THE South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and residents in villages near the border with Zimbabwe have welcomed plans to rebuild the border fence.

Minister of Public Works, Patricia De Lille announced the construction of a 40-kilometre border fence outside the Beitbridge Border Post in Musina.

“Work on the project will be complete within 40 days and will cost R36 million rand”, said the minister.

Part of the fence was swept away by the floods in 2000, while some parts were vandalised and stolen.

The new fence will help curb the spread of the pandemic covid-19, prevent the smuggling of illicit goods and illegal immigration and help prevent the destruction of their crops and properties by elephants that cross to the villages from Zimbabwe.

Source: SABC News