Zimbabwe forms crisis team to ease 10-kilometer queues at border

Which is undergoing a $300 million revamp.
Image: REUTERS/Steve Crisp

Zimbabwe formed a crisis team to clear traffic at Beitbridge, one of Africa’s busiest border posts, which is undergoing a $300 million revamp.

Queues of vehicles as long as 10 kilometers (6 miles) have formed at the crossing from South Africa after Zimbabwe updated its clearance requirements. A new freight terminal opened at the border on October 11 to expedite traffic ferrying cargo to and from nations including the Democratic Republic of Congo and Malawi.

“The congestion is a combination of various factors, which include non-compliance of clearance documents,” Information Secretary Nick Mangwana wrote Friday in the state-owned Herald newspaper. About 60% of drivers don’t have adequate documents, he said.

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority will lead the crisis team that plans to clear the congestion over the next 24 hours, Mangwana said. On average, about 25 000 people pass through Beitbridge daily, according to Zimbabwe’s government.

The new freight terminal is part of a revamp of the border post that will also include automated queuing and payment systems to minimise human interaction and reduce the risk of fraud and corruption. Modern cargo-scanning equipment is also being installed for faster inspection and detection of contraband and dangerous cargo.

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So what has happened to the “African Free Trade” thing without paperwork and stuff they cant manage anyway???

Free trade in Africa??? Hahahahahaaaa!!!

NEVER!!

Well. On the news it said that drivers must pay about $100 cash at the border post on the Zim side. Sounds fishy to me.

“Zimbabwean crisis team”?…. Today’s winning oxymoron!

60% are non-compliant on paperwork? Seriously? Professional transport companies and forwarding agents do this for a living, day in and day out. Where does 60% come in? Having crossed that border post since I was a boy, I feel for the truck drivers. It’s no better at Katima into Zambia either. I met a truck driver there who had been sitting for 5 days ….. no toilets, no washrooms and they have to feed themselves.

About 20 years ago I was at Pondrift border post one morning early. At opening I was the only man with a pen so I filled in forms for 5 travellers who were there on foot. After everything was stamped I asked the young official what happens to the papers …? He glanced over his shoulder, leaned forward and whispered to me: Sir, tonight we burn them. On my last landing at ORT from Europe 3 weeks back there was a whole pile of completed landing forms (the Covid nonsense) in a bin at one of the gates. No one even looked at my Covid test.

Paperwork and Africa? Oil and water.

Boepens – the paperwork outstanding are the US dollar notes required by the authorities for entry!!!

a friend has a transport business importing goods into Zimbabwe. Every truck departs Mzansi with an envelope of USD for bribes along the way. His trucks are sometimes refrigerated so they just bribe through if they get stuck. To speed things up they should speed up the graft payments at the border.

Zimbabweans can’t organise a pi$$up in a bar never mind dealing with border issues. Total incompetence just like our SOE’s… Viva Land reform, Viva!

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