Hikes for home affairs services

2011-03-24 14:15

South Africans must brace themselves for substantial tariff hikes on passports and the re-issuing of identity documents by the Department of Home Affairs.

This was revealed at a media briefing in Pretoria today, by the director-general Mkuseli Apleni.

While the issuing of an ID document was free, the re-issuing cost has rocketed from a mere R20 to R140.

The same also applies for temporary identity certificates.

Apleni said these yearly tariff hikes, which would take effect from April 1, were already gazetted after being approved by the Treasury.

Passports, which Apleni said were now costly to produce because of new security features, would cost R400, almost double the current fee.

Temporary passports had also doubled in cost from R90 to R180.

“The state needs to recover the costs. There is nothing new to this, it happens yearly. People know,” said Apleni, who referred to the costs as reasonable.

He denied that it had anything to do with whether the department was running at a loss.

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