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South Africa started taking biometric data at airports

South Africa started taking biometric data at airports

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.


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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. Continue reading

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Office hours at Home Affairs have been extended

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

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