Beitbridge Border To Remain Closed… On Zimbabwean Side

South Africa has announced that Beitbridge Border Post, including 19 other inland ports of entry, will reopen to travellers on Monday (tomorrow).

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on 11 January that 20 land border posts coming into South Africa will be closed until 15 February under adjusted level 3 lockdown directives.

In a statement yesterday, South African Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, said the border points, including those with Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho, eSwatini and Botswana, will reopen. He said:

We appeal to travellers to ensure that they have all the requisite travel documents, including valid Covid-19 tests, when they present themselves to officials at our borders.

Truck drivers should adhere to laws, regulations and agreements in place in the border area.

This will go a long way in minimising congestion.

Meanwhile, on the Zimbabwean side, the border remains closed to general human travel as part of the level four lockdown regulations.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Saturday said he will soon announce the way forward regarding the lockdown, which coincidentally expires tomorrow.

Addressing mourners at the burial of the late Retired Lieutenant-General Douglas Nyikayaramba at the National Heroes Acre in Harare, Mnangagwa said the review of the restrictions will be influenced by the situation on the ground.

On Saturday, 13 February 2020, Zimbabwe recorded 59 new coronavirus cases and 5 deaths, bringing the cumulative cases up to 35 104 (including 30 089 recoveries) and 1 398 deaths.

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