Home Affairs to join digital age with its 280 million records

The Department of Home Affairs in partnership with Statistics SA launched a massive campaign to digitise over 280 million civil records.

The project is estimated to cost R200 million.

Home Affairs Director General, Mkhuseli Apleni says it is important that Home Affairs keeps everyone's records for 100 years and not destroy any document before the person reaches 100 years, whether dead or alive.

We are estimating that we have 286 million records which unfortunately are all on paper.

Mkhuseli Apleni, Home Affairs Director General

Apleni says digitising the records would mean people visiting Home Affairs looking for documents will be able to get them 'on the spot'.

The project will ensure that clients are no longer inconvenienced when visiting Home Affairs offices.

A child born from 2013, when looking for a birth certificate will get it immediately and and a child born before 2013 will have to wait for 8 weeks for us to issue a birth certificate.

Mkhuseli Apleni, Home Affairs Director General

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