By Chapatali Ndau
First group of 184 Malawians who have left South African on a self-repatriation program are expected to be in the country today if all goes well.
4 buses with 184 passengers plus 6 crew members left Beit Bridge yesterday 21 May 2020 and are expected to be at Mwanza boarder today
Most of the returnees are Malawian business people who were trapped by the COVID 19 lockdown in South Africa which was declared at a time they did not finish transacting their businesses.
Speaking on a WhatsApp chart many Malawians who have travelled, expressed their gratitude to the Malawi Government for facilitating their travel back to Malawi.
The self-repatriation program, is a program where all those who want to come back to Malawi , pay transport by themselves, the Malawi embassy just come in to help with documentation in order to travel in Zimbambwe and Mozambique.
Meanwhile today (22 May) 3 buses will pass through Beit Bridge with 133 passengers with 9 crew coming from Cape Town.
More Busses are expected to leave this Saturday destined for Malawi.
Munorurama Bus Company and Business logistics are the two companies carrying the passengers from South Africa to Malawi.
Recently Ministry of health announced that it is prepared to handle the Malawians coming from South Africa on a proper isolation and quarantine facility in order to contain the spread of COVID 19.
Other countries have also embarked on self-repatriation program for their citizens in South Africa.