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bladenzimandeTimesLIVE reports that the Department of Transport has a backlog of 324,000 driving licence cards that have yet been printed following delays caused by a labour dispute.  

Transport minister Blade Nzimande indicated that between July and December 2018 more than a million card orders were received and more than 700,000 cards were printed.  The remaining 324,000 cards would be printed in the next three weeks.  Nzimande said he was monitoring a contingency plan to recover production time lost during the dispute with employees who were contracted to the Driving Licence Card Account (DLCA).  The affected employees resumed duties in December, pending the finalisation of the dispute at the General Public Service Sector Bargaining Council (GPSSBC).  The dispute occurred during the annual production maintenance period when production machines were being serviced, the department indicated.  A directive has been issued to provincial and municipal traffic authorities to not penalise motorists who complied with the prescripts of the application and renewal of their driving licences but did not have them.

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