1239: He concludes his speech.

1238: Let us take a new leaf and strive for a cleaner Zimbabwe, says President Mnangagwa adding that the project will create employment for the local community.

“Borders must be safe and secure to travellers. So, I urge people to shun from littering the environment as this will become a health hazard,” ED.

1237: President Mnangagwa also warns touts who mill around borders.

1236: He warns government officials who drag their feet to solicit for bribes saying his government will not tolerate corruption.

1235: The Presidents says those who want to drag their feet in government buildings or offices, must do so at the homes not at government offices.

Scenes at the Beitbridge Border Post Upgrade Project ground breaking ceremony.

1233: “We also have other 7 border posts which need upgrading and are up for bidding. The Ministry of Transport must ensure these ports of entry are also upgraded,” He says.

1232: He says the Zim Borders got the tender because of the manner they articulated how they will go about the project. “There were 7 other bidders but government settled for Zim Borders,” ED.

1231: He reiterated that Zimbabwe is indeed open for business.

1230: “My government is bold at making decisions for the national interest and the improvement of the lives of our country’s citizens. The development represents my government’s resolve to modernise the economy,” he says.

1229The President says the project will be complemented by the realisation of the Harare-Beitbridge-Chirundu highway as well as the Beitbridge-Bulawayo highway.

1227: “The development presents exciting times for the development of Beitbridge town. A new international airport will be constructed. Water reticulation system will be upgraded as well. Beitbridge will become the face of Zimbabwe,” ED.

1225: He says the modernisation of the Beitbridge Border Post will involve the upgrading of physical infrastructure and integrated border management systems.

1223: The President says the event signals a new beginning and new Zimbabwe full of hope, a Zimbabwe open to the region and to the World….to facilitate trade and industrialisation.

1222: He says the modernisation of the Beitbridge Border Post will reduce the cost of doing business and improve the ease of doing business.

1219: He says the modernisation of the Beitbridge Border Post is set to improve movement of goods and people. The one-stop border post will become an efficient economic enabler, he says.

1217: “Beitbridge Border Post has for a long time required a facelift as it significantly contributes to Zimbabwe’s revenue, a major facilitator of movement of bulk goods in and out of the country,” he says.

1216: President Mnangagwa is now addressing the gathering.

1214: The Minister of Energy and Power Development Ambassador Simon Khaya-Moyo takes to the podium to introduce His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa. 

Glen Cohen on the podium

1149: Glen Cohen chairman of Zim Borders now on the podium explaining the modalities of the project.

1145: Minister Ncube highlights challenges in the province which include lack of access to radio signals and mobile phones network in most districts….says they listen to Studio 7, a pirate radio station.

1143: Minister of State for Matabeleland South Province Cde Abednico Ncube now giving his welcome remarks. He outlines the tourism attractions found in the province.

Minister of State for Matabeleland South Cde Abednico Ncube giving his welcoming remarks.

1136: Beitbridge Border Post is the busiest port of entry which connects Zimbabwe with the SADC region and by and large with the rest of the world.

  •  The movement of traffic and people is what drives activity at this place known as the gateway to Southern Africa.
  • Almost 15 000 people and 500 trucks pass through Beitbridge Border Post everyday.
  • Government’s thrust through this modernisation drive is to ensure efficiency of world class standards at this important port of entry.

1047: There is consensus that a lot needs to be done to uplift standards at Beitbridge Border Post.

1046: The Beitbridge Border Post Modernisation Programme has come as a welcome development to the community.

1045: President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to officiate at the ground-breaking ceremony of the Beitbridge Border Post Upgrade Project which is set to make it a One-Stop Border Post.

This picture shows the master plan of the upgraded Beitbridge Border Post. This is how it will look like after the expansion project has been completed.