If you have been frustrated by the lack of services offered by Home Affairs during the more stringent lockdown alert levels you will be relieved to know that you can at last go and apply for most documents under Lockdown Alert Level 1.
Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi recently announced the opening up of most Home Affairs services with effect from Thursday 4 March.
“Online services through eHome Affairs and our partner banks will be resumed on Monday 08 March 2021,” Motsoaledi said.
However, he said the department’s citizenship service would remain temporarily unavailable.
The following Home Affairs services were offered during Adjusted Lockdown Level 3:
- Births Registration
- Re-issuance of Births Certificates
- Late Registration of Birth (LRB) for learners and pensioners only;
- Death registration
- Applications temporary Identity certificate (TIC)
- Collection of Identity cards or documents
- Applications and collection of passports for those who are exempted to travel
- Applications for identity (Smart ID) Cards or documents for matriculants only
Home Affairs services now open
In addition to the Home Affairs Services that were available under Adjusted Lockdown Level 3 the following services will be open during Lockdown Level 1;
- Re-issues of Smart ID Cards and identity documents
- Registration and Solemnization of Marriages
- Amendments and rectifications
- Late Registration of Birth (LRB) for all categories
- Applications and collections of passports for all categories
Motsoaledi cautioned citizens to adhere to Covid-19 health protocols when visiting Home Affairs offices.
“I would like to remind South Africans that Covid-19 is still with us and we need to remain vigilant in our fight against its spread. We do not want our offices to be super spreader sites,” said.
“We urge everyone who visits our offices to observe social distancing, sanitise their hands regularly and to wear their masks properly, covering their noses and mouths. Nobody will be allowed into our offices if they are not wearing their masks properly,” Motsoaledi said.