SA’s Home Affairs Department to Deploy High-Tech Solutions at Six Border Ports to Combat Illicit Trade

Afaf Fahchouch
Afaf Fahchouch
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The South African Department of Home Affairs has unveiled an ambitious plan to bolster border security by introducing state-of-the-art technology at six key land ports of entry. These designated ports, which include Breitbridge, Lebombo, Maseru bridge, Ficksburg, Kopfontein, and Oshoek, will see the implementation of advanced systems aimed at curbing illicit trade and unauthorized movements into the country.

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi shared these developments during a recent media briefing, emphasizing that this initiative would be a collaborative endeavor involving both public and private sectors.

One of the primary goals of this innovative effort is to alleviate congestion at the nation’s busiest border crossings, a congestion that has been negatively impacting the economy. The integration of cutting-edge technology is expected to streamline the inspection process and enhance security measures, ultimately facilitating smoother and more efficient trade and travel.

Notably, the plan includes the installation of gamma ray scanners, capable of detecting a wide array of illicit items, ranging from contraband cigarettes and liquor to counterfeit currency and even potential human trafficking attempts.

This strategic move underscores South Africa’s commitment to modernizing its border control infrastructure and safeguarding its borders against various forms of illegal activities. By leveraging these technological advancements, the nation aims to reinforce its security apparatus while simultaneously promoting legitimate trade and travel.


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