Friday, June 25, 2010

More foreign visitors flock in South Africa for WC

By Ofentse Mokae
25 June 2010


The department of Home Affairs has confirmed that there is a steady increase in the number of foreign visitors to South Africa as the World Cup enters its knock out phases.

The department says yesterday their Movement Control System, launched by Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, recorded a total volume of foreign travellers as 744 520 for the period 01-24 June 2010.

Spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa says an additional 32 743 foreign travellers arrived as at 24 June 2010.

Mamoepa says the figure shows visitors arriving from various Southern African Development Community countries, but also a high number of visitors from countries like Britain, the USA, Germany, Brazil and Mexico.

The figure of nearly three-quarters of a million people entering South Africa includes those who would normally be coming to the country, not exclusively for the World Cup.

In another development Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has welcomed the Hawks’ raid on an alleged syndicate in Brits in North West.

Six Pakistanis were arrested for allegedly issuing false documents to illegal immigrants.

Police confiscated large quantities of identity documents, birth certificates, work permits, as well as South African passports at the premises.

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