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President Cyril Ramaphosa with Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the Beitbridge border post on 5 October 2023. (Photo: GCIS / Jairus Mmutle)

Zimbabwe and South Africa Presidents conduct joint tour of Beitbridge Border Post

HARARE – President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his South African counterpart, President Cyril Ramaphosa, yesterday embarked on a joint tour of the Beitbridge border post. During their visit, they inspected the facilities on both sides of the border.

After touring the South African side, President Ramaphosa expressed the purpose of their visit: to gain an overview of the functioning of both sides of the border. He emphasized the critical role that smooth border operations play in facilitating the movement of people and promoting trade between Zimbabwe and South Africa.

President Mnangagwa highlighted the strong and amicable relations between the two nations. He emphasized that bilateral ties continue to flourish, which led to the decision for both leaders to conduct this joint inspection.

Proceeding to the Zimbabwean side, President Mnangagwa personally guided President Ramaphosa on a tour of the recently renovated border post. Impressed by the upgraded infrastructure, President Ramaphosa expressed his intention to draw inspiration from Zimbabwe’s refurbishment efforts to enhance their own border facilities.

The tour served as an opportunity for both leaders to strengthen cooperation, exchange knowledge, and explore avenues for further collaboration in improving border management and enhancing cross-border trade efficiency .