South Africa’s Smart ID card “one of the most advanced in the world”

Compton_effect

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The card can be as advanced as they want it. That means nothing if the civil servants that have to set it up are incompetent and/or corrupt.
 

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All this is great, but the best part is I can just carry my ID with me in my wallet all day. It comes in real handy, no more "Oh crumbs, you don't accept drivers' licenses????" moments of the past.
 

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The card can be as advanced as they want it. That means nothing if the civil servants that have to set it up are incompetent and/or corrupt.
Exactly. You can have the best security in the world, but it won't prevent some idiot putting the password on a sheet of paper next to their desk.
 

Jola

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Exactly. You can have the best security in the world, but it won't prevent some idiot putting the password on a sheet of paper next to their desk.
Or just make and sell a valid ID Card to a Pakistani.
 

Jola

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Do you have any evidence of this or you just say it out of habit?
Ask British Home Affairs, they had a statement on this.

They require visas for South Africans because SA Home Affairs officials were selling valid passports to foreigners.
 

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All this is great, but the best part is I can just carry my ID with me in my wallet all day. It comes in real handy, no more "Oh crumbs, you don't accept drivers' licenses????" moments of the past.
Mine stays at home in my old ID book - don't want to risk that going missing along with my Wallet.
 

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That's funny. I remember being in a room with all these smart cards on a wall and them still having to decide which one will be best when you consider security vs. cost. Too secure would mean too expensive (you guys are already bitching about costs, imagine they charged you R800 for it).
 

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That guys Signature doesn't really match his Name and Surname, I think it's fake :crylaugh:
 

bigboy529

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A question for you guys who already got the ID card. Can I go do the application at a bank for example FNB, even though I'm not a FNB client?
 

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A question for you guys who already got the ID card. Can I go do the application at a bank for example FNB, even though I'm not a FNB client?
Nope.

You have to do the application online.

And pay online via your bank (Like you do if you need to pay SARS) - you can then book an appointment for photos and fingerprints to be taken - but this can only happen at the same bank that you made the payment from.
 

bigboy529

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I actually want one, I heard the process at a bank is painless, but I'm with Capitec and they don't offer it yet.
 

supersunbird

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I actually want one, I heard the process at a bank is painless, but I'm with Capitec and they don't offer it yet.
I had the same issue.

Just go open a FNB easy account (R4.95pm or such fee), very similar to Capitec overall.

I luckily had a FNB credit card (which can't be used for paying this) so I just opened an FNB easy account online on the internet banking, then I paid R140 over to it from the FNB credit card account. Then I did the online application with home affairs and went into FNB website and authorised the R140 to be taken by home affairs from the SARS payment thing and then went and made the appointment on the home affairs website and then went on the appointment date, week later got my sms that ID was ready and then went to collect it.
 

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Went to Home Affairs for the application. Got my new ID and renewed passport in less than 2 weeks. Was pleasantly surprised.
 

Marius Flash

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Waiting for FNB to make it available here in East London? Cool that you can carry your ID in your wallet or pocket. Always wondered why in American movies- The cops pull you over and ask's the driver : " Drivers & Registration " please? Now we in SA can proudly produce our cards to the Authorities when they ask us: " Drivers & ID " please? LOL. Ha ha ha:D
 
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