Residents urged to collect IDs from local home affairs

Residents urged to collect IDs from local home affairs
The City of Ekurhuleni is assisting with transport for the elderly.
17 November 2018 – Kempton Express
More than 1 500 identity documents, both smart IDs and green barcoded IDs, are to be collected from the Department of Home Affairs in Kempton Park.
The Department of Home Affairs is currently experiencing an overwhelming number of uncollected IDs nationally, and the City of Ekurhuleni is no exception.
According to recent figures released by home affairs in Ekurhuleni, there are 19 150 smart IDs and 1 528 green barcoded IDs left uncollected at different offices.
The City of Ekurhuleni has entered into a partnership with the Department of Home Affairs to fast-track ID collections. The City is providing transport to elderly residents, people with a disability and military veterans.
Non-governmental organisations, community-based organisations and churches have also been roped in to assist. The City has also used its popular community outreach programme, Siyaqhuba, to advocate for application and collection of birth certificates and IDs.
Of the 1 572 at Kempton home affairs, 1 419 are smart IDs and 153 green barcoded IDs.

Residents urged to collect IDs from local home affairs The City of Ekurhuleni is assisting with transport for the elderly.

17 November 2018 – Kempton Express
More than 1 500 identity documents, both smart IDs and green barcoded IDs, are to be collected from the Department of Home Affairs in Kempton Park.
The Department of Home Affairs is currently experiencing an overwhelming number of uncollected IDs nationally, and the City of Ekurhuleni is no exception.
According to recent figures released by home affairs in Ekurhuleni, there are 19 150 smart IDs and 1 528 green barcoded IDs left uncollected at different offices.
The City of Ekurhuleni has entered into a partnership with the Department of Home Affairs to fast-track ID collections. The City is providing transport to elderly residents, people with a disability and military veterans.
Non-governmental organisations, community-based organisations and churches have also been roped in to assist. The City has also used its popular community outreach programme, Siyaqhuba, to advocate for application and collection of birth certificates and IDs.
Of the 1 572 at Kempton home affairs, 1 419 are smart IDs and 153 green barcoded IDs.

Residents urged to collect their IDs at Home Affairs

November 15, 2018 – Boksburg Advertiser

In Boksburg there are 2 507 uncollected smart cards and 59 green bar-coded IDs.
The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) is currently experiencing an overwhelming number of uncollected ID nationally and the City of Ekurhuleni is no exception.
According to recent figures released by DHA, in Ekurhuleni, there are approximately 19 150 smart IDs and 1 528 green bar-coded IDs that are left uncollected.
According to Themba Gadebe, the City of Ekurhuleni, as responsible government that promotes participatory democracy urges residents to collect their IDs so that they can register to vote during the voter registration period on January 26 and 27.
“Furthermore, uncollected IDs hamper the City service delivery programmes because residents cannot register for other municipal programmes, such as RDP housing and cannot collect their title deeds when they are available for collection.
“Among the services that the residents forgo due to lack of IDs are enlisting on the City’s indigent database for which they are entitled for free water, free electricity and indigent rebates to assessment rates.”
He said to this end, City of Ekurhuleni has entered into a partnership with the Department of Home Affairs to fast-track collection IDs.
“The City is providing transport to elder residents, people living with disability, learners and military veterans.
“Non-governmental organisation, community-based organisations and churches have also been roped in to assist. The City has also used its popular community outreach programme, Siyaqhuba, to advocate for application and collection of birth certificates and IDs.
“Residents are reminded of the ultimate price paid by the forebears of the democracy dispensation that has given them all tools of democratic governance such as regular elections and institutions to hold their elected representatives accountable.”

Home Affairs plans to discontinue birth certificates for foreign children

EWN – 16 November 2018
Lawyers for Human Rights says the new regulations propose that foreign children be issued with a ‘confirmation of birth’ and not a birth certificate
CAPE TOWN – Legal groups have raised concern over the Home Affairs Department’s plan to discontinue birth certificates for foreign children born in South Africa.
The public has until Friday to comment on proposed new regulations to the Births and Deaths Registration Act as it pertains to refugees.
Lawyers for Human Rights, the Centre for Child Law, the University of Cape Town’s Refugee Rights and the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town say previously all children were issued with birth certificates, as is required by the Constitution and international law on children’s rights.
Lawyers for Human Rights says the new regulations propose that foreign children be issued with a ‘confirmation of birth’ and not a birth certificate.
The organisation’s Liesl Muller says every child has the right to a birth certificate.
She adds in terms of international law, it is the responsibility of the country of birth to issue a birth certificate, regardless of whether citizenship is granted or not.
“The problem with this is that no child can live a normal life without a birth certificate, and the child cannot access basic education and healthcare.”
Muller says the draft regulation requires children to present their confirmation of birth to their embassy in order to obtain a birth certificate from their country of nationality.
“There are certain groups with children who are particularly vulnerable who won’t be able to, for instance, they’ve fled their country and their refugee protection will be removed.”

Home Affairs plans to discontinue birth certificates for foreign children

Home Affairs plans to discontinue birth certificates for foreign children
EWN – 16 November 2018
Lawyers for Human Rights says the new regulations propose that foreign children be issued with a ‘confirmation of birth’ and not a birth certificate
CAPE TOWN – Legal groups have raised concern over the Home Affairs Department’s plan to discontinue birth certificates for foreign children born in South Africa.
The public has until Friday to comment on proposed new regulations to the Births and Deaths Registration Act as it pertains to refugees.
Lawyers for Human Rights, the Centre for Child Law, the University of Cape Town’s Refugee Rights and the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town say previously all children were issued with birth certificates, as is required by the Constitution and international law on children’s rights.
Lawyers for Human Rights says the new regulations propose that foreign children be issued with a ‘confirmation of birth’ and not a birth certificate.
The organisation’s Liesl Muller says every child has the right to a birth certificate.
She adds in terms of international law, it is the responsibility of the country of birth to issue a birth certificate, regardless of whether citizenship is granted or not.
“The problem with this is that no child can live a normal life without a birth certificate, and the child cannot access basic education and healthcare.”
Muller says the draft regulation requires children to present their confirmation of birth to their embassy in order to obtain a birth certificate from their country of nationality.
“There are certain groups with children who are particularly vulnerable who won’t be able to, for instance, they’ve fled their country and their refugee protection will be removed.”

Appointment of Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) for global visa and permit operations

Parliamentary Monitoring Group – 16 November 2018
The Chairperson referred to the appointment Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) for global visa and permit operations in South Africa and abroad and said the Committee had proposed that VFS operate on a month by month basis until it had completed its investigations on corruption allegations. The Committee was not satisfied that VFS should be given a contract without going through a public tender. He asked the DHA to brief the Committee on the R750 million litigation case.
Mr Mavuso said the R750 million litigation case against the DHA was a 2009 matter. The company had charged the DHA in dollars, but the DHA discovered that the band width was not assigned from outside South Africa, but within the country. The bill had been R40 million at the time, but the firm had been liquidated. The DHA had been recently subpoenaed and had to be prepared for the hearing.
Ms Raphuti said the bill of R40 million was in contention between DHA and the firm.
The Chairperson said the Committee would engage deeply on the litigation at its next meeting.
The meeting was adjourned.

Home Affairs legalises Zimbabweans living, working and studying in SA

Home Affairs legalises Zimbabweans living, working and studying in SA
15 November 2018 – Times Live

The Zimbabwean Special Permits will be replaced by the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit.
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Over 180,000 Zimbabwean nationals living in South Africa have applied for official documentation to allow them to stay, work, study and conduct businesses legally in the country, the department of home affairs said on Thursday.
“The Department of Home Affairs is pleased to announce that it has completed the adjudication and printing of 178,172 applications for the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP),” said spokesman Thabo Makgola.
The opening of applications for the ZEP was announced in September 2017 following the expiry of the Zimbabwean Special Permit (ZSP).
“The ZEP is meant to regularise the stay of Zimbabwean nationals in South Africa for work, study or legal business,” said Makgola.
Of the 180,000 applications, 108,485 permits were processed and had been collected, said Makgola.
Meanwhile, 39,089 were in the process of being collected or sent to the various collection offices, he added.
The department has urged 1,932 applicants who had expired passports to contact the Zimbabwean consulate, as their application could not be processed.
While this may be a relief for many, it still denies Zimbabweans permanent residency in South Africa.
The department said it had met with the Zimbabwean Consulate which had undertaken to expedite the passport applications of those who did apply.
The ZEP came into effect in January 2018, and it will expire in December 2021.

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