be facilitated and potential violators will be deterred,” he said.

Cwele, his deputy, the acting director-general for Home Affairs  and other senior officials will be visiting the ports of entry to monitor the operations for the entire period.

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