Pandor: Travel bans harm the economy

International Relations Minister Naledi Pandor says travel bans are hurting our economy. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - International Relations Minister Naledi Pandor says travel bans are hurting our economy.

She says her department's talking to other countries and hopes the bans will be lifted soon.

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"We have been in continuing to engage all countries that have imposed what we term unscientific and discriminatory travel bans on our country and region," she said.

"We hope that our diplomacy will bear greater fruit. Some countries have indicated their intention to lift restrictions which are inflicting much harm on our economy, society and on families."

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Pandor also said South Africa is willing to assist some of the poorer African countries to secure vaccines.

She says South Africa has provided funds to the African vaccine acquisition trust.

The aim is to vaccinate at least 60 percent of the Africa's population.


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