Home Affairs has announced that the launch of an automated system for all new births, marriages and deaths will be online from 13 July 2018.
The system will be automated to increase efficiency, organisation and progress the modernisation of the Department while preventing fraud.
In a press conference on 11 July 2018, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba shared with attendees that the upgrade will be carried out in two phases. The first phase will focus on birth certificates for children under the age of one , along with the reprinting of marriage and death certificates.
The second phase will also include the printing of parent details on children’s passports and the official registration of children from the age of one years old onwards.
Today’s #dhamediabriefing is to announce the automation of the Births, Marriages and Deaths (BMD) system. This major system upgrade will start on Friday afternoon, 13 July 2018
— HomeAffairsSA (@HomeAffairsSA) July 11, 2018
Birth registrations will be inputed online and reflect as so.
“Birth registration for children 0 to one year will be automated, meaning that clients will no longer complete paper forms for birth registration,” Gigaba said.
With the initiation of an online process, government hopes to reduce fraud and corruption.
In order to tackle the issue of traveling with children, Home Affairs will provide a legal document within children’s passports.
“Once we have completed the upgrade and fully implemented it in the identified offices, the details of children will be printed in the children’s passports. In this way, the department will have delivered also on the earlier Cabinet concession of easing travel with children,” he said.
In May 2018, the Department announced that it would officially move to the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS).
ABIS is the foundation of the National Identification System (HANIS) and will provide a single platform that records and categorises an individual’s life cycle.
The desired result is a system that identifies and verifies people through fingerprints, facial recognition and iris-scanning technology through merging of HANIS and the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).
Disruptions will be managed to ensure minimal effect as the new system is inputted over the next week.