ID smartcards by next elections (Engineering News)
She said the aim of a pilot project, currently underway, was to test how accurate the new system was, and whether it was ready for the phase-in stages.
A national identity system would capture biometric and biographic details of all South Africans and foreign nationals.
In the next 18 months of the pilot project, the department would start issuing the smart cards to all first-time applicants, Dlamini-Zuma said. Later, the department would recall the green identity books to replace them with smart cards.