Limpopo MECs Dr. Phophi Ramathuba and Mavhungu Lerule Ramakhanya visited the Groblersbridge border post, outside Lephalale: Pics supplied.

Lephalale: Limpopo Health MEC Dr. Phophi Ramathuba and MEC Community Transport and Safety Mavhungu Lerule Ramakhanya visited the Groblersbridge border post, outside Lephalale on Tuesday to assess readiness to curb coronavirus pandemic.

The border crossing will be fully operational from Thursday after being closed to business following the COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020.

The Limpopo MEC’s joint visit was to ensure border officials conduct screening and testing, to monitor compliance with the COVID-19 protocol, and to provide health assistance to port officials.

The MECs  also provided  health assistance to port officials and law enforcement agencies  to ensure compliance.

The Groblersbridge border crossing will be fully operational from Thursday, October 1 2020 and expect many commercial vehicles, civilian vehicles, and civilians to pass through their port of entry.

This port of entry is the second largest after the Beitbridge border post.

Groblersbrug, known in English as the Grobler Bridge, is the border between South Africa and Botswana on the Limpopo River in Limpopo.

On the Botswana side, the border crossing is Martin Drift.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the country’s transition to Level 1, saying that 18 partially functioning land borders and 35 land borders that are closed will remain closed.

The President stated that daily travelers from neighboring countries who attend or teach schools in the republic and may enter and exit the republic are subject to protocols related to COVID-19 screening and quarantine or isolation.

This includes wearing face masks, along with remedial and social distancing measures according to relevant health protocols for safety and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

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