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ID cards roll-out in July

By Sapa | May 23, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 67 ]

Green, bar-coded identity books will be replaced with identity smart cards from July, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor said.

"We will begin with the issuing of the cards to new applicants and those who need re-issuing of identity documents from July this year," she told reporters in Pretoria.

The South African company, Altech Card Solutions, had won the R40 million tender to supply the Government Printing Works (GPW) with card personalisation machines and an automated mailing solution, manufactured by DataCard in the US.

The leading identity card manufacturer, Gemalto Southern Africa, had won the Euro16m (about R199m) tender to supply pre-printed polycarbonate cards containing a contactless microchip.

"Through a rigorous tender process, GPW identified two world-class suppliers, each with extensive experience in their field...," said Pandor.

"The smart card is part of the national effort to consolidate the restoration, common citizenship and identity and dignity to our people," she said.

Pandor said it would take six or seven years to phase out the old identity documents (ID).

She said the identity card roll-out would start at 27 regional offices.

Director general Mkuseli Apleni said those who had fraudulent IDs were in trouble.

"This is a security-tight process... Hard luck to those with fraudulent documents."

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fake will come the same night the originals are launched

Jul 08, 2013 4:5 | 0 replies

Nigerians are now busy designing a machine to produce those cards now, they are now happy cz they will get IDs.

May 23, 2013 2:7 | 0 replies

oldlady12 It's SA, and at the end of the day it is always the ordinary citizen who pays.
---- U can reiterate that

RobinX Okay (whatever your point is)

May 23, 2013 2:4 | 0 replies

Grammatron: I can read, Sir, and saw that rather childish remark by the minister yesterday. Stupid tit-for-tat approach in which she cuts off the nose to spite the face.

May 23, 2013 1:53 | 0 replies

Now, we will have Mkhize and Mokoena from Nigeria.

May 23, 2013 1:49 | 0 replies

GrammatonCleric, I believe there is some plan behind it, yes, except from just making it more safe. It's SA, and at the end of the day it is always the ordinary citizen who pays.

May 23, 2013 1:39 | 0 replies

Did someone forget to tell us that we have to renew it every five years just like the drivers licence.

May 23, 2013 1:34 | 0 replies

oldlady12 might that be the master plan?

May 23, 2013 1:33 | 0 replies

Aaaaaaaaagh this is going to make us going up and down nw, i think they must issue us the new 1 to whr we stay!!!!

May 23, 2013 1:31 | 0 replies

Mr Apleni wait until someone from Charachi lays their hands on the card, before you gloat of the "security-tight process".

May 23, 2013 1:28 | 0 replies

I heard that the chips on these cards will be picket up by e-tolls if you drive under the gantries with your ID card in the car. So if you don't have the e-tag, and you have false numberplates, they can still track you down.

May 23, 2013 1:28 | 0 replies