South Africa’s only licensed printing machine is down…again


South Africa’s only driver’s license printing machine has broken down for the second time in less than a year.

This means South Africans could face further delays when renewing their driving licenses.

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MyBroadband reported that the Eastern Cape Acting Chief Transport Regulatory Director, Xolisa Jakula, confirmed that efforts were underway to restore service by the end of the week.

“The machine has reportedly been out of operation for two weeks now, and there are indications that processes are underway to ensure it will be operational by the end of this week,” Jakula told MyBroadband.

According to MyBroadband, when the machine broke down in November 2021, it took until January 2022 before it was restored to working order.

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Apparently Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said the machine should be sent to Germany for repair, however, it was later confirmed that the machine never left South Africa.

According to Mbalula, the current licensed printing machine is the only one in operation in the world due to its advanced age.

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