Last week OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg was the first of many international airports in South Africa to start the pilot project of capturing biometric data.
Although they are not taken yet, the training for the staff has already begun.
By taking the biometric data the Department of Home Affairs tries to bring forth the Enhanced Movement Control System (EMCS), which aims to secure the movement at the borders and control immigration at all ports of entry.
This is one of the main steps in the modernization process of the DHA.
The pilots are planned to be run at Lanseria International Airport, OR Tambo International Airport, King Shaka International Airport and Cape Town International.
While the last two of them are planned to start on the 12th of November, OR started a week ago and Lanseria was supposed to start on the 2nd of November already, although officials did not seem able to tell if the training has actually started already.
At first it will only be selected travelers whose biometrical data will be taken until officials can be sure the biometric system is secure and works like it should and DHA plans to install the procedure completely from November 25 then.