The process to switch from ID books to the new ID card is set to start in July 2013 and will follow a staggered approach, Deputy Director General for Information Service at the Department of Home Affairs, Sello Mmakau recently told MyBroadband.
“In a nutshell, we will start with Cabinet Ministers, Parliamentary members and pensioners, then prioritise those citizens that are turning 16 and have never received an ID before,” Mmakau said.
Citizens with existing ID books will be asked to come to Home Affairs offices during their month of birth to apply for a smart ID card, explained Mmakau.
He reiterated that this strategy is still in draft, and pending the Minister’s approval.
Asked about the process of applying for the new card, Mmakau said that the process for getting a new ID card will be exactly the same as getting the current identity document.
“It is expected that citizens will hand over their green ID when receiving a smart ID card,” Mmakau added.