Ministry of Transportation plans smarter way to print driver’s licenses
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said the ministry had shipped the obsolete driver’s license printer from South Africa to Germany for repair.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula launched the COVID-19 Taxi Assistance Fund on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. Photo: Ministry of Transport.
JOHANNESBURG – The Ministry of Transport has shipped the driver’s license printer from South Africa to Germany for repair.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula held a press briefing on Wednesday to brief the media on what was being done.
“The machine is being repaired as we speak, we have already shipped it to Germany. It is being repaired but in the meantime we will be introducing new measures of what is happening. will actually pass, but on top of that I’m introducing a new card that says ‘I don’t need to go to Germany to be fixed.’
Mbalula said the machine should have been changed a long time ago, but was quick to explain that he wasn’t trying to say previous ministers were sleeping on the job.
“Why did we take so long and all that? Look when it happened. I wasn’t there, I can only answer when I’m here, we should have changed that a long time ago but we are changing it in nonetheless. the sixth administration, and I’m not going to say that previous ministers slept on the job, they weren’t. “
IN THE NEW
Mbalula mentioned the complete removal of the old machine.
“I am getting rid of the old machine and the only thing I will add is that in dealing with this machine there has been an accident and COVID-19 the machine has to be taken away to be repaired in Germany. “
Mbalula needs Cabinet approval before he can make any changes.
“When the Cabinet sits this year, I will be at the Cabinet door to present the new machine, I am done with the security functions with the State Security Agency. Once Cabinet has it approved, new machines will arrive. “
GOING OUT WITH THE OLD
The card machine used by South Africa is old and obsolete, which is why it had to be sent to Germany for repair.
During the review process for the new license card machine, we explored the smart card identification option, but we were discouraged due to license security requirements.
We are advanced in our process of introducing the new license card. https://t.co/9hAlyn5sPC pic.twitter.com/fmKYp1Z260
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