Minister Fikile Mbalula says driver’s license card printing machine is in Germany, online payments will be available soon

  • Fikile Mbalula, the transport minister, said the license card printing machine had been sent to Germany for repair
  • In the meantime, drivers find themselves in stressful situations as they have to drive with expired licenses
  • Mbalula announced on social media that in the near future South Africans will have the option to pay for licenses online

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JOHANNESBURG – Transport Minister Fikile Mbabula says South Africa’s only driver’s license printing machine has been repaired in Germany.

As the machine awaits repairs in Germany, Mbalula says new temporary driving licenses will soon be announced by the department. Additionally, Mbalula says he is preparing to make an announcement of the new driving license cards.

South Africans will have to travel with expired licenses as card-printing machines are being repaired. Image: Sydney Seshibedi
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The Ministry of Transport on Twitter said Mbalula is just waiting for the government to give the green light to the new maps he wants to implement. This approval will only be given to the first Council of Ministers.

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Driving license issues stress motorists

South African drivers Wayne Duvenage of the OUTA find themselves in a stressful situation because they have no choice but to drive with driving licenses that have reached their expiry date, according to Wheels24.

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Duvenge says they can’t keep going away to visit licensing services only to come back empty-handed. New drivers are also at a disadvantage as they will have to apply for temporary permits until the issue is resolved.

Law enforcement officials are also confused as to what should happen as the Department of Transport has failed to provide enough information to the public and traffic officers.

Changes within the Ministry of Transport

Mbalula announced on his Twitter page that in due course people will be able to pay for their driving and learning tests online. It also includes payment of fees such as renewal of motor vehicle license and renewal of driving license card.

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To top it off, people can also choose to have their driver’s license card delivered to their home.

The post office:

South Africans wonder why it took so long to implement online payments

Social media users took to Mbalula’s comments section and asked the minister why a simple system took so long to implement. Others also asked when the printing machine would return to South Africa.

Here are some comments below:

@TheeSoccerMom said:

“I would pay anything not to go to those offices. It’s terrible there, except the office in Bronkhorstpruit of course.”

@GBantomu said:

“Besides having only one licensed printing machine, I’m disappointed that it has to go all the way to Germany to be repaired, don’t we have technicians capable enough to service a printer in our country? is so laughable, a clown circus indeed.”

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@bessievanderb said:

“How soon Min @MbalulaFikile are we talking about 3 months or 5 years soon? Rethuse to better manage our expectations.

@FxVorster said:

“Will the Post office take care of the delivery? If so, then no thanks, I prefer to queue all day. At least I know I will have my papers. “

Driver’s license card printer still down, nationwide traffic services experiencing significant backlog

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