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One-Stop Border Post Policy in the Pipeline

January 13, 2021

Department of Home Affairs

A Draft One-Stop Border Post (OSBP) Policy has been drawn up.

The home affairs department published the draft policy in Government Gazette 44048 for comment.

The proposed policy focuses on, inter alia, an overview of the South African border environment, the strategic role of ports of entry, the OSBP policy context, South Africa’s preferred OSBP model, OSBP operating model and OSBP implementation framework.

The draft policy sums up the key border management risks as poor control and weak management at borders, extensive land border environment, inadequate border infrastructure and a failure of the fragmented model of coordinated border management.

Reference is made to the Border Management Authority that will ensure a more streamlined, secure and efficient way of managing South Africa’s borders.

Cabinet approved the draft policy in December 2020 for consultation.

In its statement, cabinet declared that the proposed OSBP “seeks to harmonise the movement of people and goods between South Africa’s land ports of entry and its neighbouring countries. The proposals in the policy seek to address congestion which results in delays, particularly by cross-border travellers and traders”.

The draft policy gives effect to the One-Stop Border Framework adopted by cabinet in 2018.

The plan is to have the final OSBP policy approved by cabinet in 2022 and an act in place by 2024.

Meanwhile, the department also published a Draft Official Identity Management Policy in Notice 1425 for comment.

Cabinet approved the draft policy for consultation in November 2020.

According to cabinet, the draft policy proposes a number of changes, including amending the Identification Act of 1997 and Alteration of Sex Description and Sex Status Act of 2003 to align them with the Constitution and the Protection of Personal Information Act of 2013.

Other proposals include the integration of the National Population Register to “enable a single view of a person with features to interface with other government and private sector identity management systems” and the integration of current systems into a biometric-enabled National Identity System.

“The new proposed population register will form the basis of an official e-identity which will serve as the backbone of state and private digital platforms.”

The department points out that the Identification Act is more than 20 years old and is not based on a policy that considers key local and global developments in managing official personal information.

“This in part explains why the current legislation and systems are outdated, fragmented and do not fully align with constitutional principles of equality, non-discrimination and human dignity.”

Comment on both draft policies is invited until 28 February 2021.