Cape Town - For the second weekend in a row, the Department of Home Affairs has confirmed that it will not be opening its offices for the collection of passports, smart-card IDs or visa documents.
It issued a statement that all weekend operations have been suspended as wage negotiations with Unions are ongoing - with offices remaining closed this Saturday, 15 July 2017.
Minister of Home Affairs, Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize says, " We continue to appeal to members of the public to be patient while the Department is working on resolving the matter as quickly as possible and apologises for any inconvenience caused."
Previously Mkhize indicated talks aimed at resolving the impasse were "proceeding well" - but a week later, the situation remains unresolved.
The DHA has confirmed to Traveller24 the incapacity is not expected to affect passport control for those travelling internationally - but specifically front offices, facilitating ID, Passport and birth registrations as well as collections, including visas.
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The DHA and Unions have been in negotiations since Monday, 3 July to find a solution to the labour dispute which has led to the suspension of operation in Home Affairs offices countrywide on Saturdays.
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