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Extra staff at borders for Easter

MORE than 200 extra immigration officers are being deployed to deal with high traveller volumes over the Easter weekend, the Home Affairs Department said

An extra 40 officers were being deployed in Free State from Sunday, 72 in Mpumalanga, 18 in the Northern Cape, 22 in KwaZulu-Natal, seven in the Eastern Cape and 41 in Limpopo, director-general Mkuseli Apleni said.

Ports of entry to South Africa would also stay open longer.

In Mpumalanga, Lebombo would stay open 24 hours a day from today until May 2, and Oshoek would operate 24 hours from Thursday to next Monday.

Mahamba and Jeppes Reef, in Mpumalanga, would stay open from 7am to 10pm from Thursday to next Monday, and Mananga would operate from 7am to midnight.

Groblersbrug, in Limpopo, would stay open 24 hours a day from Thursday to next Sunday, and Van Rooyenshek, in the Free State, would operate a 24-hour service on Thursday.

Qashas Neck, on the border of Lesotho, would stay open from 6am to 10pm on Wednesday and for 24 hours on Thursday.

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