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Botswana/Zambia’s Kazungula Bridge: Truckers set to dodge Zimbabwe road

By Oscar Nkala
Posted on Thursday, 10 June 2021 09:19, updated on Monday, 18 October 2021 18:13

Kazungula Bridge between Botswana and Zambia (Photo via Twitter)

On 10 May, the presidents of Botswana and Zambia officially opened the new Kazungula Bridge and one-stop border posts, aimed at ushering in more traffic. The bridge is part of the Trans-African Highway Network and the North-South corridor link between the SADC and COMESA free trade areas.

The presence of three more presidents from the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) underlined the significance of the opening ceremony.

Zambia and Botswana funded the $259m infrastructure project. The plan was to unplug the Zambezi River barrier and link the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Zambia to South Africa and Namibia via Botswana.

Prior to the construction of the bridge, a small pontoon boat was used to ferry traffic between Zambia and Botswana across the Zambezi River.