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Motsoaledi wants to revamp Home Affairs

Wednesday 12 June 2019 – DSTV

Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, wants to bring the Home Affairs portfolio back online. Courtesy of #DSTV403
JOHANNESBURG – Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, wants to bring the Home Affairs portfolio back online.
He wants officials stationed at hospitals to help ease the application process for birth certificates.
Motsoaledi’s also visited several of the department’s offices and said he wants more reliable computer systems.
The minister said the main function of the department is to document South Africans and the process is made much easier with a birth certificate.

China warns foreign tech firms after Huawei ban

China has reportedly summoned global technology companies for talks to warn they could face dire consequences if they co-operate with the Trump administration’s ban on sales of key American technology to Chinese companies.
Citing people familiar with the matter, The New York Times reports the companies summoned include Microsoft, Dell and Samsung.
Last month, the Chinese government said it was putting together an “unreliable entities list” of foreign companies and people.
China’s ministry of commerce said the list would contain foreign companies, individuals and organisations that “do not follow market rules, violate the spirit of contracts, blockade and stop supplying Chinese companies for non-commercial reasons, and seriously damage the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies”.
This after the Trump administration added Huawei to a trade blacklist, enacting restrictions that will make it very difficult for the company to do business with US companies.
According to Reuters, a person at US software giant Microsoft said the company’s session with Chinese officials was not a direct warning but it was made clear to the firm that complying with US bans would likely lead to further complications for all sector participants.
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It adds that Microsoft was asked not to make hasty or ill-considered moves before the situation was fully understood.
The US has for months been rallying its allies to cut Huawei out of planned 5G networks, citing “national security threats” due to the company’s close ties to the Chinese government.
Huawei has denied installing any backdoors in its networking equipment for alleged government spying.
Last month, Huawei filed a motion for summary judgement as part of the process to challenge the constitutionality of Section 889 of the 2019 National Defence Authorisation.
It called on the US government to halt its state-sanctioned campaign against Huawei because it will not deliver cyber security.
Huawei is the second biggest smartphone maker in the world behind Samsung. It recently overtook Apple, which is now number three in the smartphone market. Huawei is the world’s biggest telecommunications equipment-maker, leading in technologies like 5G

Passport safety 101: 6 ways to safeguard your identity during travel

2019-06-10 – Traveller24

6 ways to ensure the safety of your identity. (Photo: iStock)
There’s nothing quite as stressful as the permanent worry of losing your passport and legal doccies while in transit.
Not to mention the stresses that accompany where to safeguard your legal docs while settled into a new destination in new unchartered (by you) lands…
It is absolutely frightening and daunting that this little booklet we whip out so rarely (unless you’re on that frequent traveller lush life buzz) can hold all of our traveller legitimacy and fate within its green casing.
But fret not my fellow occasional and frequent travellers – we’ve got you sorted with some pro tips.
Check out six ways to keep your docs and identity protected during your travels below:
IN TRANSIT
Copies, copies, copies…
Always, always, always make a copy or more of your passport in case of an emergency. And to ensure they don’t also go missing along with your passport (in the event that it does go missing), keep the copies separate from the actual passport so that you’ve got your proof of ID on you should push come to shove and your pocket gets picked.
Make copies of the page that has your photo and full name on it and store them away in random places of your luggage. Leave one copy of your passport at home, with an emergency contact or trusted colleague. (If you find yourself needing to replace your passport, have ID sized photos at the ready and bring extras along with you as well).
Conceal, but feel
Speaking of easy-to-pick pockets – don’t keep your passport in loose pockets or even your carry on bag. Your best bet is to strap it to your body like you’re ready for the combat of travel. Whether you opt for undies with hidden zip-up pocket compartments or the spy-worthy inside jacket pocket or a classic trendy fanny pack (or money bag) be sure to keep it close and inconspicuously check or feel for it regularly.
Packing it in your carry on is risky should your carry on need to be checked in last minute and you forget to retrieve it before it goes into the unknown realm the conveyer belt leads to.
If you do opt for a fanny pack – consider strapping it diagonally over your shoulder and across your chest as this option allows you to have more control and protection over the bag from any wandering or prying sticky fingers.
And if the thought of being caught fanny-pack-handed (or -chested) is a bit much, invest in a good travel purse that has several internal compartments as well as a closed zip section that you can keep in your spacey zip up pocket or in your front-way worn back pack (front-way worn for the ultimate safety, of course).
Keep it crisp
Keeping your passport safe goes beyond just making sure you don’t lose it – you’ve also got to keep it in a good physical condition. Customs can be quite picky when it comes to how your passport looks. So be sure to keep it straight and tighly flattened to avoid any unwarranted curled corners or ripped page edges and nosily unnecessary custom delays and interrogations.
This means ensuring that your passport also doesn’t get wet or weathered either to keep it in solid vampiristic condition until it actually expires. Investing in a good waterproof cover and keeping it concealed until necessary ought to help keep it in mint condition.

Divide to conquer
Avoid clumping all of the passports together when travelling in groups. If you’re travelling in groups or as a family divide the passports among the adults and if you’re all adults – carry your own passport. This way if one of your group members loses their passport, the rest of the group will not be inhibited or affected.
However, if one person is carrying everyone’s passports, you run the risk of losing all of the passports should the person misplace the documents or have them pickpocketed.
Be vigilant
And, most importantly, be nonchalantly vigilant of your surroundings. By this I mean that you should be alert to what is happening around you and always check regularly that your doccies are still all in place and in order, however, it is vital to be casually alert. Do not look too alert should you attract any actual danger toward you or your possessions.
Basically – try not to look frantic while checking for your passport or docs, make the act seem seamless and inconspicuous – so that you’re safe about staying safe.
AT YOUR DESTINATION
Lock it up
When at your destination – your best bet is to simply lock up your passport at the place you’re staying. You needn’t conceal a complicated safe within the hotel wall, but merely invest in a good and solid suitcase with a lock system that you can trust to leave your passport in while touring the new city or town.
If you worry about having to present proof of identity while trekking around – keep one of those fifty copies on you, just in case, but keep your actual passport locked away safely at your place of stay.
www.samigration.com

How to renew your passport

Have you ever wondered “how do I renew my passport?” or “when is the best time to renew my passport?” If your SA passport is expired or will expire within the next 6-7 months, now is the time to renew it.
Renewing your passport is a lot easier than applying for a new one. SA passports have to be renewed every 10 years and for people who are 15 years or younger, their passports can be renewed up to 5 years after they expire.
Do it online
With the country moving forward through digitisation and the introduction of the eHomeAffairs system, you can now renew your passport or apply for an ID online – a virtual and far more efficient experience!
Things sure have improved too for the passport renewal process, which can take up to a 1 week or 10 days, depending on where you apply. Home affairs will also update you with SMS notifications when your passport is ready for collection.
Please note, you will need internet banking to proceed with your online passport application and will have to go to a Home Affairs branch to capture their biometrics and collect their passport.
Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria residents have the option of recording their biometrics and collecting their renewed passport at specific Absa, FNB, Standard Bank or Nedbank branches – so the idea of standing in long lines are now a thing of the past.
However, if you don’t live in either of these places, you can use the eHome Affairs services, but you will need to go into Home Affairs to record your biometric data and to collect your passport or ID.
What you need
• A copy of your ID
• R400 for the passport
• Access to internet banking
Step-by-step
Step 1: Account registration
Register on the eHome Affairs website
Create a profile
Answer the simple security questions
Create a password
Capture the one time pin sent to your cellphone
Attach a copy of your ID
Step 2: Make a payment
Enter your account details on the site.
Log into your internet banking to authorise the payment – go to ‘My Bills’ under ‘Payments’ to initiate a payment instruction.
Add the Department of Home Affairs as a beneficiary and a payment instruction will now appear under ‘My Bills’.
Enter your reference number and approve the payment of R400 to the Department of Home Affairs.
Step 3: Make an appointment
Once the Department of Home Affairs has registered that you have paid, you will be able to make an appointment to record your biometric data.
If you live in Cape Town, Johannesburg or Pretoria, you will be able to select a bank branch with the required facilities. If not, you will have to go to your local Home Affairs – this does not require an appointment.
If you are able to make an appointment at one of the bank branches you will be given a choice of time slots.
Select a time slot, after which will receive appointment confirmation via email and an SMS which you will need to take with you to the bank.
Step 4: Record your biometrics
Option 1: Home Affairs Branch
Once the Department of Home Affairs has registered your payment you will be eligible to proceed with your biometrics data – two thumbprints, a photo and your signature.
You do not need to make an appointment at Home Affairs.
Simply go to your local branch to have your biometrics done.
You will need to take your ID book with you to the Home Affairs branch.
Option 2: Home Affairs equipped bank branch
Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria residents can make an appointment for their biometrics at their local bank branch once their payment has been registered.
You will be given a choice of time slots. Once you’ve selected a time slot, you will be sent a confirmation via SMS and email.
You will need to take the confirmation email or SMS to the bank.
You will be given a choice of time slots. Once you’ve selected a time slot, you will be sent a confirmation via SMS and email.
Take your ID book and confirmation email or SMS with you when going to your local bank branch.
Step 5: Wait for an SMS or email
When your passport is ready for collection, you will receive notification. This should take roughly ten days.
www.sami.co.za.

Here’s how MTN, Vodacom, Cell C, and Telkom could end up making (possibly rather a lot of) money out of Huawei’s Android crisis

• Last year Huawei started a big push in Europe to popularise its App Gallery, a substitute for the Google Play Store, Bloomberg reports.
• App developers were promised access to the huge market in China – and network operators were promised a “significant” share of the money spent in the store.
• Huawei’s big Android scare this week will only see it accelerate efforts to go it alone, and that could mean cash in the pockets of Cell C, MTN, Telkom, and Vodacom.
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South Africa’s big cellphone operators could end up making money – potentially, and over time, rather a lot of money – thanks in part to the chaos the United States unleashed this week when its trade restrictions cast doubt over whether Huawei will be able to continue using Google software and services.
If Huawei follows in South Africa an approach it has reportedly adopted in Europe, then MTN, Vodacom, Telkom, and Cell C could all be in line to share in the revenues generated when their customers buy apps or content on their Huawei smartphones.
The local networks have long sought to secure a portion of such software and in-app-purchase revenues, but have largely failed.
The two companies that have a stranglehold over software revenues, Google and Apple, have never had much incentive to share the spoils. Huawei, on the other hand, needs their help, and seems willing to spend money to secure it.
Huawei on Monday received a 90-day reprieve from the American restrictions that explicitly allows Google to maintain the relationship between the two companies. That means Huawei can keep using the full, commercial version of the Android operating system that currently runs its smartphones.
The rollback of the US restrictions also covers software and services such as the Google Play Store and the likes of Google Maps – but only for “existing Huawei handsets that were available to the public on or before May 16, 2019″.
See also: Huawei just caught a break: The US government has temporarily loosened its restrictions
That means Huawei faces the prospect of yet again having Google suspend their relationship come mid-August, when the temporary reprieve expires.
It also leaves in doubt whether Huawei can now ship any new cellphones that rely on the Google ecosystem.
Instead of depending entirely on the administration of Donald Trump to allow it to keep doing business with US companies such as Google, Huawei is expected to accelerate the development of its own operating system, apparently called HongMeng, while also preparing to move to the open-source version of Android.
Either way, Huawei will not have access to the Google Play Store, which hosts the millions of apps available on Android and in 2018 saw an estimated $28.4 billion in global revenue, the equivalent of R360 billion.
Huawei has apparently already been pushing hard on its in-house replacement to the Play Store, named App Gallery, with a focus on Europe.
In 2018, Bloomberg reported on Monday, Huawei tried to entice app developers to its store by offering them tools to easily port their software to it – and the chance to reach the vast Chinese consumer market.
For European cellphone network operators the pitch was a “very significant” portion of the revenue App Gallery makes.
How exactly that revenue share would work is not clear. But if Huawei and operators follow the typical technology partnership blueprint, Huawei would track when customers of MTN or Vodacom spend money on App Gallery, then pass back a part of that money to the operator in question.
In return the network operators would ensure that App Gallery was pre-installed on Huawei phones they distribute, and promote its use among their users, perhaps through mechanisms that include making available free data for use via App Gallery.
Operators were this week unwilling to comment on Huawei except in broad and empty fashion.
Asked if it has discussed any incentives to push App Gallery with local operators, Huawei on Tuesday stressed the importance of mobile services and said App Gallery “is an important part of Huawei’s strategy as it is not only a traditional application store”.
“Huawei’s App Gallery will provide great opportunities for local companies and South African’s digital talent,” the company told Business Insider South Africa.
Asked directly if it would share revenues with operators, the company said: “The Huawei App Gallery adopts a more business mode, for example sharing mode with the developers.” (sic)
Huawei has been actively courting South Africa app developers for App Gallery, and it has talked up the importance of South Africa as one of its key markets.
www.vsoftsystems.co.za

South Africa: Refugee Children Turned Away By Cape Schools
22 March 2019 – Groundup
At least 40 children of refugees are struggling to get into Cape Town schools, say refugee rights organisations PASSOP and Voice of Africans for Change (VAC).
The organisations say they know of about 40 children, between grade one and eight, who are struggling to get into school. There are also about 15 learners who could not write matric examinations last year due to their refugee documentation.
Some parents told GroundUp they had been trying to apply to schools since applications opened in February for next year. The deadline was Friday, 15 March.
Parents who spoke to GroundUp said they had been turned away from Parow West, Parow Inclusive and Parow High because the children did not have their own documents.
The parents said these schools were requiring study permits in the child’s name, or proof that an application for one had been made at Home Affairs.
Western Cape Department of Education spokesperson Jessica Shelver said schools could enrol learners without documents “but the parents must provide proof of having applied” to Home Affairs. “Schools generally work on the rule that if the proof is not provided within three months, the school may deregister the learner.”
VAC director Germain Kalombo said that since some of the children have South African birth certificates the schools should have been lenient and accepted applications while the parents are working on getting documents.
He said getting documents for the children of refugees could take a long time.
“Even if they do go for family-joining at Home Affairs they would stand the whole day in the queue and without getting any help. There is a backlog at Home Affairs,” he said.
Family joining means granting refugee status (or a similar secure status) to family members “accompanying a recognised refugee”, according to the University of Cape Town’s Refugee Rights Unit at its Law Clinic.
In 2018 GroundUp reported how refugees in Cape Town have been struggling with the family-joining process. At the time, the Scalabrini centre in Cape Town said that since 2013 they’d had about 530 individuals approaching them for assistance with the process.
VAC also said that for family-joining Home Affairs wants the child’s birth certificate from the original country or the natal clinic card from when the child was born.
For obvious reasons, many refugees would not have these or have access to these.
PASSOP said parents with Zimbabwe Exemption Permits (ZEPs), as well as those with refugee status, continuously faced problems enrolling their children, if the children did not have a permit.
Previously GroundUp reported how a woman had to buy a permit in order to put her child in school. She was caught between Home Affairs and the contradictory policies of the education department. A study permit in the child’s name is required when submitting an application, but Home Affairs does not issue a study permit without proof of acceptance at a school.
In February, GroundUp reported on a woman who has been on a ZEP permit since 2008 who was told by Home Affairs to go to Zimbabwe to apply for a child accompanying visa for her child born in South Africa.
To go to Zimbabwe simply to apply for a visa is an exorbitant cost for many parents who must also take leave from work.
Home Affairs media manager David Hlabane said, “The matter must be handled in terms of applicable policies, procedures and requirements, including for school admission.”

Biometrics are the future in travel – if the industry can coordinate, warns CEO

Jun 15 2019 – Fin24
Biometric technology is the future of travel, but it is being applied in a fragmented way that means it can’t reach its full potential, Gloria Guevara, president and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council – which represents the private sector – said earlier this month.
Guevara took part in a panel discussion at the 75th annual general meeting of the International Air Transport Association (Iata) in Seoul, South Korea.
Biometric technology is the measurement and analysis of people’s unique physical and behavioral characteristics, mainly used for identification and access control.
In Guevara’s view, it is crucial to define global standards for the use of technology in the traveller’s journey as fast as possible, and the WTTC is working with Iata to introduce biometric technology in non-aviation areas seamlessly.
One ID
Research has found a fragmented approach to the use of biometrics in the industry, with at least 53 different implementations and trials in six regions across the world. The WTTC supports a resolution taken at the Iata AGM to encourage the faster global implementation of biometric passenger recognition.
Guevara urged the aviation industry leaders gathered at the event to support the Iata One ID initiative and assign resources to support the global pursuit of common standards and inter-operability for the benefit of the entire travel and tourism sector.
Guevara is, therefore, concerned that this creates competing agendas and no end-to-end, seamless journey is currently being developed.
On the other hand, the benefits of an inter-operability approach would include increased security, as well as a better and more efficient traveller journey, in her view.
Early advantage
“Those companies which support and adopt biometrics early will have a competitive advantage in the market, so it’s up to the airlines to support Iata in this important task,” said Guevara.
She said it was recently reported that 71% of airlines and 77% of airports are currently investing in either researching or implementing biometric programmes.
“We applaud each of these efforts while also calling for the aviation industry to overcome fragmentation,” she said.
“Governments around the world are waiting for the private sector to align around a common standard and framework that can work across the entire travel and tourism sector regardless of the individual technology provider.”
Guevara cautioned that, if the industry ends up with multiple solutions in each country which do not connect with each other, the costs will be significant and create a risk of losing the very benefits which biometric technology can bring.
“Rather than operating in silos, it is crucial that we work together in pursuit of the common aim of finding a solution that will support the full end-to-end seamless traveller journey incorporating multiple airports, multiple airlines, car hire companies, hotels, booking agents, cruises and other players in the travel ecosystem,” she said.
“This will allow us to have higher-level support from governments and to move faster to achieve higher growth.”
www.samigration.com