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The heads of the customs services of the five BRICS member countries met for the first time in South Africa this week to explore ways of tackling common challenges, in particular the fight against drug smuggling.
South African Revenue Service customs teams seized a total of 54 kilograms of drugs worth almost R16-million at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport over the weekend.
With the kick-off of the 2010 Fifa World Cup fast approaching, South Africa is on track to issue free visas to ticket holders and to process the hundreds of thousands of visitors expected in the country next month.
Deputy President Jacob Zuma and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed two agreements, one on trade and economic cooperation, the other on customs administration, in Pretoria on Thursday.