Fingerprint scanning technology reveals a Cape Flats woman's fingerprints for the first time.
The biometrics in South African identity documents offers advanced security features rather than a means to control citizens, says an analyst.
By next March at the latest, South Africans will be able to get a smart ID at any of the big four banks.
A pilot project will kick off by the end of next month to test the viability of banks handling smart ID applications.
The transition from ID books to smart IDs will take place over six years, says the department.
The department's IT modernisation project has led to gains in getting documents issued faster.
A modernisation programme will replace outdated and obsolete legacy systems, as well as improve security.
Home affairs finalises the rollout plan to replace millions of ID books with smart ID cards.
Home Affairs is on track with its modernisation programme.
Home affairs saves R100 million as its modernisation project is held up.
The Department of Home Affairs has an over-dependence on private security companies.
The problems that derailed the smart ID card project were administrative and involved no corruption, says the State IT Agency.