Over one million people travelled through SA over Easter

2017-04-19 06:30 - Paul Herman
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Cape Town - More than a million people travelled through the country's ports of entry over Easter, the department of home affairs said on Tuesday.

The figures include citizens and foreigners who visited and left the country through its 72 ports of entry, ministry chief of staff Patrick Williams told News24.

Between April 11 and 17, a total of 1 062 991 travellers entered and left. Over 80% of these came through the country's top 10 ports of entry.

These are:
 
1. OR Tambo International Airport: 192 271;
2. Beit Bridge:    124 980;                   
3. Lebombo:     105 281;
4. Maseru Bridge:  101 699;
5. Ficksburg:     88 793;
6. Oshoek:      60 885;
7. Groblersbrug:     56 046;
8. Cape Town International Airport:   46 210;
9. Kopfontein:     33 119 and;
10.Caledonspoort:     22 120.

The department of transport said over 700 000 vehicles took to the roads on Easter Monday, bound for Gauteng.

The end to both the Easter weekend and the school holidays in Gauteng meant an even busier-than-usual Easter Monday, spokesperson Collen Msibi said on Monday.

"With Gauteng schools opening tomorrow, each and every national route leading to Gauteng is expected to carry over 130 000 vehicles on average with the gradual traffic volume increase from morning until the evening.”

Nationwide, the number of vehicles, over 500 000, that travelled on Thursday, the eve of Good Friday, on the country's major highways were:

- N1: 172 283;
- N2: 73 621;
- N3: 136 094;
- N4: 129 489 and;
- N12: 45 988.

The 24-hour figures for Easter Monday were expected to released later on Tuesday.

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