7 November 2003
The department of home affairs is to revamp its information technology systems in an effort to fully computerise the department’s operations.
The department will also re-launch the National Identification System (Hanis), which will be called Hanis Reloaded. Hanis, approved by Cabinet in 1995, enables the cross-reference of fingerprints and identification information.
Hanis Reloaded and the Integrated Client Service Console (ICSC) will be the department’s fully integrated system, linking all regional and sub-offices to the Pretoria head office’s database.
The system will enable South Africans anywhere in the country to have their identity document applications processed electronically and their fingerprints, photographs and signatures recorded digitally. The information will be checked immediately against a database and 48 hours later, a person will have their ID.
Briefing the media in Johannesburg on Thursday, Home Affairs director-general Barry Gilder said the new system will arrest the potential for fraud that is prevalent in the department.
He said the old HANIS was plagued by mismanagement after key personnel in the project resigned, leaving a void in the running of the system.
“This revolution is based on our dream of a fully computerised department, in respect of both our internal processes and our interface with our clients,” Gilder said.
He said the introduction of the integrated database system will lay the basis for the issuing of a new ID card.
“Our preliminary estimate is that such a system will allow us to issue an ID within 48 hours,” Gilder said.