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Zimbabwe approves $239m upgrade for Beitbridge border post

It’s not clear if this is in direct response to competition that may be presented by the Kazungula Border post between Botswana and Zambia.

FILE: A general view of the slow-moving traffic volume at the Beitbridge border post between South Africa and Zimbabwe. Picture: Facebook.com.

HARARE - A Cabinet minister in Zimbabwe says the government has approved plans to borrow more than $200 million to upgrade the Beitbridge border post.

The development comes as work progresses on the Kazungula Bridge Project, linking Botswana and Zambia, which is expected to divert a lot of traffic and revenue away from Zimbabwe.

It’s not clear if this is in direct response to competition that may be presented by the Kazungula Border post between Botswana and Zambia.

Botswana says when it’s built the new bridge and a one-stop border post, this will cut transit times for passengers and freight on the north-south corridor.

Until now, all north-south traffic has had to go through Zimbabwe’s Beitbridge border post, notorious for its congestion and long delays for both cargo and travellers.

The private NewsDay is reporting that Zimbabwe’s Cabinet has now approved plans to upgrade Beitbridge to international standards.

It says talks for a loan of $239 million for the upgrade are underway.

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