A streamlined passport and visa processing system is set to be introduced at four South African border posts which will see the end to excessively long queues especially during peak traveling periods like Easter and Christmas.
The Department of Home Affairs confirmed that work has started on a new border system which will make it easier for people to travel to and from South Africa. The new system known as the One-Stop Border Posts (OSBP) will be developed in partnership with the private sector and with neighbouring countries.
This model means that people and trucks will be processed by both countries under one roof. When we move over to this model, people and trucks will only stop once at a border and be processed by both countries.
The Department of Home Affairs minister said they are pursuing the OSBP in association with other government agencies. He added that this system will form part of the introduction of new Border Management Authority (BMA) legislation
The minister confirmed that the BMA will include a deployment plan for border guards which will stop people from illegally crossing into South Africa through the borderline. This deployment focuses on the hotspots which have already been identified.
Among other functions, the BMA will facilitate and manage the legitimate movement of persons within the border law enforcement area and at ports of entry.
The BMA will improve the way South Africa handles border management thus to assist the country in delivering on regional mechanisms vital for the envisaged integration and free trade area for Africa.
The Department of Home Affairs explained that the plan will be phased in to eventually include all border posts. The programme will be piloted at the Cape Town Harbour Port, Oshoek, Lebombo and possibly OR Tambo International Airport.
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