Home Affairs campaign rolls out 100 000 IDs to teenagers

Friday, June 26, 2009

Parliament - Through the "ID Yourself Now Campaign," the Department of Home Affairs has provided 100 000 teenagers across the country with Identity Documents (IDs).

This was announced by Home Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, while tabling her Budget Vote in Parliament on Friday.

"Through the 'ID Yourself Now campaign' that was rolled out to 2 000 schools countrywide during 2008, Home Affairs provided almost 100 000 teenagers with identity documents," the minister said.

Ms Dlamini-Zuma said using the recently introduced online fingerprint verification technology, over 10 000 South African citizens were issued with temporary IDs on Election Day in April earlier this year.

The campaign was aimed at encouraging young people, particularly those from Grades 10-12 to apply for their IDs.

The campaign was a multi-stakeholder partnership between the SABC, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Department of Home Affairs and Education and the National Youth Commission.

The core objective of the campaign was to raise awareness among the future generation, about the importance of having an ID.