Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Premium Journalist
2 minute read
4 Jan 2021
9:14 pm

Border issues hurt SA and Zimbabwe’s economy

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Stricter controls, chaos, and delays at Beitbridge have dealt a blow to both economies, but one economist believes there may be positive long-term benefits.

Beitbridge. Picture: EPA/Aaron Ufumeli

South Africa’s economy stands to lose greatly from the lack of cooperation between neighbouring governments at the country’s borders, an economist has warned, citing the thousands of travellers fighting to force the Zimbabwean government to allow them to leave the country for South Africa on Monday. Delays at ports of entry such as the Beitbridge border between South Africa and Zimbabwe made headlines over the festive season as thousands withstood harsh conditions while spending days queuing for a chance to go home for the holidays. Over the weekend, the International Cross-Border Traders Association (ICTA) expressed outrage after returning travellers were...