Beitbridge News

With the festive season in full swing, over 200 000 travellers have been processed at Beit Bridge Border Post from 1 to 17 December 2018.

Home Affairs Minister Siyabonga Cwele received a report from officials posted at Beit Bridge during his monitoring visit on Thursday.

Minister Cwele was accompanied by Musina Mayor Mihloti Muhlophe, Musina Speaker Gilbert Netshisaulu, Musina Chief Whip Fistos Mafela and other senior leaders.

With Beit Bridge being the country’s busiest land port, an inter-departmental team of staff has been deployed to border posts to manage the expected increases in traveller movements. The team includes Home Affairs, SA Revenue Service, SA Police Service, Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Department of Health, Department of Transport, Cross Border Road Transport Agency and the Road Traffic Management Corporation.

The Minister and his delegations were briefed on port operations by staff members of some of the government institutions which operate at Beit Bridge.

“I am happy with the operations I saw today at Beit Bridge and I’m confident that the measures we have put in place will assist to ease travel for visitors using this port. We don’t want people to spend a lot of time here at the border whether they are departing or arriving,” said the Minister. Cwele said he was pleased with the cooperation amongst the different State agencies operating at the port. “We’ll continue to have increased capacity at this and all our other border posts until 9 January 2019. We appeal to travellers to ensure that they have all the relevant supporting documents which should be legible and recently certified,” said Cwele.

Muhlophe said cooperation between national departments and border towns such as Musina was important to ensure that people cross the borders with the correct documents and to manage crime. She said this cooperation enables her municipality to escalate possible challenges to the relevant departments and to jointly work on solving them. She said the resources of border towns could be strained when foreign visitors reside in those towns illegally.

Minister Cwele said he shall visit other ports of entry during this peak period to monitor service delivery and interact with visitors. “One of the biggest task of Home Affairs is to facilitate ease of travel at our ports of entry. This has a big impact on tourism, trade and investment. This could ultimately improve economic growth,” said Cwele.

Article courtesy of SA News


A Thought For Today

This, from a person long dead, suits so perfectly the nation of pedantic, hide-bound bureaucrats, sitting in their ivory towers, surrounded by their tomes of legislation, in which we currently find ourselves. Not a master among them.

George Polya

“Pedantry and mastery are opposite attitudes toward rules. To apply a rule to the letter, rigidly, unquestioningly, in cases where it fits and in cases where it does not fit, is pedantry … To apply a rule with natural ease, with judgment, noticing the cases where it fits, and without ever letting the words of the rule obscure the purpose of the action or the opportunities of the situation, is mastery. -George Polya, mathematician (13 Dec 1887-1985)”

Licensing Office Corruption!

You have to ask why we don’t hear anything about this locally, but the news comes from a national media site.

PORT ELIZABETH, December 10 (ANA) – At least thirteen licence examiners were due to appear in court today (Monday) following a clampdown on the fraudulent issuing of roadworthy certificates and drivers’ licences, the Directorate of Priority Crime (Hawks) said in a statement.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Matimba Maluleke said that eight vehicle licensing officials aged between 30 and 43 had been arrested in Thohoyandou and Musina respectively over the weekend for alleged corruption.

Maluleke said the suspects stationed at Thusalushaka and Shayandima vehicle testing stations had issued roadworthy certificates to motorists without examining the vehicles in return for ‘gratifications’.

The suspects were expected to appear at the Thohoyandou and Musina Magistrate’s Courts Meanwhile, five learners’ licence examiners aged between 41 and 51 were also expected to appear at the Durban Specialised Commercial Crime Court today. The suspects were arrested last Friday in a joint operation by the Hawks’ Durban Serious Corruption Investigation, the National Traffic Anti-Corruption unit, and Traffic and Transport Inspection unit.