On May 23, the Department of Home Affairs of the Republic of South Africa (RSA) announced that green, bar-coded identity books will be replaced with identity smart cards from July 2013.
Gemalto was chosen to provide its Sealys eID cards, based on its secure embedded software technology, contactless expertise and ability to deliver durable polycarbonate eID documents within an ambitious schedule, as well as a long-established presence in Johannesburg
Former president Nelson Mandela has become one of the first recipients of the new smart identity document card in honor of his 95th birthday.
Meeting the vision of the Department of Home Affairs and the security needs of the country
South Africa is adopting secure eID cards that will pave the way for the introduction of eGovernment services.