Smart IDs could improve access to services - Malusi Gigaba

The minister says smart ID cards could change the way South Africans go about their lives.

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JOHANNESBURG - Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says smart ID cards could change the way South Africans access services and go about their lives.

Gigaba says the smart card could be a universal tool of identification, if used in conjunction with new forms of technology.

Yesterday Gigaba spent the morning engaging with members of the Black Business Council on a number of policy issues, as well as developments within the department.

The minister says ideally, identification for drivers, students and social grant recipients should be contained within the smart card.

But he says because South Africa hasn't paid enough attention to the services provided by Home Affairs, the department has yet to utilise the full scope of the cards use.

He adds there are talks with the Transport Department and other bodies to deliberate on ways of expanding the use of the smart cards.