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COVID-19 Africa: South Africa is erecting a fence along its border with Zimbabwe

A fence intended to curb the spread of COVID-19, by ensuring that no undocumented or infected persons crosses from Zimbabwe into the South Africa and vice versa is in the making.

The project said to cost about US $2.1m is not of xenophobic nature, but rather, to protect those entering and leaving the country, as undocumented entrees would not be able to undergo the necessary health screening checks, South Africa’s Public Works and Infrastructure Minister, Patricia De Lille said.

According to Patricia De Lille, the move is not of xenophobic nature, but rather, to protect those entering and leaving the country, as undocumented entrees would not be able to undergo the necessary health screening checks.

“The department is communicating these process with neighbouring countries and organisations such as the African Union,” she said.

The proposed fence at the Beitbridge border

40km of 1.8m high fence will be erected, 20km on either side of the Beitbridge Land Port of Entry. The specifications are already finalised and all of the emergency supply chain management processes are undertaken; and the contractor appointed.

“Due to this being an emergency, my department has instructed the contractor to substantially increase the number of teams deployed and the rate of delivery tenfold,” said the minister.

The 40km fence is expected to be completed within a month.

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