Home Affairs issues 10 million smart ID cards

Briefing the media ahead of the handover ceremony and ahead of tabling the department’s Budget Vote speech in Parliament on Wednesday, the Minister said the milestone was reached despite several challenges.

He said over the past decade, the department’s goal was to invest in a relatively low-cost digital service for all citizens. This innovative service, the Minister said, would make the department fully capable to serve as a key enabler of economic development and social justice.

“A critical pillar was the new smart ID card. When the first card was issued in 2013, around 38 million people had green-barcoded IDs.

“I am pleased to announce we have now issued 10 million smart cards. This in spite of challenges in infrastructure, systems and staffing,” he said.

The Minister said of the department’s 411 front offices, 184 are on live capture, which processes applications for smart cards and passports. He said 227 offices are yet to be modernised,” he said.

He said on average, each digital application counter at an office is expected to take in 84 applications per day. More offices will be modernised over the 2018/ 19 financial year.

“Discussions are apace to finalise a partnership with banks to increase the number of branches at which we may issue smart cards and passports.”

“I encourage citizens banking with ABSA, FNB, Nedbank and Standard Bank to apply online,” he said.

 

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