Home > United Nations Online Network in Public Administration and Finance (UNPAN)
1. Global
Global
2. Africa
Africa
3. Arab States
Arab States
4. Asia & Pacific
Asia & Pacific
5. Europe
Europe
6. Latin America & Caribbean
Latin America & Caribbean
7. North America
North America
UNPAN Africa
Public Administration News  
Share
South Africa: Home Affairs on Track with Smart Card IDs
Source: www.SAnews.gov.za
Source Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Focus: ICT for MDGs
Country: South Africa
Created: Nov 28, 2012

"We are happy to announce that we are on track with plans to roll-out the smart ID card in 2013. Smart ID Card - watch it, it is coming!" enthused Apleni.

He also said the issue of duplicate IDs continued to receive the attention of the department to ensure the dignity of those affected by the problem.

With regard to rendering a service "that is efficient, accessible and corrupt free", the department continued to train its management.

About 98.3% of IDs were issued within 47days, amounting to 222 713 in the second quarter. About 95.9% passports that were processed manually were issued within 24 days, amounting to 98 316 in the period under review.

"With offices that have live capture capacity, 97.49% of passports were issued within 13 days. This amounts to 35 269 passports," said Apleni.

The department was aware of challenges relating to applications for permanent residence permits.

"The department took a decision to prioritise temporary residence permits, as this category of foreigners was at risk of being in the country illegally if their applications were not finalised timeously," Apleni said.

The department had begun to address permanent residence backlog with effect from August 2012.

In addressing this backlog, the department recognised its role in contributing to South Africa's economic development and national priorities as they relate to the attraction of critical skills.

As such, officials intended to address the backlog by facilitating the speedy adjudication of permanent residence applications from applicants with critical skills.

The department would prioritise applications for permanent residence permits from holders of "quota work permits and exceptional skills work permits" in line with the country's objective of attracting critical skills.

Once these applications were finalised, said Apleni, authorities would process other categories of permanent residence applications.

"Our projection is to finalise the backlog by the end of the current financial year."
News Home

 Tag This
 Tell A Friend
del.icio.us digg this Slashdot
Rate:
0 ratings
Views: 269

Comments: 0 Bookmarked: 0 Tagged: 0



0 Comments | Login to add comment

Site map | FAQs | Terms and Privacy | Contact Us
Copyright 2008-2010 by UNPAN - United Nations Public Administration Network