In response to the Covid-19 Coronavirus, the government will erect a 40km fence at the Beitbridge border. In a statement on the Government Newsagency website, the government says that the fence will be erected within a month.
The Public Works and infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille made the announcement at a briefing in Cape Town.
In terms of Section 27 (2) (I) of the Disaster Management Act … I have invoked emergency procurement procedures in relation to the erection and repairs of the border fences, east and west of the Beitbridge Border Post,
The President stated that 35 of the 53 land entry points will be closed. This measure will, however, not be effective if the fences at the border are not secure, which in many places, they are not.
“Yesterday, 18 March, the specifications were finalised and all of the emergency supply chain management processes were undertaken. Yesterday, the contractor was appointed.”
“Due to the project being an emergency, my department has instructed the contractor to substantially increase the number of teams deployed and the rate of delivery tenfold.”Patricia de Lille
This comes after the South African government closed borders deu to the Covid-19 outbreak.
South Africa imposed a travel ban on foreign nationals from high-risk countries such as Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom and China.
Source: SA News