THE Kingdom of Eswatini has appealed to the South African government to man the Oshoek border post around the clock.

The appeal was made during a meeting between the two countries representatives in Oshoek, Mpumalanga, on Monday where a variety of migration-related issues were discussed.

Eswatini Home Affairs Minister Lindiwe Dlamini said her government lost revenue because the border closes early.

“Trucks are parked here all night and tourists have to rush to cross the border in time but end up getting involved in accidents,” Dlamini said.

Her South African counterpart, Aaron Motsoaledi, said South Africa had agreed to the proposal in principle and would look into the matter.

“We still have to see how long it will take us to respond to her. If you have a 24-hour border post operation, South Africa is going to be the biggest beneficiary in terms of trade,” he said.

Among other issues discussed was the formalisation of “informal border crossings”.

Oshoek is one of several ports of entry that have been included in the pilot phase of the border management agency.

Kingdom of Eswatini Home Affairs Minister Lindiwe Dlamini (third from left) and her South African counterpart Aaron Motsoaledi (extreme right) in Oshoek. Photo by BulelwaGinindza