SA is losing out on business opportunities offered by cross-border trade as a result of its ineffective border management systems, according to the Department of Home Affairs. The department said on Wednesday it planned to establish a centralised Border Management Authority to overcome this challenge and enable regional and continental economic development. The planned intervention is contained in the department’s International Migration Policy white paper, which was scrutinised by academics in Johannesburg on Wednesday as part of a series of dialogues launched by Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize. The department’s deputy director-general for immigration services, Jackie Mackay, said the authority would impose only a single check on imported cargo and people coming into the country as opposed to the current process, where different departments performed various roles, creating frustration for businesses. "An importer would rather bring his goods through Mozambique or any other p...

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