Cape Town - Plans to have weekend services in place for South African citizens for the collection and processing of passports, smart-card IDs or visa documents are not going as expected.
On Friday, 28 July the department of home affairs confirmed that it offices would not be open this weekend, following a month-long negotiation period that has seen the office shut each weekend in July.
The Department of home affairs advises citizens and all clients that DHA front offices will not open this Saturday, 29 July 2017.
It asked all affected to "remain patient as a resolution to the ensuing dispute over working hours continues".
"All our offices will open as normal, every Monday until Friday, 08h00-16h00, to serve clients. It is advisable for citizens and clients to visit our offices for services on week days, until further notice. We apologise sincerely for the inconvenience caused. We care."
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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