Zimbabwe land borders to open December 1

Zimbabwe land borders to open December 1

Cabinet on Tuesday resolved that the opening of border posts be phased, beginning with Beitbridge, Plumtree, Victoria Falls, Chirundu, Nyamapanda and Forbes.

The borders will open first to private passenger vehicles and pedestrian traffic as from 1st December 2020, while further assessment is being undertaken with regard to preparations for handling public passenger transport.

“Cabinet wishes to inform the public that border operating hours are being fixed between 0600 and 1800 hours until further assessment of the situation,” Cabinet said in post briefing statement.

“Curfew hours are being extended beyond the current 2000 hours to 2200 hours for the convenience of those who are cleared late at ports of entry.  This will be subject to gazetting.”

Cabinet said Government is still receiving invaluable assistance from co-operating partners as efforts to bring the COVID-19 outbreak under control continue.

The Government of Japan is supporting Zimbabwe in equipping four (4) Central and eight (8) Provincial hospitals with state-of the-art medical equipment comprising bedside intensive Care Unit monitors.

The support from Japan will assist Zimbabwe in ensuring a healthy nation that can withstand the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cabinet said.

Meanwhile,in the electricity sector, the Minister of Energy and Power Development informed Cabinet that the Hwange Thermal Power Station 7 and 8 Expansion Project has reached 49 percent completion.

A total of thirty-four transformers were manufactured,  and efforts to procure the materials required for the rest of the project are being pursued.

The Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement informed Cabinet that the National Agriculture Policy has been validated and now awaits finalization.

The Ministry has started the process of distributing 163 tractors, 52 planters, 19 combine harvesters and 4 lowbed trucks acquired under the Belarus Facility. Arrangements are being made to acquire more equipment under the third phase of the Belarus Facility

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