21 February 2018 Read: 504
Executive Mayor of Mopani District Municipality Cllr Nkakareng Rakgoale wishes to dispel as untrue the hoax messages doing rounds which seem to be gaining traction in Mopani that green bar coded ID’s will expire in March and therefore social grants recipients will lose their grants if they don’t have a Smart ID card. Rakgoale said this during a surprised visit she paid to Tzaneen Home Affairs Branch.
“We know that reliable information from the Department of Home Affairs says that green bar coded ID’s will only be phased out in 2021 which is 7 years after their inception. We call on community leaders such as traditional leaders, councilors, ward committees etc to assist us in spreading this information and save our people unnecessary trips to Home affairs spending time and money that they don’t have,’” said Rakgoale.
Executive Mayor Rakgoale was accompanied by senior officials from national and district offices of Home Affairs. The visit comes at a backdrop of reports indicating that among other things, people whom majority are elderly have to queue a night before in order to get services at the branch. Upon arrival, the Executive Mayor was greeted by a long queue which was taken from outside to the basement parking of the Tzaneen Mall because of rains.
After interacting with both the people on the queues and the staff at the branch, the Executive Mayor found among others that;
Emanating from these findings, the Executive Mayor working together with Home Affairs will;