Minister of Labour and Home Affairs Edwin Batshu says plans are underway to open a new border post at Mamabaka village along the Zimbabwean border, to ease the congestion at Ramokgwebana border post.

When addressing a media briefing at the Ministry headquarters on Wednesday Batshu said whilst the Tlokweng, Ramatlabama and Martin’s Drift border posts were faced with congestion challenges, the Ramokgwebana border post was the busiest of the country’s 27 borders.

The cause of the congestion is due to the increased number of travelers entering Botswana for various reasons, which among others include shopping, visiting relatives, tourism and other related activities.

In addition to this, some travelers still use manual Temporary Travel Documents (TTD) which need to be manually captured into our system and it takes time,” he said.

While negotiations with the Zimbabwean government regarding the opening of the new border continue, Batshu says his ministry has put measures in place to manage the queues.

“My ministry has automated border control system and we have also introduced floor management system.

We periodically increase hours of operation especially during peak times and are currently working with the Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) in the construction of 36 housing units which will help us increase staff at the border.”

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