Home Af­fairs of­fices in Province ex­tend hours

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SEV­ERAL Home Af­fairs of­fices across the North­ern Cape are amongst those that are op­er­at­ing on a 7am to 7pm shift from 2 to 11 Jan­uary 2019 to en­sure clients are not turned away from of­fices dur­ing this busy pe­riod.

On a nor­mal shift, Home Af­fairs clients are served from 8am in the morn­ing un­til 3.30pm in the af­ter­noon.

Ac­cord­ing to the de­part­ment, the ex­tended hours is as a re­sult of the long queues Home Af­fairs of­fices had ex­pe­ri­enced last year around this time.

“The de­ci­sion to ex­tend the hours for this pe­riod is also in sup­port of the war on queues cam­paign that was launched last year, in April,” the de­part­ment said in a state­ment.

“Ex­tend­ing of­fice hours at large of­fices and selected medium of­fices will help en­sure cit­i­zens and clients are not turned away be­fore re­ceiv­ing the ser­vices they re­quire. This will as­sist also in man­ag­ing queues so that peo­ple do not spend a long time wait­ing to be served.”

The De­part­ment yes­ter­day urged cit­i­zens who had al­ready ap­plied for their smart ID cards, and had re­ceived no­ti­fi­ca­tion that their cards are ready, to use this op­por­tu­nity to col­lect them.

“Those who have not ap­plied for their smart ID cards are en­cour­aged to cap­i­talise on the ex­tended hours and ac­cord­ingly ap­ply with speed, ahead of the gen­eral elec­tions. All other ser­vices will be of­fered, in­clud­ing ap­pli­ca­tion for and col­lec­tion of pass­ports and reg­is­tra­tion of births, mar­riages and deaths.”

Of­fices in the North­ern Cape that will be op­er­at­ing from 7am un­til 7pm in­clude Kim­ber­ley, Jan Kem­p­dorp, Pampier­stad, DMO Frances Baard, Ku­ru­man and Uping­ton.

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