PRETORIA– South African Home Affairs (Interior) Minister Malusi Gigaba has approved the extension of operating hours for selected ports of entry during peak periods such as the coming Easter weekend.
The extension of operational hours at ports of entry began on Tuesday and will run until 6 April 2018.
Gigaba said here Wednesday that during peak periods such as Easter and the end of the year holiday season, a high volume of people move through the entry points and this movement presents a number of security risks and dynamics.
Planning for the handling of the 2018 Easter period travel season began immediately after the close up of 2017/18 Festive Season Border Security operations.
Stakeholders at ports of entry and the countries sharing borders with the Republic of South Africa have been engaged and agreed on the dates to effect the extended operational hours. The increased movement of travellers further requires that ports of entry are fully capacitated,” added Gigaba.
This therefore makes it imperative for ports to be well-prepared at all times to execute and facilitate traveller movement, and, importantly, also to mitigate illegal movements and transgressions.”
He said the upsurge in traveller and vehicular movements during peak periods put a strain on limited resources at the ports of entry.
This means that additional human resources must be deployed as requested to ensure reasonable turnaround times and avoid congestions at ports. All stakeholders in the border environment are mobilizing resources to address the shortage by either deployment of additional staff or provide overtime, the Minister said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK