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  • Home Affairs hikes prices for passports, re-issuing IDs


    Home Affairs Director-General Mkuseli Apleni has defended an almost 100 percent hike in the price South Africans will have to pay for a passport, saying the increase was necessary given the new security features on passports.

    Apleni announced on Thursday that cost of a passport would rise from R190 to R400 from 1 April.

    Other increases will see the price of temporary identity certificates and re-issuing identity documents (ID) go from the current R20 to R140.

    Child passports will rise from R145 to R400; emergency travel certificates from R70 to R140; temporary passports from R90 to R180; and maxi passports from R380 to R600.

    However, Apleni was quick to point out that the hikes were unlikely to have much of an impact on the poor as the first issuing of an ID would be free.

    It was the right of every South African to have an ID and the department would facilitate this by not putting any cost on the first issue, he added.

    When it came to re-issuing IDs, some costs need to be recovered for producing the documents, particularly from those who wanted changes made to their IDs by adding names or correcting the spelling, when they had supplied the department with the wrong information.

    "The passports we are producing now have a lot of security features in them and it is costing us more to produce them ... R400 is reasonable in our view," he said.

    Meanwhile, Apleni said that the department was making progress with its efforts to clean up the National Population Register.

    The department had identified two significant challenges with regards to the NPR - the duplication of ID numbers and ID numbers that did not have corresponding fingerprints.

    "After going through our records, the department identified 598 000 instances of duplicate IDs. Amongst these IDs, the department has resolved 412 096 cases for one person with multiple ID numbers and 20 971 for persons sharing ID numbers."

    All duplicate numbers have been blocked on the NPR and the department was now busy resolving the 164 933 outstanding cases.

    In addition, while the department was translating manual fingerprints into the electronic format, 504 250 fingerprints were not converted due to poor quality.

    "To date we have managed to resolve 127 166 cases and holders of the relevant ID numbers now have their fingerprints on the Home Affairs National Identification System. We are now seized with resolving 377 084 cases," he said. - BuaNews
    Comments 42 Comments
    1. rpm's Avatar
      rpm -
      Home Affairs Director-General Mkuseli Apleni has defended an almost 100 percent hike in the price South Africans will have to pay for a passport, saying the increase was necessary given the new security features on passports.

      Apleni announced on Thursday that cost of a passport would rise from R190 to R400 from 1 April.
    1. Kosmik's Avatar
      Kosmik -
      WTF? 100%!

      BALLS!
    1. Lino's Avatar
      Lino -
      Wow that is insane

      Sent from my RBM_HD using MyBroadband Android App
    1. Bismuth's Avatar
      Bismuth -
      Are they off their heads?

      B
    1. Korn1's Avatar
      Korn1 -
      R140 That could be big money for some people! Luckily I got my new ID and Passport last week.
    1. genetic's Avatar
      genetic -
      Money Machine... $$$

      Sent from my work PC using a Mac, keyboard, Mouse, 10 fingers and Safari Browser...
    1. ToxicBunny's Avatar
      ToxicBunny -
      Well I have an ID...

      Think i MIGHT just go and get myself a "new" passport sooner rather than later as well....

      They need to explain the new security features to justify the price if you ask me.
    1. Kosmik's Avatar
      Kosmik -
      Quote Originally Posted by B.O.F.H. View Post
      Well I have an ID...

      Think i MIGHT just go and get myself a "new" passport sooner rather than later as well....

      They need to explain the new security features to justify the price if you ask me.
      It's the tracker on the merc.
    1. nivek's Avatar
      nivek -
      So much money for a document that's worth, well, nothing
    1. Rosaudio's Avatar
      Rosaudio -
      Are these now biometric passports?

      Still isn't much compared to the UK.. over there you have to pay R900 for a new PP
    1. tortured's Avatar
      tortured -
      I will start supporting any form of corruption from now on. Will work out cheaper in the end. Better than having the government "stealing" from me.
    1. OomD's Avatar
      OomD -
      Quote Originally Posted by tortured View Post
      I will start supporting any form of corruption from now on. Will work out cheaper in the end. Better than having the government "stealing" from me.
      Wow. Still one born every minute.
    1. xrapidx's Avatar
      xrapidx -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rosaudio View Post
      Are these now biometric passports?

      Still isn't much compared to the UK.. over there you have to pay R900 for a new PP
      More like R1580.
    1. tortured's Avatar
      tortured -
      Quote Originally Posted by OomD View Post
      Wow. Still one born every minute.
      Likewise. Should be obvious I was not being serious. Its just how I feel at the moment. I'm sure a lot of corruption is caused by this type of stuff and a bit of greed on the side of course.

      But hey whatever, don't know why I'm explaining myself to you.
    1. Rosaudio's Avatar
      Rosaudio -
      Quote Originally Posted by xrapidx View Post
      More like R1580.
      Thought it was 77 pounds..
    1. Korn1's Avatar
      Korn1 -
      I hate the UK personally
    1. Rosaudio's Avatar
      Rosaudio -
      Quote Originally Posted by Korn1 View Post
      I hate the UK personally
      *** country.. Passport is useful though
    1. Korn1's Avatar
      Korn1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rosaudio View Post
      *** country.. Passport is useful though
      Very true indeed
    1. DJ...'s Avatar
      DJ... -
      Ignoring the "nearly 100% increase" gaff in the article, are you aware that if home affairs make an administrative error, they charge you a fee to correct it? It is the most ludicrous thing I have ever heard of. They are by far one of the worst, if not the worst run department in government and that is certainly not due to a lack of funds...
    1. BBSA's Avatar
      BBSA -
      Well, somehow they must recover the moneys they are paying to the tenderpreneurs.