Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor announced on 23 July 2013 that South Africans will pay R140 for a new smart ID cards.
Pandor said that South Africans will be invited to apply for the smart ID cards, and that the applications will be in accordance with month of birth.
She added that applicants will be expected to pay R140 for the new smart ID cards. Smart ID cards will be issued free to 16 year olds who are first-time applicants.
The home affairs minister said that the roll-out of the smart ID cards will take a few years, and called on the public to exercise patience.