January 24, 2014 -
South African pensioners born in January will be the first able to sign up and register for smart ID cards, as the country begins to roll out its new national identity management project.
Reported in Sowetan Live, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor made the announcement in Johannesburg earlier this week. “Our intention is to issue at least 100,000 smart cards by 31 March,” she said.
The new Smart ID Card will replace existing civic and immigration identity systems and will allow the government to digitally capture all biometric and biographical data of South Africans in one single system.
Through the course of this extensive project, Gemalto says it is looking to produce three million ID cards per year.
No stranger to biometric deployments, reported previously in BiometriUpdate.com, the South African Department of Basic Education has recently outlined plans to introduce a biometric attendance system, meant to ensure the attendance of teachers. The project, believed to be the biggest of its kind, is set to be active in 2015.