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DURBAN - The Department of Home Affairs has announced that the online applications portal, eHomeAffairs will not be available for clients wishing to apply online for smart ID cards and passports from 14 March until 18 March 2019.

In a statement issued today, the Department said this is due to system maintenance expected to be completed in the allocated time.

“Only clients intending to submit new applications online will be affected. All other services, including smart ID cards and passports, will be available at Home Affairs front offices across the country,” read the statement.

The Department has extended apologies to affected clients for the inconvenience.

“The Department remains committed to delivering quality services to clients at all times, better and smarter, through all available platforms,” said the statement.