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#Adulting101: licence cards backlog

Is it real news or is it satire? That’s the question we asked ourselves upon hearing that South Africa has just ONE machine to print driving licences… and it’s broken. But the backlog of more than 300 000 licences the malfunction has created is no joke. The machine reportedly broke down on 7 November because of flooding and was sent to Germany for repairs. Transport minister Fikile Mbalula admitted the machine was an old model that no other country used and that it should have been replaced a long time ago – oh, and it will only be back on the job in March. 👀 Mbaks is promising that new smart licence card machines will be introduced this year, Moneyweb reported. 

Where does that leave you if you need to renew your licence? Remember, we’re still in a grace period thanks to Covid. 👇🏽

According to a previous government announcement, all learners’ licences, driving licence cards, temporary driving licences and professional driving permits that expired between 26 March 2020 up to and including 31 August 2021 “are deemed to be valid and their validity periods are extended for a further grace period ending on March 31, 2022”. Civil bodies have requested a further extension given the latest developments. 

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 13 January 2022. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.