18 Jan 2017
Statement by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on the 2016 festive season traveller statistics
Compliments of the New Year!
Today we present yet another impressive increase in the number of travellers entering and leaving South Africa (SA) during the 2016/17 festive season. We also share information on interventions at OR Tambo International Airport. Operations at South African ports of entry for the 2016/17 festive season were completed, with much success. We can make bold to say these operations were characterised by high levels of professionalism and efficiency.
On 9 January 2017, News24 reported that three SA airports were listed among the world’s most punctual. These are Cape Town, OR Tambo and King Shaka – with Cape Town placed top of the three for airport punctuality.
Cape Town featured sixth on the global medium airport punctuality list recently published by UK travel analysts, OAG. OR Tambo featured in eighth position globally on OAG’s large airport punctuality list, and King Shaka ranked 10th in the world on OAG’s small airport punctuality list. In 2016, Cape Town achieved its 10th million passenger milestone.
Through its immigration services, the Department of Home Affairs has reaffirmed its commitment to reclaim and reassert state authority in the country, in terms of which South Africa’s borders must be effectively safeguarded and secured. I am therefore pleased that we have among us some of our high performing officials who move South Africa forward. Critical reflection on operations in this period, remains a critical requirement for future operations.
I am happy to announce from 9 December 2016 to 14 January 2017, movements recorded at ports of entry nationally amount to a total of 5 504 022. This marks an increase of 200 467 compared to the 5 303 555 recorded for 9 December 2015 to 14 January 2016. It is an increase of 3.78%. In spite of perceptions in some quarters, South Africa remains an attractive tourist destination.
Top 10 nationalities that arrived in SA over this period were from Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Botswana, United Kingdom, USA, Namibia, Germany and Zambia.
Top ten ports by volume between 9 December 2016 and 14 January 2017 were, Oliver Tambo International Airport, Beit Bridge, Lebombo, Maseru Bridge, Ficksburg, Cape Town International Airport, Oshoek, Kopfontein, Ramatlabama and Groblers Bridge.
All movements for OR Tambo for 9 December 2016 to 14 January 2017 reached a total of 977 961, as against 948 477 during 9 December 2015 to 14 January 2016.
The 2016/17 festive season was marked by increased movement of people and goods across borders for different reasons, varying from cross-border employment and business to academic and educational endeavours. Click here to read the full statement