Beitbridge residents want border open

Beitbridge closure: Residents want border open, now

BEITBRIDGE, Zimbabwe - A waste of time. That's how cross-border transporters, traders and the mayor of Beitbridge have described the continued closure of the border. 

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Zimbabwe and South Africa shut land borders in March to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

SA has opened up, but Zimbabwe's land borders are still closed, for now.

Beitbridge is one of the busiest borders in southern Africa, but that changed as the coronavirus pandemic hit.

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Residents and the town's mayor believe the closure of the border is doing nothing to fight COVID-19 because hundreds of people are crossing between South Africa and Zimbabwe illegally.

Zimbabwe faces hunger as a result of the economic meltdown and COVID-19.

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