02 April 2015
The Department of Home Affairs
has extended working hours at a number of selected ports of entries across the
country during the Easter holidays.
The department has also
deployed an additional 127 staff to the ports of entry to enhance service
Minister of Home Affairs
Malusi Gigaba said key stakeholders engaged on the time and dates to effect the
extended operational hours.
Minister Gigaba during last
year’s Easter weekend from the 17th to the 22nd of April
our immigration service processed a total 754 616 travellers at South
Africa’s National Ports of Entry.
“This figure comprise
535 960 foreigners and 218 000 South Africans. The highest volume
ports of entry for the 2014 Easter weekend were Oliver Tambo International
Airport, Bake Bridge, Maseru, Libombo Fiksburg, Oshoek and Groblers Bridge.”
Meanwhile Minister Gigaba said
the department is ready for this Easter Holidays. The department has held
consultation with leaders of the Zionist Christian Church to urge their members
to travel gradually rather than on a single day as they embark on their
pilgrimage during Easter.
Gigaba said I would like to
inform citizens and all our clients that, we are ready swiftly with the highest
level of professionalism, efficiency and effectiveness to process all
travellers in and out of South Africa during this period.
“I would also like to express
our gratitude to the departmental officials, particularly stationed at ports of
entry and those who are volunteers in other section and for dedicated service
and willingness to serve in such a critical time” Gigaba added.
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