Additional staff for the festive season at the O.R Tambo International Airport

Additional staff for the festive season at the O.R Tambo International Airport

As Africa’s busiest airport, an increased capacity plan for the festive period has become a critical requirement.

In recent months, there have been many complaints about the biometrics capturing systems causing long queues and flight delays in South African airports.

oiithc8wf68-matthew-smithIn a media briefing on 8 December, The Department of Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced several plans put in place by the government.

Announced plans:

These plans primarily deal with the large capacity of travelers entering the country over the festive season of 2016/2017. Continue reading

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Merry Christmas and a happy healthy new year!

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We, at IBN, would like to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous new Year!

We also want to THANK every one for your continuous support.

Please note that our office is closed from 24 December 2016 and will re-open on 09 January 2017.

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Conventional ID books still being issued by Home Affairs

Conventional ID books still being issued by Home Affairs

Last year the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) issued more than 680 000 smart ID cards to South African citizens 16 years of age and above, Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba told Parliament.

How many smart ID books were issued?

“During the fourth quarter of the 2015-2016 financial year‚ the DHA issued 683 550 smart ID cards to persons 16 years of age and above.

ID Book Permanent ResidenceThere were 69 903 first-issue identity documents issued within 54 working days and 51 468 re-issued IDs within 47 working days‚” said Minister Gigaba. Continue reading

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Home Affairs responds to accusations regarding VFS Global contract

Home Affairs responds to accusations regarding VFS Global contract

Department of Home Affairs takes a stand on accusations made regarding the outsourcing of visa and permit applications to VFS Global

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) took a stand on the accusations made on occasion of the Home Affairs Budget Vote Oct. 14, 2016 in Cape Town.

What happened?

signingDHA recently signed with VFS Global, an outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, to receive and manage visa and permit applications abroad and in South Africa on behalf of the Department.

The decision to approve or reject such applicants however still remains in the hands of the Department. Continue reading

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