RISE OF LIMPOPO RIVER FORCES CLOSURE OF SOUTH AFRICA-BOTSWANA BORDER POSTS

PRETORIA, Three border posts at the South Africa-Botswana border in Limpopo Province have been temporarily closed because of the rising water levels of the Limpopo River which marks the boundary between the two countries.

The affected ports of entries are Pontdrif, near Alldays, Platjan, and Zanzibar outside Lephalale, according to reports reaching here Wednesday.

The Pondrif border post is next to the Mapungubwe World Heritage Site at the confluence of Limpopo and Shashe rivers dividing South Africa and Botswana. For the past few days the Limpopo River has swollen so much that it has submerged the causeway mainly used by tourists.

Tourists are now using a cable car to move around.

A few kilometres from Pondrif is the Platjan border post where a small bridge between South Africa and Botswana has been completely submerged by rising water levels. The situation is the same at the nearby Zanzibar border post.

Meanwhile, the gravel roads between the three ports of entry are also damaged. A long stretch of the Alldays road is full of potholes.

Travellers to and from Botswana have now had to use Groblers Bridge or the Beit Bridge port of entries which make the trip much longer.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK