The Zimbabwe Embassy in South Africa has with immediate effect scaled down operations following the tightening of COVID-19 lockdown by the neighbouring country.
The Embassy announced it had suspended all consulate appointments stretching from today to March 26 while also slashing by half the number of clients assisted daily from 600 to 300. Read the statement:
The consulate undertakes to review this position through a similar communication once circumstances change.
The consulate reassured the public that other emergency services such as burial orders, repatriation of human remains and cancellation of passports remained available.
Please note that clients seeking other services such as temporary travel documents, cancellation of passports and authentication of documents do not require prior booking in order to access service.
Further, clearances for the repatriation of human remains for burial in Zimbabwe will continue to be strictly processed via the existing electronic platforms.
This came after South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on December 28 moved the country from level one lockdown to level three, after a surge in COVID-19 cases.
South Africa had also detected a new aggressive variant of the coronavirus that was first detected in the United Kingdom.