Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has unveiled the first 200 cohorts of the Border Management Authority (BMA) Guards on Thursday in Limpopo Province.
The newly recruited members of the Border Guard were welcomed at the deployment ceremony held at the Beitbridge Port of Entry in Musina.
The highlights of the day included the pass-out parade of the newly-recruited members of the Border Guard who were carefully selected and trained with focus on fitness and physical assessment.
Whilst the broader integration process is underway, this cohort will be statically deployed at the identified five vulnerable segments of the borderline, working together with members of the South African National Defence Force.
The BMA, which is South Africa’s new, single authority for border management with a single command and control, was established through the Border Management Authority Act of 2020.
It will be fully established on 01 April 2023 through the integration of five streams of functions performed by various government departments, Home Affairs, Forestry, Fisheries and Environment, Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, and the department of Health.
This includes access control functions conducted by members of the SA Police Service in the ports of entry.