Tag Archives: Africa

South Africa – Sassa calls on social grant beneficiaries to swop their cards

By | June 18, 2018

he South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) invites social grant beneficiaries to change their existing old cards into the new Sassa gold cards. The existing Sassa card will no longer be valid after  September 30 2018, said Sassa spokesman Senzeni Ngubeni in a statement, adding that this did not apply to those who received their social grants through their private… Read More »

Egypt – Transport Ministry to launch mobile app for ticketing service and smart cards

By | June 17, 2018

The Transportation Ministry on Sunday announced that it is preparing to launch a new railway booking service, via electronic payment or Visa Card, and will also release a mobile phone app allows citizens to inquire about the dates of trains and available places to reserve seats. Chairman and CEO of Transport Information Technology Company Khaled Attia said that… Read More »

South Africa – Department of Home Affairs invites Bethal youth to apply for Smartcards

By | June 16, 2018

BETHAL – The Department of Home Affairs will be celebrating Youth Day on Saturday, 16 June by rendering services to the youth. Their office will be open on this day as part of this department’s initiative to encourage the youth to apply for ID Smartcards. The department’s focus will be on learners from the age of 16 years… Read More »

South Africa – New ‘gold’ card for Sassa beneficiaries

By | June 14, 2018

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has called on beneficiaries to make new cards. Sassa said on Thursday that the existing cards would no longer be supported and used after September 30 this year. This change, however, does not affect beneficiaries who received their social grants through private bank accounts. Sassa spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi said… Read More »

Rwanda Smart ID Pending Approval

By | June 14, 2018

The National Identification Agency (NIDA) says it is ready to start issuing integrated Smart Identity Cards that combine many identification features as soon as it is approved by relevant institutions. “Our systems are already upgraded and we are ready to start producing smart IDs,” Josephine Mukesha, NIDA General Director revealed to KT Press adding that “the next step… Read More »

South Sudan to start issuing of EAC digital passport: official

By | June 12, 2018

In a bid to enhance cross-border movement of people and goods, South Sudan has said it is ready to begin processing and issuing East African Community (EAC) electronic passport. According to Mou Mou Athian, the under-secretary in the Ministry of Trade, Industry and East African Affairs, the e-passport is expected to unleash benefits linked to regional integration. “We… Read More »

Salah Goss to lead Mastercard Labs for Financial Inclusion in Kenya

By | June 11, 2018

Nairobi, Kenya – 11 June 2018 – Mastercard announced today that Salah Goss has been appointed as Head of the Mastercard Labs for Financial Inclusion, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Salah brings extensive experience in financial inclusion specializing in mobile enabled solutions, agent banking and community-managed microfinance. In her new role, Salah will oversee the development of digital solutions that positively… Read More »

Nigeria – Ekiti 2018: Unclaimed PVCs being sold in Ekiti, Fayose alleges

By | June 10, 2018

The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, on Saturday alleged that unclaimed Permanent Voter Cards are being sold to “foreign” voters in order to rig the July 14 governorship election. The governor, who did not name those selling the cards, also urged those who have registered to immediately proceed to collect their PVCs before it is too late.… Read More »

South Africa – CPS to get the boot from SASSA offices by end of July, MPs told

By | June 7, 2018

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) says plans are afoot to ensure that Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) will no longer have a presence in their offices come the end of July. SASSA appeared before the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on Wednesday to update MPs on its progress in complying with the Constitutional Court order to find… Read More »

South Africa – SASSA intros modernised payment cards

By | June 5, 2018

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has already administered welfare payments to beneficiaries using its new card design. This was the word from social development minister Susan Shabangu, addressing a media briefing in Pretoria yesterday. Shabangu’s announcement follows earlier indication from the South African Post Office (SAPO) that it had signed off on the new card design for recipients.… Read More »

Ghana Cards to cost $293m, not $1.2bn – NIA

By | June 2, 2018

The National Identification Authority (NIA), led by Executive Secretary Prof Ken Attafuah, has clarified that the total cost of producing the Ghana Cards is $293 million, not $1. The National Identification Authority (NIA), led by Executive Secretary Prof Ken Attafuah, has clarified that the total cost of producing the Ghana Cards is $293 million, not $1.2 billion, as… Read More »

Ghana – NIA to issue 88.9 million cards in 15 years

By | May 29, 2018

Documents sighted by The Finder, which gave a detailed breakdown of the $1.2 billion ($1,222,171,258) cost of the Ghana Cards to be issued by the National Identification Authority (NIA), indicate that the NIA will bear $531 million of the cost while the private partner, Identity Management Systems (IMS), will foot the remaining $678 million of the cost. Government… Read More »

Registration for Ghana Card begins today

By | May 28, 2018

After multiple postponements, the registration and instant issuance for the national identity card, also known as the Ghana Card, is set to begin at 7 am today [Monday]. The project is among initiatives being undertaken by the government to formalise the economy. According to the National Identification Authority, former heads of state, journalists and security officials will be… Read More »

SA issues 10 million new smart ID cards – home affairs minister

By | May 16, 2018

Gigaba says it is likely that the department will not reach 38 million conversions from barcoded IDs to smart IDs by 2023. A total of 10 million smart ID cards have been issued to South African citizens in the past five years, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Wednesday. “When the first card was issued, in 2013,… Read More »

ID4Africa 2018

By | April 24, 2018

Following 3 highly successful meetings held in Tanzania, Rwanda and Namibia, The ID4Africa Movement returns in 2018 to present another exciting event that promises to be impactful and marked by strong thought leadership presence. ID4Africa 2018 will be hosted in Abuja, Nigeria by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) on 24-26 April 2018.  The theme of the conference… Read More »

Kenya – IDs fitted with electronic chips in the pipeline: Interior Ministry

By | February 20, 2018

NAIVASHA, Kenya, Feb 20 –The Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government is working on a roll-out of third generation identity cards in a move geared towards enhancing free movement of persons and regional trade. According to the outgoing Director of Immigration Services, Gordon Kihalangwa, the procurement process is underway and is expected to be completed by… Read More »

E-passports will be introduced by 2020 in Tanzania

By | February 19, 2018

By January 2020, East African Community e-passports will replace the old national document. It’s an attempt to facilitate trade between the five EAC member countries: Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda. E-passports characteristics Following the same steps as Kenya, Tanzania will introduce the electronic passport to its citizens in 2020. The new travel document will charge Tsh150,000 for… Read More »

Gambia – Government Restores Semlex Contract for ID Card Production

By | February 15, 2018

The Attorney General and Minister of Justice Aboubacarr Tambadou, said Government has agreed to restore the 2016 contract of Semlex, to produce National Identity Cards. “After a whole year of consideration of this matter, culminating with the establishment of a Ministerial Task Force, we showed the seriousness with which this Government has taken up this issue. Government has… Read More »

Tanzanian President launches e-passport

By | January 31, 2018

Tanzanian President John Magufuli at a ceremony held in Dar es salaam on Wednesday launched a new e-passport for the country’s citizens.Speaking at the launch, Magufuli said it was high time the country digitalized its passports to ensure it does not fall in the wrong hands. Stressing that a lot of immigrants have been taking advantage of the… Read More »

Tanzania Selects HID Global to Deliver e-Immigration Solution and Electronic Passports

By | January 31, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas, January 31, 2018 – HID Global®, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, today announced that the government of Tanzania has selected HID as its prime supplier for an end-to-end solution for issuing electronic passports as part of Tanzania’s transformative e-Immigration programme.  The new ePassport was unveiled publicly today as part of the inauguration of the end-to-end… Read More »