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Banking on a smart ID card


Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba recently launched a pilot project which will see First National Bank and Standard Bank issuing smart ID cards.

Nedbank has also signed an agreement with the department to allow customers to apply for and collect the smart ID cards, which replace the green bar-coded ID and have better security features, making them difficult to forge.

The two banks kick-started the project by allowing their employees to apply for the smart ID cards before allowing members of the public to apply for their new IDs and passports. To date, more than 2 000 smart ID cards have been issued for both FNB and Standard Bank employees.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Gigaba said discussion­s were under way with other banks to get involved.

The partnershi­p between the banks and Home Affairs seeks to ensure convenient access to the applicatio­n process by the bank’s clients.

It will also accelerate the replacemen­t of the green barcoded ID book.

The department, plans to replace about 38-million green IDs in five years’ time.

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