New South African ID cards here in July

Green, bar-coded identity books will be replaced with identity smart cards from July 2013

By - May 23, 2013 Share on LinkedIn
Smart ID card

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

“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.”

More government news

Broadband spectrum licensing one step closer to reality

DoC wants transparency on SMS, voice, and data prices

Internet content regulation in South Africa by FPB

Share your thoughts

Join the conversation

Connect with Us

androidappletwitterfacebookgoogleplusfeednewsletter

Poll

Do you have a new Smart ID card?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

Rand dips below R14 to the US dollar

South African Rand Money Coin

The rand has dipped below R14 to the US dollar for the first time since November 2015.

Awesome tech specials and gadget deals

Sale Deals

This weekend you can save money on a wide range of gadgets from Makro, Incredible Connection, Game, and Dion Wired.

Schoolboy invents “cellphone” that doesn’t use airtime

Spectrum signal tower

A Grade 12 learner in Namibia’s Ohagwena Region has invented a sim-less mobile phone that does not require airtime to make calls.

FSB investigating JSE’s R98-billion mistake

JSE stocks growth

The Financial Services Board said on Friday it is looking into a programming error that caused the JSE to miscalculate inflows into SA equities by R98bn.

Free MyBroadband Newsletter
×