March 30, 2020

Beitbridge Lockdown update

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Thupeyo Muleya

Most travellers and residents of Beitbridge have started complying with the national response plan to minimize the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

When our news crew visited the usually busy business centres and markets, most traders had scaled down operations while others closed shop on Sunday.

At Mashavire, Mashakada, Engen, Ha Mbedzi, Ha Mangavha, and Mashakada there were no people at the market stalls, bars were closed and only grocery shops were open with few clients.

Further, the police were on foot and cycle patrols at most of the business centres.

At Dulivhadzimu bus terminus, business was literally dead after many people had travelled to their rural homes between Friday and Sunday.

There was also limited movement of people through the border post except for cargo traffic and customs clearing agents facilitating regional and international trade.

The Assistant Regional Immigration Officer in charge of Beitbridge (Zimbabwe), Nqobile Ncube said there was limited traffic, adding that very few people had tried to cross into either country.

“We are working together with other security agents and our security guards who are strategically positioned to screen traffic and enforce compliance,” he said.

“There is not much traffic that is coming through. You will note that on Sunday we cleared a total of 351 truck drivers on the arrivals section and 234 on exit.

“It is pleasing to note that word has got to everyone and people are observing a high level of compliance with the ongoing measures to contain this condition,” Mr Ncube said.

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