140 Home Affairs offices equipped to issue Smart ID cards

Minster Malusi Gigaba said the dept can't expand the service just yet because of power supply issues.

FILE: Department of Home Affairs official scanning the new Smart ID card. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday said his programme of modernising department facilities depends on a reliable and uninterrupted electricity supply.

Gigaba said 140 offices nationwide are designated to issue new smart ID cards.

But he said the ministry can't expand the service just yet because of power supply issues.

"In most, if not all of our offices with a capability with dependencies out of our own creation that we have tried to resolve in part by alternative power backups, generators, but the most network supply doesn't sit with us."

Smart identity cards, will replace the green bar-coded identity books and were rolled out to first-time applicants and pensioners from February 2014.