Home Affairs extends working hours for busy season


The department of home affairs will be extending their operating hours this week due to this being a busy period.

As a result of the long queues Home Affairs offices had experienced last year around this time, several of their offices across the country are operating on a 7 am to 7pm shift from 2 to 11 January 2019.

“Extending office hours at large offices and selected medium offices will help ensure citizens and clients are not turned away before receiving the services they require. This will assist also in managing queues so that people do not spend a long time waiting to be served,” said the department in a statement.

The department has also urged citizens who have already applied for their smart ID cards, and had received notification that their cards are ready, to use this opportunity to collect them. They added that citizens who are yet to apply for their smart ID cards should utilise the extended hours and apply with speed, ahead of the general elections.

All other services will be offered, including application for and collection of passports and registration of births, marriages and deaths.

Offices operating under the extended hours in the Free State are:

Free State Province Bethlehem
DMO Mangaung