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South Africa: Nelson Mandela to be among the First Recipients of the Smart ID Card on Thursday, 18 July 2013, Union Buildings, Pretoria
Source: http://www.dha.gov.za/
Source Date: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: Jul 18, 2013

Preparations for the launch of the Smart ID card, has seen government capturing biometric details, photographs and electronic signatures of President Jacob Zuma, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, former Presidents Thabo Mbeki and FW De Klerk, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Winnie Madikizela Mandela, Sophie de Bruyn, Ahmed Kathrada, Andrew Mlangeni, Denis Goldberg, Frene Ginwala
Accordingly, Nelson Mandela Day celebrations this year, which also coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Rivonia Trial, will witness the handing over of the first batch of Smart ID Cards to senior leaders in and outside government as well as senior citizens of ages ranging between 80-90 years.
The launch of the Smart ID Card is part of efforts by the government to consolidate the restoration of national identity, citizenship and dignity that was denied to the majority of South Africans by successive racist regimes. Accordingly, the launch of the Smart ID Card is a culmination of decades of struggle against the hated pass laws and marks a decisive departure from the recent past history of South Africa.
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