Friday7 August 2020   
Date 2020/06/07         Hour 11:06:51     News Group Recent International

One of the things people are being encouraged to do at home affairs offices, is pick up the smart ID cards and other documents applied for before the lockdown.
GOVERNMENT departments are slowly increasing the level of civic services they are able to offer at front offices during the current alert level of lockdown.

The government is encouraging residents to pick up smart ID cards previously applied for.

In an announcement by Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) last week, the services were explained in terms of the regulations offering clues for citizens in various communities how the national services run by departments would become available.

“The Department of Home Affairs wishes to outline civic services that are rendered at front offices in alert level 4 of the national state of disaster which had commenced on 1 May 2020,” said the statement issued by the department’s spokesperson, Siya Qoza on Wednesday, 20 May.

“The limited services were published in Government Notice No. R. 518 of 9 May 2020 together with directions on temporary measures regulating entry and exit from South Africa for emergency medical attention, return of SA citizens and repatriation of foreign nationals,” said Qoza.

“The services are rendered to citizens and other clients at civic services front offices across the country, between Monday and Friday, from 8.30am to 3.30pm.”

Limited services

The services which are being offered include birth and death registrations excluding late birth registrations, the issuing of temporary ID documents, reissuing of copies of lost documents, the collection of smart ID cards applied for before lockdown began in March and passports for those who require them to perform essential services.

“Births are registered at health facilities and local Home Affairs offices. Children not registered due to the (Level 5) national lockdown are to be registered at local Home Affairs offices, ” said the statement.

“Parents are therefore urged to visit their nearest Home Affairs offices to register these children, but to do so within the confines of what is permissible by the regulations in this period.”