SA a Step Closer to Coordinated Border Management

Minister in the Presidency for Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe, says Cabinet has approved the proposed vision for the Border Management Agency of South Africa.

He said Cabinet also approved that a pilot site be established and a proper legal framework be put in place.

Government wants to establish the agency to ensure coordination of and cooperation among the departments operating at land, sea and air ports of entry and along the country’s borders.

The agency is expected to enhance national security and public safety and to enable the efficient flow of legitimate travellers and goods. Minister Radebe said in Pretoria on Thursday that a two-phased approach will be used to establish the agency.

The transition phase – between January 2015 and December 2016 – will see the start of legislative drafting and its enactment and to make government initiatives in the borderline environment more visible.

“There will also be a continuation with current collaborative efforts at ports of entry under formalised multiparty agreements to strengthen the Border Control Operational Coordinating Committee’s management authority,” said Minister Radebe.

January 2017 will see the implementation of legislation to operate the agency as a public entity in the ports of entry environment and to provide for the expansion of its mandate and functions to include the air, land (Border Guard) and maritime (Coast Guard) border environment.

Minister Radebe said the experiences of the transitional phase, including the pilot, will better inform the final proposals. –

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