JOHANNESBURG – The new smart ID cards will start being issued in the new year, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor said on Thursday.
“The pilot was a success and in the new year we will make an announcement on the implementation of the smart ID card project,” she said.
Pandor said she would visit hospitals in Cape Town on New Year’s Day to issue birth certificates to mothers of the first babies born in 2013.
The project is scheduled to be implemented over the next four years.
“The security features and the cost are still being discussed,” she said.
A microchip will store all necessary data, which will be laser-engraved to prevent tampering.
The cost of the card had not yet been determined, but Pandor announced that it would not exceed that of the current green bar-coded identity document, which the card would be replacing in the future.
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