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South African smart ID card applications to start soon


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.

As we reported previously in BiometricUpdate.comGemalto will supply the Government Printing Work of South Africa with Sealys eID cards for the country’s national identity program.

Through the course of this extensive project, Gemalto says it is looking to produce three million ID cards per year.

In March, South African’s Home Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Suma said that smart ID cards could be in place by 2014, in place of the existing green identity books. 

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.

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