UPDATE: Home Affairs biometric systems back online

2016-12-08 08:55 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - The Department of Home Affairs has confirmed that the biometric systems at their offices are back up and running, following a shut-down on Wednesday, 7 December. 

The shut-down came two days before the end of the last school term, marking the official kick-off of the festive season in South Africa.

The DHA issued an apology for the unavailability of Live Capture Systems - or Biometric Data Capturing - "due to technical challenges". 

Services that are affected were the Smart ID Card and Passport applications as well as collections. Birth, Marriages and Death services were not affected.

The DHA on Wednesday also tweeted confirmation that South African passports for minors "will include parental details from February 2017". This follows after public outcry over the confusion and admin intensity of the Unabridged Birth Certificate which was implemented in June 2015. 

The DHA has now done away with the Unabridged version of SA's Birth Certificate and now only issues Birth Certificates detailing both parents' particulars - with the minor's passport set to be the main travel document.

READ: SA minors' passports to change from February 2017

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