gigaba2The Citizen reports that at a press conference to announce a series of upgrades to the Home Affairs system, Minister Malusi Gigaba let slip that his department was severely understaffed by roughly 8,000 people.  

This came a day after a report released by the Public Service Commission (PSC) revealed that, despite the high unemployment rate in SA, some government departments and provincial governments were still failing to fill thousands of vacant posts.  The press conference was intended for announcing upgrades to the Home Affairs system that would see the introduction of a paperless process for birth, marriage and death registration in a phased approach.  According to director-general Mkuseli Apleni, by next year Home Affairs should be fully automated.  The system upgrade will begin on Friday.  Gigaba indicated that the upgrades would entail interruption to ID and passport services between 13 and 20 July, with different scheduled dates among the provinces.  Apleni pointed out that no staff would be impacted by the changes, with the current staff set to be reskilled.

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