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20. May. 2022 Mybroadband

Why your bank branch doesn’t do Smart IDs

South African banks are eager to expand the availability of E-Home Affairs in South Africa ` they are just waiting for the Department of Home Affairs to sign a partnership agreement before they can roll out the service to more branches.
This is according to Nedbank, which was answering questions from MyBroadband regarding the delays it faced in rolling out new E-Home Affairs branches during 2020.
At the start of 2020 ` before South Africa recorded its first case of COVID-19 ` Absa, FNB, Nedbank, and Standard Bank revealed their plans to expand their E-Home Affairs footprint substantially by the end of the year.
However, only Standard Bank was able to add E-Home Affairs capabilities to some of its branches during the year.
Nedbank told MyBroadband that its roll-out plans were affected by COVID-19, the National State of Disaster and the ensuing lockdowns, but said that the pandemic was only part of the reason for the delays.
“The delays are largely as a result of the finalisation of the partnership agreement with the Department of Home Affairs, and we have not been able to open any more [E-Home Affairs] offices in the last year aside from those already in place,” a spokesperson for Nedbank stated.
Nedbank said it intends to expand its E-Home Affairs offering, but it is waiting on the Department.
“There is big dependency on the Department of Home Affairs finalising a partnership agreement with participating banks that will see banks offering this service as part of their own operating models ` using their own staff,” Nedbank said.
“Currently, the [Home Affairs] appointed staff manage and operate dedicated areas within participating banks where they process appointments that are booked via the DHA website.”
A glaring gap in the E-Home Affairs network is the fact that one of South Africa’s largest banks, Capitec, does not offer the service.
The E-Home Affairs system only allows you to book appointments and collect your documents from a bank where you are a client.
If your bank does not participate in the programme, or if your bank does not have an E-Home Affairs branch near you, then you will have to book your biometric data capture appointment at the best available Home Affairs office.
MyBroadband asked South Africa’s big five banks and the Department of Home Affairs why the system was designed this way.
“This decision was informed by the Department of Home Affairs,” Nedbank told MyBroadband.
“This is how the appointment booking process is set up on the [E-Home Affairs] website. It’s the same process for all banks and ensures that it does not create a competitive advantage for any one bank.”
Standard Bank told MyBroadband that this was an agreement between all banks at the time when the e-Channel proof-of-concept ` which ultimately became E-Home Affairs ` launched in 2015.
FNB didn’t answer the question directly, but said that the E-Home Affairs system has become an essential service that has issued over 251,000 passports and smart IDs through its branches.
“We believe that the consistent expansion of this essential service will provide more customers with convenience by avoiding long queues when applying for their smart IDs and passports,” said the CEO of FNB Points of Presence, Lee-Anne van Zyl.
Absa declined to comment and referred questions to Home Affairs, while Home Affairs and Capitec did not respond to requests for comment by the time of publication.
However, Capitec previously told MyBroadband that it has no plans to add Home Affairs service desks, as it has smaller optimised premises to help keep its fees as low as possible.
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20. May. 2022 Mybroadband

Why your bank branch doesn’t do Smart IDs

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09. Jun. 2021 Gulf News

Saudi to extend validity of visas until July 31 for expats stranded abroad

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09. Jun. 2021 Tourism Update

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08. Jun. 2021 Business Insider SA

Netherlands finally ends SA flight ban ` and shortens quarantine to 5 days with a negative test

• The Netherlands has announced that flights from South Africa will be allowed to resume, with travel exemptions offered to non-EU residents. • Although most South Africans still won`t be able to enter the Netherlands due to an ongoing EU ban, students, key workers, and those with compelling family reasons will be allowed to travel. V.5639

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08. Jun. 2021 Schengen Info News

Portugal Permits Quarantine-Free Entry for Arrivals From Cyprus, Sweden & Lithuania

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08. Jun. 2021 New Era

Namibia Home affairs discourages non-urgent applications

The home affairs ministry has urged the public to delay application for national documents ` due to rising Covid-19 cases ` that are not urgent. The ministry has over the past three weeks recorded 10 positive Covid-19 cases among its staff at different offices countrywide. V.5643

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04. Jun. 2021 News 24

Manager at AG`s office in Pretoria held for allegedly offering Home Affairs official a R3 000 bribe

An employee at the AG`s office has been arrested. Getty Images • A general manager at the office of the Auditor-General in Pretoria has been arrested. • He allegedly offered a Home Affairs official a R3 000 bribe. • According to the Hawks, it emerged that his ID card and his daughter`s birth certificate were fraudulent. V.5637

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04. Jun. 2021 News 24

Manager at AG`s office in Pretoria held for allegedly offering Home Affairs official a R3 000 bribe

An employee at the AG`s office has been arrested. Getty Images • A general manager at the office of the Auditor-General in Pretoria has been arrested. • He allegedly offered a Home Affairs official a R3 000 bribe. • According to the Hawks, it emerged that his ID card and his daughter`s birth certificate were fraudulent. V.5638

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03. Jun. 2021 Business day

Snail’s pace at home affairs set to build up backlogs lasting years

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03. Jun. 2021 Al Jezeera

Danish parliament approves law to deport asylum seekers

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02. Jun. 2021 Business Tech

Sending these WhatsApp messages in South Africa can now land you with a fine and jailtime

President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed the Cybercrimes Bill into law, bringing South Africa’s cybersecurity laws in line with the rest of the world. V.5628

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02. Jun. 2021 IOL

Senior Home Affairs official in hot water for granting Bushiri’s permanent residency application

Johannesburg - A top Department of Home Affairs official is under fire for approving controversial Malawian fugitive and self-proclaimed Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his family`s applications for permanent residency. V.5630

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02. Jun. 2021 IOL

Senior Home Affairs official in hot water for granting Bushiri’s permanent residency application

Johannesburg - A top Department of Home Affairs official is under fire for approving controversial Malawian fugitive and self-proclaimed Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his family`s applications for permanent residency. V.5631

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01. Jun. 2021 DHA

Some Immigration , South African Citizenship terms `

Birth, descent, naturalisation, marriage and in the event of being stateless. The criteria for citizenship in each of the following categories are ` • Birth: Applies to any person born in South Africa with at least one parent being a South African citizen. V.5617

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01. Jun. 2021 DHA

Partner Visa - South Africa

The below information on Partners Visa and Permit options for South African immigration includes: V.5618

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01. Jun. 2021 DHA

Life Partner Immigration Visa South Africa `

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01. Jun. 2021 DHA

Relatives Visa - South Africa

The South African Immigration Act allows applications for permanent residence from those who have a first kin relationship with either a South African Permanent Resident or Citizen. This category of permit is known as a relatives permit. V.5620

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01. Jun. 2021 DHA

Study Visa for South Africa

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01. Jun. 2021 DHA

R e c o g n i s ed R e f u g e e ( S e c t i o n 2 4 P e r m i t )

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31. May. 2021 Business Day

Thousands to face visa renewal hurdles after being cut from critical skills list

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20. May. 2022 Mybroadband

Why your bank branch doesn’t do Smart IDs

South African banks are eager to expand the availability of E-Home Affairs in South Africa ` they are just waiting for the Department of Home Affairs to sign a partnership agreement before they can roll out the service to more branches. V.5623

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