#eHomeAffairs trends as dept launches online eChannel

2016-04-07 11:25

Cape Town - South Africans are having their say on social media after the Department of Home Affairs on Thursday launched an online platform to help South African citizens apply for their smart IDs and passports.

“Today we are making strides as we launch the #eHomeAffairs pilot project together with @Absa, @FNBSA, @StandardBankZA, @Nedbank,” the department tweeted on Thursday morning.

In a statement of in its website, the department explained citizens can apply for their documents online, and collect them at kiosks set up in four of South Africa’s major banks.

 “In this regard, ABSA, FNB, Nedbank and Standard Bank will provide space for the Department of Home Affairs kiosks inside banks where clients will walk in to submit their fingerprints and pictures, having made appointments and payments online.”

Citizens have to be between 30 and 35-years-old in order to use the platform.

#ehomeaffairs and #echannel are currently trending on Twitter.

You can find a link to the eChannel here.

Department of Home Affairs minister Malusi Gigaba was on Metro FM and Morning Live on Thursday to discuss the rollout of the platform.

President Jacob Zuma was due to officially launch the eChannel Pilot Project in Midrand, Johannesburg at 09:00 on Thursday.

"This is a world class service," said President Zuma on Thursday.

Some users though claimed the website was not working on Thursday morning.

Others asked why Capitec, the country's largest growing bank, was left off the list.

Many though are just hoping the initiative is a success.

Read more on:    home affairs  |  malusi gigaba  |  johannesburg

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