Department of Home Affairs has announced that some selected ports of entry into the country will received extended service hours to make things easy for the huge number of travelers who would be making trips during the Easter holidays.
According to the department, providing more hours at these selected ports will take care of the huge number of travelers and the department is of the opinion that extending hours will curtail the burden of long queues and undue delays travelers do encounter during trips
This news will bring a huge relief for some persons, especially people who have made ‘late hour travel’ their hobby or people who are so busy at work that their holiday journeys has become a compulsory late hour rush.
Moving on, the department said the extended hours of service at the country’s entry points will kick-off from Friday 18 March until March 30.
Speaking via a statement, home affairs director general, Mkuseli Apleni, stated that the department will employ more personnel, and senior managers to foster qualitative service in this period.
“Entry ports such as Lebombo, Oshoek, Caledonspoort and Groblersbridge will be open for 24 hours”, home affairs boss said.
He however noted that other ports will operate from six in the morning to midnight. He remarked that South African neighbors have been helpful in this regard.
“We trust that by providing more hours, to facilitate movement of persons and goods, we will minimize the burden of long queues and undue delays while making travel pleasant,” he said.
He also revealed that the intervention by the department was being supported by stakeholders, including religious leaders and pilgrims,especially those heading for Moria, in Limpopo, and neighboring countries.
He asserted that the department is set to receive travelers from all walks of life to the rainbow nation.
“On behalf of the ministry and department of home affairs I would like to inform citizens, and other clients, that we are ready to receive all travelers in and out of South Africa, and we will do so with the highest levels of professionalism and efficiency,” Alpeni said.
He stated that home affairs officials have enjoined to put up their best services towards the intervention.
“We have appealed to all our officials, especially those at ports of entry, to do all in their power to deliver the most humane and high-quality service to all people. We wish all travelers a safe and most fulfilling Easter break.”
“The carnage on our roads is unacceptable. Over and above maiming lives of many, it serves further to deplete the state’s limited resources, more so, at a time when we all need to work together to grow South Africa,” said Apleni.