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South Africa’s ongoing power outages are stifling travel across the key bridge between the country and Zimbabwe. Photo: File

South Africa’s power cuts hit travel at Zimbabwe border, queues 4km long – PICTURES

South Africa’s ongoing power outages are stifling travel across the key bridge between the country and Zimbabwe.

Beitbridge Zimbabwe

South Africa’s ongoing power outages are stifling travel across the key bridge between the country and Zimbabwe. Photo: File

South Africa’s ongoing power outages are stifling travel across the key bridge between the country and Zimbabwe, one of Africa’s busiest inland borders.

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According to Bloomberg, queues at Beitbridge, a major economic and migrant route for southern Africa, were reported as more than four kilometers long on Tuesday.

25 000 people pass through SA-Zimbabwe border daily

Rolling blackouts imposed by struggling state utility Eskom were to blame, as “passports could not be scanned,” according to Nick Mangwana, Zimbabwe’s Secretary for Information and Publicity.

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The bridge across the crocodile-infested Limpopo river is notorious for lengthy queues even when functioning properly.

On average, about 25 000 people pass through the border daily, according to the Zimbabwe government.

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South Africa’s load shedding will continue on Wednesday, 21 September.