Pretoria - Minister of Home Affairs, Naledi Pandor has made an appeal to members of the public who have applied for Smart ID cards to collect their uncollected cards at the designated Home Affairs offices across the country.
Since the roll-out of the Smart ID cards in February 2014 through 30 designated Home Affairs offices across the country to youths who are 16 years and above as well as pensioners who are 60 years and above a total of 100 000 smart ID cards applications have been received and processed. In this regard and of the 100 000 smart ID cards processed only 58 715 have been collected with 41 285 uncollected smart ID’s in Home Affairs offices around the country.  
“Accordingly, we encourage those who have not collected their IDs to do so as a priority. Similarly we advise all citizens who have applied for the new Smart ID cards to visit offices of application to collect them. In this context, we wish to inform the public that it takes 10 days only to process a smart ID card application and delivery to the applicant. Citizens are therefore urged to respond positively to sms messages from the department urging them to collect their smart ID cards” said Minister Pandor

Issued by Department of Home Affairs, 909 Arcadia Street, Pretoria, 0001

Contact: Ronnie Mamoepa at 082-990-4853

13 March 2014