Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Department of Home Affairs committed to bringing services to South Africans

Jaimie-faith Poonah
17 February 2015

Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba today briefed the media post State of the Nation dealing with issues including the population register, Smart ID card, national youth policy, local government and operation Phakisa. 

 In terms of the Smart ID cards the departments has issued over one million cards. 

The department has also partnered with several banks to take applications for new smart ID cards.

Minister Gigaba said: “We endeavour to issue all South Africans with a single identity document, the smart ID card, affirming the right to identity, equality and a single and common citizenship. In this regard our task is to ensure progressively that the over 38- million citizens with green ID books convert to the Smart ID card by the time this process concludes, that is in our lifetime.”

Meanwhile the department will continue to maintain the integrity of the National Population Register by registering children within 30 days of birth. 

The department says it will continue to give effect to its constitutional mandate and provide services to all South Africans while also contributing to an efficient effective public service. 

Minister Gigaba said: “We have announced that we will seize the process of registration by 31 December 2015. This critical minestone will ensure that we safeguard our citizens, our identity, and citizenship and secure our population register.”

 

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