Published on : Thursday, January 19, 2017
Nearly 5.5 million travellers crossed South Africa’s borders between Dec 9, 2016 and Jan 14, 2017, says Home Affairs (Interior) Minister Malusi Gigaba. This marks an increase 3.78 per cent, at the ports of entry nationally when compared with the number recorded between Dec 9, 2015 and Jan 14, 2016.
“The 2016/17 festive season was marked by increased movement of people and goods across borders for different reasons varying from cross-border employment and business to academic and educational endeavours,” he told a media briefing in Pretoria Wednesday.
“We also observed a high number of travellers crossing borders for holiday and tourist purposes, which is one of the important priorities for the country.”
Gigaba said South Africa remains an attractive tourist destination and the top 10 nationalities who arrived in South Africa during the period were from Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Botswana, Britain, United States, Namibia, Germany and Zambia.
The top 10 ports of entry used by travellers during the period were Johannesburg’s Oliver Tambo International Airport, Beit Bridge, Lebombo, Maseru Bridge, Ficksburg, Cape Town International Airport, Oshoek, Kopfontein, Ramatlabama and Groblers Bridge.