As Home Affairs’ Director General Mkuseli Apleni announced in Pretoria 4 days ago, about 140 of the Home Affairs offices all around the country are going to be shot down for five days from 27. November until 2. December 2015.
Reason for that will be a upgrading of its hardware and software for a live capturing system for the new smart ID and passports.
It shall become easier to use for clients in the future, as for example it will be possible for people to apply for documents online without having to go to the HA office. Continue reading
Home Affairs minister Mkuseli Apleni has recently announced that the office hours at the HA department will be extended. Implementation should be in place before the end of this month to improve service delivery to South Africans.
To ensure that long waiting queues for members of the public will be reduced, the new plan for Home Affairs officials is to work in 2 shifts and start working already before the service to the public begins, as well as working longer when the service to the public ends.
“Importantly, the new opening and closing hours will afford managers and staff sufficient time to interact with each other on service delivery matters and front office operation.” Minister Mkuseli Apleni said. Continue reading
Published: 05 June 2014
Issued by Department of Home Affairs, 909 Arcadia Street, Pretoria
Let me take this opportunity once more to welcome you to our weekly media briefing which will focus mainly on the opening of visa facilitation centres inside the country as per our announcement last week.
However, may I first restate that we remain on course in implementing the new Immigration Regulations of 2014. I have signed the necessary notices to accompany the regulations. The last notices to be determined are the list of undesirable businesses, businesses in the national interests and investment amount in the issuance of a business visa. These processes will be finalized upon conclusion of consultations with the Minister of Trade and Industry. We remain resolute that the new immigration regulations are in line with our objective of managing immigration efficiently and effectively while protecting the integrity of our borders and the sovereignty of our country.
We need to reiterate that these new immigration regulations ought to be located within our mandate and the position of the Department within the broader government structure. It is equally important for us to explain, foremost, that the Department of Home Affairs is a security department that delivers services to the citizenry. Continue reading
The Department of Home Affairs received a qualified audit for the second year in a row, according to it’s 2012 / 2013 annual report. In 2011, the Department of Home Affairs received it’s first unqualified audit opinion in 16 years under the leadership of (then) Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. The qualified audit is rather bad news for Minister Naledi Pandor, as her appointment as the new Minister of Home Affairs was received with much excitement and hope considering the great results she achieved with other departments previously.
The Auditor-General’s report stated that a lack of adequate oversight within the department formed part of the qualified audit opinion. The A-G’s report also included issues such as:
– R4,2 million in irregular expenditure;
– R301 million in unauthorised expenditure;
– 75% targets were not achieved; and
– R26 million in material losses and 7099 lost assets were written off.
The Department’s qualified audit were to be discussed by the Democratic Alliance in the Portfolio Committe meeting with Home Affairs on Friday, 11 October 2013. Continue reading