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No more visits to Home Affairs for some

The president & the Home Affairs minister launched the department’s E-channel pilot project yesterday.

President Jacob Zuma and Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba launched the E-channel pilot project in Midrand on 7 April 2016. Picture: EWN.

PRETORIA - The Home Affairs Department, together with the country's big four banks, has launched a project that may soon do away with the need to visit their offices to apply for IDs and passports.

President Jacob Zuma and Minister Malusi Gigaba officially l aunched the E-channel pilot project in Midrand yesterday.

While in its pilot phase, the service is available in Gauteng and parts of Cape Town.

A few clicks online, a visit to your local bank branch to provide fingerprints and a photo is all it will take to obtain a new passport or ID.

Gigaba says this project is using the best technology South Africa has to offer.

"We are exploiting the skills of our young people so that we can be able to provide our people with a service that is convenient to them."

Zuma says there is scope for expansion.

"The department is engaging with the banks to find ways to expand the E-Home Affairs service to all their clients."

In the pilot phase, only those between the ages of 30 and 35 may apply.

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