News:Zimbabwe To Issue Passports, Birth Certificates And IDs In South Africa At Selected Locations. Plans To Issue Passports At District Level Also In Place

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South Africa has given Zimbabwe the permission to deploy its officers to issue passports, birth certificates and national identity cards to locals residing in the neighbouring country. Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Obedingwa Mguni confirmed the development and said,

We have approached the South African government seeking permission to issue passports, birth certificates and National IDs from their country and they have given us the go ahead. Our South African counterparts are now in the process of identifying places where we can conduct this exercise. When the locations have been submitted, we will immediately deploy our teams to the neighbouring country.

He also said passports were supposed to be processed and issued within a period of two weeks, but security checks involved were dragging the process,

Passports should be issued within 14 days and ours are issued after two months. These are some of the anomalies that we want to address. We need to introduce quick coordinated security checks that will expedite the process. We recently acquired a highly efficient machine from Japan which processes passports but our pace does not complement the capacity of the machine because of these delays.

Mguni also mentioned that his ministry would be releasing a tender for the issuing of passports at district level with the Herald reporting that Plumtree, Victoria Falls, Beitbridge, Chipinge and Chiredzi Towns would be the first to introduce passport issuing services at district registry offices,

My Ministry will be issuing out a tender very soon for companies that can provide us with the relevant machinery needed when capturing pictures among other equipment that will be used by the district offices. This machinery, however, has to be in line with United Nations standards. The details of the tender will be released as time goes on.

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