Home affairs plans to increase smart ID applications

The Department of Home Affairs currently has a predicament - of their 403 offices across the country, only 110 are equipped with the necessary systems for processing Smart ID cards. This will more than likely present a problem to the department's ambitious plan of rolling out 1.6 million Smart ID cards by the end of the 2014/15 financial year.

Since its inception, more than one million smart ID cards have been issued to South Africans, in less than a year.

According to Yusuf Simons, Western Cape Regional Manager at the Department of Home Affairs, efforts are under way to enable the Wynberg Office to deal with more smart ID applications in the next few months.

To address current shortcomings, the department has further expressed it's plan to equip 140 offices by March with the system in question.

Smart ID cards are issued free of charge to 16 year olds and South African citizens older than 60 years. The new smart ID cards are uniquely designed with some security features aimed at reducing fraudulent activities.


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