As South Africa eases into level one lockdown, and lighter restrictions, more and more services become available…

Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, announced this week that the Department of Home Affairs began offering several services that were temporarily suspended in January 2021.

The announcement follows President Cyril Ramaphosa announcement on Sunday moving the country back to level 1 as Covid-19 infections decrease.

As of March 4, the re-issue of Smart ID Cards and identity documents; registration and solemnization of marriages; amendments and rectifications; late registration of birth (LRB) for all categories, and the application for and collection of passports for all categories were re-instated.

The citizenship service, however, will remain temporarily unavailable.

“Online services, through eHome Affairs and our partner banks, will be resumed on Monday, 8 March 2021,” said the Minister.

During Adjusted Lockdown Level 3, the department offered limited services; services for birth registration; re-issuance of birth certificates; late registration of birth (LRB) for learners and pensioners only; death registration; application for temporary identity certificate (TIC), and collection of identity cards or documents.

Applications and collection of passports for those who are exempted to travel and applications for identity (Smart ID) cards or documents for matriculants only, were also offered during this period.

As Covid-19 infections decline, the Minister warned about maintaining vigilance during this time as the threat of a third-wave incessantly looms.


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