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Border officials prepared for traffic

Home Affairs has implemented new methods to minimise delays at border posts.

SA border post with Lesotho. Picture: Wikipedia.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Home Affairs on Tuesday said it had implemented new methods to minimise delays at border posts.

The department said it had extended working hours and increased staff to cope with the thousands of vehicles expected to arrive at border posts on Wednesday.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) on Tuesday said they were expecting traffic volumes to peak on the country's major routes today and this weekend, as holidaymakers returned home this week.

The corporation's spokesperson, Ashref Ismail, said they were expecting traffic volumes to peak from 3pm.

Deputy Home Affairs Minister Fatima Chohan said the task of processing cars coming in the country was expected to delay slightly.

"Trade has of course increased substantially, so that makes it even more difficult because you're not only processing holidaymakers, but huge trucks as well."

But Chohan said she was confident holidaymakers returning home would be in good hands.