Border authorities double efforts to clear traffic backlog

Border authorities double efforts to clear traffic backlog

By Innocent Nxumalo

THE situation at Beitbridge Border Post is improving gradually after successful interventions to address power outages on the South African side.

Authorities are working non-stop to clear the traffic backlog that accumulated during a two-day power outage.

Freight transport drivers commended the improving situation which has seen the border returning to normalcy.

“It is pleasing to see that queues are getting shorter and shorter. This shows that whatever challenge on the South African side has been resolved,” said a local truck driver who spoke to ZBC News.

“I came this morning and I am about t cross the border, things are steadily picking pace now,” another driver said.

“When we compare with the situation that was there in the past days, there is a huge difference. We hope things will return to normal soon,” noted another.

Assistant Regional Immigration Officer Trustworth Manatsire said Beitbridge border authorities have doubled shifts to ensure queues are cleared.

“We are slowly returning to normalcy. On our part, we have prepared ourselves to go an extra mile to do away with accumulated queues,” he said.

Contacted for comment, South African Revenue Services spokesperson Siphithi Sibeko said the backlog clearing process is on course.

The strategically-positioned Beitbridge Border Post anchors the North-South corridor, with the modernised facility aiming to surpass its daily record of 3 000 commercial trucks and more than 14 000 travellers passing through the port of entry.