Home Affairs to take mobile service trucks to South Africa's students

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) is set to up its plans to introduce mobile service trucks to rural areas and schools of South Africa.

This would allow those who cannot make it to a DHA office or bank, as well as more students, to complete their applications for Smartcard IDs and passports.  

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Speaking in a parliamentary meeting last week, Thulani Mavuso, acting deputy director general (DDG) at Home Affairs said that his department would be further rolling out mobile truck offices, estimating that each truck would be able to service at least 290 people or learners a day.

Business Tech reports Home Affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi met with the minister and deputy minister of Basic Education to run a programme at schools, saying school children should not be allowed to go to Home Affairs during school hours for the application process. The programme is still being drafted, with the DHA address the limitation of only having about 100 trucks in service. 

Traveller24 has contacted the DHA and is awaiting a response. An official statement would be made once both departments had "considered all the resources needed". 

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