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Gigaba allocates R42m for OR Tambo Airport upgrades

The Home Affairs minister has announced a major upgrade to immigration services at OR Tambo.

OR Tambo International Airport. Picture: Acsa

PRETORIA - Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has announced a major upgrade to immigration services at OR Tambo International Airport, which is South Africa’s busiest port of entry.

The minister was speaking in Pretoria at a briefing on the festive season traveller statistics, which showed an increase of about 4% compared to the previous year.

OR Tambo experienced more than 977,000 arrivals and departures over the five-week period.

Gigaba says OR Tambo is a strategic hub which permanently needs additional resources.

“We’ve allocated R25 million for the 2017/2018 financial year and therefore we should be able to appoint an additional 58 immigration officers and fully capacitate our management team.”

He says they’re also in talks with the Airports Company South Africa to change the layout of the departures terminal.

“Among the proposals is the separation of travellers departing in the same way as in the arrival terminal where citizens are separated from foreign travellers.”

Gigaba says a further R17 million has been allocated for upgrades to the airport in 2018.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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