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Harare — Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Wednesday presided over a groundbreaking ceremony at Beitbridge border post, ahead of a planned $200m revamp of the facility. The refurbishment of the border post, among the busiest in the region, is widely expected to ease congestion. Upon completion it will become a one-stop border crossing. An estimated 15,000 people and 500 commercial trucks pass through the border post daily. The numbers often double during peak holiday season and traffic delays can run up to several days. "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," said Mnangagwa. Modernisation of the border post was "set to improve movement of goods and people. The one-stop border post will become an efficient economic enabler."

"The development presents exciting times for the development of Beitbridge town. A new internat...

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