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Home affairs portal goes offline

The Department of Home Affairs announces a brief time-out of its online applications tool, noting the service will be back up on Monday.


Ekurhuleni urges residents to collect smart IDs

The city calls on residents to collect their identity documents, as over 19 000 microchip-embedded cards gather dust at its home affairs office.


Network downtime issues plague home affairs

The home affairs department reveals unavailability of power in many offices is the main culprit for systems downtime.


Home affairs advances identification, verification systems

The department pushes the introduction of modern systems aimed at creating a digital environment to improve services.

Jan 11, 2018

Home affairs looks to advance smart ID rollout

The Department of Home Affairs seeks National Treasury approval to extend its partnership with banks as it works to get its systems fully automated.


Biometrics not a threat

The biometrics in South African identity documents offers advanced security features rather than a means to control citizens, says an analyst.

May 18, 2016

Home affairs extends age for online applications

More citizens will be able to use the Department of Home Affairs' portal to apply for identity documentation.

May 13, 2016

No plans 'yet' to expand online ID applications

The Department of Home Affairs is in talks with banks to increase the number of branches offering the smart ID applications service.

Apr 25, 2016

More funds needed for modernised Home Affairs

Despite receiving an increase in the 2016 budget, minister Malusi Gigaba says his department will require more money for modern and secure systems.


Smart ID online application channel live

The Department of Home Affairs taps banks for an online application system for smart IDs and passports.


DHA bets on modern systems

Home affairs will spend R1?billion over the next three financial years to modernise its information systems.


Online ID application system still in the works

Home affairs is yet to finalise the process for South Africans to apply for smart IDs via bank Web sites.

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