Se­cure and Ef­fi­cient Ser­vice to the Peo­ple

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De­liv­er­ing on the core man­date of the De­part­ment of Home Af­fairs, to se­cure the iden­tity and sta­tus of every cit­i­zen, we out­line our pri­or­ity pro­grammes for the fi­nan­cial year end­ing March 2018 as fol­lows:

Re­po­si­tion­ing Home Af­fairs

The de­part­ment needs to be po­si­tioned within the se­cu­rity sys­tem of the State to de­liver against its full man­date as a crit­i­cal en­abler of in­clu­sive eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, na­tional se­cu­rity, ef­fec­tive ser­vice delivery and ef­fi­cient ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Modernising Home Af­fairs

For en­hanced client sat­is­fac­tion us­ing cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies and in­no­va­tion, the ma­jor task is to:

• Re­place the cur­rent Na­tional Pop­u­la­tion Reg­is­ter with a new in­te­grated Na­tional Iden­tity Sys­tem to record the sta­tus of both vis­i­tors and cit­i­zens.

Con­tinue to digi­tise old birth, mar­riage and deaths pa­per records in our cus­tody, work­ing with Sta­tis­tics SA.

In­ten­sify the Smart ID card roll­out to re­place around 38 mil­lion green-bar­coded IDs.

Ex­pand our foot­print by a fur­ther 14 of­fices with dig­i­tal new sys­tems while also ca­pac­i­tat­ing our mo­bile of­fices to re­ceive ap­pli­ca­tions for Smart ID cards and pass­ports.

Con­nect 26 of­fices with live cap­ture tech­nol­ogy to record birth, mar­riage and deaths.

In­crease ef­fi­ciency on ad­ju­di­ca­tion of visas

We are com­mit­ting to im­prove the turn­around time for crit­i­cal skills visa by 5% to en­sure 80% of ap­pli­ca­tion cases are ad­ju­di­cated within four weeks, while main­tain­ing the set tar­get of 85% of per­mits ap­pli­ca­tion are fi­nalised within eight months.

Es­tab­lish­ing a new Bor­der Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity

South Africa is mov­ing to­wards a sin­gle in­te­grated, se­cure and ef­fi­cient bor­der man­age­ment through the es­tab­lish­ment of The Bor­der Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity (BMA). The BMA will over­see func­tions at the man­age­ment of ports of en­try and the bor­der­line.

Com­plet­ing the re­view of the cur­rent in­ter­na­tional mi­gra­tion pol­icy

The re­view is aimed at trans­form­ing cur­rent leg­is­la­tion and align­ing the man­age­ment of in­ter­na­tional mi­gra­tion with the cur­rent chal­lenges of glob­al­i­sa­tion pri­or­i­ties contained in the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Plan (NDP) Vi­sion 2030 while pur­su­ing the African Union Agenda 2063 re­lated to pro­mot­ing free trade, move­ment of peo­ple, goods and ser­vices in the con­ti­nent. It makes key pro­posal on man­age­ment of ad­mis­sions and de­par­tures, res­i­dency and nat­u­ral­i­sa­tion, man­age­ment of asy­lum seek­ers and refugees and man­age­ment of mi­grants with skills and cap­i­tal.

Re­vamp­ing ma­jor ports of en­try

We will con­tinue to re­fur­bish in­fra­struc­ture at six ma­jor land ports of en­try, as these are strate­gic for risk-based im­mi­gra­tion man­age­ment and pro­fes­sion­al­i­sa­tion of ser­vices, thus to make South Africa friendly for busi­ness, travel and re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties.

Liv­ing up to pos­i­tive val­ues and prin­ci­ples

We will strengthen our all-out fight against cor­rup­tion, bribery and fraud through Op­er­a­tion Bvisa Masina – clean­ing the rot cam­paign within and out­side the Home Af­fairs en­vi­ron­ment. Through the

Moetapele Lead­er­ship ini­tia­tive, we will mo­ti­vate every of­fi­cial and cre­ate an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for all of­fi­cials to serve with pro­fes­sion­al­ism and hu­mil­ity in en­sur­ing a pos­i­tive client ex­pe­ri­ence at Home Af­fairs of­fices.

The De­part­ment of Home Af­fairs is a strate­gic re­source for en­abling the em­pow­er­ment of cit­i­zens, the in­clu­sive so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of our econ­omy and ef­fi­cient and ac­count­able govern­ment.

Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter, Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize

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