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QUESTION 2075

DATE OF PUBLICATION: Monday, 2 November 2009

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 26 OF 2009

Mr M Mnqasela (DA) to ask the Minister of Home Affairs:

(1)      What is the (a) actual and (b) optimal number of officials of her
         department on duty between (i) 06:00 to 18:00 and (ii) 18:00 to 06:00
         at each specified airport;

(2)      whether there was any occurrence in the past twelve months where
         passengers did not go through the required checks as a result of an
         insufficient number of Home Affairs officials; if so, what was the
         (a) date of and (b) reason for each occurrence;

(3)      whether any action has been taken to rectify this situation; if not,
         (a) why not and (b) when will action be taken; if so, what are the
         relevant details?
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REPLY

O. R Tambo International Airport:

The O. R Tambo International Airport has a three-shift system (8 hour shifts),
catering for 24 hours. The first shift is from 06:00 to 14:00, the second shift
from 14:00 to 22:00 and the third shift from 22:00 to 06:00. The operations
and human resources allocation differs depending on passenger flow in / out
of the country.

(1)(a)         233 officials.

(1)(b)         276 officials.

(2)(a) & (b)   No.

(3)(a) & (b)   Not applicable.
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Pilanesburg International Airport

Immigration services are only rendered between 07:00 and 19:00.

(1)(a)         4 officials.

(1)(b)         19 officials.

(2)(a) & (b)   No.

(3)(a) & (b)   Not applicable.

Upington Airport:

(1)(a) & (b)   No permanent staff employed. Officials from the Regional Office:
               Upington are on standby (24 hours a day for seven days of the
               week) should an international flight be scheduled to arrive or
               depart.

(2)(a) & (b)   No.

(3)(a) & (b)   Not applicable.

Gateway Airport:

Immigration Services are rendered between 06:00 to 20:00 (Mondays to
Fridays) and between 08:00 to 16:00 (Saturdays and Sundays).

(1)(a)         3 officials.

(1)(b)         7 officials.

(2)(a) & (b)   No.

(3)(a) & (b)   Not applicable.

Cape Town International Airport:

The Cape Town International Airport has a three-shift system (8 hour shifts),
catering for 24 hours. The first shift is from 06:00 to 14:00, the second shift
from 14:00 to 22:00 and the third shift from 22:00 to 06:00. The operations
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and human resources allocation differs depending on passenger flow in / out
of the country.

(1)(a)         81 immigration officers.

(1)(b)         87 immigration officers.

(2)(a) & (b)   No.

(3)(a) & (b)   Not applicable.

Durban International Airport:

The Durban International Airport has a four-shift system (8 hour shifts),
catering for 24 hours. The first shift is from 05:00 to 13:00, the second shift
from 06:00 to 14:00, the third shift from 08:00 to 16:00 and the fourth shift
from 14:00 to 22:00. The operations and human resources allocation differs
depending on passenger flow in / out of the country.

(1)(a)         7 officials.

(1)(b)         16 officials.

(2)(a) & (b)   No.

(3)(a) & (b)   Not applicable.

Port Elizabeth Airport:

(1)(a) & (b)   No permanent staff employed. Officials from the Regional Office:
               Port Elizabeth are on standby (24 hours a day for seven days of
               the week) should an international flight be scheduled to arrive or
               depart.

(2)(a) & (b)   No.

(3)(a) & (b)   Not applicable.

Bloemfontein International Airport:

(1)(a) & (b)   No permanent staff employed. Officials from the Inspectorate
               Unit: Regional Office: Bloemfontein are on standby (24 hours a
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               day for seven days of the week) should an international flight be
               scheduled to arrive or depart.

(2)(a) & (b)   No.

(3)(a) & (b)   Not applicable.

Kruger / Mpumalanga Airport:

Immigration services are only rendered between 07:00 and 19:00.

(1)(a)         14 officials.

(1)(b)         18 officials.

(2)(a) & (b)   No.

(3)(a) & (b)   Not applicable.