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10. Jan. 2022 Businesstech

South Africa is getting a new ID system â€` how it will work

Government is in the process of developing the new National Identity System (NIS), which will replace the current National Population Register and become the backbone of all Home Affairs functions in South Africa.
The system, which is expected to be operational by March 2024, will enable the security and reliability of civic and immigration status linked to identity and biometric data. In this way, the NIS will effectively act as a single source of information on all South Africans.
This will enable economic transformation, efficient service delivery and enhance the security of citizens and all known foreign nationals in South Africa, the Department of Home Affairs said.
“The department is in the process of implementing a single integrated source of biographic and biometric information â€` to make digital service delivery a seamless reality. The current disparate civic and immigration systems will produce secure data that will feed into the NIS according to an identity management policy and an updated identification Act.
Under this system, all processes â€` the registration of births, marriages and deaths â€` will be digitised and secured, it said.
It added that the successful implementation of the NIS will lead to a substantial reduction in fraudulent transactions, and enable efficient e-government and e-commerce services.
A 10-year upgrade
The new National Identity System forms part of a broader modernisation programme which the Department of Home Affairs is undertaking over a 10-year period up to 2028/29.
“The digital transformation will be enabled by robust integrated backend systems and modern network infrastructure, which in turn enable all DHA front-end processes and alignment with all related government systems,” it said.
Some of the key elements which will be phased in through the new model and form part of the NIS include:
• Digital processes for issuing birth, marriage and death certificates;
• The use of modified screening procedures at e-gates at high volume land ports of entry for pre-approved frequent travellers;
• A single hub for the adjudication of permits and visas.
Notably, all of these services will be accessed through a number of channels involving partners, such as public and private health systems for birth and death registration, the department said.
“The implementation of the new model will eliminate historical challenges, including long queues and fraud.
“Digital transformation and continuous innovation will enable the DHA to become a provider of people-centric services and identity data verification for both government and private institutions.”
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21. Jan. 2022 News 24

Malema concedes there is nothing untoward about Mall of Africa restaurants` hiring policies

The EFF leader initially got into a verbal confrontation with a manager at Kream Restaurant, who had at first refused to grant the EFF leader and his delegation access into the restaurant. The Kream restaurant manager, who refused to identify himself to the EFF or the media, told Malema that he could only hand over a letter from the business owners and could not engage with the party’s leadership on the premises. He also asked Malema in which capacity he was visiting the establishment. V.3900

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21. Jan. 2022 Opera Newss

Minister Motsoaledi gets tough on work permits

Home Affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi is leaving no stones unturned in his quest for rooting out corruption. Vukani Kusile Foundation’s Solly Masilela said: “It will take time for the clean-up to be a success because corruption and maladministration of the immigration laws and regulations is too entrenched and linked to other departments, such as the department of international relations and cooperation. It is a step in the right direction though.” Masilela added that the SA immigration system had taken such a knock that SA-issued documents were not worth the paper they were printed on. V.3904

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20. Jan. 2022 News24

Malema concedes there is nothing untoward about Mall of Africa restaurants` hiring policies

• Despite initially saying that restaurants at the Mall of Africa in Midrand were using discriminatory policies that favoured foreigners, Julius Malema on Wednesday conceded that this is not so. • The EFF leader’s change of mind came after meeting with the management of three restaurants. • Malema justified his unsanctioned visits, saying they were being conducted in his capacity as an MP. V.3899

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19. Jan. 2022 Zimbabwe Mail

South Africa to investigate foreigners with permits in February

The South Africa Department of Home Affairs will begin a Citizen Authentication System which is set to verify permits and Visas issued to foreigners since 2004. The operation is aimed at fishing out individuals who fraudulently acquired permits to stay in the country. The Home Affairs Minister Aaaron Motsoaledi said the need to review the permits came after realising a trend emerging from the outcomes of cases involving prominent people investigated by the Department’s Counter Corruption Unit, which investigates wrongdoing by departmental officials. V.3897

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19. Jan. 2022 Opera News

Minister Motsoaledi gets tough on work permits

Home Affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi is leaving no stones unturned in his quest for rooting out corruption. Vukani Kusile Foundation’s Solly Masilela said: “It will take time for the clean-up to be a success because corruption and maladministration of the immigration laws and regulations is too entrenched and linked to other departments, such as the department of international relations and cooperation. It is a step in the right direction though.” V.3898

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19. Jan. 2022 Cape Argus

Home Affairs officials say improvement of office infrastructure is top priority

Cape Town - Current office infrastructure at the department of Home Affairs (DHA) in the Western Cape does not make provision for people queuing outside and exposure to severe weather conditions. This despite protected client queueing areas being included in norms and standards for the department`s facility specifications. This emerged during a briefing by the department of Home Affairs to the legislature’s standing committee on the premier and constitutional matters. V.3905

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18. Jan. 2022 The Citizen

Dodgy permits probed

ANALYST: IMMIGRATION SYSTEM HAS LOST ALL CREDIBILITY DUE TO CORRUPTION Not worth the paper they were printed on Review follows high-profile people investigated by dept’s corruption unit. That Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is moving to review a raft of dodgy permits allegedly issued by corrupt officials is a welcome intervention but may be “too little, too late” to salvage the credibility of the immigration system, says a political analyst. V.3893

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18. Jan. 2022 Groundup

Undocumented man applying for refugee status can remain in SA, Concourt rules

Court ruled that a delay in applying for refugee status does not affect a person’s right to apply for recognition as a refugee The Constitutional Court has ordered the South African government not deport an Ethiopian national until the finalisation of his application for recognition as a refugee. The judgment, delivered in December, is important for undocumented immigrants who have not timeously applied for refugee status. In 2020 Desta Abore, an Ethiopian national, was arrested for entering and living in South Africa without the relevant documents in violation of the Immigration Act. He pleaded guilty at the time and the Eshowe Magistrates Court sentenced him to 50 days in prison or to pay a R1,500 fine. He paid the fine, but was not released. Abore then approached the Durban High Court for an order declaring his detention unlawful. He also wanted to prohibit the government from deporting him until he had been allowed to apply for refugee status under the Refugee Act. V.3894

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16. Jan. 2022 iol

We will arrest and deport those who cross SA’s borders illegally, says Home Affairs

Right of reply: Society doesn`t give repeat offenders a free pass simply because they frequently break the law in any other sphere of life. Immigration is no different, writes Siya Qoza. Your story that appeared in print and online on January 12 this year, titled, “Beitbridge anti-immigration efforts hit by bribery claims”, bears reference. As the Department of Home Affairs, we wish to make a few points, for the benefit of your readers. V.3888

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16. Jan. 2022 times Live

Nearly 18,000 illegal foreign nationals jailed in SA in last five years: Lamola

Nearly 18,000 illegal foreign nationals have been incarcerated in the country’s correctional facilities in the last five years. Of these, about 52% were sentenced by November 2021. Minister of justice and correctional services Ronald Lamola made this revelation in a written parliamentary response V.3889

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16. Jan. 2022 Pretoria News

Home Affairs official allegedly changed details of Nigerian man seeking refugee status

Pretoria - The alleged conduct of a Home Affairs official believed to have changed the version of a Nigerian citizen in his application for refugee status has been referred to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for investigation and possible prosecution. The Johannesburg High Court last month ordered that the NPA must establish whether the official lied about the facts which were given to him by the Nigerian citizen, only identified as EL to safeguard him from possible persecution. V.3890

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16. Jan. 2022 Pretoria News

Home Affairs official allegedly changed details of Nigerian man seeking refugee status

Pretoria - The alleged conduct of a Home Affairs official believed to have changed the version of a Nigerian citizen in his application for refugee status has been referred to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for investigation and possible prosecution. The Johannesburg High Court last month ordered that the NPA must establish whether the official lied about the facts which were given to him by the Nigerian citizen, only identified as EL to safeguard him from possible persecution. V.3891

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16. Jan. 2022 GroundUp

Undocumented man applying for refugee status can remain in SA, Concourt rules

Court ruled that a delay in applying for refugee status does not affect a person’s right to apply for recognition as a refugee The Constitutional Court has ordered the South African government not deport an Ethiopian national until the finalisation of his application for recognition as a refugee. V.3892

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10. Jan. 2022 Businesstech

South Africa is getting a new ID system â€` how it will work

Government is in the process of developing the new National Identity System (NIS), which will replace the current National Population Register and become the backbone of all Home Affairs functions in South Africa. The system, which is expected to be operational by March 2024, will enable the security and reliability of civic and immigration status linked to identity and biometric data. In this way, the NIS will effectively act as a single source of information on all South Africans. V.3886

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10. Jan. 2022 Businesstech

South Africa is getting a new ID system â€` how it will work

Government is in the process of developing the new National Identity System (NIS), which will replace the current National Population Register and become the backbone of all Home Affairs functions in South Africa. The system, which is expected to be operational by March 2024, will enable the security and reliability of civic and immigration status linked to identity and biometric data. In this way, the NIS will effectively act as a single source of information on all South Africans. V.3887

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09. Jan. 2022 Sabc News

Home Affairs Department on a drive to curb influx of undocumented immigrants

Home Affairs Department on a drive to curb influx of undocumented The Home Affairs Department has set up a series of roadblocks in an effort to address the challenge of undocumented immigrants near the Beitbridge Border Post. Some illegal border jumpers have entered the country by jumping the border fence. Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has conducted an inspection at the Port of Entry. Motsoaledi monitored a roadblock where undocumented foreign nationals were intercepted. V.3884

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09. Jan. 2022 Sa Migration

Fraudulent and Fraudulently obtained South African Permits

The Curious Case of the 1997 Exemption Permits 2021 has started on a busy note in terms of the South African immigration landscape. The Border Management Agency began its work having been signed into law by the president in December, a draft critical skills list has been published and now the Minister has vowed to take steps to review and investigate visas and permits irregularly issued over the years and its only February. V.3885

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30. Dec. 2021 EWN

`They wanted to catch us off guard` - Motsoaledi on ZEP urgent applications

ZEP holders have sought to challenge Cabinet`s decision not to renew the Zimbabwe special dispensation, which has been in place since 2009 JOHANNESBURG - Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi welcomed the High Court in Pretoria`s decision to strike from the roll two applications by African Amity and another group to have the case of Zimbabwe Exemption Permit (ZEP) holders against the department heard urgently. V.3879

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30. Dec. 2021 News24

Ethiopian who fled to SA handed a lifeline after ConCourt rules against his deportation

• Constitutional Court judgment rules that an illegal foreigner stay in the country pending his application for asylum status. • Ethiopian Desta Abore was arrested in 2020 in Eshowe for entering and living in South Africa illegally. • The court ruled that his continued detention until June 2021 was unlawfully. A man who fled Ethiopia for South Africa for allegedly fearing for his life, has been given a lifeline to remain in the country. On Thursday, the Constitutional Court ruled that the Department of Home Affairs was not allowed to deport Desta Abore back to Ethiopia. Instead, it ordered the department to `take reasonable steps` in the next 14 days to `give effect to Mr Abore`s inte V.3880

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30. Dec. 2021 News24

Ethiopian who fled to SA handed a lifeline after ConCourt rules against his deportation

• Constitutional Court judgment rules that an illegal foreigner stay in the country pending his application for asylum status. • Ethiopian Desta Abore was arrested in 2020 in Eshowe for entering and living in South Africa illegally. • The court ruled that his continued detention until June 2021 was unlawfully. A man who fled Ethiopia for South Africa for allegedly fearing for his life, has been given a lifeline to remain in the country. On Thursday, the Constitutional Court ruled that the Department of Home Affairs was not allowed to deport Desta Abore back to Ethiopia. Instead, it ordered the department to `take reasonable steps` in the next 14 days to `give effect to Mr Abore`s inte V.3881

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21. Jan. 2022 News 24

Malema concedes there is nothing untoward about Mall of Africa restaurants` hiring policies

The EFF leader initially got into a verbal confrontation with a manager at Kream Restaurant, who had at first refused to grant the EFF leader and his delegation access into the restaurant. The Kream restaurant manager, who refused to identify himself to the EFF or the media, told Malema that he could only hand over a letter from the business owners and could not engage with the party’s leadership on the premises. He also asked Malema in which capacity he was visiting the establishment. V.3900

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